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The big news for our association in 2020 is that we officially have changed our name from the Red Deer Softball Umpires Association to the Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA).
The process has been underway since late 2019 when we started work on designing a new logo. While working on the logo design, we recognized that Central Alberta better represented the region that we serve and incorporated the new name into the logo. We also completed the registration process under the Societies Act.
We have also updated our website address: casua.ca. We have rebranded the Facebook page, but that URL remains the same: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RDSUA . Make sure you update your web bookmark and join the Facebook page, if you haven’t already.
Check out our online store where you can purchase clothing and other items with the new name and logo. Purchases also help the association, as we receive a 10 percent rebate on sales. The Central Alberta Umpires Shoppe is hosted at the following website:
Clinics and Development
- The CASUA is planning based on the hope that in-person clinics will be allowed for 2021. Currently, the CASUA clinic weekend is scheduled for April 10-11 at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer.
- The ASUA Education Committee is planning to hold online education and development sessions in the new year. The sessions will focus on various aspects of umpiring and will be very useful to umpires of all levels and years of experience.
- As well, if in-person certification clinics are not allowed, the Education Committee will be working on an online clinic format.
- Online certification level exams are not likely to be available until the end of February.
Keep an eye on your inbox for updates are being hosted. Updates and details will be provided as we get more information from Softball Alberta and ASUA.
Softball Canada Female Umpire Bursary
Softball Canada has created a Development Bursary Program for female umpires looking to develop and promote their knowledge and expertise. The program runs until March 31, 2021 and provides financial assistance towards initiatives that will advance the development of female umpires. This grant opportunity will focus on:
- Female umpire development
- Female coach development
- Removing financial barriers to accessing programming
- Increasing the number of female role models in Softball across Canada
If any umpire in the CASUA is interested, contact CASUA President Malcolm Murray, as the application does need a letter of support from CASUA. Also, if you have any suggestions for a proposal that could be submitted by the CASUA, let us know.
For more details on the bursary, go to the Softball Canada website:
Applications for Nationals and Westerns
As everyone is aware, all Western and National championships last year were cancelled, and the Canada Summer Games scheduled for August 2021 have been postponed to 2022. Applications for 2021 Western and National championships are now being accepted from qualified umpires. Applications must be submitted to Malcolm Murray by December 20, and then CASUA submits for review by ASUA by December 31.
Dates and locations for Western Canadian championships aren’t known yet. The list of dates and locations for Nationals are on the Softball Canada website:
If you are interested in applying, contact Malcolm Murray for the application form as soon as possible.
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