Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

A blog dedicated to news about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League and other happenings in the world of fastball / fastpitch softball in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with occasional stories featuring Mrs Fitzroy Fastball, Fitzroy Fastball Junior and the Caveman. If you have info to send on, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com. Follow @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong win again

from Scott Searle

The Ottawa Valley Strong won 8-1 at the World Masters Games against the Western Spirits from Australia.Yvonne Carleton thew 4 innings of a one hitter before giving way to Chrissy LaForce who finished the game.

Pam-Behnke Van Hoof was 3-3 with a triple and 4 RBI's.  The team is back in action tomorrow at 2:40 against Casey 2 Cans.

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Valley Strong wins big over Brisbane

from Scott Searle

The Ottawa Valley Strong kept up their winning ways at the World Masters Games 45+ women's softball tournament with a 15-0 win over the Tuff 'Ol Chicks from Brisbane, Australia.

Chrissy LaForce threw 4 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit before giving way to Jo-Lynn Ayotte who closed the game out for the Strong. Liz Warren was 3-3 with 3 runs scored as the team once again got off to a strong start as they  pushed across 8 runs in the first inning.

They are back in action tomorrow morning as they try to clinch 1st place in their pool.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

OV Strong improve to 2-0 at World Masters Games

Scott Searle reporting from New Zealand

The Ottawa Valley Strong won their second game at the World Masters Games 12-6 against a team from Australia.  They jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning behing a strong pitching performance from Shyanne Stockie. Stockie picked up 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work.  (Editor's note: see here for an article on Shyanne.)

Kinburn's Jayne Coady threw 2 innings in relief before giving way to Chrissy LaForce who pitched the last inning.

It was a full team offensive effort as the team exploded for 13 hits including massive back-to-back triples from Pam Behn-Van-Hoof and Cheryl Staats for the biggest hits of the day, Chrissy LaForce nearly missed an automatic homerun that nearly rolled down the side of Rangitoto Volcano.

The team will look to improve to 3-0 at 1:00 tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong win their first game

The Ottawa Valley Strong started their campaign at the World Masters Games with a 6-5 victory over the Runnermakers from Australia.

Yvonne Carleton from Saskatchewan picked up the win, with relief from Jayne Coady of Kinburn.  Cathy Kelly was 2-2 and scored 2 runs and Chrissy LaForce from Braeside was 2-3 with 2 RBI's.

The team is back in action today at 1:00 PM.

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10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed soon.

The tournament committee plans on making the 10th edition of the event the best ever. Fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's 9th annual event was won by the CPI Classics of Oswego, NY - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
fastball{at}fitzroyharbour.com
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)

or

Cory Morrison
cmorrison{at}printersplus.net
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2016 Oswego CPI Classics
2015 Kanata Storm
2014 Micksburg Twins
2013 Lake Simcoe Lightning
2012 Toronto Gators
2011 Quebec Seniors
2010 Quyon Flyers
2009 Ottawa Team Easton
2008 Ottawa Easton Thunder

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local Men's Leagues for 2017

A brief round up of local men's fastball leagues for the upcoming season.

Greater Ottawa Fastball League will have seven teams returning from last year.

Blackburn Men's Fastball League will have eight teams this season, with their new player evaluation happening on Saturday.

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League has nine teams this season.

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League will once again have eight teams competing in "Harbour Ball".

Carp Men's Fastball League continues with four teams.

Shawville Men's Fastball League has four teams plus a spares list. They've moved to Tuesday nights.

North Leeds Men's Fastball League lost a couple of teams and is down to seven, with the possibility of one more team being added.

Apparently the New Edinburgh Men's Fastball League in Ottawa, which is admittedly a bit of a mystery, has four teams again this season.

The Ashton Men's Fastball League will continue with four teams unless someone has info to the contrary.

Word is that the Trend-Arlington Fastball League in the Nepean area has folded with many players going to the Glen.

As per the story below, the Kingston Men's Fastball League and the Loughborough Fastball League have merged, likely to have ten teams.

Did I miss any local men's fastball loops in the summary above? If so, let me know at fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Loughborough, Kingston leagues merge

As had been rumoured for a while, it's been officially announced that the Loughborough Men's Fastball League and the Kingston Men's Fastball League are merging for the 2017 season. Some information here: http://www.ckwstv.com/2017/04/12/fastball-leagues-merge/

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ISC player representatives named, including Brad Pender

The ISC has named their 12 player representatives who are from various regions in Canada, the USA and International.

