Whipple Reappointed as Softball Canada National Director of Umpires for Third Term
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on March 30, 2017
(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce that Jeff Whipple (Fredericton, NB) has been reappointed as Softball Canada’s National Director of Umpires for a third term that will run through the 2019 season. Whipple took over the position from Brian Van Os in 2013.
Under Whipple’s direction, the Officiating Development Committee (ODC) has focused its energy on improving opportunities for umpires through their Umpire Program Review Committee (UPRC) initiative, examining every aspect of Softball Canada’s world-class umpiring program including the increased use of technology and a focus on umpire education.
“I am fortunate to have the support of such a great team on the ODC and very capable leadership in each province and territory” said Whipple. “Our program has consistently produced highly successful elite umpires and our goal is to maintain that success through maintaining a strong domestic program. The priority over the next few years is to focus on continuing to build an inclusive program that values the potential in everyone, including youth and females.”
Whipple started umpiring in 1986. After officiating at four Canadian Championships, he received his Level V and WBSC certification in 1997, and subsequently officiated at two WBSC World Championships (Junior Women, Taipei, 1999; and Women, Saskatoon, 2002). He has served as Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) or Deputy Umpire-in-Chief (DUIC) at eight Canadian Championships.
Internationally, he served on the umpire and rules commissions at the 2013 WBSC Softball Division Congress in Cartagena, Colombia, was Assistant Umpire-in-Chief at the 2014 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon and the 2015 WBSC Men’s World Championships in Saskatoon.
Jeff joined Softball Canada’s Officiating Development Committee as a National Deputy Umpire-in-Chief in 2008, and chaired Softball Canada’s Umpire Program Review Committee in 2011-2012. Jeff has been an excellent contributor to Softball Canada, providing valuable input to improving the umpiring program.
“Softball Canada is extremely pleased to have Jeff Whipple returning as our National Director of Umpires for another two-year term” stated Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “Jeff has brought several new ideas and new initiatives forward in his tenure and has promoted the use of technology in both our officials training and communication with our membership. I am confident Jeff will continue to grow our program through his hands on approach and his willingness to work collaboratively with our Officiating Development Committee.”
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