Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

A blog dedicated to news about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League and other happenings in the world of fastball / fastpitch softball in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with occasional stories featuring Mrs Fitzroy Fastball, Fitzroy Fastball Junior and the Caveman. If you have info to send on, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com. Follow @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Softball Ontario Webinar Series

Jeff Ellsworth led off the Softball Ontario Webinar series with a massive homerun. His webinar tonight (March 27) on the “Mental Side of Softball” gave coaches in attendance tangible tips they could use at practice on goal-setting, and ways to help athletes focus on the task at hand. Jeff gave examples from his world-class playing career with Team Canada and the Hill United Chiefs and shared the strategies he used to play at the highest level in the world. He has transitioned to coaching and gave practical examples of hand-outs and activities he has used with the Junior Mens National Team and the PEI Canada Games Team.
Be sure to sign in to the next webinar on April 10th. You will hear Ryan Wolfe talk about baserunning. Ryan is one of the best players in the world and before his retirement from elite competition in 2016, Ryan was the longest-serving member of Team Canada. He first joining the Men’s National Team in 2000 and spent 16 years as one of the most successful and feared hitters in the world. Ryan was an exceptional lead-off hitter and many fans tell stories of Ryan leading off games with a hit, followed by two stolen bases. During his tenure on the team, the team won Bronze Medals at the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championships, Silver at the 2002 Pan American Championship, the 2004 ISF World Championship, the 2006 Pan-American Games, and Gold medals at the 2008 Three Nations Challenge, 2015 WSBC World Championship and 2015 Pan-American Games.

Coaches will receive 1 PD point for signing in to each session.  You can register for the full series at the link below.

Mental Side of the Game
Jeff Ellsworth
March 27
Base Running
Ryan Wolfe
April 10
Game Management
John Stuart
May 1
The art of calling the Game (Pitch Selection)
Bruce Casselman
May 15
Creating a Winning Culture
Chantal Valée
May 29
Preparing for Elite Competitions
Pat Reid
June 19


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bellechasse QC Men's Tournament

Men's Fastball Tournament
June 16-18
Bellechasse (St. Gervais and Ste. Claire), Quebec
Approx 30 minutes southeast of Quebec City

Open to Men's and Junior Men's Fastball teams.

Entry fee: $500
4 games guaranteed
Up to $7000 in prize money with 8 teams

Please contact Mathieu Roy for more information at mat.roy16[at]hotmail.com


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kingston League team seeks pitching help

The 2017 ball season is just around the corner and the RJB Fury are looking to add to their pitching staff for the Kingston Men's Fastball League campaign which will feature a revamped league for the upcoming season.

Are you in the Kingston area and interested in throwing for the RJB Fury? Contact Allan at allan.etmanski@gmail.com for more information.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seeley's Bay team looking for a pitcher

from Blair Warren

The Seeley's Bay men's fastball team is looking for a pitcher to play for us in the North Leeds fastball league. Our games are Tuesdays and Thursday's and away teams include, Athens, Westport, Lyn, Greenbush and Eastons Corners. We are a group of guys 25+. Team is a nice balance of competitiveness and beverage drinkers after the games. Any help our leads would be great. I can be reached through email at blair.warren8@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kingston Axemen to host tournament July 14-16

from Facebook / Twitter

The Kingston Axemen are excited to be hosting their second tournament in three years.
When : Jul 14-16,2017
Where: Kingston, ON
Ball diamond facility: to be announced as soon as details are confirmed
Entry fee: $450 CA
Guaranteed 3 games
Prize Money: to be paid to top 4 teams. Amount based on # of teams entered

The Axemen look forward to bringing some top level men's Fastpitch to the Kingston area once again. The tournament is an open level event and invite all teams to bring their best!

At this point we have commitment/interest from the following teams.
Elmira Expos, CPI (New York state), Toronto Batmen, ESA Thunderbellies (Pennsylvania), Donnacona Blue Sox(Quebec), Broker for Ticket(Ottawa), New York Bombers, Wiarton Nationals.

