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, February 27, 2012

West Carleton Minor Softball sign up

The West Carleton Minor Softball Association will be hosting sign up days at various community centres across the area on March 7 from 7pm - 9pm and March 24 from 10am - noon. Children ages 4 to 18 can register.

Sign up locations include Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre (where Fitzroy Fastball himself will take your registration form), Kinburn Community Centre, Carp Outdoor Rink building, Dunrobin Community Centre and the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre.

For more information, visit the cheesy website.

A member of the Fitzroy Harbour 5-pitch team has his game face on during championship action in 2010. Quote from one of the moms "He is the only one that pays attention and actually knows the rules." Yes indeed, first ever real photo of the Caveman on the blog. I hope it doesn't ruin the 'mystique' for some of you!


Wanted - Women's Softball Players for Ottawa league

submitted by Derek Martin:

Women's softball team currently looking for a few more girls to fill out our team for this coming season. It is a City of Ottawa recreational league, all games are played at fields that are fairly central in the city. The registration fee is $103 per person for the season. The season runs from May to August and all games are on Wednesday nights between 5:30pm and 10pm. We currently have 8 girls ranging in age from 20-30 and would like to add at least 4 more. Anyone is welcome, we are a great group of girls just looking to have fun. Registration opens on March 7th so we would be looking to fill the spots ASAP. If you are interested please email a reply to christine_ep@hotmail.com for more details. If you can pitch that is a bonus, but like I said anyone is welcome.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Trend-Arlington league seeks fastball players

It hurts my feelings somewhat that they posted to Al's Fastball and didn't send to me as well - but here you go anyway.

Ottawa-area League Seeking Players
Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring is just around the corner, and the Trend-Arlington Men's Fastball League (TAMFL) is looking for players of all skill levels to play in our recreational league for the 2012 season, which runs from May until September.

TAMFL is a recreational fastpitch league that emphasizes a balance of fun, friends, accessibility and full participation, regardless of skill level. It is unique in Eastern Ontario.*

Games are played at Bellman Park (near Greenbank/Hunt Club) twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, with start times of 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Teams will occasionally play on Thursdays as well, with games starting at 8:30 pm.

Players and teams are welcome to register, the cost for a 20-game season plus playoffs is $200 per player before March 5th, and $225 for registrations received after March 5th. We accommodate requests to be placed on teams with your friends.

To register, or for more information, contact League Registrar, Rob McLaren via e-mail at mclarer_0990(at)hotmail.com

Visit our Web site at tafastball.ca to learn more about the TAMFL. See you at the diamond!

Kevin O'Grady
Ottawa, Ontario

* I'd say the league is not completly unique as the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League is pretty similar, but anyway, good luck to the TA league, I wish them success in 2012.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fastball League sign up time approaches

Almost time to register for men's fastball for 2012. A couple of examples:

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration will be held at the Stittsville Broadway Bar & Grill on Sunday March 18th 7 pm to 9 pm.

Blackburn Men's Fastball League registration will be held will on March 5th and March 20th. Both registrations will be held at Wally's from 7 pm to 9 pm.

If you want your league's registration details on the blog, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Funding opportunity for female coaches

from Softball Ontario

“We Are Coaches” Funding opportunity to host a NCCP Clinic

Toronto, ON-Is your Softball Association looking to train more female softball coaches? Would up to $1,500 help you accomplish your goal? Softball Ontario is looking to work with Softball Associations to help take advantage of the “We Are Coaches” campaign sponsored by Softball Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada.

What NCCP Clinics qualify for the “We Are Coaches” Program?
You can work with Softball Ontario to apply for the “We Are Coaches” Program if you want to host the following female-only NCCP Clinics:
Learn to Coach
Keep Coaching
Competition-Introduction, Softball
What to Coach & How to Coach

“We Are Coaches” is a campaign designed to increase the number of trained Women coaches in Canada in order to provide female mentors and role models for young participants. The campaign targets mothers with children involved in community level softball as well as young women looking to coach community and competitive softball teams, and strongly communicate the sense of community, reward, and FUN that can be achieved through coaching.

