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 [email protected] 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.
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 [email protected].
If you are looking for equipment, check out Slash Sports in Red Deer for some great deals on umpire equipment packages.
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.
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 [email protected]. We will then contact them to provide information and answer any questions they may have.
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.
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
Your fees include the following,
- Membership in the CASUA, Alberta Softball Umpires Association, Softball Alberta and Softball Canada
- Softball Canada Insurance
- In-person clinic and lunch
- Rulebook, Mechanics manual
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:
For more information email to [email protected].