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

2012 Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Joyce Bellini has been actively umpiring for 41 years, and has attained her Level V certification in Fastpitch as well as Level IV in Slo-Pitch. This past year, she was selected to umpire at the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, and also worked the Quebec Games and the Plate division of the U18 Women’s Canadian Championship in Montreal.

In addition to all of her work on the field, Joyce is also a very respected umpire who works with coaches and guides her colleagues to make sure the game is played by the rules. She is always ready to help less experienced umpires and is the go-to person if they need any help with a rule or situation. Joyce also runs the Level I, II and III umpire clinics every year, and is an instructor/evaluator. She is always ready to help Softball Quebec in any capacity.

Joyce runs an umpires association of about 30 umpires which includes at least 8 female umpires. She has done a wonderful job of recruiting new umpires and was able to encourage a non-affiliated umpires association to join Softball Quebec, and has been involved as a supervisor for the Montreal International Challenge for 19 years. Softball Canada and the Officiating Development Committee are proud to recognize Joyce Bellini as the 2012 Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year.

Previous Umpire of the Year Award Recipients:

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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