We can accommodate up to 10 teams. Please contact us regarding any questions about the tournament. We look forward to hosting a great weekend of Fastpitch!

Contact info:
Email: kingstonaxemen@gmail.com

Brad MacDonald cell: 613-583-2128


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

ASA 2013 bats now certified for Men's fastpitch

According to the Softball Canada website, bats with the ASA 2013 stamp are now certified for adult male fastpitch (Men's and U21).

This is a change, as these bats were previously not permitted as per Softball Canada rules for fastball.

Bat certification for women's and minor fastball have not changed.


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ottawa Women’s Softball Team prepares for 2017 World Masters Games

Story in the Pembroke Daily Observer about a women's masters team preparing for a trip to New Zealand.

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UOttawa to host Canadian Collegiate Softball Association 2017 championships

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association announced today on Twitter that the 2017 host for the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association national championship tournament will be the UOttawa GeeGees.

This university level tournament will be held at the Ottawa R.A. Centre on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glen Cairn league seeks pitchers

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in Kanata is looking for a couple of pitchers to help round out their 2017 rosters.

The league plays once a week at the AY Jackson diamonds. If interest, please contact the official pitcher recruiter of The Glen, Tony Macdonald at macton17@hotmail.com.


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Daryle Meek obituary

Daryle Meek, who was mentioned in this previous blog posting, died last week.

Condolences to his family and friends, many of who, like Daryle, have been involved in local fastball.

Obituary here.


Stittsville Girls U14 Rep team hosting tryouts

Stittsville Minor Softball Pee Wee Rep Tryout 2017

Who: Girls at the Pee Wee level U14 (13 and 14 years old)
Birthdates: Jan 1, 2003 to December 31, 2014

Tryout dates:
Tryout #1-March 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm (please arrive for 6:15 pm to register)
West Carleton High School Gym (Dunrobin)

Tryout #2- March 9, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm (please arrive for 5:45 pm to register)
South Carleton Highschool (Richmond)

Cost- There is a $20 tryout fee due on March 7th payable in cash or cheque at the door.

**Please note- girls must attend both tryouts to be considered to make the team. If you are not able to make both sessions or have questions, please Dan Rollin at rollinfamily@rogers.com.

If you are interested in coming to the tryouts, please send an email  to rollinfamily@rogers.com with your name, age, and previous team you have played for.

Please note-

Rep ball is different from the Selects teams.

Selects is not as competitive as Rep, but is designed as stepping stone from House League into a more competitive style.  Players on the Select team play on a House League team as well.  You should expect your child to play one or two nights in House League, and continue to play and practice into the summer with the Selects team.

Rep is a more competitive league.  These players do not play in House League.  You should expect your child to have two practices each week and one or two games. The games will be played in either Montreal or in and around the Ottawa area, which usually fall during the week but may be on the weekend. As well as 3-4 tournaments a year.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Squirt / Peewee Boys Tournaments in Oshawa

Oshawa is excited to be hosting a weekend tournament this year from July 14-16, 2017 for both squirt and peewee divisions.
The first 8 teams in both U12 and U14 divisions will be accepted.  
Entry fee is $300 with a 3 game guarantee.
Contact Chris Noel at chris_noel@sympatico.ca.


GOFL league meeting Monday February 27

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League annual winter meeting will be held Monday February 27 at a top secret location. If anyone is interested in attending, please email fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration now open

Registration for "The Glen" is now open on their website.

The GCMFL captain's meeting & 2017 draft will be held at the Kanata Sports Club on Sunday April 9th from 4 to 6 pm.


