Respect My Game
“To educate stakeholders in softball, thereby creating awareness of abuse in the game and building mutual respect among its participants, while introducing zero tolerance policies to reduce abusive situations at all levels in all components of the game, thus reversing the decline in leadership roles within the sport.”
Respect My Game Philosophy
We stand alongside all stakeholders of Softball as partners on the same side, working in concert with them to provide a positive Softball experience.
This philosophy encompasses a belief that, by working together with athletes, coaches, officials and spectators, we can impact our sports experience in a positive way.
The Respect My Game Program believes:
- That competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship, and promote the development of good character and other important life skills
- That the highest potential of Softball is achieved when all the participants are committed to the following core principles:
- Trustworthiness involves integrity and honesty
- Respect is what we show each other through sportsmanship
- Responsibility is being accountable and prepared
- Fairness is making sure that everyone competes honourably
- Caring is showing compassion for each person’s role
- Civility is having consideration for others while playing the game
- That by setting high standards of excellence for our own performance on the athletic stage, our sport can model the same pillars of character that we ask others to model
For further information on the Respect My Game Program please check out the link in our menu bar or follow:
Welcome to our Bulletin Boards !!
The Bulletin Board is divided into a number of sections; each with articles relevant to a specific category. So be sure to check out each board to ensure you benefit from ALL the VALUABLE articles by selecting each category in the drop-down list just above our logo.
- Current Bulletins - articles relevant to the current softball season or still of value
- Local League Rule Changes - each year the leagues that we service may change some of there local rules it is therefore important to check this page frequently
- Mentor Program (EOUA) - our association offers a Mentor Program to assist new and veteran officials; check out the bulletin board dedicated to this valuable program
- Previous Bulletins - articles that have been posted in previous years but are still relevant (i.e NOT Archived)
- Tips and Tricks - articles relevant to both the games of Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch, such as Rules, Guidelines as well as Umpire Mechanics that will help you both on and off the diamond.
Injury Report Procedures (Softball Ontario)
As I mentioned at this year's 2012 Fall AGM, I am forwarding to your attention the following steps that should be taken by EOUA officials who sustain an injury during a sanctioned/scheduled EOUA game.
EOUA umpire - on field injury procedure
1. Prepare a report for Softball Ontario with as much detail of the incident as possible. Date,time,location, team names, partner (if applicable) inning, nature of the injury
2. Request the team(s), player(s), partner support the occurrence with their versions of the occurrence. This step done in advance will avoid the "back and forth" ping pong game
3. Forward all supporting documents, reports, letters, emails, X-ray reports from Physician, prescriptions etc. to Stephanie Sutton at Softball Ontario.
4. Copy the EOUA secretary and our Zone FP/SP representatives
What happens at Softball Ontario ?
1. Stephanie Sutton confirms that the umpire is registered with Softball Ontario.
2. Once confirmed that the umpire is in good standing, the claim request and all/any supporting reports etc are forwarded to Wendy Cathcart (Ex-Director) who is responsible for being the liaison between Softball Ontario and the Insurance Company.
3. Wendy Cathcart forwards all information to Crawford & King - brokers for Pearson Dunn Ins. Inc.
4. A representative from Crawford & King will be in touch with the umpire to activate/commence a claim file.
- The more information you have at the beginning and are able to provide... will save a lot of time & possible frustration.
- Softball Ontario claims must be forwarded within 52 weeks of occurrence.
- Softball Ontario has "Excess Medical Coverage" should you need medical care and treatment - Maximum $ 15,000.00
All umpires who have registered with Softball Ontario are protected with Insurance. Insurance is there ... "just in case". All of us can be vulnerable on the diamond and I am sure many of us have sustained "minor" bumps and bruises. The injury maybe "minor today" but can develop into something more troublesome tomorrow. Document the occurrence, even if you DO NOT forward a claim. Who knows, you may need to do so next month!
Also... don't jeopardise your potential claim by refusing to wear protective equipment. Example - If any type of investigation takes place, and it is found that you did not have your mask on ... then those 4 broken teeth will most likely NOT be covered by Insurance.
EOUA Past President