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Week of August 2, 2010:

Province: BC
Name: Jordan
Years experience: 2
Certification Level: Level 1
Accomplishments: Jordan is in his second year of a very promising umpiring future~! Jordan’s love for playing the game of baseball combined with enthusiasm for a part time job led him to his first level one clinic. In his first year, as an under aged, but very keen umpire, he secured the “Rookie of the Year” award from his baseball association. He has never looked back. He demonstrates a proficiency and confidence on the field of someone much older, and is well liked and respected by both players and coaches. A highlight for Jordan this year was that the CTV News did a local feature on him as a minor baseball official on their Perry’s Prospects segment. Jordan was mike’d and filmed while officiating a mosquito league game. He did an outstanding job. Jordan lives in the Fraser Valley and plans to continue playing and officiating baseball for a long time. Both his association and provincial umpire body are very proud to have Jordan representing them!

Jordan en est à sa deuxième année d’une prometteuse carrière dans l’arbitrage. L’amour que porte ce jeune au sport du baseball et son enthousiasme pour cet emploi à temps partiel l’ont mené à s’inscrire à une clinique de premier niveau en arbitrage.

À sa première saison comme arbitre, même s’il n’avait pas l’âge, sa passion pour l’arbitrage lui a permis de mettre la main sur le titre de « Recrue de l’année » au sein de son association. Depuis, il n’a jamais regardé en arrière. Il a démonté une grande compétence et une confiance en lui exemplaire sur le terrain où à peu près tout le monde est plus âgé que lui. Ainsi, il a gagné le respect des joueurs et des entraîneurs.

Un des faits saillants de sa dernière saison est certes l’intérêt que lui ont manifesté les gens du réseau de télévision CTV, eux qui y ont été d’un petit reportage sur lui lors de la partie « Perry’s Prospects » de leur émission « CTV News ». Jordan a été interviewé et filmé alors qu’il officiait un match dans la division moustique.

Jordan, qui demeure à Fraser Valley, a fait un travail remarquable en 2010 et il prévoit continuer à jouer et à arbitrer au baseball pour bien longtemps encore. Autant au niveau associatif que provincial on est des plus fiers de compter Jordan parmi ses membres.

 

 


Week of July 26, 2010:

Province: NB
Name: Amanda
Years experience: 3
Certification Level: Level 1
Accomplishments: Amanda started out as many umpires do, as a player. Amanda had been playing softball since she was 9 and then switched to Baseball at the age of 16 where she played on the New Brunswick Bantam Girls Provincial Team. In 2005 while attending the Baseball Canada Bantam Girls Championship in Fredericton Amanda was impressed that all the umpires at this National Championship were female. This is what inspired Amanda to become an umpire and she started when she was 18. Amanda umpires from Mosquito to Midget regularly and had the opportunity this season to umpire bases for a game in the Southeastern NB Intermediate League. Many coaches and players have been encouraging and have given her compliments on how she umpires games. Amanda lives and umpires in the Greater Saint John area and has been umpiring for 3 seasons.

Amanda, comme de nombreux arbitres, a pratiqué son sport avant d’amorcer une carrière dans l’arbitrage. Elle a joué à la balle-molle durant neuf ans. Puis, à l’âge de 16 ans, elle se taille un poste au sein de l’équipe provinciale de baseball féminin du Nouveau-Brunswick dans la division bantam. En 2005, alors qu’elle participe au championnat canadien de baseball féminin dans la division bantam, une compétition tenue à Fredericton, Amanda est impressionnée par les arbitres qui sont des filles! Voilà une source d’inspiration pour elle. Elle amorce sa carrière d’arbitre alors qu’elle a 18 ans. Amanda officie des matchs dans les divisions moustique à midget sur une base régulière. Cette saison, elle a eu l’opportunité d’œuvrer dans la Southeastern Intermediate League du Nouveau-Brunswick. Plusieurs entraîneurs et de nombreux joueurs de ce circuit l’ont félicité pour ses prestations. Amanda officie là où elle habite, soit dans la grande région de Saint John, et ce, depuis maintenant trois saisons.

 

 


Week of July 19, 2010:

Province: NS
Name: Matthew
Years experience: 4
Certification Level: Level 2
Interests: Umpiring, computers

Accomplishments: Matthew currently resides in Halifax, NS. Matthew started umpiring at the age of 15. He has displayed a natural ability to umpire and continues to seek feedback from his peers to become a better umpire. His umpiring accomplishments include being assigned to work the Bluenose League playoffs and several provincial championships. Matthew has been identified as a potential National Level umpire and has aspirations to work in the major leagues.

Matthew, qui réside présentement à Halifax en Nouvelle-Écosse, a commencé à arbitrer alors qu'il avait 15 ans. Dès le départ, il a affiché de belles habiletés naturelles pour l'arbitrage. Par la suite, il a toujours cherché à obtenir de ses pairs leurs commentaires afin de devenir un meilleur arbitre. Parmi les moments forts de sa carrière d'arbitre, soulignons son assignation pour les séries éliminatoires de la ligue Bluenose et pour plusieurs championnats provinciaux. Pour l'heure, le nom de Matthew est inscrit sur la liste des arbitres pouvant être invités à officier au niveau national! Quant à lui, son objectif est simple : arbitrer un jour dans les ligues majeures de baseball!

 

 


Week of July 12, 2010:

Province: AB
Name: Robert
Years experience: 3
Certification Level: Level 2
Interests: Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Waterskiing, Camping & snowmobiling.

Accomplishments: I currently reside in St. Albert, Alberta. I played baseball up to the Bantam league. I started umpiring three years ago at the age of 11. My father and brother influenced me in becoming an umpire. I enjoy umpiring not because of the money but to help out with the game I love and enjoy playing. Umpiring has taught me to be more professional and build up my self confidence. It is very hard work especially in the heat of Alberta and communicating with players and coaches at such a young age. I have umpired Mosquito and Pee Wee community and competitive leagues. I plan on furthering my umpiring career in the years to come and take the level 3 course next year.

Je réside présentement à St Albert en Alberta. J'ai joué au baseball jusqu'au niveau bantam. J'ai commencé à arbitrer il y a trois ans, à l'âge de 11 ans. Mon père et mon frère m'ont incité à devenir arbitre. J'aime arbitrer, non pas pour l'argent que cela me rapporte, mais plutôt pour l'aide que j'apporte au déroulement de la partie. J'aime tellement ce jeu. L'arbitrage m'enseigne à être plus professionnel et m'aide à bâtir ma confiance en moi. C'est un travail difficile, spécialement dans la chaleur de l'Alberta et quand il faut communiquer avec des joueurs ou des entraîneurs aussi jeunes que moi.  J'ai arbitré des matchs des divisions moustique et pee-wee et des ligues compétitives. Je prévois poursuivre ma carrière d'arbitre dans les années à venir et d'obtenir mon niveau 3 l'an prochain.

 

 

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