Bob Easy receives Mayor's City Builder Award

Bob Easy, a local fastball umpire, was recently given an honour by the City of Ottawa:

Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

February 22, 2017
Announcements and Events
Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bob Easy at today’s City Council meeting.
Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counseling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.
In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009/10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.
Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. In 2003 Bob, assisted by Sharon Shouldice of Stittsville, organized a tournament in support of Tori Carswell, a child cancer victim in the area. Bob also volunteers as a Santa and last year he played Santa at Munster’s first Santa Claus Parade.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.
Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.
The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier

from Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all teams in Canada East who haven't yet qualified for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI.

The qualifier will be a double knockout event with a paid entry & travel money for the winner. Additional invites will be made available to teams based on their finish in the qualifier and other ISC CE qualifying events.

Entry fee is $450. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com


2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship

From Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all U21 teams in the Canada East region. It will be a divisional round robin with a single-elimination playoff round.

Paid entry & travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI will be available for the winner. 

All teams are encouraged to attend the ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids given the Canada Games event this summer.

Entry fee is $450 for our Canada East event. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd - ftode739@rogers.com

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Erin Durant honoured at Ottawa Sports Awards

Congratulations to Erin Durant, being honoured tonight at the Ottawa Sports Awards for her 2016 accomplishments in softball.

In additional to her on-field abilities (see below), Erin is a big online and in-person supporter of softball in the area, for both women's and men's, especially the Greater Ottawa Fastball League where she can be seen at games cheering on her husband Brad Pender. Not just a fan of the GOFL, Erin also suited up for a GOFL regular season game and is to date the only female player ever to participate in the league.

Congrats Erin!


Erin played for the Bytown Belles this summer, a team that went on to win a silver medal at the senior women’s provincials. When her team decided not to compete in the nationals, she was picked up by the Whitby Eagles to play at the tournament in PEI. Her great fielding and hitting skills spurred her on to be selected as an All-Canadian outfielder. The former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player helped coach her old team during the fall months and also won a local league title. This Prescott girl now lives in Ottawa where she works as a lawyer.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

OASA announces tournament hosts for 2017

Here is the list of all the OASA tournaments from Junior Mite to Masters for the upcoming season:

Jr Mites U8 Provincial East - Sydenham, August 12-13
Jr Mites U8 Provincial West - Drumbo, August 12-13
Mites U10 Qualifier West - Drumbo, July 29-30
Mites U10 Qualifier East - Fitzroy Harbour, July 29-30
Mites U10 Provincial - Ponsonby, August 19-20
Squirt U12 Qualifier West - Durham, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Qualifier East - Grafton, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Provincial - Napanee, August 12-13
Peewee U14 Elimination - Napanee, June 30-July 2
Peewee U14 Provincial - Stouffville, July 29-30
Bantam U16 Elimination - Cobourg, July 7-9
Bantam U16 Provincial - Drumbo, August 5-6
Midget U18 Elimination - Owen Sound, June 30-July 2
Midget U18 Provincial - Jarvis, July 29-30
Jr Men's U21 Provincial - New Hamburg, June 23-25
Jr Men's U21 Special Event - Kitchener/Waterloo, July 6-9
Intermediate Men's East - Sydenham, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's West - Innerkip, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's Grand Final - To be announced, Date TBD
Masters 40+/50+ - St. Clements, July 14-16


Monday, January 23, 2017

Softball Canada seeking summer intern

from Softball Canada

Softball Canada Internship

Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on January 23, 2017
Softball Canada is a non-profit member-based National Sport Organization that provides a range of opportunities for softball athletes, coaches, officials, clubs and Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations through the development, delivery and promotion of softball programs and services at the National and International level.
Internship Opportunity: May 1 – August 25, 2017 (Five days per week or 37.5 hours)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Job Summary:
Softball Canada requires an energetic and ambitious individual for an exciting internship within our office in Ottawa. In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to: program development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, event management (Canadian Championships and Softball Canada events), as well as assisting in the Triple Play, CanPitch and Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to eleven (11) Canadian Championships
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles for newsletters, social media, updating Softball Canada’s web site, and assisting in media releases
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including answering phones, filing, processing resource orders, etc.
  • Other duties as required
  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Event management
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A creative self-starter with the ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines
  • Be registered as a full-time student in a community college or university in the 2016-2017 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Compensation: To be determined (Please note that housing or transportation is not provided)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada Attn: Mike Branchaud
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: mbranchaud@softball.ca
We would like to thank all candidates for their applications but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.


