Support4Sport

I believe the Support4Sport program is really the best thing to happen to sport in Nova Scotia in a very long time

Ken Bagnell, President
Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

Lou Davis

Lou
Davis
His name is Lou, but he’s a Jack-of-all-trades
Community Program

For Lou Davis, it’s all about the love of the game – the game of softball. Lou has been on the diamond since the age of eight as a player and has been an umpire (the person(s) charged with officiating the game) for more than 20 years – talk about dedication.
 
“For me, umpiring, softball and sports in general is about tackling a challenge, perseverance, giving back and mentoring. It’s what I love to do,” Lou says.
 
You can catch Lou on the field seven days a week. He not only umpires, but he also evaluates other umpires and mentors them, not to mention the fact that he’s the Chief for Softball Nova Scotia. He travels a lot to make all of this happen. He travels to different areas of Florida and has visited St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. This year, Lou umpired in his seventh world championship.
 
For this globetrotter, becoming a Level 5 international softball umpire was no easy task. He had to do a lot of travelling and sacrifice time with his family. Lou wanted to make it easier for others to achieve their certifications a little closer to home. So Lou applied for funding from Support4Sport, which allowed him to host a Level 4 clinic right here in Nova Scotia. Before they received funding, umpires would have to travel to Newfoundland or Ontario out of their own pocket to achieve their certification.
 
Clinics are an intense process. They are two days long and involve classroom learning, instruction time, on field preparedness, followed by an exam in which you must score 80 per cent or higher. Next, the participants must officiate a championship game, where they are evaluated on the field. If they pass the evaluation, then they have achieved their certification. Lou often evaluates the participants at the championship games. If it is a national championship event, it takes the participants and Lou away from their homes and families for 10-12 days, which can be tough, but Lou says it’s all worth it.  
 
Lou’s love for softball is somewhat of a family affair. His two sons are also accomplished softball players, coaches and umpires. Lou has coached his boys since the age of five, all the way up through their university years, as their baseball coach for St. Francis Xavier University in Antigoinish, N.S.
 
The unique opportunities that this sport presents to Lou are endless and that’s why he keeps going back to the field for more. One of his most inspiring experiences is umpiring for teams that have players with a variety of disabilities. He has even had the chance to umpire the Special Olympics, which Lou says holds a special place in his heart. He has also had the amazing experience of speaking at the National Umpire Convention in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in April 2011.
 
“I love to give back to a sport that has given me so much. Sports is everything to me and has changed my life in so many ways,” he says.
 
When Lou isn’t on the field, you can find him on the courts as a provincial basketball coach, or at his day job. Lou is truly the definition of a Jack-of-all-trades.

Location

Truro, NS
Canada
45° 21' 45.8208" N, 63° 16' 54.9732" W

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