On-Line Level IV Umpires Certification Clinic Spring 2020

Softball Canada is pleased to announce that an on-line Level IV National Umpires Certification Clinic will once again be held in the spring of 2020. The clinic dates are tentatively set for five Sunday’s in March and April. Each of the five two-hour sessions, led by experienced Softball Canada instructors, will focus on the psychology of officiating, advanced game management techniques and mechanics and much more.

To be eligible to participate, candidates must be a fully certified Level III umpire for at least two years and receive a positive endorsement from their provincial or territorial organization. Successful completion of the Level IV clinic results in Level IV Theory certification. A subsequent successful evaluation at a U-19 (M or F) Fast Pitch or Senior Women’s Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship will leads to full Level IV certification.

Clinic Details:

  • Registration fee is $180 and includes a digital Level IV manual, access to the Adobe Connect virtual classroom platform and all other resources.
  • Participants will require access to a computer with high-speed Internet connectivity, a mic/headset and a webcam to participate.
  • Each of the five sessions of the online Level IV clinic will be held beginning at 11 am EST, 10 am CST and 8 am PST
  • Tentative clinic dates are Sundays:  March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and 8.
  • The language of instruction for this clinic offering will be English.

To register please complete the attached form and send it, along with payment of the fee, to the address on the form. Registration will be limited to 20 participants with preference given to candidates from more remote areas of the country.

Please note that submission of a completed registration form and fees does not guarantee acceptance into the clinic. Candidates will be advised upon their reception into the on-line clinic.

The registration deadline for the Spring 2020 online Level IV umpires clinic is February 28th, 2020. For more information or to register please contact Donna Ozarko at dozarko@softball.ca

2019 Softball Ontario Hall of Fame Inductees

 

 

Toronto, Ontario. (November 22, 2019) – Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the Home Run Sports (a division of Kahunaverse Sports) Class of 2019 to be recognized at Softball Ontario’s Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on November 23, 2019 in Oakville, ON.  The Banquet will be held in conjunction with Softball Ontario’s Softball Summit and its Member Association Annual General Meetings which will take place from November 22-24, 2019.

Each inductee will receive an engraved gold softball bat in recognition of their contributions to our great sport. This year see 3 new inductees to the Organizer/Builder category and the first ever Athlete inductee. Joining the inductees are family members, friends and members of the softball community to help celebrate this great accomplishment.

Please help Softball Ontario congratulate the following inductees:

Jeff Long
Athlete Category

Jeff has dedicated 34 years to the sport of Softball specifically Slo-Pitch. Throughout his playing career, Jeff made 5 all-star appearances while on his way to amassing 15 Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship medals, including 7 gold medals. During Jeff’s Canadian Championship appearances, he was awarded Top Player Round-Robin (1992,1995), Top Batter (1992, 1995), Medal Round Top Player (1994) and Top Player (1999).

Jeff then turned his love for playing the game into a love for coaching. As a coach, Jeff’s team made 12 Softball Canada Slo-Pitch Canadian Championships, winning 4 medals including 2 gold. He was selected to Coach Team Canada’s Border Battle Team from 2009-2011. During that time frame, Team Canada captured a championship title in 2010.  In 2014-2015, Jeff was promoted to be Team Canada’s Select Head Coach. Jeff’s passion for the game has taken him all over Canada, where he racked up several individual and team accomplishments that make him a surefire Hall of Fame inductee.

Robert (Bob) Weedon
Organizer/Builder Category

Bob has been involved in the sport of Softball in various ways for 40 plus years. Whether it was playing, Umpiring, Coaching or being an Administrator, Bob has had tremendous impact on the sport of Softball both in Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch.

He has been umpiring Slo-Pitch since 1984 and continues to Umpire today. In his successful career as a Softball Ontario/Softball Canada Umpire, he has been given the opportunity to umpire at prestigious events including the 1997 Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games and 1999 World Special Olympics Summer Games. That wasn’t the only time he was on a diamond as Bob coached Senior Men’s 50+ Slo-Pitch from 1989-1993 and then went onto to Coach a Women’s Slo-Pitch Team from 1996-2000.

Currently, Bob is the Zone Director at Slo-Pitch Ontario and has served as the Slo-Pitch Ontario Secretary-Treasurer.  Not to be overshadowed, is his long tenure as the President of Maple City Slo-Pitch for the past 42 years. Bob was previously the President of SPO, a member of Softball Ontario’s Board of Directors and a voting delegate for Softball Canada.

In relation to Bob’s 2019 Softball Ontario Hall of Fame induction, he was inducted into the 1999 SPO Hall of Fame as a Builder for his dedication to developing, promoting, and regulating the sport of Slo-Pitch. In 2006, Bob was the recipient of the Government of Ontario Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of sport in Ontario. Softball Ontario is much better off for working with Bob and it is only right that we induct him based on the merits above.