Stittsville 56ers to field Women's Junior Team this season

Announcement from Stittsville Minor Softball Association

Stittsville Minor Softball Association is pleased to announce this newest addition to its competitive program for the upcoming 2017 season:  Welcome to the Stittsville Womens Junior 56’ers!

The Junior program is for softball athletes at the next age level after Midget, who aspire to continue playing in a competitive venue, aspire to further develop their skills both individually and as team contributors, are keen on keeping it fun, and want to continue to be a part of the sport they have grown to love.

Womens Junior-56’ers will be headed by John Campbell.  There are plans underway for off-season sessions, leading to pre-season spring-board and then take-the-field in May!

SMSA will announce updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact John directly.  He will be happy to help with any questions.  John can be reached at jcampb8297{at}rogers.com.

Welcome Stittsville Womens Juniors!
SMSA Executive

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed soon.

The tournament committee plans on making the 10th edition of the event the best ever. Fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's 9th annual event was won by the CPI Classics of Oswego, NY - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)


Cory Morrison
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2016 Oswego CPI Classics
2015 Kanata Storm
2014 Micksburg Twins
2013 Lake Simcoe Lightning
2012 Toronto Gators
2011 Quebec Seniors
2010 Quyon Flyers
2009 Ottawa Team Easton
2008 Ottawa Easton Thunder


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Remembering the Rock in Fitzroy

With the recent news that Tim Raines was finally elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, I thought it was a good time to remember the time that The Rock almost played a game for West Carleton Electric on June 23, 2009. We tried to convince him to suit up, but instead he came to the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre and watched Manotick Lomor Printers defeat the Electric 7-1.

As per the game story, Trevor Lahey had the win for Manotick with Cal Medynski launching a solo home run and Trevor Power hitting a 3RBI triple (?!). Steve Cavanagh took the loss for WC, and Adam Brown, who had his offered of his left field position to the Rock declined, had the home team's only RBI.

Here's a photo of Tim with WC shortstop Trevor Barton from that night.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Softball coaching clinic to be held in Stittsville

National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics.  Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.
Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $250 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017 
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON(Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: March 25 and 26, 2017
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON (Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

On field evaluation - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Dates: to be scheduled between May 3 -7, 2017

NOTE: coaches can get reimbursed 70% of the cost of the clinic (to a max of $400), plus mileage, (up to $200 for mileage) from a program called Quest for Gold:  http://coachesontario.ca/q4g/bursary-program/

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Carlington Park to possibly get upgrades

Jon Willing's (Ottawa Sun) City Hall Blog reports that the City of Ottawa may upgrade Carlington Park softball diamonds if Ottawa is awarded the Canada Games in 2021.

Once top flight diamonds that hosted International Softball Congress, Ontario Amateur Softball Association and other big money invitational tournaments for men's fastball, Carlington is need for some work.

It would be a great location to see men's and women's U21 fastball at the 2021 Canada Games.

Story here: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-hall-blog-city-sports-facilities-get-8m-in-upgrades-if-ottawa-hosts-games


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

December 13, 2016 – Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.
The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.
“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.
“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher. 
More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.
The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.
For additional information, please contact:
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, OH

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Competitive Softball Coach Clinic to be held in Ottawa area

National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – Introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics. Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.

Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $226 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $113 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Feb 18 and 19, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

On field evaluation - $113 plus HST

For more information or to indicate your interest, please contact kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NCCP "Advanced Hitting" Webinar

from Scott Searle

The National Coaching Certification Program is now asking coaches to participate in activities that enhance their coaching to reinforce “values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.” All coaches in all sports will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points.