The “We Are Coaches” program in its 7th year. In previous years Softball Ontario and Softball Canada have partnered with the following communities:
Windsor, ON
St. Catharine’s, ON
Orleans, ON
Oshawa, ON
Author, ON
Oakville, ON
Waterloo, ON

Local Softball Associations planning on participating in the “We Are Coaches” program must meet the following requirements:

Recruit the minimum number of female coaches for the clinic hosted:

Learn to Coach – 10
Keep Coaching – 10
Competition-Introduction, Softball – 12
Provide a gymnasium and classroom for the Clinic
Host the Clinic by March 31, 2012

If you feel your local softball association would benefit from “We Are Coaches” program, please contact Steph Sutton via email ssutton@softballontario.ca by March 1, 2012 to express your interest.

If you have any questions regarding hosting a Community Sport Clinic (Learn to Coach and Keep Coaching) or a Competition-Introduction, Softball clinic, contact Stephanie Sutton at ssutton@softballontario.ca.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

GOFL Winter Meeting 2012

The GOFL annual winter meeting was held on Monday February 13.

Not too many changes - generally status quo, with a few exceptions. See below for a recap.

Adam Brown (WC Electric)
Steve Edgerton (Barrhaven)
Lindsay Medynski (Barrhaven)
Dan Bradley (Stittsville)
Mike Barrett (Stittsville)
Marcel Mondoux (Blitz)
Derick Bulley (Blitz)
Neil Cooke (I4C Victory)
Eric Rosenquist (I4C Victory)
Ted Mecalfe (EOUA)
Dave Herbst (EOUA)

Joe McCleary (Quyon)
Kevin Chevrier (Kars)

