Freeze or Fry Tournament

We had the honour of having Ken Wamsley attend our Saturday supper catered by Gloria Tolsma in Blackfalds.

Ken was honored for his upcoming birthday as well as being recognized as a valuable, distinguished retired umpire.

Ken is now the inaugural life member of CASUA.

Some of our Freeze or Fry Umpires

Slash Sports Announces Special Offers for CASUA Umpires

Still looking for a deeply discounted package of equipment for junior umpires?

SLASH SPORTS is is currently unable to offer the previously advertised STARTER PACKAGE to CASUA YOUTH UMPIRES.

Due to a heavy inventory demand for the kits across the country and suppliers who are unable to keep up with demand due to supply chain issues the original kits will not be back in stock before next season.

However Slash Sports is expecting some restocking of higher end gear and continues to offer a 15% discount to CASUA Youth umpires.

Remember to identify that you are a CASUA official and are entitled to the discount when ordering.

The kit would normally include,

  • helmet (mask)
  • chest protector
  • shin guards
  • Ball bag
  • counter
  • Brush

Contact Slash Sports for full details

Not a youth umpire? You can still use the CASUA 15% discount on any other umpire equipment purchase.

Call Slash Sports at 403-347-5274 to check on the youth package and other offers as well as pricing, discount, supply chain issues, etc.

Slash Sports is found on the east side of Gasoline Alley at 303A Larch Close.

Be sure to mention you are a CASUA Umpire when ordering.

Also, remember official Softball Canada clothing is only available from Home Run Sports

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Canadian Native Fastball Championships

The province is looking for umpires for this event August 4 to 6 in Calgary

Umpires are need for this event. If you have any interest please contact Malcolm Murray

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Annual General Meeting Report

At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 22 the following elections occurred,

  • Malcolm Murray was re-elected as president for a two year term
  • Levi Wagner was elected as a director at large for a two year term

Write Your Exam

link to write your exam and definition of numbering and identity of positions on the diamond

Any umpire that wishes to write their exam can use this link.

Once started you have 14 days to complete the exam.

The following pictures will help you understand the test questions for batters, batter/runners, base runners and defensive players.

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Signing up in RAMP

For new and returning umpires, we need you to be signed up in two different RAMP platforms utilized by the CASUA and the ASUA.

RAMP Assigning platform:

The RAMP assigning platform is what CASUA uses for assigning regular league games in central Alberta, and for compiling lists of umpires who are available to work weekend tournaments. It is also a platform we can use for mass emails to all umpires. All members of the CASUA need to have an account within the assigning platform.

If you are a RETURNING UMPIRE in the CASUA from last year, you will use your account from last year. You should log in, and check to make sure your information is still current. Ensure your mailing address is correct.

If you are a NEW UMPIRE this year (or you are returning to the CASUA after a year or two absence), please complete the following steps.

For new umpires:– 

  • go to the following link: http://CASUA.rampassigning.com
  • once at the login page, click the green button to create a RAMP assigning account.
  • Follow the instructions, create a password, fill in the required fields, and your account should be created. 
  • The CASUA may get an email to confirm you as a member, but that will be done ASAP.
  • Please bookmark the site, so that it’s easy to get back to.
  • If you use RAMP for officiating in another sport, use your existing account credentials to login, and we will receive an email notification to approve you being added to the CASUA account.
  • Once you’ve set up your RAMP assigning account, go to your app store for your mobile device and download the RAMP assigning app to your phone or tablet.
  • We will provide more information closer to the start of the season on how assigning works, who the assignor is, etc.

RAMP registration platform

The RAMP registration platform is used by the ASUA for completing the registration process of our umpires with Softball Alberta and Softball Canada. It is a separate platform from the assigning platform used by the CASUA, and requires you to do a separate sign-up process via a separate website link.

If you are a RETURNING UMPIRE in the CASUA from last year, you will use your account from last year. You must log in, confirm you are registering as an umpire for 2023, and answer the questions when prompted. 

If you are a NEW UMPIRE this year in the CASUA, please complete the following steps:

  • go to the following login page: Zone 4 Umpire Branch : RAMP Registrations
  • click on “create an account”. Make sure your password meets the requirements outlined on the screen. 
  • After you have created an Account, you need to “Add family member” which is you. Please fill in all the required information. You will also be prompted to answer some questions. 
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Ken Wamsley – Softball Canada Indicator Award Winner

Congratulations to newly retired Ken Wamsley of Benalto who has been named to receive the prestigious Indicator Club award from Softball Canada..

The award recognizes the expertise offered and time devoted to the umpiring community over four decades.