The representative for Canada East is Brad Pender, from the GOFL's Kars Aces and the ISC Kingston Axemen team.

More info here.

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Ryan Wolfe Steals Home

from Scott Searle

Ryan Wolfe batted 2nd in the Softball Ontario Webinar series, and as fans of the sport have seen many times, he hit a double, and then scored from 2nd on a Sacrifice Fly.

Ryan shared practical tips that he learned in his 16 years with the National team and explained tried and true strategies to teach baserunning to young athletes. Ryan drew on his experience as a high school physical education teacher to explain the best way to scaffold baserunning skills to teach it to athletes of all levels.

Coaches from across Canada earned a Professional Development Point to maintain their certification with the National Coaching Certification Program and learned from a great ambassador of the sport, and one of Canada’s top athletes.

Be sure to visit the Softball Ontario website at https://www.softballontario.ca/english/our-programs/coach/softball-nccp/professional-development-points-webinar-series.html to sign up for the remaining sessions.

Up next is the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team to talk about Game Management. John Stuart led Team Canada to Gold Medals at the 2015 WBC World Championship and Pan-American Games. He is currently leading the preparations for the World Championships this summer in Whitehorse as Canada will defend its title.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Scottsearle@rogers.com

Game Management
John Stuart
May 1st

The art of calling the Game (Pitch Selection)
Bruce Casselman
May 15th

Creating a Winning Culture
Chantal Valée
May 29th

Preparing for Elite Competitions
Pat Reid
June 19th


John Stuart
John is the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team. In his first year in this role, he led the team to double gold medals at the World Softball and Baseball Classic (WSBC) and Pan-American Games.

He started his softball career late compared to most as he came from a Baseball background. Started coaching at age 25 while still playing eventually leading up to coaching BC Jr Team to Silver Medal in 2002 at Nationals as well as 4th place finish in 2004. Took over head coaching position of Vancouver Greysox Senior Men's Team in 2005 leading Greysox to National Championship in 2007 first time a Vancouver Team had won a National title since 1966. Was part of support staff for Team Canada Men's National Team at 2009 ISF World Championships. Became assistant coach with Men's National Team in 2010 helping Team Canada to Gold medal at Pan American Championships in 2012 . Took over head coaching position with Men's National Team in 2014 leading Canada to Gold at 2015 World Championship Canada's first World Championship since 1992. Followed up with Gold Medal a month later at 2015 Pan Am Games. Married 23 years to wife Barb have 2 boys Levi 21 and Brodi 17.

Bruce Casselman

Bruce Casselman holds the legacy of being one of the top players to play mens fastpitch in Canada. In the 1990’s he led the Toronto Gators to two ISC World Championships and two Canadian Championships. He was a member of the Senior Mens National Team that won Gold at the 1999 Pan-American Games champion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also represented Team Canada at the ISF World Championships in South Africa. A very humble person, Bruce is most proud to have caught some of the best pitchers from around the world including; Darren Zack, Brad Underwood, Micheal Piechnick, Dean Holein, Chubb Tangerora, Doug Middleton and Steve Price. Bruce moved away from softball to coach hockey in the Ottawa area, but had his passion for the game re-kindled by coaching his daughters u14 team. Bruce is a Softball Ontario Learning Facilitator and provides support on technical skills. More recently he was a Guest Coach with the u21 Men’s Canada Games Program in Ontario where he consulted with the catchers on setting up batters with proper sequences.

Chantal Vallée @coachvalee

Chantal Vallée is in currently in her eleventh season as the Head Coach of the Windsor Lancers Women's Basketball program. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Coach Vallée has built one of the top women's basketball programs in the country here at the University of Windsor, capturing five straight CIS national titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Chantal speaks fluent French, English and Spanish and has a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. Her message and insights apply beyond competitive sports to all aspects of life.
In her off-season at Windsor, she is an Assistant Coach with the Women’s National Team. Most recently she covered the 2016 Olympic Summer Games as an analyst and sports caster.
Some notable awards she has received include:

- CIS Women's Basketball Coach of the Year - 2013-14, 2014-15
- OUA Fox 40 Overall Female Coach of Year – 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015
- OUA West Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year – 2009, 2011 & 2012, 2014, 2015
- University of Windsor Gino Fracas Coach of the Year – 2008, 2009 & 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
- WESPY Awards Coach of the Year - 2012, 2013

Pat Reid

Pat Reid is one of the most successful coaches in Canadian history. He has coached at the highest levels in hockey as well as Athletics is one of the few Level 5 certified coaches in Athletics Canada. Pat was the Director of the High Performance Program "Best Ever '88" for Canadian athletes and coaches preparing for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. Pat has coached or been involved in a technical capacity at 7 Summer Olympics and 5 Winter Olympics Games and he has coached athletes to over 50 provincial and national titles and berths on four Olympic teams. He has been elected to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and currently lives in Edmonton where he works as the Executive Director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission.