For more information, you can check http://coach.ca/maintenance-of-certification-s16745 Softball coaches will need to obtain 20 points in a 5 year period.

The Softball Ontario Coaching Committee is committed to creating as many opportunities for coaches to obtain these points as possible.  We will plan coach development sessions that will be linked to PD points in conjunction with events that coaches already attend like symposiums, Canadian and International Championships and other events as often as possible.  We recognize that coaches are amazing people, who are taking time out of their busy lives to coach other peoples kids, and often paying money out of their own pocket to do so.  We recognize that coaches are busy, and often involved in other sports.  To help coaches obtain these points we are also planning a webinar series where coaches can obtain points from home.

If you have any questions, or concerns about this process please feel free to send me an email at Scottsearle@rogers.comAdditionally if you have any suggestions or requests for webinars, I would love to hear them.

Our first webinar is on “Advanced Hitting”.  We have organized a panel of some of Canada’s best coaches and hitters to share tips on hitting.  The panel is from 11-1 AM on Saturday, November 26th in Oakville Ontario.  If you can’t join us in person, please join us online and register at http://www.softballontario.ca/?lid=GA7QU-VS3KE-XV44T  Online participants also qualify for two PD points. 

I hope to see your name on the list! Our panel has:
  • 27 Years of National Team Experience
  • 13 Canadian Championship Gold Medals
  • 6 Canada Summer Games Appearances with 3 different provinces
  • 3 Pan-American Games Gold Medals
  • 2 WSBC World Championships
  • 1 Olympian


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Softball Canada age group changes

Word from the Softball Canada Annual General Meeting last week is that there will be some changes to age groupings starting in 2018.

Midget Boys will change from U18 to U19.

Junior Men will change from U21 to U23.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Stittsville coaching clinic

Stittsville minor softball is looking to host a "Competition Introduction" Softball Ontario training course. For coaches interested in getting certified to coach competitive minor softball, they can contact Kelly Daize to indicate their interest at kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org. They need 10 coaches to make it viable.

For info about the course, visit the Softball Ontario website.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

GOFL 2016 All-Stars announced

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League all-stars, as voted on by representatives of each GOFL team, have been announced as follows. Congratuations to all players recognized.

First Team All-Stars
Pitcher: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
Catcher: Joe McCleary, Quyon Flyers
First Base: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
Second Base: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
Third Base: Steve McCord, Quyon Flyers
Shortstop: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
Outfield: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
Outfield: Cory Morrison, Kars Aces
Outfield: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
Designated Player: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Second Team All-Stars
Pitcher: Andrew Putnam, I4C Victory
Catcher: Chad Costello, Micksburg Twins
First Base: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
Second Base: Kevin McGuire, I4C Victory
Third Base: Chad Milne, Kars Aces
Shortstop: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
Outfield: Dan Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers
Outfield: Ryan Bond, Stittsville 56ers
Outfield: Matt McNish, I4C Victory
Designated Player: Nick Armitage, Quyon Flyers

The league also names the top utility player of the year as the recipient of the Tim Craig Memorial Award. This year's winner is Quinton Rook of the Micksburg Twins.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Softball Clinic on October 23

from John Campbell

Fall 2016 Camp Quebec-Florida Clinic
for Eastern Ontario Girls Youth Softball Players
Nepean, Ontario

What: Softball players development clinic for girls ages 10 to 21.
Who: Invitation is open to all, no matter where you play fastpitch!
1110, Promenade Longfields Ottawa, Ontario
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016     1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $0.00
Bring: Gym attire, glove, batting helmet, and your best smile.
Info?: Contact John at jcampb8297@rogers.com to register

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Media Coverage of the GOFL (updated again)

Now that the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season has wound up, along with all other leagues in eastern Ontario, it's time to thank all the media outlets that gave the league some coverage this season.