Ken was an active umpire for more than 40 years working in the Northwest Territories and Alberta and officiated at a variety of major events.


At the local level Ken was extremely active in mentoring new umpires in clinics and on the diamond, and also serving as Umpire in Chief for a number of zone and provincial tournaments.

Ken also worked as a referee with Basketball Alberta for a lengthy career including mentoring and evaluating officials across the province.

CASUA thanks you and salutes your outstanding contribution and dedication to our program

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Welcome to the 2023 season!

All NEW and RETURNING/NOT RETURNING umpires, please read this important letter when you click on READ MORE


January 18, 2023

Hello everyone from the Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association executive.

Welcome to the 2023 season. We realize it’s only the middle of January, but executive members of the CASUA have been busy for the past number of weeks preparing for the upcoming season.

We already know that it will be a busy season, with hundreds of regular season games, the usual slate of tournaments, and several provincial championships in Zone 4. As tournaments and provincials are confirmed, we will be updating the website, the Facebook page, and the landing page on the RAMP assigning platform, so please check those locations regularly. On the website, tournaments and events are found on the right hand side of website pages.

We will keep this initial email brief, as we just want to get everyone thinking about umpiring again and provide a few updates on the information we know at this time. We will be sending out additional updates as we get closer to the clinics and the start of the season.


ARE YOU A NEW UMPIRE?

We welcome you and your interest in becoming an umpire. Please fill out the ARE YOU A NEW UMPIRE form shown below or email info@casua.ca for additional questions.

We will use your form to contact you with information regarding upcoming clinics and your requirements to becoming an umpire. There is no obligation to follow through if you decide not to join the association after further reading on our site.

ARE YOU A NEW UMPIRE FORM>

We recommend that you read through Our introductory package for more information on our program.


DID YOU UMPIRE LAST YEAR?

We want to get an idea of how many umpires are returning from last year’s crew. If you are returning, let us know. If you aren’t returning, please tell us why. If you haven’t decided, let us know what factors are impacting your decision, so we can try and help. Please fill out this form on the CASUA website or email info@casua.ca.

ARE YOU RETURNING/NOT RETURNING FORM >

EQUIPMENT:

If you are looking for equipment, check out Slash Sports in Red Deer for some great deals on umpire equipment packages.

SLASH SPORTS EQUIPMENT PACKAGES >

BACKGROUND SCREENING:

A reminder to all adult umpires (18 years and older) of the requirement to complete Background Screening to be eligible to umpire. Previously, this was only a CASUA requirement, but in 2023 it will be an ASUA requirement. All adult umpires will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector) that will be good for five years or complete a declaration in seasons where a CRC is not required. Check the CASUA website for details, including a letter that should help get the costs of the CRC waived.

BACKGROUND SCREENING INFO >


DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BECOME AN UMPIRE?

If you know anyone interested in umpiring, please get them in contact with us. The best way is to have them send an email to info@casua.ca. We will then contact them to provide information and answer any questions they may have.


CLINICS

Three clinic dates have been confirmed. Umpires need to attend one of these clinic dates. Exact times and other details will be shared closer to the dates. They will focus on mechanics, but with some theory included. Confirmed dates are:

  • Saturday, April 15 – Red Deer, Pidherney Curling Centre
  • Sunday, April 16 – New Norway, Curling Club
  • Saturday, April 29 – Castor (location TBA)

In the meantime, you can start preparing for the season. Your rule book is still good for this year, as is the mechanics manual. It’s never too early to start reviewing the rules and mechanics.


FEES

Registration fees for the 2023 season have been set. They are a little higher than last year, as we return to a more traditional clinic format, and due to a $10 increase implemented by Softball Alberta for umpire registrations. But overall, fees are lower than 2019, thanks to some hard work to keep costs as low as possible. Please note that if Softball Alberta decides not to implement its increase, we will adjust our fees accordingly.

  • First Year/ Level 1: $100
  • Level 2: $125
  • Level 3: $135
  • Level 4: $145

RAMP ASSIGNING AND REGISTRATION

We will be using the RAMP assigning platform again for the 2023 season for assigning minor league play, and women’s and men’s leagues in the central Alberta area, as well as for identifying umpires available to work tournaments during the regular season and provincials.

We will have a new Assignor this year, as Lisa Lemasurier has retired from the assignor role. We extend our sincere thanks to Lisa for her thousands of hours of work the past few seasons. More information on the new assignor will be shared at the clinic.

We will also be using the RAMP registration platform for our ASUA and Softball Alberta registration. Once we have more details, we will update you, but the registration platform is not yet open for registration.


Do you have questions or want information? Check out the following resources:



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Replying to this email will send to info@casua.ca.

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