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CASUA Scholarship

The CASUA Scholarship Fund supports Association members enrolled in full-time post-secondary education and/or training programs at a recognized post-secondary institution. The scholarship is funded by voluntary contributions from Association members and external donations.

A maximum of $500 may be awarded per season (May 1-April 30), based on the number of qualified applicants. An individual applicant may apply for a maximum of $250.

Applicants are reviewed by a committee which determines the number of scholarships to be awarded, and the value of each scholarship for the current year. Application deadline is June 30.

Application Criteria

  1. Member in good standing with the CASUA for the current season.
  2. Have umpired regularly through the CASUA during the current season.
  3. Provide evidence of acceptance into a full-time post-secondary program at an accredited institution in Canada or the United States. Eligible programs include college or university or trades apprenticeship certificate, diploma or degree programs.
  4. Submit a short essay (maximum 250 words) outlining how umpiring has had a positive impact on your growth as an individual.

Send applications to the President

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Scholarships

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Rule Changes Summary

2019-2021

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Mechanics Clinic Held in Lacombe

Thank you for attending the mechanics clinic in Lacombe for our rookie and newer umpires.

Hope you found it interesting and picked up some useful tips to start you in your softball umpiring career.

Anyone still needing shirts or pants, the website has been updated with new items.

As a side note, my wife is especially thankful that most of the equipment and clothing was taken!

If you have not written your exam, please do so while the information is still fresh in your mind.

Anyone who still has to pay for your membership, you can make an e-transfer to Brad Lyon. Remember without your payment you do not have insurance coverage.

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CASUA Awarded Winter Games Grant

CASUA is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund which will be used to promote our program by supporting recruitment, training, and retention of school age umpires.

The grant be put to work once we are back on a solid footing following the Covid pandemic restrictions. For the official announcement, please see this

Our thanks and appreciation to the Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund for helping to promote the growth of sporting officials.

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Ron MacKenzie – Seasons of Service

We received this letter from Ron MacKenzie one of our senior umpires who has moved to Calgary.

As all our members are part of the executive through your membership it seems appropriate to share the letter with you.

Ron is a great mentor to our younger officials, as well as a comedian. The letter follows

It is the small moments that help us remember all the years together on the ball diamonds, through good weather, wet weather, storms, and whatever Mother Nature produced.

The countless hours that the executive put into the Red Deer Zone (CASUA) has produced some of the best umpires and are ranked #1 in the province — maybe not by some observers, but I certainly think so. After witnessing the two main zones, we are as good or better.

Your mentorship and ability to lead the younger and older umpires has really paid off in many ways, as our numbers are the highest in the province for working umpires. This is evident in the fact that all the other zones rely on us to fill the gaps.

May you and all the others keep up the hard work and maintain the standard of excellence that we have strived and become known for. If we continue to do so, we will maintain our high rating for umpiring in Alberta.

Two sayings that I have used time to time in my career to decrease the tension in a game: TOO CLOSE: TOO CLOSE TO CALL, SAFE! and WHEN IN DOUBT, NOT OUT!

In closing, I hope that all your balls and strikes lead to a quick game with no problems. Be honest, umpire your best, and most important of all, have a good time!

Yours in Umpiring,

Ron MacKenzie

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Softball Canada Cancels 2021 Canadian Championships

Focus shifts towards Provincial/Territorial and Regional Play

Ottawa, Ont. – After carefully considering the health and safety of its members and consulting with its Provincial/Territorial Associations, Softball Canada’s Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all of its Canadian Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch Championships for a second consecutive year in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Softball Canada annually hosts a total of ten Canadian Championships which were scheduled to be held across eight different provinces between late July and September this year. Softball Newfoundland and Labrador had previously relinquished its rights to hosting the U19 Men’s, Men’s and Master Men’s Canadian Championships last month.
 
“Cancelling the Canadian Championship for a second consecutive year was a decision we did not take lightly and we share in the disappointment of the athletes who were looking forward to competing for a national title” stated Scott Neiles, President of Softball Canada. “With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became increasingly apparent that the health risks and travel restrictions would not allow for proper representation from across the country. Our focus has now shifted towards supporting regional events to give athletes an opportunity to compete outside of local league play if public health and safety conditions allow.”
 
With the hope that the Atlantic bubble will allow inter-provincial travel amongst Atlantic Canada once again later this summer, Softball Canada has partnered and is finalizing plans with the Atlantic Provincial Softball Associations (NB, NL, NS and PEI) to bring a number of regional events this summer that will be aimed at the provincial team level. Although the Canadian Championships will not be played, this avenue will create an outstanding opportunity for provincial teams from Atlantic Canada to compete at a unique high-level competition. Further information on the format, costs, registration, etc. will be available in the near future. The following dates and locations have been secured for the Atlantic Canadian Championships:

AGE GROUPDATESLOCATION
U14 Girl’sAugust 12-15Newfoundland & Labrador
U14 Boy’s and U16 Boy’sAugust 12-15Fredericton, N.B.
U16 Girl’sAugust 12-15Prince Edward Island
U19 Women’sAugust 5-8Nova Scotia
U19 Men’sAugust 5-8Carbonear, N.L.
Women’sAugust 19-22Prince Edward Island
U23 Men’s and Men’sTBDNewfoundland & Labrador

The remaining Provincial Associations will be looking at the possibility of creating similar opportunities for regional play between neighboring provinces providing public health and safety restrictions will allow them to take place.

Currently, all Provincial and Territorial Associations are working towards a safe return to play in their respective areas with the hope of league play, tournaments and provincial/territorial level tournaments. Softball Canada looks forward to continuing to work with its Provincial/Territorial Associations to support play and to assist with potential regional competition opportunities this summer.

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