Author: Chairperson

Jonny Craven Appointed as Chief Umpire

The Softball Ulster Council would like to congratulate Jonny Craven (2020 Umpire of the Year) on his successful appointment as Softball Ulster Chief Umpire following a vote at the 19th January Council Meeting. Jonny has agreed to join the Softball Ulster Council and take on the responsibility of recruiting, training and scheduling umpires during the 2021 season. No doubt Jonny’s connections from his time playing on the Smokin’ Aces, Belfast Angels and Belfast Sliders will help him in this new role.

Jonny Craven

Information on the 2021 Umpires Training Course will be shared on the SU website and social media channels in the coming months.

If you wish to contact the Chief Umpire, you can do so by emailing

The current makeup of the 2021 Softball Ulster Council is outlined below.

Softball Ulster Council 2021

Many thanks to all the members who attended the Softball Ulster Annual General Meeting 2020. We would like to congratulate Glenn McKnight on his re-election to the role of Competitions Officer, Adam Grant for his first term on the Council as Media Officer and former Secretary (2015-2019) Andrew Craven who was elected to the role of Chairperson. Glenn, Adam and Andrew will join returning Council members Jocelyn Horton, Vice Chair, and Will Gilpin, Secretary.

Softball Ulster would also like to thank departing Council members Rachel Bourgault, Phil Wallace and Kerry Gottschalk for all their hard work over the past few years, most notably during the 2020 COVID pandemic. Phil served as Media Officer for two years before taking on the role of Chief Umpire in 2018, passing on Media Officer to Kerry at this time. Rachel joined the Council in 2018 as Vice Chair and ascended to Chairperson in 2019 when Jay Slevin concluded her term at the 2019 AGM.

For more information on the new Softball Ulster Council, their roles and responsibilities, and their contact details, please see the full list below.