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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Passing of Don Hughes

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of long time PWSA board member and Softball Ontario umpire Don Hughes. A true gentleman, with a huge heart and passion for our game, Don will be missed by many.

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!

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

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 www.softballontario.ca.

National Volunteer Week – Umpires Committee, ZUICs, Zone Staff

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 tremendous Umpires Committee, Zone Umpire-in-Chief’s, and the Zone staff, that are responsible for developing some of the top Umpires in the country as well as assigning tournaments all accross the Province!

Softball Ontario has produced some of the most experienced, disciplined and well-respected Umpires known throughout the world. Ontario Umpires continue to represent our program Nationally and Internationally in a very professional manner. The Umpires of Ontario should be proud of that fact.

Ontario Umpires strive to be the best, due to the support and dedication that Softball Ontario has had from the Umpire’s Committee (past and present). You have nine (9) dedicated hard working individuals working for you at the Committee level, doing things like:

  • Continuing to review and develop new innovative clinics – beyond the Softball Canada Certification program
  • Trains clinic instructors and on field evaluators to insure that they provide you the umpire with the best service possible
  • Insures the delivery of the Softball Canada Certification clinic program
  • Developed, maintaining and delivery of the Junior Development Program
  • Provides Rule Interpretations
  • Attends Provincial (Member Association’s) and National (Softball Canada) Annual General Meetings Representing the Ontario Umpires
  • Recruits, Assigns and Trains Zone Representatives to assist you all year long (including, instructing at your clinics, UICing at your tournaments, and evaluating you at your games.) Appoints Umpires to annual elite Provincial Grand Championships, Provincials and Elimination Tournaments
  • Appoints umpires to annual Canadian Championships Ensures UIC’s are appointed for all Regional, and Provincial Tournaments
  • Develops Educational resources for Umpires (including articles in the E-News)
  • Develops the Umpires’ Program Budget
  • Develops programs policies and procedures

In addition to the Umpires committee each discipline has Zone Umpire-In-Chief’s (ZUICs) who are the representatives from each zone. The ZUICs and the Zone Staff are the frontline volunteers for the program and are essential for the running of clinics!

Thank you again to our outstanding Umpires Committee (Fastpitch, Slo-Pitch), ZUICs and Zone staff for all your hard work!