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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

North Leeds league adds a team

from Terry McCann
The North Leeds Men's Fastball League has added a team this season and will feature eight squads.

The league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a 14 game schedule starting May 24 and ending July 26, followed by playoffs.

North Augusta is the new team, joining returning teams from Athens, Greenbush, Lyn, Seeley's Bay, Westport and two teams from Eastons Corners.


Shawville League expands to five teams

The Shawville Men's Fastball League has expanded from four to five teams this season after conducting their player draft last night.

The West Quebec league plans on playing Tuesdays, with some Friday night games. They also plan on hosting another tournament after last year's successful event.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Death of Gayla Weatherall

Gayla Weatherall from Constance Bay has died today after suffering a heart attack earlier this week.

West Carleton Softball, the West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League and the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Association have lost a great volunteer. Condolences to her husband Brent (Chico) and her son Jaxon.

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Blackburn League seeks players

The Blackburn Men’s Fastball League is looking for players 18+. All skill levels and positions required. Each team plays 1-2 games per week at the Blackburn Arena Diamond. 21 game regular season with a minimum of 2 playoff games.

Interested players are encouraged to contact Derek Bergeron for any questions: Bergeronderek[@]gmail.com


Sunday, April 08, 2018

Softball Coaching course coming to Stittsville

Stittsville Minor Softball Association will be offering the Softball Ontario "Competition - Introduction" coaching course. This course is open to all coaches interested, and is held over two weekends.

Weekend 1 -  9am to 5pm on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd, at the Goulbourn Recreation complex
Weekend 2 -  9am to 5pm on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th , at the Goulbourn Recreation complex

GRC address is 1500 Shea Road, Stittsville ON K2S 0B2

Weekend 1  - $285.00
Weekend 2  - $170.00

The Costs includes the Softball Ontario Coach Fee, Classroom & Gym rental and lunch.

Reminder. Once you have completed the weekends, you can apply to the “Quest for Gold” program, which is funding to support coaches who have completed these workshops.

Visit - http://coachesontario.ca/qfg/ for more information to get reimbursement for the program.

To register


- Click Register On Line at the top of the page.
- If you are already a member with the SMSA, log into your account.
– If you are not a member of the SMSA, you will need to create an account.
- click “register to Play/Participate
- choose the registrant – Register Now
- Click Weekend 1 coaching Certification clinic.

For more information, contact Al Read at aread@solowaywright.com.

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John Dry named to USA Softball Men's National Team coaching pool

John Dry, of Olean, New York has been named to the USA Softball Men's National Team Coaching Pool.

John has been a longtime member of the NY Bombers men's team and has also played with the Elkland Thunderbellys in the past. John is a fixture at the Elkland Labour Day tournament and has also played in the Gil Read Tournament.

I can say from personal experience that John is a great mentor and teacher when it comes to hitting in fastpitch.

Congrats JD.

Coverage here.


Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Scott Searle named Junior Men's National Team Leader

Softball Canada has announced that Scott Searle of Ottawa will be the Junior Men's National Team leader for the WSBC World Tournament (U19) in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan from July 7th-15th, 2018.

Scott was an assistant coach for Team Ontario at the Canada Games last summer in Winnipeg and has been active leading coaching clinics. Scott has also coached at the ISC World Tournament.

Congratulations Scott!

UPDATE - Scott has also been named the head coach for Team Ontario which will compete at the 2021 Canada Games.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Greater Ottawa Fastball League upcoming season

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League plans on having seven returning full time members for the 2018, with an "affiliated" team playing a single game versus each GOFL member club, which will count in the standings.

Members teams will play each other member three times, plus a game against the affiliated team for a total of 19 games.

GOFL teams include the defending champions Micksburg Twins, Stittsville 56ers, Quyon Flyers, Ottawa Valley As (playing out of Carp), West Carleton Electric (playing out of Fitzroy Harbour), I4C Victory and Kars Aces (both playing out of Manotick). The affiliated squad - name to be announced - plans on playing some games out of Kemptville.


Durham Diamondbacks NHL Playoff hockey pool

The Durham Diamondbacks are running an NHL playoff hockey pool. $10 per sheet and they are due in on April 14.

$1500 guaranteed payout!
1st: $1000
2nd: $400
3rd: $100

Email Derick at dbulley@hotmail.com for details.


Softball (still) alive and well in Fitzroy

I help administer the youth softball league in West Carleton, with our five different partners in Constance Bay, Dunrobin, Kinburn, Carp and Fitzroy Harbour.

