Every year, Baseball Alberta and the Umpire Committee honors umpires within Baseball Alberta who have contributed in a positive way to making the game of baseball in Alberta great. These are the specific awards for umpires who have all contributed their time and effort to baseball. These awards are presented annually at the Baseball Alberta Annual Awards Banquet as well as the Level 4/5 Super Clinic Banquet.
Umpire Hall Of Fame
Presented annually to an individual(s) who fulfills the following criteria; has demonstrated loyalty and dedication to the umpiring program in Alberta; has assisted in the development and education of fellow umpires; has demonstrated leadership in his/her umpiring community; has provided encouragement, support and opportunity thereby fostering growth in fellow umpires and in the Baseball Alberta Umpire Program.
|2021||Mitch Ball (Lethbridge)||2022||Don Buskas (Edmonton)|
|2019||Jeff Donnelly (St. Albert)||2018||Corrie Davis (Sherwood Park)|
|2017||John Byrne||2016||John Bresler (St. Albert)|
|2015||Chris Chelmick (Edmonton)||2014||Roy Mills (Vegreville)|
|2013||Gwen Young (Lethbridge)||2012||N/A|
|2011||Bryce Paton (Calgary)||2010||N/A|
|2009||N/A||2008||Dennis Dancey (Pine Lake)|
|2007||Ted Derpack (Spruce Grove)||2006||Frank Hornby (Calgary)|
|2005||Albert Durbano (Drumheller)||2004||Jim Edwards (Peace River)|
|2003||Al Johnson (Red Deer) & Thomas Langlois (Calgary)||2002||Maurice Laplante, Vic Hogan & Perri Gavin|
|2001||Barry Pozzo & Bryan Keith||2000||Herman McMann, Ed Shaw & John Kelly|
|1999||Orest Tarkowski & Nick Bochansky||1998||Murray Service, Dan Brown, Paul Riopel & Dennis Pipella|
Murray Service Umpire Of The Year
This award is based on the ability and commitment of Alberta umpires that are entering the National program.
- Must be Nationally Certified (ie - Level, 3, Level, 4 or Level 5).
- Must be capable of umpiring all levels of baseball within the province.
- Must have shown a willingness to improve their skills, thereby giving the teams and organizations a top quality official for their events.
- Must have contributed to the umpire programs through any of the following: mentorship, instructing, assigning games, provincial representation regionally and/or nationally, or in assisting the Umpires Committee with programs that will benefit the umpires in Alberta.
|2021 - Marcus Erlandson (Fort McMurray)||2022 - Graham Grieder (Spruce Grove)|
|2019 - Brad Johnston (Airdrie)||2018 - Rick Burns (Sherwood Park)|
|2017 - Tyler Bourne (Sherwood Park)||2016 - Darren Dekinder (Sherwood Park)|
|2015 - Brandon Strocki (Stony Plain)||2014 - Jeff Chipley (Sylvan Lake)|
|2013 - Brian Lees (Edmonton)||2012 - Mitch Ball (Pincher Creek)|
|2011 - Stephen DeLude (Calgary)||2010 - Gerald White (Grande Prairie)|
|2009 - Dave Bisanti (Calgary)||2008 - Jeff Donnelly (St. Albert)|
|2007 - Bryce Paton (Calgary)||2006 - Matt Payne (Edmonton)|
|2005 - Brock Mulligan (Bon Accord)||2004 - Josh Clark (Cochrane)|
|2003 - Trevor Durie (Edmonton)||2002 - Jon Oko (Edmonton)|
|2001 - Don Buskas (Wetaskiwin)||2000 - David Salmon (Edmonton) & Pat Vincent (Slave Lake)|
|1999 - Chris Chelmick (Edmonton)||1998 - Noel Stock (Lacombe)|
|1997 - Jim Edwards (Peace River)||1996 - Maurice LaPlante (Edmonton)|
|1995 - Corrie Davis (Edmonton)||1994 - Perri Garvin (St. Albert)|
|1993 - Al Johnson (Red Deer)||1992 - Ted Derpack (Spruce Grove)|
|1991 - Dan Brown (Edmonton)||1990 - Orest Tarkowski (Edmonton)|
|1989 - John Potter (St. Albert)||1988 - Calvin Mah (Edmonton)|
| Junior Umpire Of The Year
Presented annually to a promising young umpire whose age does not exceed 25 years, who has attained a minimum NUCP Level 2 certification, has displayed dedication, a willingness to learn and improve their skills as a baseball official throughout the course of the year.
|2022 - Ty Hoglund (Camrose)|
|2019 - Brett Bilida (Edmonton)||2021 - Clayton Wandler (Red Deer)|
|2018 - Ethan Maze (Spruce Grove)||2017 - Michael Ozga (Red Deer)|
|2016 - Paul Moroz (Edmonton)||2015 - Graham Grieder (Spruce Grove)|
|2014 - Andrew Kozial (Sherwood Park)||2013 - Steven Ridley (Edmonton)|
|2012 - Terran Gimpel (Calgary)||2011 - Robert Feaster (Calgary)|
|2010 - Devon Redekopp (St. Albert)||2009 - Brandon Strocki (Stony Plain)|
|2008 - Tyler Bourne (Sherwood Park)||2007 - James Walter (Beaumont)|
|2006 - Jeff Chipley (Sylvan Lake)||2005 - Siobhan Doherty (Millet)|
|2004 - Shane Hoetmer (Westlock)||2003 - Ryan McEachern (Camrose)|
| Steve Bluett Hero Award
Presented annually to an umpire who, through both word and action, demonstrates some or all of the characteristics of our dear friend, Steve Bluett: courage and tenacity in the face of adversity, an ability to motivate and inspire, a commitment to self-improvement, resiliency, grace and generosity.
|2022||Declan Lord (Sherwood Park)|
|2021||John Bresler (St. Albert)|
|2020||Rick Burns (Sherwood Park)|
|2019||Don Buskus (Wetaskawin)|
|2018||Kris Hartley (Calgary)|
Distinguished Service Award
Presented annually to an umpire who has demonstrated a lengthy (minimum 20 years), dedicated, loyal, and respected service as an active umpire in Alberta.
|2022||Rolf Swanberg (Calgary)|
|2021||Gavin McConnell (Spruce Grove)|
|2020||Dale Elder (Calgary)|
|2019||Wally Footz (Edmonton)|
|2018||Harvey Norstrom (Edmonton)|
Umpire Leadership Award
Every successful program has people who have a vision for progress and the leadership skills to turn vision into reality. Such people are the backbone of any organization and truly lead us forward.
Over the years, there have been a number of people in our organization that have put in the consistent effort, often unrecognized, that keeps our programs running smoothly and efficiently. They often also continuously strive to improve upon existing programs and in addition to creating new programs.
With that in mind, this award will be presented to an umpire that has provided outstanding leadership to the Baseball Alberta umpire community. This award celebrates the accomplishments of the recipient and acknowledges the commitment that they have made to improve our umpiring programs through the years.
|2022||Jeff Donnelly (St Albert)|
|2021||Jon Oko (Edmonton)|