- The seven teams (and their home diamonds) confirming their participation for 2012 are as follows:
o WC Electric: Fitzroy Harbour - Mondays or Tuesdays, potentially a Friday or two
o Barrhaven Broadway Blues: Manotick on Wednesday
o Ottawa Blitz: Manotick on Wednesday
o Stittsville 56ers: Stittsville on Wednesday
o Kars Aces: to be determined
o I4C Victory: Carp on Thursday
o Quyon: Quyon on Thursday
- Dave Norris will be the umpire in chief of the league this year and Dave Herbst will be his deputy. The umpire fees are the same as last season. {Updated May 8, 2012}
- Adam has volunteered again to create the schedule. Teams were asked to forward any special scheduling requests to Adam.
- Doubleheaders will be scheduled whenever practical. Manotick will continue to host a doubleheader every Wednesday. Other locations (Carp, Fitzroy Harbour, Quyon, North Gower) could also be able to host some double dips.
- Regular season will start the second week of May, with the regular season schedule running for 11 weeks. Rainout make ups and playoffs to follow.
- Teams will play a balanced schedule of 18 games (9 home, 9 away), with three games against each team.
- Each team will continue submit a line up card at the plate meeting to the umpire & their opponent.
- Game cancellation: as per before if a team needs to cancel a game (for any reason other than weather), 24 hours notice should be given to the opposing team’s representative. If a visiting team fails to show up with enough players or cancels too late to notify the umpires, then the visiting team will pay for the officials’ fees. If diamond fees are going to be charged to the home team, the offending team will have to pay for the make up diamond rental fee.
- In case of weather-related cancellations, the umpires and opposing team must be given two hours notice. This is the home team's call.
- Rain shortened games: for games to count in the standings for regular season four (or three and half) innings are completed. Games not "official" will need to be replayed at a later date. For playoffs, same as before, the game will resume at a later date from the point at which the game was delayed.
- Game stories can be sent as soon as possible so the blog can be updated. Report should at a minimum include the score, the winning and losing pitcher and any home runs hit. Statistics should be updated by team representatives as soon as possible on GOFL.ca.
- For the regular season, each team is responsible for their own expenses, including by not limited to diamond fees, umpire costs, balls, etc. (see exceptions below re: playoffs).
- Regular season tie-breaking: 1) points (2 for a win, 1 for a tie) 2) wins 3) head-to-head 4) run differential in head to head 5) coin flip
- Playoff format continues:
o 1st place team to be awarded bye to final weekend showdown. Team may decline the bye, and it would go to the next team down the standings and could be waived down to the next team, etc.
o Play off series: best of five, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, 4th vs. 5th. To be completed during August.
o Final Weekend Showdown: four team double knockout tournament, with top seed playing lowest seed in one of the first round games. Two games on Friday September 7, remainder of the tournament on Saturday September 8, Sunday September 9 will be the rain date. Barrhaven will host the FWS at the Manotick diamonds.
- Playoff extra innings: if a playoff game is tied, the ‘international rule’ shall being in the 8th inning.
- NEW: To be eligible for playoffs, a player must have participated in six league games for his team. In addition, if this player wants to pitch in the playoffs, he must have thrown 18 innings during the regular season. To have this rule waived due to injury or other reasons, the requesting team can ask for a vote of the other team captains to allow playoff participation.
- The cost sharing formula for playoffs will continue. For the playoffs series, if there are an odd number of games (3 or 5), teams shall split umpiring and diamond costs for the final game.
- For the FWS, all teams shall share equally in the umpiring costs; the host team will pay for the diamonds and retain all profits from such things as Pepsi sales; each team will supply one new ball for each FWS game.
- Playoff winner fund: $500 to the FWS winner and $200 to the FWS finalist. The I4C Trophy will be awarded to the playoff champion.
- Edgy and Cookie will look into ordering softballs for the league and advise.
- “8 man rule”: in order to continue to ensure minimal defaults, teams will be permitted to start games with 8 players. There will be no “auto-out”. If the ninth player shows up late (or a lucky fan is found), then the team can insert this player in the ninth position in the line-up. However, if a team has only 9 players and one is ejected, the team will then forfeit the game. If a team has 9 players, and there is an injury and the player cannot continue, the team may still play with 8, but then the auto-out will apply.
- “Mercy rule”: will continue as 7 after 5, 5.5, or 6
- “2 out catcher rule”: optional.
- “Discipline”: Same as previous years: first ejection player at a minimum receives a “yellow card” - next ejection automatically results in one game suspension, minimum. Each ejection will result in an umpire’s report and a team’s report. Suspension could be given for any ejection depending on severity. In the past few years this has not been a problem with the GOFL and hopefully that will continue.
- “Bat rule”: The GOFL will continue with the ISF / ISC bat rule. Any bat with the ISF stamp or ASA 2004 stamp would be legal.
- “Pitching rule”: continue with last year's pitching rule, but should be ensuring front foot stays on the pitching rubber during windup. Pitchers must also stay "in the chute". Umpires will be issuing warnings.
- NEW "Injury substitution" rule: If a team has used all substitutes on the bench, and a player in the lineup cannot continue due to injury, one of the previously substituted players can return to the game in his place, even if he is not "re-entering" as per the rules. This applies in an injury situation only.
- Other Softball Canada rules apply.
- There are no restrictions on team rosters (any player, junior, senior, etc. can play). Once a player participates in the league for one team, he cannot play for another team that season.
- Eric will obtain insurance coverage through the OASA for all interested teams.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dunkirk Tournament

37th Annual Dunkirk 1st Ward Falcons Men's Fast Pitch Tournament
Date: Friday July 20th - Sunday July 22nd

The City of Dunkirk will once again be a contributing factor with the tournament this year. Food stand, bounce houses for kids, beer tent, Friday night band at Stadium, the Sunday chicken BBQ and several vendors will be on site at the 2012 Dunkirk Tournament

Tournament Director: Tim Wdowiasz (Dopey) 679-6797 or dopeywdowiasz@hotmail.com

Family Fun - Beaches, Skate Park, Playgrounds, Batting Cages and Volleyball Courts all within walking distance of ball fields. Lake Erie State Park 8 miles west along Route 5.