I am pleased to say that currently we have 115 boys and girls from ages four to nineteen signed up for the various age groups with Fitzroy Minor Softball. Now, granted some of the kids that sign up are from the outskirts of Fitzroy, not necessary the village itself - but keep in mind that Fitzroy's population is about 600. That's a pretty number of softballers signed up!


Harbour Ball back with eight teams

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League is planning on being back in 2018 with eight teams once again. "Harbour Ball" has a 14-game regular season with teams playing once a week on Wednesday or Thursday at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre diamonds.

Team sponsors are to be determined, but the league plans on a captain's draft to choose up sides later this month.

Plans are also in the works for another men's recreational fastball tournament in Fitzroy, tentatively scheduled for the June 22-24 weekend.


Blackburn League has eight teams this season

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League in the east end of Ottawa will have eight teams for the 2018 season. The league plays a 21-game regular season on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at the Blackburn Arena diamond.

Teams this year are the same as last year:

  • Bandits
  • Goodfellows
  • Rogues
  • Knights
  • Braves
  • Guzzlers
  • Blue Jays
  • The Heat


Sunday, April 01, 2018

List updated: Minor softball registration open in most areas

More updates below.

Minor softball registration is open for most associations. Here are a few in our area looking for kids to sign up:

West Carleton: http://www.wcminorsoftball.ca
Stittsville: http://www.stittsvillesoftball.org/site/
Orleans: http://www.orleanssoftball.com/
McNab-Braeside: https://mbminorball.ca/

Thanks for those that sent in the following additional associations:
Rideau-Osgoode: http://www.romsa.org/
Richmond-Munster: http://www.rmmsa.org/
Gloucester South: http://gsysa.ca/
Barrhaven: http://barrhavenchildrenssoftball.ca/registration/

UPDATE - Two more for the list:
Lyn: http://lynsoftball.ca/index.html
Front of Yonge: http://www.mallorytown.ca/

ANOTHER UPDATE - a few more:
Greely: http://greelysoftball.pointstreaksites.com/view/greely/
Kemptville Girls: https://www.northgrenville.ca/
Micksburg: http://www.leaguelineup.com/micksburgtwins

If you have others to add to the list, send info to fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

ISC East 2018 tournament

from Blair Setford
With some spring in the air, we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the 2018 ISC Canada East Qualifier tournament in Mitchell June 15-17.

With the ISC World Tournament being held in Kitchener this August, interest in the Qualifier is at unprecedented highs. We already have 14 teams registered with paid entries for this year's tournament - several of which didn't play in last year's qualifier!

We're expected a record-breaking event and we want to ensure that your team is a part of it.

The best way to secure your spot is to send in the entry fee asap. We want to be as accommodating as possible to all of our past supporters but there may come a time when we have to cap the # of teams entered - and we don't want you to miss out. The deadline for entry is May 15.

Our preferred method of payment for the $475 entry fee is via safe, secure and convenient Interac E- Mail transfer.

If you have any questions about the qualifier, please don't hesitate to contact any of us at the below coordinates.

Blair Setford blairjs[at]gmail.com
Joe Todd ftode739[at]rogers.com
Kyle Smith kyle.smith[at]ballparkradio.com


Softball Ontario seekns Coaches Program Committee Chair

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Softball Ontario is now accepting applications for the volunteer position of its Coaches Program Committee Chair.  The successful candidate will be an active part of Softball Ontario’s National Coaching Certification Program, which is an opportunity for Coaches across Ontario to enhance their softball coach education.  

To help Softball Ontario run a successful Coaching Program, Softball Ontario is looking for a Chair who will take on the task of attending and leading all the Coaches Committee meetings and overseeing daily operations in conjunction with Committee Members and the Softball Ontario's Technical Program Specialist to ensure assigned tasks are completed by their deadlines. Knowledge and experience in coaching softball is a requirement.