In addition to his coaching success, he has a great deal of management experience in sport. While working as VP International for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada), he was the Director of Operations for the Women’s National Hockey Team and general manager of the first IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship. He is credited with the infamous pink jersey decision that ignited press coverage that is viewed as having saved the event which was secretly the Olympic test event to see if women's hockey could attract an Olympic calibre audience. It did and women's hockey was added to the Winter Olympics. Pat also guided Canada’s Junior Men’s Hockey Team to two World Championship gold medals.

Pat is a highly sought after speaker on coaching issues and was the first North American coach to give the keynote address at the annual European Athletics Coaches Congress. He has lectured as a professor in the Human Kinetics department at the University of Ottawa as well as at Algonquin College. While working in Edmonton he is presently completing his PhD at the University of Alberta. He has run the Boston Marathon twice and is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute. Most importantly, Pat played left field for the very successful Elliot Lake Merchants softball team as a young man growing up in Elliot Lake!

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pickering Tournament looking for teams

Planning has started for the 7th annual Pickering Fastball Association Invitational tournament that will be held on Friday - Saturday June 16th - 17th.

Last year there were 12 teams and we can accommodate up to 16 teams. We are looking forward to another strong field this year.

As in previous years the plan is to have every team play 1 game Fri night and 2 Sat (1 in am and 1 in pm) with the semifinals at 600pm and the finals at 800pm Sat night. Likely looking at $375 per team.

Right now we are looking for an expression of interest from each team to help us in the planning. If you know of other teams that might be interested in coming please have them contact me as soon as they can.

Dave Northern
905-706-7873 cell
905-420-0628 home
dave.northern1[at]gmail.com

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Friday, April 07, 2017

OASA Masters news release

from Mike Goodridge

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association will present the 2017 Legends (50+) and Masters (40+) provincial championships, to be held once again in St. Clements, Ontario on July 14, 15, and 16.

Waterloo Legends and Sammy Forbes will once again host the tournament, along with the OASA.

"St. Clements, has proven to be an excellent host with its central location for Masters teams and the many fastball fans who still enjoy watching some of the great Ontario fastball players. With three diamonds and camping facilities, and close proximity to the fastball hub of Kitchener, it is quickly gaining a reputation as a great host" said Tournament Director Mike Goodridge.

As the many Ontario Masters teams start to shake the cobwebs off and begin preparation for the 2017 season, early indications show that all teams that participated last year are returning, plus a couple of new entries in both the Legends 50 and over and the Masters 40 and over Divisions.

The entry fee has risen to $425 for the 3 game guarantee tournament. This the first increase in many years with the $50 increase per team going to the Scholarship fund which has helped so many young fastball students over the past years.

The OASA is reaching out across the province and certainly would welcome teams from the Napanee/Kingston area plus Northern Ontario.

There will be two significant events taking place during the tournament. Darren Zack, who was unable to attend in November at the ceremony, will be formally inducted into the OASA Hall of Fame. In addtion, three ball players will be recognized by the Ontario Masters Hall of Fame: Barry Hammond, Craig Minifie and Brian McGuire.

For more information, please contact tournament director Mike Goodridge at 289 389 9158 or at mikegoodridge2@gmail.com. (Please note the change in email address.)

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Playoff Hockey Pool fundraiser

The Durham Diamondbacks Men's Fastball Team is running an NHL playoff pool. $10 to enter with $1500 in guaranteed prize money. Message Matt Madaglia for details at Mmedaglia88@gmail.com.

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Local women's team at World Masters Games in New Zealand UPDATED

A fastpitch softball team of 45+ local women from the Ottawa Valley (plus a few reinforcements) will be playing at the World Masters Games in New Zealand starting April 22. Coach Scott Searle has taken on the last of leading these ladies as they play in the Recreational division at the event.

