1. If an umpire does not officiate or register as an umpire for a period of one year, they may return to their previous level upon re-entering the system. This can only occur one time.
  2. If an umpire does not officiate or register as an umpire for a period of two or more years they may return to one level below their current level. They must attend that certification clinic (one level below) to regain their previous level, and for Levels III and IV, must meet the evaluation requirements listed below.

Exception: Umpires who have left the program for 2 years or more are now able, on a one time basis, to return to the program retaining the certification level he/she held when he/she left, provided he/she have the approval of their Provincial/Territorial UIC who must be satisfied that he/she has retained the same skill sets held prior to his/her departure from the program.

Level III and IV Evaluations:

Level III and IV umpires returning to the program must be evaluated at a Provincial/Territorial tournament or a Canadian Championship in order to complete the certification level. The evaluator must be a Level IV or V umpire.

Note: This does not apply to those who fall under the exception above.


A Level V Umpire can return to Level V status if only away one year, with approval from the National Director of Umpires. After one year the umpire may request Level Va status or will be declared Level Vr and must be evaluated at a senior tournament (Canadian or Softball Canada recognized event) in order to be reinstated as an active Level V.


Umpires may request an exemption from the above process if attempting to return to their previous certification level after a two year absence from Canada, but were still active in softball in another country. Documentation verifying their umpiring activities during their absence must accompany the request.