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 1

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)

2016 Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Aaron Poulin (Hope, BC) has been actively umpiring for 29 years, and after umpiring the Men’s Softball competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, he added to his international softball resume by working the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey this summer. He provides leadership and support as a Level IV instructor and presented a workshop at the 2016 Blue Convention in Richmond, BC. At the provincial level, he travels to clinics throughout British Columbia to evaluate instructors, promote consistency and mentors many of the province’s elite umpires.

A big proponent of Softball Canada mechanics and rules, Poulin believes that proper use of Softball Canada mechanics will make those he mentors better officials. He is forever a student of the game and believes that every official can always learn something new and strive to improve their game. Poulin has been actively involved in revamping the refresher manual in BC based on changes within the Softball Canada manuals, and he is the first person to provide assistance or guidance to a crew member or mentoree coming up the ranks and always invests his free time in helping someone else improve their game.

Regardless of whether he is umpiring a minor girls game, a men's game, an NCAA college game or a game at a World Championship, Poulin consistently prepares for each game the same way; giving his all, with the same intensity, use of proper mechanics, and doing all the little things that make him a high level official. He works hard to make sure his actions are showing exactly what he teaches our minor officials and leads by example, which shows his commitment to being a world class official.

Previous Umpire of the Year Award Recipients:

2015 - Terry Richter (Alberta)
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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