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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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Coaching grants

from Softball Ontario

Softball Ontario is pleased to share information about the General Motors: Making Dreams Possible Community Coaching Grants, which are available to provide funding for coaching clinics at the house league level. This opportunity is ideal for local Softball Associations in Ontario who are interested in hosting a Softball Ontario/National Coaching Certification Program “Learn to Coach” and "Keep Coaching" clinic(s). Softball Ontario delivers the National Coaching Certification Program for Softball in the province of Ontario.
A young athlete's involvement in any sport should be a positive and memorable experience. That is why the Making Dreams Possible program is committed to developing coaching excellence at the grassroots level in communities across the country.
The Making Dreams Possible program offers Dealers and Retailers the opportunity to ensure that a club or coaching grant is awarded to a sport organization in their community. We appreciate the Dealerships that have contributed $1,000 towards a grant. GM will match their contribution, ensuring that a full $2,000 grant is awarded to a local applicant in their community.
These additional contributions made by local Dealers and Retailers, combined with GM's ongoing commitment to help fund Canadian athletes, will enable over 100 grants to be delivered on an annual basis. It does not stop there! GM has made a promise that grants will be awarded in each city across Canada in which there is a GM plant location.
In an effort to continually enhance Canada's community sport programs through coach training and developmental activities, 100 grants of $2,000 each will be awarded to local sport organizations for youth aged 5 to 18.
Not-for-profit community sport clubs, associations and/or leagues for youth participating in Olympic or Paralympic sports are eligible to apply for a community-coaching grant. The organizations must also be affiliated with their respective provincial or territorial sport organization or national sport organization. Complete eligibility information is available at www.coach.ca .
The community coaching grants will be awarded twice annually. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is responsible for the administration of Making Dreams Possible. If your local softball association would benefit from this program, visit the CAC Web site at www.coach.ca and download an application form today. Applications must be received by February 14, 2008.
If you have any questions on applying for the GM: Making Dreams Possible Community Coaching Grant for your Association, contact Stephanie Sutton at ssutton@softballontario.ca or call 416-426-7150.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

GOFL "Winter Meetings"

Details on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League winter meeting:

What: GOFL annual meeting
Where: I4C Consulting boardroom, 340 March Road, Kanata (near Carling and March)
When: Wednesday January 23, 2008 7:00pm
Who: Representatives from all returning GOFL teams, prospective "expansion" team(s), GOFL umpires rep
Why: Planning for 2008 season, agenda to follow

For more information send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com or to my work address if you have it.

Monday, December 03, 2007

New tourney in Picton for 2008

An early season tournament in Picton for 2008:

Title: The County Fastball Classic

When: June 6,7,8

Where: Picton, Ontario

Format: Open tournament; 3 games guaranteed

Entry: $375/ Team

Contact: Nathan -- countyfastball@hotmail.com, 613-476-1859

Blackburn interested in GOFL for 2008

Word from the Blackburn Bombers is that the team is interested in potentially joining the currently 8-team Greater Ottawa Fastball League for the 2008 season, as reported earlier.

Indications are that the team is looking at diamond time in Greely. Nothing is confirmed at this point, but there should be a proposal on the table at the GOFL league meeting in January (time TBD).