OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION PROGRAMOther links
Leaving the system
Baseball umpires entering the system
The necessary criteria required in order to advance to the next certification level. E.g. Level I Certification required before advancing to Level II.Training Requirements
The clinic and/or process of education and minimum grade criteria for certification exams.Evaluation Requirement
Written assessment outlining strengths and weaknesses of both on/off field performance.Certification Requirements
Pre-requisite + Training Requirements + Evaluation Requirement (except Level I) = CertifiedOn-field Application
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).Maintenance
Support and preserve the certification level by attending clinics, writing exams, being active in Provincial/Territorial/Regional officiating programs.PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL RESPONSIBILITY
None-New officials.Level I Training Requirements
Attend a Level I Clinic.
Obtain 60% or more on the Level I Certification Exam.On-Field Application
Officiate local minor and adult softball.Maintenance
Attend a local or association clinic once every two years.
Write National exam and obtain 60% or more. (Non-certification year only.)LEVEL II
Certified Level I umpire for a minimum one (1) year and 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.Evaluation Requirement
Receive one successful local, regional or provincial/territorial Level II evaluation.
Officiate local and provincial/territorial minor level and/or local adult softball.Maintenance
Attend regional or provincial/territorial clinic once every two years.
Write National exam and obtain 70% or more. (Non-certification year only.)LEVEL III
Certified Level II umpire for a minimum of two (2) years.Level III Training Requirements
Attend a Provincial/Territorial Level III Clinic (FP or SP)
Obtain 80% or more on the Level III Certification exam.Evaluation
Receive one successful Level III Provincial/Territorial Championship evaluation.On-Field Application
Officiate provincial/territorial minor and adult softball.
Qualified to officiate U19 FP, U23 Women FP, Masters 40+ SP, Senior Women SP & Co-Ed SP Canadian Championships.Maintenance
Attend provincial/territorial or regional clinic annually.
Write National exam annually and obtain 80% or more.
Active in local and regional officiating program.NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Certified Level III umpire for a minimum of two (2) years.
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.
Obtain 85% or more on the Level IV Certification exam.Evaluation
Receive two successful evaluations by provincial/territorial representative and recommendations forwarded to ODC.
Receive a successful Level IV evaluation at a (U19 FP/U23 Women FP/Masters FP/Masters 40+SP, Senior Women SP & Co-Ed SP) Canadian Championship after completing Level IV Theory clinic.
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 ODC will select the evaluator to attend the tournament.On-Field Application
Officiate provincial/territorial minor and adult softball.
Officiate a Canadian Championship.Maintenance
Attend provincial/territorial clinic annually.
Write National exam annually and obtain 85% or more.
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), Canada Games, Canada Cup (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. Womens 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 Mens 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.