Lynda Turton
Organizer/Builder Category

Lynda’s strong leadership role throughout her involvement in the Softball community has led her to be a key aspect in Softball’s development across Canada. She has been heavily involved in the Canadian Championships in various forms for many years, across multiple levels. Previously, Lynda was the President of PWSA as well as Softball Ontario’s Chair for 4 years. Currently, she is a member Softball Canada’s Board of Directors, while she is the chair of multiple ad-hoc committees.

In 2017, Lynda was the Representative/Supervisor for Canada Summer Games and remains under that title for the upcoming Games in 2021. Due to Lynda’s success over the years, she has been the recipient of several awards including: Volunteer Service Award from Softball Ontario after 5 years; PWSA Service Award and PWSA Executive Service Awards; PWSA Life Member; PWSA Volunteer of the Year; and the Government of Ontario’s Syl Apps Special Achievement Award. We are excited to add Softball Ontario Hall of Fame inductee to this list as a small gesture of our appreciation for all of her continued efforts.

Al Harrison
Organizer/Builder Category

Al’s involvement over the last 30 years in the community of Softball has been incredibly impactful. Al has been involved in many facets in order to helping develop the sport. He was previously the Chair of Softball Ontario as well as a member of Softball Ontario’s and Softball Canada’s Board of Directors, while also was once a member of the International Softball Congress Board of Directors. Allan is currently an Executive Member at Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) and previously held positions as the Advisory Council Chairman as well as the Rule Book Chairman.

Al has had great success within Canadian Championships as he was the Canadian Softball Championship Supervisor for Softball Canada from 1993-2016. Furthermore, he was the manager for Team Ontario at the Canada Summer Games in 1993 before going on to win gold in the same role at the 1997 and 2001 games. Al was also the recipient of the 2002 Coaching Award from the Western Ontario Athletic Association, as well as 2004 Volunteer Citizen of the Year, and inducted as an OASA Life Member Award in 2005. A true builder of the game we are excited to celebrate all of the work Al has done and continues to do.

 

2019 WBSC U19 Women’s World Cup – Day 6

15 August 2019 | Gilles LeBlanc |

Irvine, Calif. – The Canadian Junior Women’s National Softball Team put itself in a great position to compete for a medal at the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup with a 5-3 win over China and a 7-0 victory over Australia on Thursday. Canada (4-2) will close the Super Round against Puerto Rico (1-4) at 5:30pm PDT (8:30pm EDT) on Friday.

In the first game against China, Canada jumped out to an early lead as Kendra Falby (Tampa, Fla.) led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to center by Allyse Volpe (Scarborough, Ont.). After Volpe stole second, Alexis Lucyshyn (Calgary, Alta.) hit a ground ball up the middle to score Volpe to give Canada a 2-0 lead. China tied the game up in the third by taking advantage of an error and three singles to push two runs in to score.

Canada was able to regain the lead in the bottom half of the fifth when Volpe laced a one-out triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Lauren Benson (Surrey, B.C.). The red and white added a pair of insurance runs the following inning, as Mia Valcke (St. Marys, Ont.) led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and later scored on a single by Falby, with the other run scoring on a fielder’s choice to make the score 5-2. China was able to get one run in the top of the seventh but that was as close as they would get.

Box Score: Canada 5 vs. China 3

Falby and Volpe led Canada at the plate with two hits and a run batted in each, with Falby adding four stolen bases and Benson driving in two runs. In the pitcher’s circle, Lucyshyn picked up the win by scattering two runs on six hits and striking out four batters in five innings of work. Kianna Jones (Surrey, B.C.) registered the save, allowing one run on three hits and two strikeouts in two innings of relief.

Against Australia, Samantha Ryan (Monroe, N.Y.) and Maddie Hickingbottom (Glen Williams, Ont.)  shared the pitching duties with three innings a piece and combined for a no-hitter in the six inning win. The Canadian bats picked up right where they left off earlier in the day, with Rebecca Jones (Toronto, Ont.) connecting with a one-out triple to center before scoring on a double down the left field line by Benson. A single by Grace Messmer (Surrey, B.C.) moved Benson over to third followed by a sacrifice fly by Lucyshyn to give Canada another 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

In the bottom of the second, Canada poured on offensively as Cameryn Maykut (Winnipeg, Man.) and Falby hit back-to-back one-out doubles followed by a walk to load the bases, with Messmer coming up with a key two-run single with two outs followed by an RBI single by Lucyshyn to give Canada a 5-0 lead. In the third, Valcke led off with a single and advanced to third on an error before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Maykut. Canada put the game away in the bottom of the sixth when Falby walked, stole second, advanced to third on a deep fly ball and scored on an error to end the game on the run rule.

