Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year Award 


Do you know an umpire who:
  • respects everyone who is involved with the game and demonstrates good   sportsmanship?
  • is involved with officials program development in your area?
  • is a positive umpiring role model?
  • tries to become a better umpire through education and training?
  • contributes to local umpire programs through instructing or   evaluating?
  • shares their expertise with the softball community?

If you answered YES to these questions,
then this person is a candidate for the
Softball Canada / Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Individuals or groups in your province/territory have the chance to submit their nomination for the "Umpire of the Year" Award.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your umpires, and their achievements, recognized across Canada.

The deserving recipient of the "Umpire of the Year" Award will be brought by Softball Canada to the Softball Canada Annual General Meeting for two days and one night, and will be honoured at the Softball Canada Congress.

The "Umpire of the Year" nomination form is below, so have people or groups get their application into Softball Canada now!


  1. The umpire shall be a Canadian citizen / landed immigrant.
  2. The umpire shall be fully certified (at any softball level) to qualify.
  3. The umpire shall have served in a volunteer officiating position(s) for a minimum of 4 years.
  4. The umpire shall have contributed to umpire development as an instructor, evaluator, mentor, or program developer.
  5. The umpire shall have a high level of officiating ability.

Nominations should include:

    • Umpire’s name, address, and phone number(s)
    • Name, address, and phone number(s) of nominating individual or group
    • Record of nominee’s umpiring experience
    • Record of umpiring achievements
    • Umpire’s role in developing and improving the officiating aspect of the sport
    • Personal highlights in the current year
The deadline for "Umpire of the Year" nominations is:
  September 3

Click here to download the
Umpire of the Year nomination form

*Please save the file, fill it out and email to Donna Ozarko at (dozarko@softball.ca)

2015 Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Terry Richter is a Level V Fastpitch umpire who has built quite an impressive international resume after many years of provincial involvement. His recent international assignments include the 2014 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse followed by the 2015 WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship this past summer in Saskatoon. Richter has served as Softball Alberta’s Umpire-in-Chief since 2011 after spending seven years as President of the Edmonton and District Softball Umpires Association from 2002 to 2008.

He constantly respects the efforts of others, always demonstrates gratitude, speaks politely, compliments achievements and offers assistance to those he comes in contact with, all in an effort to lead by example and set the tone for future interaction. An active umpire for 21 years, Richter routinely demonstrates the skills and attributes required to succeed and earn the respect of athletes, coaches, officials and parents.

Off the field, Richter continues to lead one of the most successful programs in the country in his position as Umpire-in-Chief for Softball Alberta. By empowering many to lead instruction and evaluation, he has prepared and provided quality umpires for provincial, regional and national championships for many years. Richter promotes the sport of softball at every opportunity, and always thinks of the bigger picture, consistently trying to find ways to grow the umpire program by developing ways to establish a positive public image to enhance recruiting.

Previous Umpire of the Year Award Recipients:

2014 - Sandra Allan (New Brunswick)
2013 - Brent Chadwick (Saskatchewan)
2012 - Joyce Bellini (Quebec)
2011 - Keith Pender (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2010 - Moose Gibson (Saskatchewan)
2009 - Dick Coleman (Ontario)
2008 - Geneviève Gaudreau (Quebec)
2007 - Jack Van Bynen (Ontario)
2006 - Denis Bélanger (Quebec)
2005 - Bob Constantin (Alberta)
2004 - Chris Lee (British Columbia)
2003 - Don Bracey (Ontario)
2002 - Wayne Shipley (Nova Scotia)
2001 - Serge Laflamme (Quebec)
2000 - Keith Hazel (British Columbia)
1999 - Al Shenduk (Alberta)
1998 - Bob Stanton (New Brunswick)


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