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

2018 Slo-Pitch Border Battle

Ottawa, Ont. – Softball Canada and Kahunaverse Sports Group – formerly Home Run Sports – are pleased to announce they will be hosting the tenth edition of the Men’s and Women’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle at Peter Hallman Ball yard in Kitchener, Ont. from July 27-29 featuring the top Slo-Pitch athletes in North America. USA Softball has hosted the event for eight of the last nine years, the only exception being the 2014 Border Battle taking place in Kitchener drawing large crowds.

“Softball Canada is thrilled to be hosting the tenth edition of the Border Battle in Canada,” said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “Kitchener has a long history of hosting successful softball events and I am sure the 2018 Border Battle will be a huge success. We are extremely pleased to be expanding the opportunity for more of our elite Slo-Pitch athletes to be taking part in this event. It is extremely exciting to have the opportunity to showcase our champion Men’s and Women’s Team as well as other Canadian athletes competing. I want to welcome all the athletes and fans who will be part of the excitement in Kitchener.”

Kahunaverse Sports Group (KSG) will be hosting the event on Canadian soil. They have been a key partner of Softball Canada since 2007, managing the successful Umpire Apparel program and providing support towards other areas of Softball Canada’s operations including the Canadian Championships and National Teams programs.

“We at the Kahunaverse Sports Group along with Softball Canada are thrilled with the opportunity to host such a premier Slo-Pitch championship” stated Scott Neiles from KSG. “Our past experience of hosting the event in 2014 only encourages us to make this year’s Border Battle bigger and better for both the participating players and the thousands of Slo-Pitch enthusiasts that will be in attendance.”

Team Canada is riding high after winning the inaugural Women’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle against the United States by a score of 12-8, with the Men’s team going on to defeat the United States 31-28 for their second win in nine years in 2017. Both of those games were played in Oklahoma City on Canada Day (July 1st) amidst Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations north of the border.

The coaching staff from both teams will return to defend their titles, with Grant Garrett (Georgetown, Ont.) and Mike Hrynenko (Winnipeg, Man.) coaching the Men’s team and Tony Carnelos (Georgetown, Ont.) and Kelly Hryniw (Ardrossan, Alta.) leading the Women’s team. The team selection process will begin shortly.

In addition to the Team Canada and Team USA Men’s and Women’s Slo-Pitch teams, the event is also expected to feature a pair of Canadian Kahunaverse Sports | HRS  teams (East and West), the USA Futures team and the OC club team from Grimes, Iowa in the Men’s division, as well as Kahunaverse Sports | HRS and On Point club (Grimes, Iowa) teams on the Women’s side. The six Men’s teams and four Women’s teams will compete in a series of games leading up to the two annual Border Battle games between Team Canada and Team USA.

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Softball Ontario Hall of Fame Welcomes Class of 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017, marked Softball Ontario’s 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the annual Softball Ontario Summit held in Burlington, Ontario.

The festivities saw Softball Ontario induct five new members into the Hall of Fame joining Wendy Cathcart, the Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductee.

In the Organizer/Builders category, Softball Ontario inducted Lois Thompson and Pat Sparling for their tremendous efforts for their local associations, Provincial Women’s Softball Association and Softball Ontario. Cliff Belch was inducted for his integral role in the development of Softball Ontario and his long tenure with the OASA, and Randy Beatty was inducted for his work with Slo-Pitch Ontario Association.

The Toronto Orioles became the first event entry into the Team category of the Softball Ontario. Known as one of the most dominant and feared teams in Slo-Pitch across Ontario.

To visit Softball Ontario’s Hall of Fame page, click here!

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