Highlights of the qualifications and responsibilities of the Softball Ontario’s Coaches Committee Chair include:

  • Strong communication and administrative skills
  • An excellent understanding of the National Coaching Certification Program
  • Must be a "Certified" in Competition-Introduction, Softball Coach
  • Must sign Softball Ontario's Confidentiality Agreement
  • Must complete Softball Ontario's Volunteer Application
  • To schedule, establish an agenda and chair Coaches Committee meetings
  • To delegate duties as required to Coaches Committee Members and follow up on the completion of these duties
  • To communicate closely with Softball Ontario's Technical Programs Specialists, Softball Ontario's Executive Director and report to Softball Ontario's Board of Directors
  • To determine the Softball Ontario’s Coaches Committee budget (with assistance Softball Ontario Staff)
  • To prepare and present the Coaches Program Report to Softball Ontario Board of Directors at their two (2) annual meetings
  • To organize and ensure the smooth running of Coach Developer training in conjunction with Softball Ontario's four (4) Master Coach Developers
  • To ensure the delivery of the National Coaching Certification Program for Softball in the Province of Ontario
  • To oversee Softball Ontario's Coaches Symposium
How to Apply
All interested candidates are asked to apply in writing, expressing their interest along with a detailed resume outlining your Softball, Coaching, Facilitating and professional background and qualifications for this position. Applications should be sent no later than April 30, 2018 - 4:30 pm.

In the coming weeks, Softball Ontario will collect and evaluate all applications, and choose a candidate. Softball Ontario is confident that the Coaches Program will be a huge success and will produce future Coaches of tomorrow.

Email your resume to Steph Sutton at ssutton@softballontario.ca, for consideration.


Friday, March 09, 2018

Durham Diamondbacks fundraiser

The Durham Diamondbacks men's fastball team is conducting a "March Madness" fundraiser.

If you'd like to participate, the entry fee is $10.

For more on how to sign up, email mmedaglia88@gmail.com for details.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Death of SMSA volunteer Ben Wilson

Just today I learned of the death of Ben Wilson, a volunteer with Stittsville Minor Softball Association. I didn't know Ben well, but had dealt with him many times on scheduling issues for minor softball in our area and always enjoyed our interactions as he was an intelligent, helpful, personable guy.

He died last month at 47.

A nice tribute on the SMSA website reads as follows:

By Melanie Driver

It is with great sadness the SMSA community shares the loss of one of their volunteers as Ben Wilson passed away from a heart attack on January 23rd.  At just 47 years old, the baseball community has truly lost a very special person this week.  Ben has been in charge of scheduling games and practices for the entire house league and competitive programs for the last 3 years.  He was a tremendous asset to the SMSA team as he received countless last minute requests for field time and was always available to help find something.  The 2017 season brought a new set of challenges with the relentless rain and cancellations but Ben was able to recover the vast majority of all games by continually shifting times and fields to accommodate teams.

Ben was originally from New Hartford (NY) and he brought his gentle, laid back American demeanor with him when he moved to Canada.  He was a thoughtful, caring individual who loved to have fun and always had time for a friend.  He was tireless volunteer, and a father of 3 who loved his family.  He was a dedicated head coach for children’s teams, and a ball enthusiast who devoted numerous hours to the kids he coached.  A more genuine person you will not find.

Thanks to Ben for the countless hours he put in to our association helping provide a place for some 500 kids to play ball each year.  On behalf of everyone at SMSA, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and we wish them brighter days ahead.

Rest in peace my friend, you will be deeply missed.

Respectfully yours,
Stittsville Minor Softball Association

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament - Richmond Hill / July 6 - 8

The inaugural Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament for intermediate men will take place July 6 - 8, 2018.

The long standing Richmond Hill Fastball League tournament is being re-branded to commemorate the contributions of Michael J Scott to Goulding Park Minor Softball and the North York Fastball League.

Teams will be guaranteed 3 round robin games with playoffs on Sunday. The playoff format and payouts will depend on how many teams enter. Entry fee will be $400 -$450. The pulled pork and the coldest beverages you could ask for will be available at Town Park. Games will also be played at nearby Crosby Park.

Deadline for teams to confirm will be Friday June 15th.

Feel free to spread the word on this tournament to other teams or contacts that you have that you think might be interested in participating.

Interested teams looking for more details are asked to contact either:

Joe Van Der Valk at joevv1@gmail.com 647-281-6108 


NCCP Professional Development Points Webinar Series - Andrea Wolfe

NCCP Professional Development Points Webinar Series

Our 2018 Webinar Series lineup continues! Each webinar is 1 (one) hour in length (8:00 pm EST on the dates listed).

Those who register will be granted 1 (one) Professional Development Point per webinar.