Box Score: Canada 7 vs. Australia 0

Ryan got the pitching start for Canada and held Australia hitless while issuing only one walk and striking out one over the first three innings. Hickingbottom was just as effective, also walking only one batter and striking out three in her three innings in the circle. At the plate, Messmer went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in with Falby, Benson and Maykut each adding a double. Lucyshyn drove in two runs.

The two wins improved Canada’s Super Round record to 4-2, good for third behind Japan (5-0) and the United States (4-0). There is currently a three way tie between Chinese Taipei, Australia and Mexico at 2-3. The top two records after the Super Round will play for Gold on Saturday, with the following two team competing for Bronze.

 

Softball Ontario Website Launch- All New User Friendly Features

Welcome to Softball Ontario’s brand new website! All the Softball information you need in a couple of clicks.

Registration

Looking to register with Softball Ontario in one of our programs? Check out our dedicated pages to find all the information you need and then register with ease. Are you a coach looking for a clinic near you? Search our calendar and register right away. Umpires, coaches, athletes and members association will all benefit from our guided process.

Questions? Check out our FAQ section or resources.

Events Calendar

Looking for a Softball event in Ontario? Look no further! Softball Ontario’s events calendar will feature all Softball Ontario and it’s Member Association events linking you to the most current information. Events such as Clinics, Workshops, Professional Development events, Provincial Championships, local softball tournaments and more!

This is a great promotional tool for local softball associations to use to help get the word out about their event. It is easy to do- just become a Member of Softball Ontario today and start enjoying the benefits!

Software Benefits

Softball Ontario has partnered with SportLomo to showcase its sleek webpage design and innovative software for Umpire Registration, Competitions and Clinic Registration. As a member of Softball Ontario, local softball associations will have untethered access to all amenities of SportLomo partnership.

Looking to revamp your player/athlete registration process? SportLomo can assist in setting up a customizable digital registration portal and that can double as a comprehensive local softball association data base. You will have the ability to schedule all local softball competitions using SportLomo’s mobile friendly app.

League Finder

Looking for a place to play Softball in Ontario? Check out our new League Finder menu to find the closest programming to you. Any softball enthusiastic (experienced and newcomers alike) can find local softball associations in their region by selecting from a drop-down menu.

Not sure of your region? Don’t worry! All of Softball Ontario’s local softball associations are geo-tagged making it easier to find the closest place to play ball. Be sure to check out our map to connect with other local softball associations from all over the province.

Online Store

Check out our new Shopify On-line store! Pick up Coaches Guides; Softball Canada Rule books; LTPD friendly softball equipment, multi-media resources and our new Provincial clothing. Simple selection and check out process integrated into our website.

Remember all Softball Ontario members received 15% off technical items from our online store!

2019 Select Provincials Recap

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

U14 Female House League Select Provincials- Hosted by Kingston Jr. Gaels

1st- Kenmore Heat | 2nd- St. George Spartans | 3rd- Gloucester (GSYSA) Select

 

U12 Female House League Select Provincials- Hosted by Walkerton Rockets

1st- Walkerton Rockets | 2nd- Milton Purple Bats | 3rd- Tara Twins

U16 Female House League Select Provincials- Hosted by Walkerton Rockets

1st- St. George Spartans | 2nd- St. Marys | 3rd- Listowel Legends

Sponsored Skills Competition with Nicole Rivait

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Current Junior National Team Member getting ready to compete in my second World Championship this summer in Irvine,California. Helped my team to a fourth-place world finish at the 2017 World Championships in Clearwater, FL. I have competed in 7 total International events and have been with the National Team program for 4 years now.

 

 

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Rowan’s Law: Concussion Safety effective July 1, 2019

 

A concussion can happen to anyone, anywhere. While the effects are typically short-term, a concussion is a serious injury that can lead to long-lasting symptoms and long-term effects.

In Ontario, Rowan’s Law makes it mandatory for sport organizations to follow specific rules and protocols to protect athletes and participants from the effects of a concussion.

 

PRESS RELEASE: 2019 Female House League Select Provincials

ANNOUNCEMENT: Walkerton Minor Softball and Greater Kingston Softball Association have been selected as the 2019 Female House League Select Provincial hosts. The fun kicks off with the U14 Provincials in Kingston on July 20-21, 2019. A week later on July 27-28, 2019 teams in the U12 and U16 division will gather at the beautiful 3 diamond park in Walkerton, ON to declare a provincial champion.

EVENT DETAILS:

U12/U16 Location: 290 Durham St. W, Walkerton, ON, N0G2V0

U14 Location: Cloverdale Park- 1030 Sunnyside Rd. Kingston, ON K0H 1M0

Team Entry Price: $395.50

 

After introducing a number of new items last year, we are looking to take another step and provide even more surprises this year.

Don’t miss this chance to compete against teams from all over Ontario and experience the provincial difference! Registration information will be released shortly.

For more information contact:
Nathan Didone | ndidone@softballontario.ca | (416) 426-7150 Ext. 104