2020 Coaching Clinics – CANCELLED

Due to the on-going circumstances of COVID-19, Softball Ontario has cancelled all coaching clinics for the 2020 season. All participants and hosts will be provided refunds. Please allow up to a week to process the outstanding refunds.

At this time, Softball Canada, as well as Softball Ontario’s Member Associations (PWSA, OASA, ORSA) are working together on a solution to certify coaches for the upcoming season. We will release an update with this information as soon as it is made available.

Softball Ontario appreciates your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact info@softballontario.ca

Yours in Softball,

Board of Directors and Staff of Softball Ontario

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

To: Softball Community
From: Softball Ontario
Date: April 2, 2020
Re: COVID-19

Toronto, ON

In response to the government of Ontario’s declaration of a state of emergency, for the protection of our employees and their loved ones, valued Members, suppliers and those who share our office environment, Softball Ontario will be extending the current suspension of office operations and all activities including clinics until April 19, 2020. Softball Ontario will re-evaluate circumstances based on a two week time period. Email messages will continue to be monitored and we will endeavor to provide support to our Members as best we can in the weeks to come.
We thank everyone for their understanding and support as we navigate through this very tough and challenging time for all.

Yours in Softball,
Tom Buchan, Board of Directors and the Staff of Softball Ontario

Free Coaching Webinars

Softball Ontario and it’s Member Associations would like to help Coaches and Athletes stay “Safe at Home”.
During these unsettling times, we would like to continue to help coaches and athletes stay involved and prepare for the next season. Whenever it is.

We have made Coaching Webinars available for free to help you continue your development.

Click here to see the full list.

Coaching Webinars

Coaches are able to “Self-Report” up to 3 points per 5-year cycle. Coaches can learn how to do that by watching this video. Self-Report

Softball Ontario Closed Until April 6th

In response to the government of Ontario’s declaration of a state of emergency, for the protection of our employees and their loved ones, valued Members, suppliers and those who share our office environment, effective at the end of business today, Softball Ontario be suspending office operations until April 6, 2020. Email messages will continue to be monitored and we will endeavor to provide support to our Members as best we can in the weeks to come.
We thank everyone for their understanding and support as we navigate through this very tough and challenging time for all.
Yours in softball,
Tom Buchan, Chair of the Board of Directors

Softball Ontario Suspends All Activities Until April 5th

Softball Ontario COVID-19 Statement

To: Coaching Community
From: Softball Ontario
Date: March 16, 2020
Re: COVID-19
Toronto, ON

Softball Canada, Softball Ontario and the Member Associations are continuing to
monitor the very fluid COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak situation. On Friday, most
of the city and regional recreational centres and school boards closed their doors
for 3 weeks in a socially responsible effort to contain the spread of the virus.

As a result, Softball Ontario will be suspending ALL activities, including
Coaching, CANpitch and Umpire clinics scheduled through April 5th. We will
assess the continuation of clinics beyond that date in the coming weeks as the
situation evolves.

If you feel sick or have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, we ask that
you to follow the direction of our Health Officials who ask you self-Isolate for 14
days.

In order to manage the risk, we will recommend you:
Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold a
meeting or event. Follow their advice.
1. Develop and agree on a preparedness plan to prevent infection at your
meeting or event.
2. Develop and agree on a response plan in case someone at the meeting
becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, malaise).
3. Provide information or a briefing, preferably both orally and in writing, on
COVID-19 and the measures that organizers are taking to make this event
safe for participants.
4. Display dispensers of alcohol-based hand rub prominently around the
venue.
5. If there is space, arrange seats so that participants are at least one meter
apart.
6. Open windows and doors whenever possible to make sure the venue is well
ventilated
7. Refrain from physical contact, such as shaking hands.
8. If anyone who starts to feel unwell, follow your preparedness plan or call
your hotline. Depending on the situation in your area, or recent travel of the
participant, place the person in the isolation room. Offer the person a mask
so they can get home safely, if appropriate, or to a designated assessment
facility.
9. Thank all participants for their cooperation with the provisions in place.
10.Retain the names and contact details of all participants for at least one
month. This will help public health authorities trace people who may have
been exposed to COVID-19 if one or more participants become ill shortly
after the event.
11.If someone at the meeting or event was isolated as a suspected COVID-19
case, the organizer should let all participants know this. They should be
advised to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their
temperature twice a day.
12.If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of
37.3 C or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means
avoiding close contact (1 meter or nearer) with other people, including
family members. They should also telephone their healthcare provider or the
local public health department, giving them details of their recent travel and
symptoms.

