December 9, 2009

Toronto, ON

NORTH YORK, ONTARIO- Softball Ontario's Umpires Program encourages its Junior Development and Intermediate Umpires to join the best of the best for Softball Canada's 2010 Blue Convention YOUTH CLINIC at the Regina Inn and Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan) on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Leading this clinic is Bob Stanton of New Brunswick, who is currently the Umpire in Chief of the International Softball Federation. Bob, the former National Director of Umpires for Softball Canada, jumped at the opportunity to lead the clinic.
Also instructing are two Umpires who represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Nancy Morrison of New Brunswick and Greg Pipher of Ontario,both experienced instructors who have a special interest in developing youth officials. Finally, we have Mr. Lyle Balogh of Saskatchewan joining them in instructing this clinic. Lyle’s passion is developing younger umpires in Zone 1, and is a true believer in the program. He brings years of experience and a passion which is second to none.
Cost: $50.00
Topics to be covered:
1.    Rules Knowledge: How it will help you out of situations
2.    Basic Mechanics and Positioning
3.    Dealing with the pressure of Umpiring
4.    Setting and Achieving your Goals
The exciting clinic is being put on to give the youth umpire (under 18) the basic tools to be successful on the diamond. These four topics each represent one of the four pillars that a great umpiring career may be built upon.
The program will have two (2) sessions on in the morning and one in the afternoon and will no doubt be inspiring for those in attendance. The Blue Convention Host Committee will be providing lunch for all those in attendance.  Now is the time to register for the clinic, be the first in your association to sign up for this once in a life time clinic. Come and learn from some of Canada’s top instructors!
Softball Ontario is the sole provider of Junior Development and Intermediate Umpires Program for the game of softball in the province of Ontario. Softball Ontario offers the following to its participants who attend a Softball Ontario Junior Development Umpire Program clinic:
  • Accident and Liability Insurance Coverage
  • 4 hours of Instruction from a top Notch Softball Ontario Umpire Instructor
  • A Junior Development Manual
  • A Softball Ontario Junior Umpire T-shirt
  • A Softball Ontario Respect My Game Card
  • A Softball Ontario Respect My Game Manual
  • A subscription to the Junior Blue E-Newsletter
For information about the 2010 Blue Convention Youth Clinic, please contact Donna Ozarko at Softball Canada via email to or by calling
For information about Softball Ontario's Junior Development or Intermediate Umpires Program, please contact Steph Sutton at Softball Ontario via email to or by calling 416-426-7150.
Softball Ontario is the governing body for the sport of softball in Ontario. Our goal is to promote and develop the sport of softball for its athletes, officials and volunteers by providing programs and services at all levels of competitions.

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