Category: News

All Softball Ulster news.

Update Your Team Page

We are in the process of updating our website and would like to see the Ulster teams provide us with new media content, updated contact details and dazzling descriptions to include in the team pages. If you have any information or photos that you would like included on the Softball Ulster website, email and we will include it ASAP.

Examples of things we are looking for include:

  • Photos from the 2020 season
  • Updated contact information
  • Updated training information
  • Social media profiles
  • A quick description of your team
  • A brief history of your team
  • Any other information you would like to share

Media Officer Vacancy

Unfortuantely, for personal reasons, Adam Grant has decided to step down as the Softball Ulster Media Officer. The Softball Ulster Council would like to thank Adam for his contributions during his short time sitting on the council.

Softball Ulster are therefore looking to co-opt a new Media Officer. Could you be our next Media Officer? Follow the link below to take our quiz to find out more about what the role entails, and to read the role description.

To express your interest in the Media Officer position, or to discuss the role further, email Will Gilpin at or private message us on our Facebook page.

Media Officer Quiz:

Media Officer Role Description: Media Officer Role Description

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.

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.