Here is their schedule.

Updated with a recent article in the West Carleton Review.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Dick Anthony obituary / Softball Ontario tribute

Info from Erin Durant

Dick Anthony, long time fastball coach, died this week. He was a coach for Orleans and a number of other women's teams. In his coaching career, he earned16 Canadian championship medals. See his obituary here.

Update: Softball Ontario has put a tribute on their website.

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Roger Legendre obituary

Condolences to the family and friends of Roger Legendre, who recently died. Roger was very active in the fastpitch softball scene in Sudbury and was the organizer of the 2012 OASA Men's Intermediate B provincial tournament. Check out his obituary here.

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Broker4Tickets to sell Blue Jays tickets

Broker4Tickets, sponsors of the local men's fastball tournament team, will be offering Toronto Blue Jay tickets for sale this upcoming season. They also will have tickets available for Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens playoff hockey games. Visit their website at www.broker4tickets.com to find out more info.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Softball Ontario Webinar Series

Jeff Ellsworth led off the Softball Ontario Webinar series with a massive homerun. His webinar tonight (March 27) on the “Mental Side of Softball” gave coaches in attendance tangible tips they could use at practice on goal-setting, and ways to help athletes focus on the task at hand. Jeff gave examples from his world-class playing career with Team Canada and the Hill United Chiefs and shared the strategies he used to play at the highest level in the world. He has transitioned to coaching and gave practical examples of hand-outs and activities he has used with the Junior Mens National Team and the PEI Canada Games Team.
 
Be sure to sign in to the next webinar on April 10th. You will hear Ryan Wolfe talk about baserunning. Ryan is one of the best players in the world and before his retirement from elite competition in 2016, Ryan was the longest-serving member of Team Canada. He first joining the Men’s National Team in 2000 and spent 16 years as one of the most successful and feared hitters in the world. Ryan was an exceptional lead-off hitter and many fans tell stories of Ryan leading off games with a hit, followed by two stolen bases. During his tenure on the team, the team won Bronze Medals at the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championships, Silver at the 2002 Pan American Championship, the 2004 ISF World Championship, the 2006 Pan-American Games, and Gold medals at the 2008 Three Nations Challenge, 2015 WSBC World Championship and 2015 Pan-American Games.

Coaches will receive 1 PD point for signing in to each session.  You can register for the full series at the link below.
 
 

Topic
Presenter
Date
Mental Side of the Game
Jeff Ellsworth
March 27
Base Running
Ryan Wolfe
April 10
Game Management
John Stuart
May 1
The art of calling the Game (Pitch Selection)
Bruce Casselman
May 15
Creating a Winning Culture
Chantal Valée
May 29
Preparing for Elite Competitions
Pat Reid
June 19

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bellechasse QC Men's Tournament

Men's Fastball Tournament
June 16-18
Bellechasse (St. Gervais and Ste. Claire), Quebec
Approx 30 minutes southeast of Quebec City

Open to Men's and Junior Men's Fastball teams.

Entry fee: $500
4 games guaranteed
Up to $7000 in prize money with 8 teams

Please contact Mathieu Roy for more information at mat.roy16[at]hotmail.com

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kingston League team seeks pitching help

The 2017 ball season is just around the corner and the RJB Fury are looking to add to their pitching staff for the Kingston Men's Fastball League campaign which will feature a revamped league for the upcoming season.

Are you in the Kingston area and interested in throwing for the RJB Fury? Contact Allan at allan.etmanski@gmail.com for more information.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seeley's Bay team looking for a pitcher

from Blair Warren

The Seeley's Bay men's fastball team is looking for a pitcher to play for us in the North Leeds fastball league. Our games are Tuesdays and Thursday's and away teams include, Athens, Westport, Lyn, Greenbush and Eastons Corners. We are a group of guys 25+. Team is a nice balance of competitiveness and beverage drinkers after the games. Any help our leads would be great. I can be reached through email at blair.warren8@gmail.com.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kingston Axemen to host tournament July 14-16

from Facebook / Twitter

The Kingston Axemen are excited to be hosting their second tournament in three years.
When : Jul 14-16,2017
Where: Kingston, ON
Ball diamond facility: to be announced as soon as details are confirmed
Entry fee: $450 CA
Guaranteed 3 games
Prize Money: to be paid to top 4 teams. Amount based on # of teams entered

The Axemen look forward to bringing some top level men's Fastpitch to the Kingston area once again. The tournament is an open level event and invite all teams to bring their best!