Pricing: $15.00 (plus HST) per webinar

Registration for Webinars close at 1:00 pm EST on the presentation date.
                                                Click the image below for more information!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

OASA seeking Canada Games 2021 coaches

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) is seeking applications for the head coach and assistant coach positions for Team Ontario Men's Softball that will participate in the 2021 Summer Canada Games. More information here: http://oasa.ca/2018_Info/team_on_coaching.pdf.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Death of Steve Bedard

Steve Bedard, a longtime umpire from the Cobourg / Trenton area, who was also involved in the Bradford-Cane tournament, has died. Al's Fastball has the story here.


Saturday, February 03, 2018

Softball Canada Internship opportunity in Ottawa

Softball Canada Internship

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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: April 30 – August 24, 2018 (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 Timbits Softball Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to twelve (12) 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
  • 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 2017-2018 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2018-2019 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 19, 2018
Compensation: $15/hour
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

We would like to thank all candidates for their applications, but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Innerkip Minor Ball hosting tournaments

From Peter VanBoekel, Innerkip Minor Ball

We have finalized the dates of our Tim Horton’s Classic tournaments in Innerkip for June 2018.  

New for this year will be a two day tournament for 8 Peewee boy teams and 8 Bantam Boys teams.  This weekend will also feature the Sr. Canadian Men’s Camp being held at our park at the same time.  So this would be a fun weekend with great ball to play and to watch.

Atom (U10) Boy’s & Girls - June 15-17th 
Squirt (U12) Boy’s & Girl’s - June 22-24th
Peewee (U14) Boy’s - June 9-10th
Bantam (U16) Boy’s - June 9-10th

We have 4 diamonds available for the Atom and Squirt weekends so it would be nice to get 20+ teams again for both of these weekends and make this one of the biggest tournaments to play in all summer.  We have used these tournaments to develop our Junior Umpire program and it has really worked well for us.  They umpire a bunch of games over each weekend and it is amazing how much better they get with a bit of confidence and time on the diamond.

We will guarantee 3 games for each team.  

This year we would like to see all teams apply online by going to innerkipminorball.com.  In the top right corner you will see a link to register.  Every year there is confusion with teams registering and not paying.  This year we will only assume teams are registered if they show paid, or else we end up saving spots for teams not coming.

Please pass this email onto other coaches, enters and organizations, if you know any that would like to participate.


Monday, January 22, 2018

George Findley honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to George Findley, a familiar face on local diamonds, on being recoginzed by the Ottawa Sports Awards with a lifetime achievement award:

Lifetime Achievement Award, Technical Official: George Findley

Born and raised in Ottawa, George Findley has earned many accolades over his distinguished 45 years of umpiring fast pitch. A Master Instructor and Evaluator and a past president and co-founder of the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association, Findley has umpired Canadian, North-American, and World Championships. Reaching the heights of umpiring on the field and serving as an important mentor to many in the fast pitch community, Findley can also be found on the basketball courts as an official in the winter time.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Caveman's latest adventures

For those you who aren't on Twitter and have missed the following Caveman stories, the following are provided for your amusement.

Caveman the Actor

Caveman will be starring as Captain Shang in his elementary school's upcoming production of "Mulan". In many of the online images for Shang he is shirtless, so that's a natural fit for Caveman.

Caveman's Christmas

Caveman phones Nana to thank her for a Christmas gift.
"Is this Nana?"
"Thanks for the basketball net!"
"Whoops, sorry!"
Looks at us: "Wrong Nana!"

Caveman likes all sports

December 10: Actual line from me to the Caveman: "Get to bed quickly or you won't get to stay up late to watch curling again."  This is not a thing I thought I'd ever say to my kid.

Caveman - easy to impress

November 12: Supper tonight was grocery store souvlaki. Caveman: "Ooooooh chicken on a stick! Fancy."

Caveman the playmaker

October 22: Caveman set up the tiniest kid on his peewee hockey team for goal this morning. The tiny kid doesn't get too many goals. I asked the tiny kid how come he didn't celebrate his big goal. He says "I was so excited I forgot the celly!"

Caveman in the "Hall of Fame"

October 19: Found out today that the Caveman was a minor celebrity at the Harbour Days summer festival back in July. With a pocket full of money borrowed from his mother, Caveman was a frequent customer of the onsite food truck there for the festivities. After his 6th pogo, the truck staff were so impressed they asked if they could take his photo for their "hall of fame". They said he could eat for free after his "induction". So he had two more pogos for a total of 8. This is a 100 lb 12 year old boy. I wonder if there is a category for pogos / corndogs in the competitive eating circuit?


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kingston Axemen tournament - July 6-8

The Kingston Axemen men's open fastpitch tournament will be held this year on July 6-8. Organizers are looking for 10 teams with tournament play beginning on the Friday night.

For more information contact
Brad MacDonald
Text to: 613-583-2128


11th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 11th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 27th, 28th and 29th, 2018.

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

As always, there will be a 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 ten team event was won by the ESA Merchants of Elkland, Pennsylvania - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)


Cory Morrison
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2017 ESA Merchants
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


McNab / Braeside to host OASA Bantam Elims

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association has announced that McNab / Braeside Minor Ball will be hosting the 2018 Bantam Rep Boys (U16) Elimination tournament from June 29 to July 1.

The McNab Centre Park, with four diamonds (three lighted) will be the host location for this tournament which determines provincial representatives at the Canadian U16 Boys' Championship in Innerkip, Ontario in August.

McNab has previously hosted the Bantam Boys "Select" Provincials in 2009.

Last year's event featured 11 teams and was won by the eventual Canadian Champions from Belmore.

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OASA seeks "Springboard" hosts

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association, working under its long term player development initiative, is looking for associations to host the successful "Springboard" minor softball clinics throughout the province of Ontario.

The OASA is looking for hosts for these one-day clinics during spring 2018. Facilities need to be capable of holding 50 – 70 participants with the following set up for the participants:
Batting nets will be set up for soft toss hitting...
Playing catch and throwing the ball.
Pitching / catching

If you are interested please contact OASA executive member Jamie Simpson at simper7@sympatico.ca.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Softball Ontario Webinar December 19

Softball Ontario is continuing its webinar series on December 19th with Kaleigh Rafter. NCCP Certified Coaches will earn 1 point towards maintaining their certification and learn valuable tips from one of Canada's top athletes.

Kaleigh Rafter was a 2008 Olympian and is a current member of the Canadian National Team. This year will mark her 12th year with the National Team program. She also spent two seasons playing in the Japanese Professional Softball league from 2013-2015.

A graduate of Florida State University, Kaleigh holds a Masters in Criminology as well as a Masters in Sports Management and Administration. She currently is an assistant coach at the University of Virginia and works with catchers, infielders, and hitters.

Coaches can register here:



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

KJ now coaching at Clemson

Congratulations to Stittsville's Kyle Jamieson who has accepted a new NCAA Women's Softball coaching position at Clemson University in South Carolina. Information available here.


OASA Softball in Schools program

Attention School Teachers and other School Staff

Are you looking for a new gym activity for your students during the winter or spring months? One that requires no prep time on your part?

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association is working with schools to provide instruction in the skills of fastball at no cost to the school. All equipment is provided by the OASA, keeping safety in mind: indoor softballs, wiffle balls, nets and rubber bats. We work with the physical education timetable that is set out for us for the day to instruct the students in hitting, catching, throwing and fielding. Our instructors are former players and coaches who have played and coached the game at high levels of competition.

By introducing the sport of softball in a fun way, we are hoping to encourage participants to sign up to play softball in their community. We are also working with local softball associations to have registration forms available for anyone interested.

If you would like more information, or would like to book a clinic, please contact:
Garry Waugh


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Softball Ontario coaching webinar on December 5

The Softball Ontario Webinar Series is starting this week with Alison Bradley discussing "preparation". Alison is a two-time Olympian, and Team Leader for the National Team. She will give ccoaches specific examples of yearly planning, in-game goals for offense and defense, and will talk about her Olympic experience

Alison Bradley - Preparation
Thursday, December 5, 2017 @ 8:00pm EST

Alison Bradley is a two-time Olympian (2004-Athens & 2008- Beijing) and an eight-year veteran of Team Canada-Senior Women’s. After retiring in 2009, Alison joined the Team Canada Coaches Staff as the Team Leader. Alison is an NCCP Competition-Development, Softball Certified Coach. In 2010, Alison joined the U21 Team Canada Women’s Team as the Assistant Coach. Following the 2013 U21 Women's World Championships, Alison accepted a position with the Women’s National Team as the team’s Manager, a position she held until August 2017. Alison is currently the Dean of Students at a middle school in Boulder City, NV.

Coaches can register here:



Thursday, November 23, 2017

GOFL announces All Stars for 2017

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League has announced the First Team and Second Team all star players for the 2017 as voted on by the managers of the GOFL's seven teams.

Congratulations to all recognized.

First Team All Stars 
P: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
C: Chad Costello, Micksburg Twins
1B: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
2B: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
3B: Chris Costello, West Carleton Electric
SS: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
OF: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
OF: Dan Jessiman. Stittsville 56ers
OF: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
DP: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Second Team All Stars
P: Andy Barber, West Carleton Electric
C: Matt Alkeron, Kars Aces
1B: Neil Murphy, West Carleton Electric
2B: Trevor Barton, West Carleton Electric
3B: Chad Milne, Kars Aces
SS: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
OF: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
OF: Jeff Barber, West Carleton Electric
OF: Dave Hobbs, Quyon Flyers
DP: Ryley Burns, Ottawa Valley As

Once again the recipient of the "Tim Craig Memorial Award" is being named to recognize the league's top utility player, excelling at multiple positions. The winner for the 2017 is Chris Costello of West Carleton Electric, who in his first year as a full time player in the GOFL saw action at catcher, third base, shortstop and outfield.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)



Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for those of you with a passion for pitching and the desire to help young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting Regional Pitching Instructors.
Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)
The primary role of the Regional Pitching Instructor is to be the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.  Softball Ontario currently has 25 Regional Pitching Instructors, and is looking to expand our reach even further and ensure that CANpitch Clinics will be available in all regions of Ontario.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please view the job description below or online (Regional Pitching Instructor) and send your softball pitching resume and cover letter via email tossutton@softballontario.ca by Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  Alternatively, if you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for one of the available positions, please pass along this email.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application – why should you attend?
Did you know?
• In 2016, the Province of Ontario received 244 grant applications to the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community and less than 50% were funded?
• In 2016, the Ontario Trillium Foundation received 58 grant requests for the sport and physical activity sector in Ottawa alone and only 24% were funded?
If your sport organization relies on grants to deliver your services to the community these stats demonstrate that you need to have a comprehensive understanding of how to set your projects apart from the pack.
Join the sport community at the Fall Ottawa Sport SummitGrants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application.  You will have the opportunity to learn from grant providers about how to create a winning application and the chance to collaborate with peers, gaining greater insight into the topic by learning from the successes and failures of others in our local sport community.
Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application will be hosted by the Ottawa Sport Councilon November 29, 2017 at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, K2G 5K7
TO REGISTER, visit sportottawa.ca
The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, of this Sport Summit.
For further information, please contact   


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bill Sherman elected Mayor of Elkland

You know that thing where there's this guy, and he's from a small town, and people say things like "I'd like you to meet John, he's pretty much the mayor of Smallville." Of course he's not really the mayor, but he's just a popular guy around home.

Well, I can now introduce my friend Bill Sherman as follows - "I'd like you to meet Bill, he's the mayor of Elkland, PA. For real."

In the mayoral election for Elkland Borough on Tuesday, Bill won the race with 57% of the vote!


10th annual Get in the Game Symposium

2 NCCP Professional Development Poiubts Opportunity!

The 10th annual Get in the Game Symposium will take place on November 25, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Ontario, located on 3023 S Service Road.

The Symposium is geared toward softball associations and its purpose is to improve grassroots softball across the Province, developing coaches and their skills and to create networking and learning opportunities for local softball associations/leagues.

Not available to join us in person in Burlington, ON on Saturday, November 25, 2017? NO problem! You can register for the sessions via webinar online at www.softballontario.ca!

The 2017 Symposium will feature two sessions:
Session #1: 9:00am - 10:00am

Featuring Special Guests:
  • George Ryder - Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Roger Davis - Team Ontario Women's Head Coach
  • Mike Crawford - U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
  • Jessica Mancini - Team Ontario Women's Assistant Coach
  • Scott Searle - Team Ontario Men's Assistant Coach
Session #2 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Featuring Special Guests:
  • Bruce Casselman - 2x ISC World Championships, 2x Canadian Championships, Softball Ontario NCCP Coach Developer
  • George Ryder - Softball Ontario Regional Pitching Instructor, Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Robin Mackin - Member of 2008 Canadian Olympic Roster, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Tyler Randerson - 2x U21 Men's National Team member, 206 ISF Bronze, 2017 Canada Games Gold Medalist
  • Todd Martin - 6x ISC World Champion, 3x ISC World Most Valuable Pitcher, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Elissa Sivel - Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor, 2x OIWFA All-Star, NCCP Coach Developer
  • Mike Crawford - 12x Canadian Champion, 2x Pan American Games Gold Medalist, U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
Each session is worth one (1) NCCP PD Point, which NCCP Certified Coaches can use towards their Maintenace of Certification.

Prices (all prices include HST):
  • In-person (Both Webinars) ............... $12.00
  • 1 Session (Webinar) ......................... $16.95
  • Both Sessions (Webinar) .................. $28.25
For more information on the event visit, www.softballontario.ca, or contact Kyle Cormier atkcormier@softballontario.ca

For more information about NCCP or NCCP PD Points, please contact Steph Sutton atssutton@softballontario.ca


Monday, October 30, 2017

Stittsville Bantam Girls Rep tryouts November 4-5

Bantam Rep Tryouts November 4th and 5th!
Updated Friday October 27, 2017 by Melanie Driver. 

Stittsville Minor Softball Association is proud to announce the upcoming
Girls Bantam Rep (Tier 2) Tryouts
Tryouts will take place on November 4, 2017 from 3 pm - 5 pm and November 5, 2017 from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Bell Sensplex Indoor Field in Kanata. 
This level of softball includes both game and practices in the Ottawa, as well as travel to Toronto, other Provinces, or may the USA for games and tournaments.  This team does not play house league and is intended to be the level beyond Selects in both competition and commitment.  Girls looking to tryout should be birth Year 2002 or 2003. 
We are also proud to announce the coach of the Bantam Rep team will be Dale Aiken.  Dale is a non-parent coach that is no stranger to fastpitch in Stittsville and Kanata.  He has been coaching for many years and is a Certified Level 3 Softball Instructor and Coach.   Dale was Assistant Coach in 2015 and 2016 to our own SMSA Midget Rep Team. 
If you have any questions about the tryout process, please email our competitive director Al Read at al@stittsvillesoftball.org
To register for the tryout, please also email Al Read at the above email address. In the email, include your daughter’s first and last name, birthdate, and parent phone number and email address for contact purposes.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glen Cairn League announces award winners

from Eric Colvin, via Facebook

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League award winners

The Martin Kamer Memorial Award for Sportsmanship goes to Tom Chambers, East Side Mario's
The Gil Read Memorial Award for the league's top hitter goes to Marcus Rice, Kars Junior Aces
The League Top Pitcher Award goes to Matt McKay, Upper Canada Elevators


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Highlights from the GOFL Championship

Highlights from the broadcast of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final, courtesy of Your TV Ottawa Valley and Jamie Bramburger.


A few thoughts on the GOFL final

A few thoughts on the the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final last night in Micksburg.

- There was a great crowd on hand to watch. I got there an hour ahead, and there were already fans that had staked their claim to seats on the bleachers. While the majority were Micksburg supporters, there was also a good contingent of West Carleton fans that made the hour or so trek up the Valley to watch. I'd guesstimate around 200 fans onsite - great support for the GOFL.

- Having the local Your TV OV (Cogeco cable Pembroke / Ottawa Valley) on hand to broadcast the game was excellent. There was seven cameras and apparently they had replay capability too. Thanks to Jamie Bramburger for his continued support of men's fastball and setting this up.

- I've seen Corey Costello pitch some big games before and this was in my opinion one of his best in the last ten years, throwing perfect ball through five. Too bad it was against my team but it's great to see him in top form again.

- WC had a little BBQ with some refreshments post-game to cap off the season. Some of the Micksburg guys were nice enough to join us for a bit and invited us down to the clubhouse to join in their victory party. Battle on the field then drink together afterward - it's what fastpitch is all about.

- The Caveman took in the game and was a bit disappointed in the result. However, he was pretty excited afterward to get some pitching tips. The Caveman was a bit shy, which is a rare, but he worked up the nerve to ask Corey in the clubhouse how he threw his rise and drop. A pitching lesson ensued (while I held Corey's beer) showing his grip and form. Then, brother Chad (Corey's catcher) took the Caveman out to work on some practice pitches. And not a just a couple - they spent a good chunk of time throwing. What a great gesture for both guys to take time out of a championship celebration to help out a 12 year old kid improve his pitching!

- We left relatively early into the celebrations but apparently the Twins party went on well into the night. Word is that one particular Twins player had a wedding he had to get to in Windsor, with a very early morning flight to catch on Saturday at the Ottawa Airport over an hour and half from Micksburg - and he boarded the plane in full ball uniform!

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Micksburg wins third straight GOFL title, Costello throws perfect game

The Micksburg Twins won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title at home on Friday night, their second in a row and third in five years

Corey Costello was perfect over five innings, striking out 11, as the Twins defeated West Carleton Electric 7-0 in a run rule shortened game in front of a great crowd of approximately 200 and the TV cameras from local Pembroke cable station.

Andy Barber took the loss for West Carleton and relief from Steve Cavanagh.

Kyle Jackson had a three run homer, and Andrew McIntyre had two RBIs.

The Micksburg Twins and the I4C Consulting Trophy emblematic of GOFL supremacy.

Play by Play:

West Carleton starters: Kevin Shonfield catcher; Andy Barber pitcher; Jeff Cavanagh right field; Jeff Barber left field; Chris Costello third base; Jon Daley shortstop; Neil Murphy first base; Steve Cavanagh second base; Alex Boucaud centre field.

Micksburg starters: Andrew McIntrye second base; Jamey Mick first base; Joran Graham third base; Corey Costello pitcher; Kyle Jackson designated player; Chad Costello catcher; Scott Conroy right field; Matt McIntyre shortstop; Quinton Rook left field; Connor Moss centre field.

Top 1st inning: Shonfield struck out; A Barber struck out; J Cavanagh struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 1st inning: A McIntyre walked; Mick reached on fielder's choice, A McIntyre out ss to 2b; Mick advanced to second on passed ball, Mick advanced to third on wild pitch, Graham walked; Co Costello popped out to p; Jackson reached first on error to 2b, Mick scored, unearned, Graham advanced to third; Jackson advanced to second on wild pitch, Ch Costello struck out. 1 run 0 hits 1 error 2 LOB

Top 2nd inning: J Barber struck out; Costello struck out; Daley struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 2nd inning: Conroy struck out; M McIntyre singled; M McIntyre stole second, advanced third on passed ball, Rook struck out; A McIntyre singled, RBI, M McIntyre scored, earned. A McIntyre stole second, Mick grounded out 3b to 1b. 1 run 2 hits 0 errors 1 LOB

Top 3rd inning: Murphy popped out to ss; S Cavanagh struck out; Boucaud struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 3rd inning: Graham walked; Co Costello hit by pitch, Graham advanced to second. Jackson homered, 3 RBI, Graham scored earned, Co Costello scored earned, Jackson scored earned; Ch Costello popped out to ss; Conroy stuck out, put out c to 1b; M McIntyre walked; Rook singled, M McIntyre advanced to third, Rook advanced to second on throw; M McIntyre scored on wild pitch, earned, A McIntyre tripled, RBI, Rook scored, earned; Mick lined out to p. 5 runs 3 hits 0 errors 1 LOB

Top 4th inning: Shonfield grounded out 2b to 1b; A Barber flew out to lf; J Cavanagh struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB

Bottom 4th inning: S Cavanagh to p, A Barber to lf, J Barber to 2b; Graham struck out; Co Costello lined out to 2b; Jackson struck out, put out c to 1b. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB

Top 5th inning: J Barber struck out; Costello grounded out p to 2b; Matt McKay ph for Daley, struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB


Friday, October 06, 2017

Knights win Blackburn playoff final

The Knights won the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff championship final with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. Jamie Blakely got the win while Andy Barber took the loss. Derek Martin had a two run homer for the Knights.


Thursday, October 05, 2017

GOFL Final game to be televised

As per Jamie Bramburger on Twitter, YourTV Ottawa Valley will be covering the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final game between West Carleton Electric and Micksburg Twins.

The game will be played Friday October 6 at 8 pm at the Micksburg diamond.


Glen Cairn League finals update: Upper Canada Elevators wins

Upper Canada Elevators won the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoff finals two games to none over the Kars Aces Juniors with an 8-7 extra innings victory on Wednesday night.

Matt McKay was the winning pitcher for UCE, while Tyler Alexander took the loss for the Juniors.


Upper Canada Elevators won game one of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Kars Aces Juniors.

UCE leads the best of three series 1-0 with game two coming up tonight (Weds Oct 4) at 8 pm at the AY Jackson diamond in Kanata.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Blackburn Finals - UPDATED

The Knights will play the Blue Jays in the Blackburn Men's Fastball League final.

The Knights only have to win once, while the Blue Jays need two wins in the double elim format to take the title.

UPDATE: The Blue Jays won 12-4 on Tuesday night to force a winner takes all game on Thursday at 7 pm at the Blackburn Arena.