Pub night to support Intermediate/Senior Provincials

The Bandits and Badgers teams from the Red Deer Ladies Softball League are hosting the Intermediate Female A, B, C and Senior Female B Provincial Championships in Blackfalds in late July. To help offset hosting costs, a Pub Night fundraiser is being held on April 21 at Bo’s Bar and Stage in Red Deer, starting at 7 pm. The night will include silent auctions and 50/50 draws as well as lots of fastball fellowship. Tickets are $20 each and include a beverage and appetizers. To purchase tickets or to donate a silent auction prize, contact any member of the Badgers or Bandits, or Ralph Flewelling at 403-318-1155 or flewell@telus.net.

Softball Canada Casebook – download today

The Softball Canada Umpire Casebook is now available to be downloaded from the Softball Canada website. It includes real-game scenarios, with the rule interpretation(s), and It is a must-have resource for any umpire, and used to be sold for $25 or $30. It is now available to all umpires at no charge.

To download, go to https://softball.ca/programs/umpires/resources.

Alberta Umpire Academy

Four sessions have been scheduled for the 2018 edition of the Alberta Umpire Academy. To register for the Academy, contact Alberta Softball Umpire Association UIC Terry Richter at president@asua.ca.

Session 1: Game management

Saturday Feb 24, 1-3 pm in Edmonton

  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • How to detect different situations with people
  • How to diffuse situations
  • How to deal with the aftermath of difficult situations

A security company has developed this training on how to identify situations through body language. The session is appropriate for umpires of all ages and experience. The first 40 people to register are free. Registered after the free 40 will be $20 each.

Session 2: Plate mechanics, Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch

Saturday March 3, 12-2pm
Fast Pitch: Calling ball and strikes with pitcher and catcher (in full gear)
Slo Pitch: Identifying legal and illegal pitches

Session 3: 3 umpire systems, Fast Pitch and Slo Pitch

Sunday March 18, time and location TBA

Session 4: Leadership and diamond presence / Nutrition and fitness

Sunday, March 25,  time and location TBA

2018 RDSUA Clinics

Red Deer Softball Umpires Association has two clinics scheduled for umpire certification for the 2018 season. One clinic will be held in Red Deer, April 14-15, with a second clinic set for Castor on Sunday, May 6.

RED DEER CLINIC

Red Deer Curling Club (Pidherney Centre)

New and second-year officials attend both days; all other officials attend Sunday only

Clinic starts at 9 am sharp each day, with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

CASTOR CLINIC

Gus Wetter School

Clinic starts at 9 am sharp each day, with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

Pre-registration is required, to ensure we have sufficient clinic materials.

For more information, or to register, email info@rdsua.ca or president@rdsua.ca.

Information sheet for Minor Associations

Representatives of the RDSUA were in attendance at the annual scheduling meeting for minor ball associations in central Alberta. The turnout was exceptional, with more than 100 coaches in attendance to compile schedules for all age divisions. As part of the session, the RDSUA provided some updates and information for the 2017 season. That update is available by clicking the link below.

Associations are reminded to submit their schedules to the RDSUA Assignor, at assignor@rdsua.ca, as soon as possible. Each Association is requested to submit the schedules for all teams in the association at the same time, rather than having each coach submit individually.

As well, please ensure that schedules include: Age Division, Visiting Team Name, Home Team Name, Start Time, Diamond # or Name. All of these items are required to allow for the games to be entered into Arbiter, and have umpires assigned. As well, we would ask that contact information for the coach for each team be included (Name, Email, Phone), so that we can update our records, and ensure that everyone is included if we have messaging for all coaches.

Info Update for Minor Associations