Softball Canada Resources

Between the Lines – Newsletter

Between the Lines is a publication of the Softball Canada Umpires program. The publication is dedicated to the development of softball officiating in Canada by communicating news and information of interest to the Canadian umpiring community.

Rule Changes

Rule Changes – 2019-2021 Please note due to the pandemic the rulebook will not change in 2021 as it normally would.

Softball Canada Casebook

The Casebook is the bible for specific examples that may not be clear from reading the rulebook.

It is broken into sections the same as the rulebook.

It is completely searchable.  Once you are in the book on a laptop or desktop machine press and hold the CTRL button and push the letter F.  You can then enter any term you want and the book will then show you all the occurrences of that term.

Try out the casebook

You may download the casebook to your own device for future use.

Umpire Toolbox

Softball Canada’s Umpire’s Toolbox is where umpires can access public resources to help improve their skills. In the Umpire Toolbox, you will the following information:

  • the WSBC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) mechanics manuals for 1, 2, 3 and 4 umpire systems, which been adopted by Softball Canada in fastpitch;
  • a summary of the rule changes approved for 2017-18;
  • bat check protocols; and
  • unapproved bat list

Access the Umpire Toolbox

Umpire positioning

*Note: *Softball Canada uses the WBSC Field Mechanics for 1 & 4 Umpire Systems in Slo-Pitch

Bat Regulations

Umpire Exam

Once you have been told to write the exam, you can go to the following location to write your exam.

Taking the exam too soon may result in you writing last year’s exam, meaning you would then have to do a second one.

Online Umpire School

Note: this is

  • a paid service ($20 U.S. per year)
  • Softball Canada uses almost the same rules as the WBSC, so be wary, and consult the Softball Canada rulebook for exact Canadian rules
  • the content is very good, the software will
    • take tests of 10 or more questions
      • give immediate feedback on your answers
      • allow you to take tests on specific areas
      • develop a study plan
      • keep stats
      • good method of study if you wish to progress to higher levels.

Umpire School (WBSC version)