Umpires Still Needed In Many Communties

As teams are gearing up for the season so do the umpires.

The start of the season is only a few weeks away, and Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA) is finding that many communities are seriously short of returning and new umpires.

Recruiting new local umpires is very important in being able ensure umpires are available to work U11 and U13 games and help reduce travel costs for your Association. 

If CASUA is not able to secure sufficient officials in a community, there is the likelihood that certified trained officials will not be provided for all your games. And in the unlikely event that umpires are available elsewhere, your association will incur large travel expenses.

We urge you to talk to your neighbours, schools, etc. to get more people into your local program.

Games pay the umpire $40 per game for about an hour and a half of work, and umpires can choose which days and times they are available to work. Weekend tournaments can pay up to $200 or more 

We have four clinics scheduled: April 13 in Penhold, April 20 in New Norway, April 21 in Rimbey and April 27 in Castor.  For details please see our website.

The following illustrates areas where, based on current numbers, we predict shortages of officials, and the number of new umpires we are still looking for:

  • Bashaw (2-4)
  • Delburne (2-4)
  • Blackfalds (2-4)
  • Innisfail (4-6)
  • Olds (4-6)
  • Ponoka (2-4)
  • Red Deer (10-15)
  • Sylvan Lake (10-15)
  • Rimbey (2-4)
  • Stettler (4-6)

If you have questions, please email [email protected]

Annual AGM Has Taken Place.

The AGM took place on Wednesday April 10 at 7 p.m., with Doug Smith being elected to the position of vice-president. All other positions were unaffected.

Thank you to all those who took time to attend the Zoom meeting and offer their advice to the organization.

Canadian, Western and Provincial Umpires Selected

The following Zone 4 umpires have been selected to a variety of Canadian, Western and Provincial Events.

TJ GeertsmaCanadianU17 A Girls FPJuly 31-August 4, 2024Calgary, AB
 Sheri MorbeckWesternsU17 A Boys & Girls FPAugust 8-11, 2024Port Alberni, BC
 Austin TrieberProvincialU17 A Girls FPJune 28-30, 2024Calgary, AB
 Cameron KreilProvincialU17 A Girls FPJune 28-30, 2024Calgary, AB
 Jesse BaronProvincialU17 A Girls FPJune 28-30, 2024Calgary, AB
 Miles TrieberProvincialU17 A Girls FPJune 28-30, 2024Calgary, AB

Congratulations to each of you for your dedication, continued learning and improvement to get you to this stage of your careers.