At this point we have commitment/interest from the following teams.
Elmira Expos, CPI (New York state), Toronto Batmen, ESA Thunderbellies (Pennsylvania), Donnacona Blue Sox(Quebec), Broker for Ticket(Ottawa), New York Bombers, Wiarton Nationals.

We can accommodate up to 10 teams. Please contact us regarding any questions about the tournament. We look forward to hosting a great weekend of Fastpitch!

Contact info:
Email: kingstonaxemen@gmail.com

Brad MacDonald cell: 613-583-2128

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

ASA 2013 bats now certified for Men's fastpitch

According to the Softball Canada website, bats with the ASA 2013 stamp are now certified for adult male fastpitch (Men's and U21).



This is a change, as these bats were previously not permitted as per Softball Canada rules for fastball.

Bat certification for women's and minor fastball have not changed.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ottawa Women’s Softball Team prepares for 2017 World Masters Games

Story in the Pembroke Daily Observer about a women's masters team preparing for a trip to New Zealand.

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UOttawa to host Canadian Collegiate Softball Association 2017 championships

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association announced today on Twitter that the 2017 host for the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association national championship tournament will be the UOttawa GeeGees.

This university level tournament will be held at the Ottawa R.A. Centre on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glen Cairn league seeks pitchers

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in Kanata is looking for a couple of pitchers to help round out their 2017 rosters.

The league plays once a week at the AY Jackson diamonds. If interest, please contact the official pitcher recruiter of The Glen, Tony Macdonald at macton17@hotmail.com.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Daryle Meek obituary

Daryle Meek, who was mentioned in this previous blog posting, died last week.

Condolences to his family and friends, many of who, like Daryle, have been involved in local fastball.

Obituary here.

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Stittsville Girls U14 Rep team hosting tryouts


Stittsville Minor Softball Pee Wee Rep Tryout 2017

Who: Girls at the Pee Wee level U14 (13 and 14 years old)
Birthdates: Jan 1, 2003 to December 31, 2014

Tryout dates:
Tryout #1-March 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm (please arrive for 6:15 pm to register)
West Carleton High School Gym (Dunrobin)

Tryout #2- March 9, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm (please arrive for 5:45 pm to register)
South Carleton Highschool (Richmond)

Cost- There is a $20 tryout fee due on March 7th payable in cash or cheque at the door.

**Please note- girls must attend both tryouts to be considered to make the team. If you are not able to make both sessions or have questions, please Dan Rollin at rollinfamily@rogers.com.

If you are interested in coming to the tryouts, please send an email  to rollinfamily@rogers.com with your name, age, and previous team you have played for.

Please note-

Rep ball is different from the Selects teams.

Selects is not as competitive as Rep, but is designed as stepping stone from House League into a more competitive style.  Players on the Select team play on a House League team as well.  You should expect your child to play one or two nights in House League, and continue to play and practice into the summer with the Selects team.

Rep is a more competitive league.  These players do not play in House League.  You should expect your child to have two practices each week and one or two games. The games will be played in either Montreal or in and around the Ottawa area, which usually fall during the week but may be on the weekend. As well as 3-4 tournaments a year.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Squirt / Peewee Boys Tournaments in Oshawa

Oshawa is excited to be hosting a weekend tournament this year from July 14-16, 2017 for both squirt and peewee divisions.
The first 8 teams in both U12 and U14 divisions will be accepted.  
Entry fee is $300 with a 3 game guarantee.
Contact Chris Noel at chris_noel@sympatico.ca.

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GOFL league meeting Monday February 27

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League annual winter meeting will be held Monday February 27 at a top secret location. If anyone is interested in attending, please email fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.

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Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration now open

Registration for "The Glen" is now open on their website.

The GCMFL captain's meeting & 2017 draft will be held at the Kanata Sports Club on Sunday April 9th from 4 to 6 pm.


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Bob Easy receives Mayor's City Builder Award

Bob Easy, a local fastball umpire, was recently given an honour by the City of Ottawa:

Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

February 22, 2017
Announcements and Events
Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bob Easy at today’s City Council meeting.
Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counseling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.
In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009/10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.
Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. In 2003 Bob, assisted by Sharon Shouldice of Stittsville, organized a tournament in support of Tori Carswell, a child cancer victim in the area. Bob also volunteers as a Santa and last year he played Santa at Munster’s first Santa Claus Parade.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.
Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.
The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier


from Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all teams in Canada East who haven't yet qualified for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI.

