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 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 or IE Clinic - they will begin on Thursday morning, March 24 and end the afternoon of Sunday, March 27.

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

REGISTER TODAY for the Early Bird rate!

Blue Convention Session Descriptions


The world is changing – especially the way we interact with it and each other. With the development of hand-held digital devices information consumption and production is easy for everyone. Join us as we look at how web-based and mobile apps, video and other technology platforms can be used to grow and support your association and help individual umpires learn and progress.

Program Growth                            

As softball prepares to launch a new growth phase across the country our umpire programs need to be able to grow with the sport. We will share development ideas and best practices to recruit, develop and maintain umpires.

Base Mechanics                              

From inside out and rimming to leading edge and seeing the gap, we’ll focus on the latest in being a great base umpire.

Plate Mechanics                              

Plate umpires have a lot to do in the course of a game and we’ll look at it all. Working the slot, framing the zone, GPA, release and trailing the runner and much, much more, you’ll come away with new ideas – we guarantee it!

Rules & Resources                                    

Was that obstruction or interference? How do I find out how to rule on that latest crazy play? Our rules experts look at the resources available, how to use the rulebook and a few sticky examples to challenge your rules knowledge.

First Impressions / Presence     

“You only have one chance to make a first impression”. Truth is, after that first impression you have to continually manage your personal brand as an umpire. Learn some of the tricks to make players, coaches, fans and supervisors believe YOU are the right person for the job!

Personal Growth                            

While there are lots of people who can make an impact on your umpiring career, only YOU can manage your own development. Where should I start? How do I find your way to where you want to go? What are reasonable goals anyway? Can I really work the Olympics? Learn how to make, manage and reach your goals from those who have been there, done that!

Fitness, Health  & Safety               

High-performance athletes demand high-performance umpiring. We are seeing increased demands on elite umpires to be physically fit and present a youthful and positive body image. Come here the latest ideas on fitness testing and how you can look after your health during that long season or tournament.

Game (Management) Leadership                         

Above all, great umpires are great leaders. Whether your personality is quiet and unassuming or passionate and exuberant, you can learn how to leverage your strengths to lead your blue team and the other participants to effectively manage a contest. 

    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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