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Bob Henning Elected Softball British Columbia Umpire-in Chief

October 27, 2009

Vancouver, BC


Bob Henning Elected Softball British Columbia Umpire-in Chief

October 27th, 2009

At the recent 2009 Softball BC Annual General Meeting held in Kelowna,
BC, an election was held for the vacant position of Umpire-in-Chief
(UIC). The UIC position is a 2 year appointment and includes a
concurrent 2 year appointment to the Softball BC Board of Directors.

Bob Henning of Surrey, BC, Canada has been elected as the new UIC of
British Columbia.

Bob is highly respected as an enthusiastic and passionate instructor
of softball officiating and is well known as one of the finest
softball umpires in the world. He began his career working Little
League baseball in 1967, and then elite level men’s Fastpitch in 1969,
joined Softball BC in 1973, earned his Softball Canada Level V in 1988
and attained his International (ISF) certification in 1989.

Bob has umpired in 7 Canadian National Championships, 4 ISC World
Championships, 15 Canada Cup International Women’s Championships, 2
NAIA National Championships, the 1994 World Masters Games, 2
International Challenge Cups, numerous West Coast Classic
Invitational’s, the 2000 International Softball Cup help at the
Olympic Stadium in Blacktown, ACT, Australia, over 25 International
tournaments outside North America, the Australian, Canadian and New
Zealand Senior Men’s National Championships all within one year and
worked the 1993 ISF Junior Men’s World Championship at Red Lion Park
in Auckland, New Zealand and the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championship
held last July in at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
Canada.

Bob has umpired in 7 countries and has taught seminars in Mexico, USA,
Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and has taught at most of the
prestigious Softball Canada Blue Conventions. Additionally Bob taught
at the Softball Canada National Umpire School and was an instructor at
many of the Softball Canada advanced clinics. He also instructed 2
separate ISF clinics in China and stayed on to umpire the Chinese
National Championship in Chungdu City, Sichuan including the Chinese
National Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong.

Bob has been the UIC for numerous Provincial and Western Canadian
Championships, the BC Summer Games, the Vancouver Challenge, many St.
George, Utah Red Rock Invitational’s and was either UIC or DUIC at 5
Canadian National Championships including the 1990 Junior Women’s,
1991 Senior Men’s, 1996 Midget Boy’s, 2005 Junior Men’s, and the 2006
Junior Men’s Fastball Championships.

He will be in charge of a large program of over 1000 umpires that was
previously run by the likes of Umpires -in-Chief Gordie McDonald
(deceased), Wayne King, Tom Bell, Brian Van Os (presently the National
Director of Umpires for Softball Canada), 1996 Olympic umpire Mike
Hornak and the departing incumbent Michael Track.

Bob served on the Softball Canada National Umpire Staff for then NDU
Wayne Brown, serving as a Deputy UIC in 2003 and was a member of the
Softball Canada Officiating Development Committee (ODC). Bob is
currently the Editor of the Softball Canada umpire newsletter ‘Between
the Lines’.

You can contact Bob Henning at 604-790-1166 or e-mail him:
brotherinblue (at) shaw (dot) ca.

Best regards,
Jim Flanagan
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