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.


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 | | (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.

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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!

Call for Applications for 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, for consideration.

Softball Ontario is the governing body for the sport of softball in Ontario. Our goal is to promote and develop the sport of softball for its athletes, officials, and volunteers by providing programs and services at all levels of competitions.

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Elissa Sivel joins 2018 Webinar Series

Joining our all-star line-up for the 2018 Webinar Series is Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor (MPI), Elissa Sivel. Elissa will kick-off our March portion of the series with her session on “Common Problems in Young Pitchers”!

Elissa is regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in Ontario, currently serving as the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pitching coach. Sivel brings an expansive background that includes representing several PWSA teams at seven National Championships earning silver and bronze medals. Named a two-time OIWFA All-Star, Sivel showed dominance on the field and in the classroom, awarded the Ottawa Award of Merit twice. Elissa is a Softball Ontario MPI, NCCP Coach Developer and a Competition-Introduction, Softball certified Coach.

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Peter Kluszczynski reinstated as Fast Pitch Provincial Umpire-in-Chief

Softball Ontario is pleased to announce that Peter Kluszczynski has been reinstated as the new Fast Pitch Provincial Umpire-in-Chief. Peter previously held this position for eight years, from 2007-2015. He returns with the ambition to further accelerate the growth and development of umpires within the province.

Peter has been involved with the sport of softball since he was five years old. He has seen the game from a player’s perspective, a coach’s perspective, and of course, an umpire’s perspective. Peter has also assumed leadership roles at the local level, as he spent five years as the President of the Brampton Umpires’ Association.

Peter first began volunteering with Softball Ontario as part of the Zone 5 staff, before undertaking the Zone 5 FP Umpire-in-Chief position. Subsequently, he joined the Fast Pitch Umpire Committee as a Deputy Umpire-in-Chief until he inevitably took on the PUIC role. He is a certified Level 5 official who has both officiated and supervised at six different Canadian Championships.

Peter has no shortage of experience on the diamond. He has represented our program and our country at major international competitions, such as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2017 Men’s WBSC World Softball Championship. Peter’s leadership, along with his long list of experience, will be a great benefit to the Softball Ontario Umpire Program.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Newell – Umpire Program Coordinator
416-426-7150 ext.104

Teen Ump Honoured

By Bruce Bell, The County Weekly News/The Intelligencer

They pulled the wool over the umpire’s eyes and got away with it.

For the second time in six months, a young Prince Edward County fastball umpire has been honoured for his outstanding work on the diamond and he didn’t see it coming.

Nate Lasher, 16, was named Fast Pitch Rookie Umpire of the Year by Softball Ontario at a Burlington banquet on the weekend. In August he was named the Zone 9 Junior Umpire of the Year.

Lasher, thought he was in Burlington simply to attend a one-day umpiring symposium and got caught completely off guard was he was named the recipient following dinner.

“Oh, I didn’t see it coming at all and they caught me completely by surprise,” he said during his Thursday lunch break at Quinte Christian High School. “It certainly feels good when people notice your work and I’m very honoured, but I certainly wasn’t expecting it.”

Zone 9 deputy umpire-in chief Gord Nicholls said Lasher appears poised to climb the umpiring ladder with lightning speed.

“He is really young to have his Level 2 (certification), it’s almost unheard of at his age and I have no doubt he’ll be doing his Level 3 as soon as he turns 18,” Nicholls said. “I’m not at all surprised he was named Rookie of the Year – Softball Ontario considers you a rookie for two years – because he has progressed so much in such a short time.”

Last summer Lasher worked a couple of provincial tournaments – Under 14 for both boys and girls – but Nicholls said perhaps his finest work came at the U-12 Eastern Canadian championships in Cobourg.

“He did a very good job at the Cobourg event and I think Nate’s biggest asset is that he is able to meld into a crew with older and more experienced umpires and use the advise they give him,” he said. “His understanding of the rule book is absolutely phenomenal for someone his age and I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll be doing national events in the very near future.”

Lasher said he understanding the rule book only simplifies life between the base paths, especially for a young umpire.

“Coaches are just about always older than me and if they want something explained and I’m able to do it in a clear and understandable manner, then I think it gives them confidence that I know what I’m doing out there,” he said. “You don’t want to look at a coach who wants something explained and just say, ‘I don’t know,’ – it probably won’t turn out so well.”

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Softball Ontario mourns the loss of Steve Bedard

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of loyal Softball Ontario Umpire Steve Bedard (SO# 000027).

We send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family and friends. For service details, click here.

Steve will truly be missed on softball diamonds across Ontario.

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

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By Donna Ozarko, Softball Canada

Softball Ontario hails Umpire Excellence at 2018 Blue Symposium

Umpires from across the province gathered in Burlington on February 10-11 for the annual Softball Ontario Blue Symposium Weekend! As usual, the event featured daytime information sessions for both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch umpires.

Umpire personnel, softball volunteers, and guest speakers gave presentations on umpire-related topics, such as rule changes, concussion protocols, new program updates, and more.

On Saturday evening, the Umpire Awards banquet was held; a night dedicated to commemorating the best Blue Crew in the country. Softball Ontario would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2017 umpire awards:

Junior Umpire of the Year:
Zakhary Henderson – Zone 7, Toronto

Rookie of the Year:
Fast Pitch: Nathan Lasher – Zone 9, Belleville
Slo-Pitch: Sarah Anderson – Zone 1, Windsor

Home Run Sports Zone Umpire-in-Chief of the Year
Fast Pitch: Justin Van Horn – Zone 1, Chatham
Slo-Pitch: Jeff McKay – Zone 3, Brantford

Doug Cundall Umpire of the Year:
Fast Pitch: Teralyn Coleman – Zone 7, Toronto
Slo-Pitch: Mike Lieff – Zone 8, Stittsville

Jim Bradford Memorial Award
Fast Pitch: Sal Garra – Zone 10, Ottawa
Slo-Pitch: Doug Cundall – Zone 6, Barrie

Thank you to all of the organizers, presenters, volunteers, and attendees who all contributed in making the event such a success. Softball Ontario acknowledges the role that umpires play in the sport, and appreciates the mentorship that they offer to the youth in their communities. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

We will see you at the 2019 Blue Symposium Weekend!