The qualifier will be a double knockout event with a paid entry & travel money for the winner. Additional invites will be made available to teams based on their finish in the qualifier and other ISC CE qualifying events.

Entry fee is $450. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com

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2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship


From Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all U21 teams in the Canada East region. It will be a divisional round robin with a single-elimination playoff round.

Paid entry & travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI will be available for the winner. 

All teams are encouraged to attend the ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids given the Canada Games event this summer.

Entry fee is $450 for our Canada East event. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd - ftode739@rogers.com

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Erin Durant honoured at Ottawa Sports Awards

Congratulations to Erin Durant, being honoured tonight at the Ottawa Sports Awards for her 2016 accomplishments in softball.

In additional to her on-field abilities (see below), Erin is a big online and in-person supporter of softball in the area, for both women's and men's, especially the Greater Ottawa Fastball League where she can be seen at games cheering on her husband Brad Pender. Not just a fan of the GOFL, Erin also suited up for a GOFL regular season game and is to date the only female player ever to participate in the league.

Congrats Erin!

SOFTBALL – ERIN DURANT:

Erin played for the Bytown Belles this summer, a team that went on to win a silver medal at the senior women’s provincials. When her team decided not to compete in the nationals, she was picked up by the Whitby Eagles to play at the tournament in PEI. Her great fielding and hitting skills spurred her on to be selected as an All-Canadian outfielder. The former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player helped coach her old team during the fall months and also won a local league title. This Prescott girl now lives in Ottawa where she works as a lawyer.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

OASA announces tournament hosts for 2017

Here is the list of all the OASA tournaments from Junior Mite to Masters for the upcoming season:

Jr Mites U8 Provincial East - Sydenham, August 12-13
Jr Mites U8 Provincial West - Drumbo, August 12-13
Mites U10 Qualifier West - Drumbo, July 29-30
Mites U10 Qualifier East - Fitzroy Harbour, July 29-30
Mites U10 Provincial - Ponsonby, August 19-20
Squirt U12 Qualifier West - Durham, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Qualifier East - Grafton, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Provincial - Napanee, August 12-13
Peewee U14 Elimination - Napanee, June 30-July 2
Peewee U14 Provincial - Stouffville, July 29-30
Bantam U16 Elimination - Cobourg, July 7-9
Bantam U16 Provincial - Drumbo, August 5-6
Midget U18 Elimination - Owen Sound, June 30-July 2
Midget U18 Provincial - Jarvis, July 29-30
Jr Men's U21 Provincial - New Hamburg, June 23-25
Jr Men's U21 Special Event - Kitchener/Waterloo, July 6-9
Intermediate Men's East - Sydenham, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's West - Innerkip, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's Grand Final - To be announced, Date TBD
Masters 40+/50+ - St. Clements, July 14-16

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Softball Canada seeking summer intern

from Softball Canada


Softball Canada Internship

Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on January 23, 2017
Softball Canada is a non-profit member-based National Sport Organization that provides a range of opportunities for softball athletes, coaches, officials, clubs and Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations through the development, delivery and promotion of softball programs and services at the National and International level.
Internship Opportunity: May 1 – August 25, 2017 (Five days per week or 37.5 hours)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Job Summary:
Softball Canada requires an energetic and ambitious individual for an exciting internship within our office in Ottawa. In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to: program development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, event management (Canadian Championships and Softball Canada events), as well as assisting in the Triple Play, CanPitch and Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to eleven (11) Canadian Championships
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles for newsletters, social media, updating Softball Canada’s web site, and assisting in media releases
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including answering phones, filing, processing resource orders, etc.
  • Other duties as required
Qualifications:
  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Event management
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A creative self-starter with the ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines
  • Be registered as a full-time student in a community college or university in the 2016-2017 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Compensation: To be determined (Please note that housing or transportation is not provided)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada Attn: Mike Branchaud
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: mbranchaud@softball.ca
www.softball.ca
We would like to thank all candidates for their applications but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

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Stittsville 56ers to field Women's Junior Team this season

Announcement from Stittsville Minor Softball Association


Stittsville Minor Softball Association is pleased to announce this newest addition to its competitive program for the upcoming 2017 season:  Welcome to the Stittsville Womens Junior 56’ers!