Risk Warning: Sports programs should disseminate information to all staff,
coaches, players, parents, and spectators about the coronavirus risk and practices
that should be undertaken to mitigate risks. Information should be disseminated by
way of email, social media, coach talks, and public announcement

Softball Ontario COVID-19 Update

To: Softball community

From: Softball Ontario

Date: March 13, 2020

Re: COVID-19

Toronto, ON

Softball Canada, Softball Ontario and the Member Associations are continuously monitoring the very fluid COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak situation. The risk level remains low and no specific measures for travel, participation in sporting events or training are in place beyond good hand washing and covering coughs or sneezes.

As of now, the Softball Ontario’s clinics will go on as planned.  With relatively small numbers of adults who are able to self-monitor and manage COVID-19 risks. If you feel sick or have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, we would ask that you refrain from attending the clinic.  However, for those who feel well, the clinics will continue.

A full refund will be provided to any participant who chooses not to attend an upcoming clinic due to the fear of virus transmission. 

In order to manage the risk we will :

Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold the meeting or event. Follow their advice.

    1. Develop and agree on a preparedness plan to prevent infection at your meeting or event.
    2. Develop and agree on a response plan in case someone at the meeting becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, malaise).
    3. Provide information or a briefing, preferably both orally and in writing, on COVID-19 and the measures that organizers are taking to make this event safe for participants.
    4. Display dispensers of alcohol-based hand rub prominently around the venue.
    5. If there is space, arrange seats so that participants are at least one meter apart.
    6. Open windows and doors whenever possible to make sure the venue is well ventilated
    7. Refrain from physical contact, such as shaking hands.
    8. If anyone who starts to feel unwell, follow your preparedness plan or call your hotline. Depending on the situation in your area, or recent travel of the participant, place the person in the isolation room. Offer the person a mask so they can get home safely, if appropriate, or to a designated assessment facility.
    9. Thank all participants for their cooperation with the provisions in place.
    10. Retain the names and contact details of all participants for at least one month. This will help public health authorities trace people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if one or more participants become ill shortly after the event.
    11. If someone at the meeting or event was isolated as a suspected COVID-19 case, the organizer should let all participants know this. They should be advised to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day.
    12. If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 37.3 C or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means avoiding close contact (1 meter or nearer) with other people, including family members. They should also telephone their healthcare provider or the local public health department, giving them details of their recent travel and symptoms.

Risk Warning: Sports programs should disseminate information to all staff, coaches, players, parents, and spectators about the COVID-19 practices that should be undertaken to mitigate risks. Information should be disseminated by way of email, social media, coach talks, and public announcements.

Softball Canada has the following update on their website.

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NCCP Coaching Clinic Announcement

coachesSoftball Ontario would like to thank all associations for their patience during the recent restructuring of the Coach’s Program.

We are now accepting bids for 2020 Clinics. In order to enhance the experience for coaches, we will only host one Competition-Introduction Weekend 1 Clinic and one Weekend 2 clinic in each region of Ontario, on each weekend for the 2020 softball season.

If you are interested in hosting a clinic please complete the host bid application by following this link.  Applications will be accepted until Feb 22nd and decisions on successful bids will be decided and announced on or before Feb 25th. After the Feb 22nd cutoff additional clinics will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

 

The regions are as follows:

Region 1: East

Example or including Stittsville, Orleans, Cornwall, Napanee

Region 2: GTA East

Example or Including Cobourg, Oshawa, Peterborough, Port Perry

Region 3:  Grand Valley and North:

Example or Including Palmerston, Owen Sound, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo

Region 4: GTA and North

Example or Including Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Barrie, Orillia

Region 5: West

Example or Including London, Springfield, Windsor, Chatham, Mitchell

 

If you are interested in hosting a Community Sport, Learn 2 Coach, Drills, Drills, Drills, Hitting for Coaches or Rules for Coaches Clinic please submit the appropriate host bid application found here.

For information on which clinic is appropriate for your association visit this link.

For a listing of clinics already scheduled please see here.

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.

 

Level IV Umpires Certification Clinic to be held in Spring

Softball Canada is pleased to announce that an online Level IV National Umpires Certification Clinic will once again be held in the spring of 2018. 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 U19 (M or F) Fast Pitch or Women’s Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship will lead to full Level IV certification.

Clinic Details:

  • Registration fee is $180 and includes a 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 12 noon Eastern (9am Pacific)
  • Tentative clinic dates:  March 11, 18, 25 and April 8 and 15.
  • The language of instruction for this clinic offering will be English.

To register please complete this form and send it, along with payment of the fee, to the address on the form. Registration will be limited to 15 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 online clinic.

The registration deadline for the Spring 2018 online Level IV umpires clinic is February 28th, 2018. For more information or to register please contact Donna Ozarko at dozarko@softball.ca.

For more information, visit www.softball.ca.

By Donna Ozarko, Softball Canada