Chief Umpire Vacancy

Further to the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 28th November, the Softball Ulster Council has an ongoing vacancy in the role of Chief Umpire. The Council are eager to see this position filled and are offering the opportunity for suitable volunteers to put themselves forward for the role. If you are interested in taking on this important role, please email your self-nomination to before 6pm on Friday 11th December 2020. All applicants will be considered.

See below for full job description –

SOFTBALL ULSTER Guidelines for the role of Chief Umpire


This appointment is on a voluntary basis with a defined term of two years.  The Softball Ulster Council is responsible for the organisation and strategic development of the sport of softball in the region of Ulster.  Softball Ulster is itself answerable to Softball Ireland (SI), the organising body of softball on the island of Ireland.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Work directly with the Chairperson and SU Council to implement the rules of softball and maintain or develop the bylaws.
  • Promote the valuable role of umpire within the region of Ulster.
  • Liaise with the Secretary to review the bylaws in the pre-season and incorporate rule changes implemented by WBSC/ESF.
  • Discuss any changes to the rules and regulations with the league umpires in the pre-season.
  • Plan, organise and budget for umpire training courses.
  • Liaise with the Competitions Officer to prepare a schedule of umpire cover for the regular SU league and SU tournaments.
  • Liaise with individual teams to ensure that their home grounds are suitable and safe for league play, ensuring adequate insurance cover for SU league games.
  • Liaise with the Treasurer in the ordering of new umpire equipment for league umpires.
  • Liaise with the Secretary to circulate any information to umpires through club contacts.
  • Maintain or develop the umpire match cards and ensure umpires email these to the Secretary and Competitions Officer after every game.
  • Lead any disciplinary procedures in the region of Ulster.