2019 Umpiring Awards, Nominations Now Open!

2019 Umpiring Awards, Nominations Now Open!

Softball Victoria is thrilled to announce that nominations are now open for three umpiring awards!

The Margo Koskelainen Victorian Umpire of the Year Award, John Larter Umpire Scholarship and Marjorie Nora Dwyer Memorial Umpire Scholarship are all up for grabs.

The closing date for nominations is April 12th. Information on all three awards with links to their nomination forms can be accessed below.

Margo Koskelainen Victorian Umpire of the Year Award

This award is named in honour of Softball Victoria and Softball Australia Life Member Margo Koskelainen for her contribution to the Victorian and Australian Umpiring program over many years.  Margo’s illustrious career and achievements within the umpiring community are indicative of the qualities required of the recipients of this award.

The award is a perpetual shield and individual trophy and is awarded to the most outstanding Victorian umpire of the year.

Click here for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on 12th April 2019. Please forward all nominations to angela@softballvic.org.au by the closing date.

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here:

John Larter Umpire Scholarship

The John Larter Development Scholarship was introduced in 2006 in honour of one of Victoria’s senior umpires John Larter. John has been a major contributor to the Victorian Umpiring Program over many years and his commitment and achievements are recognised by Softball Victoria and the Victorian Umpiring Committee in the naming of this award. The award is presented to a current Level 1 umpire.

To be eligible to win the John Larter Development Scholarship:

  • The nominee being a competent umpire within the season the award is presented in
  • The umpire demonstrates an enthusiasm for umpiring
  • The umpire consistently demonstrates an above average level of officiating skill
  • The umpire demonstrates commitment to work towards their obtaining their level 2

Click below for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on the 12th April 2019.
John Larter Umpire Scholarship nomination link

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here:

Marjorie Nora Dwyer Memorial Umpire Scholarship

In 1990 Trustees were appointed by Softball Victoria Inc. to establish this Scholarship trust dedicated to the memory of a great ambassador of softball.

Marj’s involvement in softball spanned over 30 years, during which time she was involved as a coach, administrator but more particularly an umpire, having gained her Victoria badge (level 3) and then her Australian badge (level 5) in 1955. Her commitment to umpiring saw her involved on state, national and international diamonds.

Within Victoria Marj was President of the Victorian Softball Umpires Association for three decades and was awarded Life Membership of Softball Victoria in 1975.

Her other involvements during this time saw Marj as a member of Softball Victoria Council and a coach of numerous Melbourne Association teams at Victorian championships.

At a national level Marj was Victoria’s delegate to the Federation for many years, was Australian Umpire in Chief for over two decades, was awarded Life Membership in 1966 and inducted into Softball Australia’s Hall of Fame in 1987.

Marj passed away on May 3rd, 1990 and was posthumously appointed to the newly established Softball Victoria Hall of Fame in 1993.

The purpose for which the Trust is established is to provide a fund for the benefit of the members from time to time of Softball Victoria Inc. for the education, training and advancement of softball umpires, being members of Softball Victoria who satisfy the prescribed requirements.

Click below for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on the 12th April 2019.
Marj Dwyer Umpire Scholarship nomination link

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here: