Press Release: #GITG18 Headliner Lineup Confirmed

The countdown is on until the 11th Annual Get in The Game Symposium on Nov. 23-24th at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, ON. This event is aimed at providing development opportunities as well as a forum for grassroots softball stakeholders to continue to improve our sport. Softball Ontario is very excited to announce this year’s headline speakers, each of which bring a different angle and wealth of knowledge on Softball skill development.

This year’s sessions will offer coaches a chance to gain up to 5 NCCP PD points, 3 points as a result of Saturdays sessions.

2018 Headline Speakers

Dr. Nick Wattie

Assistant Prof & Sport Scientist at UOIT

Dr. Nick Wattie earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before completing his master’s degree in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Ontario. With the funding support of a Carnegie Centenary Bursary and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, he went on to complete his doctorate at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. After earning his PhD, he returned to Canada to carry out a postdoctoral fellowship at York University.

We Talkin’ Bout Practice

9:45AM- 10:30AM Saturday 24th, 2018

Scientific look at representative task design (Practice design and how people learn)

Kiri Langford

Strength and Conditioning Coach with Canadian Sport Institute

Kiri Langford is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  After finishing her Honours B.Sc. specializing in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University in 2015, Kiri attended LIT-Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland, to complete her Masters in Strength and Conditioning.  For her dissertation, she conducted a motor learning study investigating video analysis and the hockey shot.

Melissa Basilio

Assistant Coach / Manager – Women’s National Team Program

Melissa Basilio has been a part of the Softball Canada Women’s National Team Coaches Staff since 2009. Melissa attended 4 years at University of Delaware and was named to the Second Team All-Colonial Association in 2002 & 2003 with honours. Those same years she was co-captain. Melissa was an outstanding defensive third baseman and was known for her quick glove and strong arm. Her Coaching resume includes: Winthrop Eagles, Assistant Coach with the Markham Tigers and Assistant Coach with St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School.


10:45AM- 12:30PM Saturday 24th, 2018
Topic 1- Arm health/proper activation
Topic 2- Defensive skills- gaps and progressions

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For more information on the Get in The Game Symposium contact Nathan Didone at or (416) 426-7150.

Don’t pass up on this great opportunity to get 5 NCCP points with the All Access In-person Pass (All sessions) $18!

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Slo-Pitch Ontario Association (SPOA)

SPO is responsible for male and female slo-pitch in Ontario. The association provides competition opportunities including regional or zone and Provincial Competitions and sanctions tournaments.
click here to go official website of slo-pitch ontario

Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA)

The PWSA is responsible for female fast pitch in Ontario. The association provides competition opportunities including regional or zone and Provincial Competitions and sanctions tournaments. The PWSA registers and communicates to female fast pitch teams and provides female only skill development opportunities (skills camp). Talent identification on female fast pitch players is used for awarding outstanding talent and recognizing potential National Team and Canada Games players.
click here to go official website of pwsa

Ontario Rural Softball Association (ORSA)

The ORSA is responsible for male and female fast pitch in small town, rural communities in Ontario. The association provides competition opportunities including two out of 3 Provincial Competitions, sanctions tournaments, and registers and communicates with rural and small town fast pitch teams.
click here to go official website of ORSA

Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA)

The OASA is responsible for male fast pitch in Ontario. The association provides competition opportunities including regional or zone and Provincial Competitions and sanctions tournaments. Talent identification on male fast pitch players is used for awarding outstanding talent and recognizing potential National Team and Canada Games players.
click here to go official website of OASA

softball ontario

Softball Ontario is the recognized provincial sport governing body for softball in Ontario. Softball Ontario’s role is to promote and develop the sport of Softball.In 1971, Softball Ontario was created, bringing together the three charter member associations (Ontario Amateur Softball Association, Provincial Women’s Softball Association, Ontario Rural Softball Association) to form one provincial body to work for the betterment of softball in Ontario.

Softball Canada

The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, is a not-for-profit National Sport Organization (NSO) based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 1965. It is recognized and financially supported by the Government of Canada as the National Governing Body for the sport of softball.
click here to go official website of Softball Canada

Softball Ontario Announces new Coaches Committee Chair

TORONTO, ON – Softball Ontario is pleased to announce Pippa Edwards, ChPC as its new Coaches Program Committee Chair.

Pippa has been involved in softball at all levels from grass roots to high performance. A competitive player for many years, she coached several teams within Provincial Women’s Softball Association.   Pippa is NCCP fully certified Competition-Development, Softball Coach and has obtained the Advanced Coaching Diploma in Softball.  Pippa was at the Softball Performance Centre: Napanee and St. Thomas where she focused on skills and video analysis used knowledge/experience that she gained while performing a similar role with the Senior Women’s National Team up to and including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She is currently working in Coach Services at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario coordinating the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program.

“I am extremely delighted to have Pippa joining our team as the Chair of the Softball Ontario Coaches Committee. her expertise will take our Coaches Portfolio to the next level,” said Christine Parris – Executive Director.

As the Coaches Committee Chair Pippa will oversee the day to day operations of the Softball Ontario Coaches Program in conjunction with Softball Ontario Technical Specialist – Steph Sutton, members of the Coaches Committee and the Softball Ontario community stakeholders.

“I am excited to be selected as the Softball Ontario Coaches Committee Chair. I look forward to working hand in hand with Softball Ontario and the very dedicated committee members to continue developing softball coaches at all levels throughout Ontario,” said Pippa Edwards.

For more information about Softball Ontario and the services it provides to the softball community and local softball associations, please visit us at

Scott Searle announced as Team Ontario Male Head Coach

Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the coaching staff for Team Ontario’s men’s softball team that will be representing Ontario at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara region of southwestern Ontario.

Brad Thomson, OASA President, in announcing the coaching staff said, “We are excited to be able to have such a strong combination of staff with technical and playing experience to identify and develop our players to proudly represent us against the best players from across the country. We are confident that Scott and Jamie will do a great job in getting the most out of each player and that Paddy will make sure that all of the off-field logistics are taken care of to let the athletes and coaches focus on playing ball.”

Scott Searle will take over the reins as the Head Coach for this cycle after serving as an Assistant Coach for the 2017 team. Scott brings a wealth of coaching experience and technical skills to the role. He is a fully certified Level 4 coach with a Diploma in High-Performance Coaching. He is the Master Coach Developer for Softball Ontario’s Competitive Coaching Stream and was recently named Team Leader for the 2018 Junior Men’s National Team. He has held a number of coaching positions with senior men’s teams and several women’s teams in the Ottawa area, where he is a high school teacher.

Jamie Simpson will be the Assistant Coach. The Simpson name has long-standing ties to many successful teams from Owen Sound and Jamie has been both a player and a coach on several of those. He is an accomplished pitcher having success provincially, nationally and internationally that will no doubt help in the mentoring and development of pitchers and players throughout this cycle. He is an active participant on Softball Ontario’s CANpitch committee. Jamie is currently the Head Coach of the U23 Owen Sound Selects and teaches elementary school in Cambridge.

Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan returns as the Team Manager, a role in which she excelled for the 2017 team. Paddy brings an enthusiastic positive attitude to everything she does in addition to strong organizational and event planning skills to make sure that all of the necessary logistics are taken care of. Paddy is in her 11th year as the Treasurer for the OASA and has demonstrated her ability to plan and execute events of all sizes on numerous occasions.

National Volunteer Week – LTPD Committee’s

It’s one of the most important weeks of the year for Softball Ontario, National Volunteer Week! This week (and every week!) we celebrate our incredible, selfless and dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of our programs!

Today we’d like to thank our great LTPD Committee’s – Technical and Competition Review!

Softball Ontario LTPD Technical Committee’s mandate is to review all softball player development clinics to ensure that Softball has a training program for each stage/level; that each training program is age-appropriate, that the training path is clear and is available to all softball members. The Committee is charged with reviewing and evaluating all LTPD materials, including not limited to: Softball Canada’s LTPD Guide, Softball Canada’s Coaches Guides and Softball Canada’s Skills Matrix. This seven (7) person volunteer Committee is committed to sharing best practices on LTPD alignment with the Softball community. Softball Ontario appreciates their time and efforts that they give to our great sport.

Softball Ontario’s Competition Review Committee’s mandate is to review all stages of development and levels of competition to ensure that rules/level of play is age-appropriate, that there is a clear competition pathway for all softball members to play. The Committee is charged with review and evaluating all LTPD materials including and not limited to: Softball Canada’s LTPD Guide, Playball document, and the Softball Canada Rule book-Minor Rules. This seven (7) person volunteer Committee is devoted to reviewing competition structure to ensure LTPD alignment and piloting rules/competition format to ensure that they are suitable for each stage of development. Softball Ontario believes that this volunteer Committee plays an important role in the future of our sport and wants to thank them for being innovating in their thinking, trying new ideas and concepts to make our sport better.

Thank you again to our outstanding LTPD Committee’s – Technical and Competition Review!