Softball Canada To Seek New National Director of Umpires
Thursday, April 25, 2013
(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada announces that Brian Van Os has decided to retire from the position of National Director of Umpires, a position he has held since 2008. Throughout his tenure, Van Os was at the helm of the Officiating Development Committee (ODC) and oversaw many great advancements within the officiating program. He will continue to serve as Softball Canada’s National Director of Umpires until the completion of his term on October 1st, 2013.
Van Os became a registered Softball Canada umpire in 1981. He was both a Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch official throughout his umpiring career. He has also been involved administratively with Softball British Columbia and Softball Canada since 1985, serving in numerous different positions. He was involved in umpiring at the international level from 1986 to 2001, including the 1988 ISF Senior Men’s World Championships and the 2001 ISF Junior Men’s World Championships. He served as Softball BC’s Umpire-in-Chief from 1989 to 1997 and later joined Softball Canada’s Officials Development Committee (ODC) in 2002, notably working on the evolution of the rulebook and offering rule interpretations to the umpiring community.
He also served as Deputy Umpire-in-Chief at the 2009 ISF XII Men’s World Championship in Saskatoon, SK, and will hold the same position this summer at the 2013 ISF X Junior Women’s World Championship in Brampton, ON (July 1-7, 2013).
Softball Canada would like to thank Brian Van Os for all his contributions to the officiating program to date, and is looking forward to his continuing interest.
With the position of National Director of Umpires now open for the next term, Softball Canada will be going through an application process to fill the position.