Official recognition by Softball Canada (recognized as the National Sport Governing Body by Sport Canada) and by your own Provincial/Territorial Association as a qualified softball official. Through your affiliation with Softball Canada, you also become linked with the International Softball Federation, the governing body for both slo-pitch and fast pitch throughout the world.

Access to professionally organized umpire certification clinics (Levels I through IV) for both slo-pitch and fast pitch officials. At these annual clinics, emphasis is placed on understanding and correct interpretation of rules, as well as understanding proper on-the-diamond techniques.

Comprehensive insurance coverage. Complete information is available through your Provincial/Territorial Association, which administers this program.

Encouragement and support through on-field umpire development and evaluation programs. Senior umpires will review your progress in actual game situations and provide helpful advice on how to improve your umpiring skills.

The potential to officiate at: ...local leagues ...sanctioned regional competitions and tournaments ...sanctioned provincial/territorial championships ...inter-provincial/territorial regional championships ...Canadian Championships ...International events ...World Championships ...

You will receive the biannual newsletter, “Between the Lines”, which includes various articles to help you improve your umpiring skills, a detailed look at rule interpretations, news from around the country and general interest stories. Every third year you will have the opportunity to participate in our national umpire convention, “Blue Convention”, and attend workshops conducted by Canada’s top umpires, presentations from international speakers as well as social and networking opportunities.

Softball Canada offers National Umpire Mechanics Schools, high intensity skills training seminars that will enhance your umpiring skills and put you at the top of your game.

You will become part of a support network of over 4,000 Softball Canada umpires, each committed to being the best official she/he can be!