Thanks to the following - if I missed any, please let me know:

West Carleton Review
Stittsville News
Pembroke Daily Observer
Shawville Equity
Valley Heritage Radio
Cogeco Television Pembroke
Eganville Leader
MyFM Pembroke 104.9
Star 96 FM


Local ladies make final push to fundraise for 2017 World Masters Games

Article recently appearing in the West Carleton Review: Local ladies make final push to fundraise for 2017 World Masters Games


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Orioles win Trend Arlington league

Info from Will Dunk

The Orioles won the four team Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League playoffs taking the best of five final series over This is How We Roll. The league plays in the Nepean area of Ottawa.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Scarbourgh Force suspending operations

The Scarborough Force has announced they are suspending operations for 2017. Al's Fastball has the story.


Pembroke Daily Observer article on GOFL Final

The Pembroke Daily Obersver continued with their great coverage of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with an article, written by Jamie Bramburger, about Micksburg Twins victory over Kars Aces in the playoff final. Article here.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Micksburg Twins win 2016 GOFL playoff title

 The Micksburg Twins won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League title on Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the visting Kars Aces to go undefeated in the playoffs.

There were about 200 in attendance at the park in Micksburg (attendance count by the Caveman) on a beautiful late September night.

Joran Graham had the win with five innings of work allowing five hits and striking out 11. Corey Costello got the save, chucking hitless ball in the sixth and seventh and fanning five.

Brad Porter threw very well in taking the loss for Kars allowing only three hits and striking out 12.

Kars got on the board in the top of the first inning. Brad Pender hit a slap infield single with one out. Pender stole second and took third on an overthrow. He scored on Cory Morrison's double to centrefield.

Micksburg got on the board in the bottom of the opening frame. Graham walked with two out and Corey Costello hit a home run to left centre much to the delight of the local crowd, making it 2-1 for the home team.

Both teams went three up three down in the second inning.

Ian King lead off with a walk in the top of the third for Kars. Kristian Knapp then drove a ball off the top of the fence to right. King held up making sure the ball wasn't caught. With Knapp close on his tail, King tried to score but was thrown out at home. Knapp advanced to third on the throw. A line drive to centre by Brad Pender was a sac fly to score Knapp and tie the game at 2-2.

Graham got on base with two out for Micksburg in the third on a misplayed grounder. However a hard hit ball right at Porter allowed him to get out of the inning unscathed.

Chad Milne got a two out single for Kars in the fourth but was stranded after the next batter struck out.

Porter struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth to keep things knotted at two.

In the top of the fifth, Will Dunk bunted for a single to lead off. After a strike out, Knapp hit a hard drive to short, but Andrew McIntyre was able to glove it in the air and double off Dunk to end the inning.

Quinton Rook walked to start the bottom of the fifth for the Twins. Rook stole second. After a strike out, McIntyre had a great at bat and drove a ball into left to score Rook and give Micksburg the 3-2 lead. Porter induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Corey Costello came in to relieve Graham in the sixth and struck out two. Morrison got on due to a misplayed fly to left, then another strikeout.

Graham lead off the sixth for Micksburg with a single, but Porter got two strikeouts and a pop up to get out of it.

Costello sealed the win in the top of the seventh with two strike outs and a pop up to end the game, and claim the 2016 GOFL Playoff championship for the Micksburg Twins.

Front row: Jamey Mick, Kurt Leavitt, Andrew Mcintyre, Matt Mcintyre, Scott Conroy, and Connor Moss. In the back row from left, Chad Costello, Kyle Jackson, Joran Graham, Paul Griffith, Corey Costello, Quinton Rook and Brandon Jackson.


Twins defeat Royals to take the Shawville Men's Fastball League title

The Twins defeated the Royals 2-0 in the playoff final game for the Shawville Men's Fastball League championship.

Matt Greer was the winning pitcher while Lenny Burger, the wily veteran lefty, took the loss. Andrew Eades had the two RBIs for the Twins.

The SMFL is a four team league that usually plays on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Article: Micksburg Twins looking for championship Thursday night

Article from the Pembroke Daily Observer.