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)

2013 Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Brent Chadwick has been umpiring for over twenty years, and was very busy with major tournaments this year. He umpired at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Brampton and served as Deputy Umpire in Chief at the U21 Men’s International Championship in Saskatoon in addition to working the local Senior Men’s and Women’s tournaments and Western Collegiate Softball Association games in Saskatchewan.

Brent obtained his Softball Canada Level V Fastpitch Certification in 2006 and later earned his International Softball Federation (ISF) Certification in 2008. At the national level, he umpired in five Canadian Championship including three Senior Men’s Canadian Championships (2004, 2006 and 2008) as well as the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina. In addition, he worked National Team exhibition games in 2004 as well as the 2008 Senior Men’s Three Nations Cup in Saskatoon and Canada Cup in Surrey.

Brent is one of the most respected umpires in Saskatchewan and always presents himself in a professional manner through his dress on and off the field as well as his outstanding communication skills. A master instructor/evaluator for Softball Saskatchewan, he always offers to present at the Blue Convention to pass along his wisdom to those in attendance. He has also served on Saskatchewan’s Umpire Development Committee for almost 14 years.

Previous Umpire of the Year Award Recipients:

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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