Softball Canada Blue Convention

The Blue Convention is a major event for umpires organized by Softball Canada every three years. Officials of ALL levels from across the country (and internationally) meet to discuss a variety of topics and participate in a series of workshops to learn and improve their umpiring skills.

The event attracts the top presenters from across the country and the world, discussing interesting topics that are designed to attract both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch umpires.

Start planning now to attend! Hook up with a buddy and share accommodations! Bring a fellow official along! Invite an umpire from the USA or some other country! Workshops are geared to be useful for the rookie umpire right through to the elite umpire. Guest speakers are always entertaining and informative.

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2016 BLUE CONVENTION - Vancouver, BC (March 25-27, 2016)

The official Blue Convention Hotel is the Sheraton Vancouver Airport
7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3, Canada


Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.

Below you will find the appropriate link(s) for your participants to access the site:

Softball Canada Blue Convention 2016
(OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)

Call in information for the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel at 1-800-663-0299.

To ensure you receive the special rate of $119 you must identify yourself as a participant attending the Blue Convention 2016. Cut-off date for this special rate at the hotel is Friday, March 4, 2016.

REGISTER NOW for $160. Sign up for the Instructor/Evaluator Course or the Level 4 clinic (LEVEL 4 clinic is now FULL) for $275 - note this includes your registration to the Blue Convention. Don't forget to join us for the Indicator Award Banquet on the Saturday (banquet tickets $60 each).

Convention starts in the morning of Friday, March 25 and ends with the Indicator Awards banquet on Saturday evening, March 26. If you sign up for the Level 4 (Level 4 clinic is now FULL) or IE Clinic - they will begin on Thursday morning, March 24 and end the afternoon of Sunday, March 27.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION is March 1 - to receive a commemorative shirt. Registration may be received after March 1 but no guarantee for the shirt.

UPDATE Commemorative Shirt with registration no longer available March 1, 2016

Online Registration Form

To confirm your registration or further questions, please contact Donna Ozarko

To print and email/mail the registration:

Email/Mail Registration Form


Youth Development Workshop

Join the best of the best for the 2016 Blue Convention Youth Development workshop at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC Friday, March 25, 2016 from 9 am to 4pm.

We have an excellent team of instructors which includes Frankie Billingsley and Clinton Harvey - both Softball Canada Level V officials with a wealth of National and International experience. And we are extremely pleased to announce that Bob Stanton, the Director of Umpires for the World Baseball/Softball Confederation (Softball Division) will be joining us as well.

Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Topics being considered:

  1. Rules Knowledge: How it will help you out of situations
  2. Presentation on Misunderstood Rules
  3. Basic Mechanics and Positioning
  4. Dealing with the Pressures of Umpiring
  5. Setting and Achieving your Goals

This exciting clinic is being put on to give the youth umpire (ages 13-17) some of the basic tools to be successful on the diamond. These topics cover essential elements that a great umpiring career may be built upon.

Click Here to Register!

    umpire11.jpgHISTORY - Blue Convention Locations

2016 - Vancouver, BC
2013 - Hamilton, ON
2010 - Regina, SK
2007 - Quebec City, QC
2005 - Calgary, AB
2003 - Kitchener/Waterloo, ON
2001 - Fredericton, NB
1999 - Richmond, BC
1997 -  Toronto, ON

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