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Softball Canada Umpire Certification Program
In order to be recognized for national and international assignments, umpires must follow Softball Canada's umpire certification program. Certification for umpires for Level I-II-III is the responsibility of the Provincial/Territorial Umpire-in-Chiefs, while certification for umpires for Level IV and V is the responsibility of the National Office and the Officiating Development Committee.
The necessary criteria required in order to advance to the next certification level (e.g. Level I Certification required before advancing to Level II)
The clinic and/or process of education and minimum grade criteria for certification exams.
Written assessment outlining strengths and weaknesses of both on/off field performance.
Pre-requisites + Training Requirements + Evaluation Requirement (except Level I) = Certified
The level or caliber of softball that an umpire is capable of officiating once certified at that level (i.e. Provincial/Territorial minor level, senior fast pitch).
Support and preserve the certification level by attending clinics, writing exams, being active in Provincial/Territorial/Regional officiating programs.
• None-New officials.
Level I Training Requirements
• Attend a Level I Clinic.
• Obtain 60% or more on the Level I Certification Exam.
• Officiate local minor and adult softball.
• Attend a local or association clinic once every two years.
• Write National exam and obtain 60% or more. (Non-certification year only.)
• Certified Level I umpire for a minimum one (1) year and recommended to be 16 years of age.
Level II Training Requirements
• Attend a Provincial/Territorial Level II Clinic (FP or SP).
• Obtain 70% or more on the Level II Certification exam.
• Receive one successful local, regional or provincial/territorial Level II evaluation.
• Officiate local and provincial/territorial minor level and/or local adult softball.
• Attend regional or provincial/territorial clinic once every two years.
• Write National exam and obtain 70% or more. (Non-certification year only.)
• Fully certified Level II umpire and a minimum of two years since attending Level II clinic.
Level III Training Requirements
• Attend a Provincial/Territorial Level III Clinic (FP or SP).
• Obtain 80% or more on the Level III Certification exam.
• Receive one successful Level III Provincial/Territorial Championship evaluation.
• Officiate provincial/territorial minor and adult softball.
• Qualified to officiate at U18 Women / Men or U21 Women FP, Masters 40+ SP, Women SP & Co-Ed SP Canadian
• Attend provincial/territorial or regional clinic annually.
• Write National exam annually and obtain 80% or more.(Writing and passing the Certification test at the Certification clinic will count as writing the National exam for that year only.) Failure to obtain 80% or more on the National exam shall result in loss of that year counting towards a timing prerequisite before moving on to the next certification level and may not be selected for a Canadian Championship in the current year.
• Active in local and regional officiating program.
• Fully certified Level III umpire with a minimum of two years since attending Level III clinic.
• Attend at least one P/T Championship, and have received a successful evaluation to progress to Level IV.
Level IV Training Requirements
• Attend a National Level IV Theory Clinic upon completion of the pre-requisite.
• Obtain 80% or more on the Level IV Certification exam.
• Receive two successful evaluations by provincial/territorial representative and recommendations forwarded to ODC.
• Receive a successful Level IV evaluation at a U18 Women / Men or U21 Women FP, Masters FP, Masters 40+SP, Women
SP & Co-Ed SP
• Provincial/Territorial UICs may request that a tournament be approved for the evaluation of Level IV theory umpire in order
that he/she may receive his/her Level IV practical and be fully certified Level IV. This applies in both fast pitch and slo-pitch. Only tournaments that will be using the 3 umpire system and afford the umpires to be evaluated the opportunity to work each
position at least three times will be considered. The NDU must approve the evaluator who will carry out the evaluations.
• Officiate provincial/territorial minor and adult softball.
• Officiate a Canadian Championship.
• Attend provincial/territorial clinic annually.
• Write National exam annually and obtain 80% or more. (Writing and passing the Certification test at the Certification clinic will
count as writing the National exam for that year only.) Failure to obtain 80% or more on the National exam shall result in loss
of that year counting towards a timing prerequisite before moving on to the next certification level and may not be selected to
a Canadian Championship in the current year.
• Active in Regional and Provincial/Territorial Officiating programs.
• Level IV for at least 2 years.
• Receive a successful evaluation at two (2) events including any of the following: Canadian FP Championships (excluding the U14 and U16 categories), or pre-approved Canada Games, Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship (excluding the Futures tournament), or the 3 Nations Challenge.
• Receive a successful evaluation at one Canadian SP Championship.
Note: P/T Associations may submit events for consideration to be included as a prerequisite for a Level V evaluation. (Minimum criteria – 3 umpire system and minimum nine games per umpire.)
• Certified a minimum of 7 years.
• Endorsed by the Provincial/Territorial UIC.
• Receive two successful evaluations by provincial/territorial officiating representative.
• Recommendation from province/territory.
• After meeting prerequisite criteria, then receive a highly successful evaluation at a (Sr. Women FP, Sr. Men FP, Masters 35+ SP, Sr. Men SP, Sr. Women’s SP) Canadian Championship.
Level V Training Requirements
• Attend an ISF International Umpire Seminar within three (3) years of receiving Softball Canada Level V certification.
• Obtain 90% or more on the ISF International Umpire Certification exam.
• Receive a successful ISF evaluation.
• If ISF Certification is not achieved, the umpire must reapply to attend another ISF International Umpire Seminar within 3 years of the initial Seminar.
• Officiate provincial/territorial minor and adult ball
• Officiate Canadian Championships
• Officiate International and National softball events.
• Supervise Canadian Championships
• Member in good standing, conduct in accordance with code of ethics, and registered each year.
• Write National exam annually and obtain 90% or more.
• Active in Provincial/Territorial and National Officiating programs.
• Active in ODC programs.
• Submit yearly self-evaluation report to National Officiating Development Committee by November 1st.
• Minimum 25 games per season in discipline in which LV certification is achieved.
• Submit an article at least every three years for “Between the Lines”.
• Officiate a Senior Canadian FP Championship/Senior Men’s Canadian SP Championship or an international event within four years to be eligible for selection by Softball Canada to International events.
• If a Level V official is no longer active on the field or is no longer a candidate for International assignments, but is still active in program development and administration, they may request to be advanced to Level VA (administrative) status. Level VA officials must meet all criteria for maintaining an active Level V status with the exception of the minimum number of games criteria.
• Retired Level V. A Level V umpire who does not meet all criteria outlined under “Maintaining an Active Level V Status” will be declared Retired Level VR.