JAN. 13, 2017, 6:19 P.M. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY – Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California has been appointed as one of the newest members of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee, the WBSC announced today.
The new composition of the nine-member, gender-balanced committee covers the five Olympic continents — Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.
Christina Drumm received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with amazing people all over the world to assist umpires in their quest for greatness,” said Drumm. “I’ve been fortunate to be trained as an umpire and UIC at the highest levels by USA Softball and I am excited to contribute at a global level.”
The global umpire committee members oversee umpire activities and programs in their respective territories, working with the Director of Umpires on training and certification courses, including the web-based Ump School. The committee also reviews rule changes and provides rule interpretations, while bringing recommendations to the WBSC Softball Executive Board.
This reinforced global umpiring committee — whose members have been part of a combined 59 softball world championships and have extensive Olympic softball experience — also addresses strategies to bolster growth and training among officials, as the popularity of softball among players and school programmes continues to expand.
“As our sport continues to grow throughout the world and particularly in emerging territories that are launching new national championships, it is important that our officiating programmes also expand in order to ensure the integrity and healthy growth of our sport,” said WBSC Softball Director of Umpires, Bob Stanton. “I am confident that this highly experienced and dedicated expert group will help shape and implement our overall strategy to meet the growing worldwide demands of our sport.”
WBSC-SD Regional Umpire Coordinators Committee:
Director of Umpires — Bob Stanton (Canada)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, Africa — Vincent Maoeng (South Africa)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, Asia — Haruhi Goto (Japan)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, Central America & South America — Santos Vasquez (Puerto Rico)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, Europe — Pavel Prachar (Czech Republic)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, North America — Christina Drumm (United States)
Regional Umpire Coordinator, Oceania — Wayne Saunders (New Zealand)
Special Projects Coordinator — Margo Koskelainen (Australia)
Special Projects Coordinator — Marlies Struyve (Netherlands)
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).
For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org