The Junior program is for softball athletes at the next age level after Midget, who aspire to continue playing in a competitive venue, aspire to further develop their skills both individually and as team contributors, are keen on keeping it fun, and want to continue to be a part of the sport they have grown to love.

Womens Junior-56’ers will be headed by John Campbell.  There are plans underway for off-season sessions, leading to pre-season spring-board and then take-the-field in May!

SMSA will announce updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact John directly.  He will be happy to help with any questions.  John can be reached at jcampb8297{at}rogers.com.

Welcome Stittsville Womens Juniors!
SMSA Executive

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Remembering the Rock in Fitzroy

With the recent news that Tim Raines was finally elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, I thought it was a good time to remember the time that The Rock almost played a game for West Carleton Electric on June 23, 2009. We tried to convince him to suit up, but instead he came to the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre and watched Manotick Lomor Printers defeat the Electric 7-1.

As per the game story, Trevor Lahey had the win for Manotick with Cal Medynski launching a solo home run and Trevor Power hitting a 3RBI triple (?!). Steve Cavanagh took the loss for WC, and Adam Brown, who had his offered of his left field position to the Rock declined, had the home team's only RBI.

Here's a photo of Tim with WC shortstop Trevor Barton from that night.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Softball coaching clinic to be held in Stittsville

National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics.  Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.
Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $250 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017 
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON(Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: March 25 and 26, 2017
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON (Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

On field evaluation - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Dates: to be scheduled between May 3 -7, 2017

NOTE: coaches can get reimbursed 70% of the cost of the clinic (to a max of $400), plus mileage, (up to $200 for mileage) from a program called Quest for Gold:  http://coachesontario.ca/q4g/bursary-program/

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Carlington Park to possibly get upgrades

Jon Willing's (Ottawa Sun) City Hall Blog reports that the City of Ottawa may upgrade Carlington Park softball diamonds if Ottawa is awarded the Canada Games in 2021.

Once top flight diamonds that hosted International Softball Congress, Ontario Amateur Softball Association and other big money invitational tournaments for men's fastball, Carlington is need for some work.

It would be a great location to see men's and women's U21 fastball at the 2021 Canada Games.

Story here: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-hall-blog-city-sports-facilities-get-8m-in-upgrades-if-ottawa-hosts-games

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

December 13, 2016 – Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.
The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.
“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.
“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher. 
More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.
The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.
For additional information, please contact:
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, OH

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Competitive Softball Coach Clinic to be held in Ottawa area


National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – Introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics. Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.

Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $226 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $113 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Feb 18 and 19, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

On field evaluation - $113 plus HST
TBD:

For more information or to indicate your interest, please contact kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NCCP "Advanced Hitting" Webinar

from Scott Searle

The National Coaching Certification Program is now asking coaches to participate in activities that enhance their coaching to reinforce “values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.” All coaches in all sports will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points.

For more information, you can check http://coach.ca/maintenance-of-certification-s16745 Softball coaches will need to obtain 20 points in a 5 year period.

The Softball Ontario Coaching Committee is committed to creating as many opportunities for coaches to obtain these points as possible.  We will plan coach development sessions that will be linked to PD points in conjunction with events that coaches already attend like symposiums, Canadian and International Championships and other events as often as possible.  We recognize that coaches are amazing people, who are taking time out of their busy lives to coach other peoples kids, and often paying money out of their own pocket to do so.  We recognize that coaches are busy, and often involved in other sports.  To help coaches obtain these points we are also planning a webinar series where coaches can obtain points from home.

If you have any questions, or concerns about this process please feel free to send me an email at Scottsearle@rogers.comAdditionally if you have any suggestions or requests for webinars, I would love to hear them.

Our first webinar is on “Advanced Hitting”.  We have organized a panel of some of Canada’s best coaches and hitters to share tips on hitting.  The panel is from 11-1 AM on Saturday, November 26th in Oakville Ontario.  If you can’t join us in person, please join us online and register at http://www.softballontario.ca/?lid=GA7QU-VS3KE-XV44T  Online participants also qualify for two PD points. 

I hope to see your name on the list! Our panel has:
  • 27 Years of National Team Experience
  • 13 Canadian Championship Gold Medals
  • 6 Canada Summer Games Appearances with 3 different provinces
  • 3 Pan-American Games Gold Medals
  • 2 WSBC World Championships
  • 1 Olympian

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