Night Life - First Ward Falcon Club and Dance Clubs on the water 1 mile from ball fields. 10 miles from Sunset Bay Night Club. Live Music at Stadium on Friday night. Live Music at the First Ward Falcon Club on Saturday Night.

PRIZES - $3500 in prize money paid to top 4 teams (based on 16 teams)
Entry Fee = $300
Round Robin Style if 13 teams are not reached (prize money based on amount of teams entered)

8 Hotels/Motels within 5 miles of fields and entertainment contact Tim Wdowiasz for lodging information

Deadline for entry fees is July 7th


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blackburn tournament revived for 2012

Blackburn used to host a tournament a few years ago - they are bringing it back for 2012.

BMFL Summer Sizzler
Date: June 7th-10th
Location: Blackburn Hamlet (Arena Diamond)
Entry Fee: $250

Based on 8 teams, each team would get a 3 game minimum.

Any caliber of ball players welcome. Just remember this is a rec. tournament.

If you have any questions or want to sponsor the tournament please email Derek Martin at derek.t.martin@hotmail.com.

In other news, registration for the 2012 BMFL season will be held on March 5, 2012 and March 20, 2012. Both registrations will be held at Wally's from 7 pm to 9 pm. The cost is once again $225.


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Au Sable Forks, NY tournament filled already

As per the organizers, the Au Sable tournament is full already with ten teams for this July and has a waiting list. It is the 50th anniversary and I am sure it will be an oustanding event. Lots of local content in the teams appearing, including 3 GOFL teams:

Mountain Brook Lodge Blitz - Wilmington, NY / Ottawa
Carp I4C Victory - Carp, ON
Knoxville - Pennslyvania / Ontario
Team Quebec - Quebec City
Donnacona Blue Sox - Donnacona, QC
Razzano's Trucking - Johnstown/Au Sable Forks, NY
CPI Classics - Oswego, NY
Scooter's - Forestport, NY
Au Sable Spirits - Au Sable Forks, NY
Broadway Barrhaven Blues - Ottawa

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Caveman not a football fan

Caveman spent the first half of the Super Bowl playing mini-sticks hockey with Fitzroy Junior in the basement.

He came upstairs just as the first half ended to start getting ready for bed. He sat down with me for a bit while the halftime show was on.

"Daddy, what's this show?"

"It's the Super Bowl, Caveman."

"Who is that lady, Daddy?"

"That's Madonna, Caveman."

Watches it for a few minutes.

"So, the Super Bowl is a bunch of people dancing and Madonna singing?"

"Pretty much."


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Greater Ottawa Fastball League winter meeting February 13

Once again, the 'braintrust' of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League will hold a winter meeting to discuss the upcoming season for the premier men's fastpitch softball league in eastern Ontario and west Quebec.

The meeting will be held in the top secret league boardroom on Monday February 13 at 7pm.

Any teams out there with an interest in entering the league for 2012 can contact fastball(at)fitzroyharbour.com or any other manager in the GOFL to make arrangements to attend the meeting.


Get in the Game Symposium

Softball Ontario is proud to announce the sixth annual Get In The Game Symposium on Saturday February 25, 2012 at the Sport Alliance Building in Toronto. The Symposium is a great opportunity for Softball Associations across Ontario to come together and work towards improving softball in Ontario.

The 2012 Get In The Game Symposium will once again include a series of Workshops and Presentations focused on improving participants’ Softball Associations. The Symposium is highly recommended by past participants: a Board Member from Pickering Softball Association said, “I found all information relevant and applicable to our league`s house league & select programs,” while a member from Aurora Diggers Girls Softball Association said what she liked best was, “The interaction with other Associations, solutions and problem solving.”

Travel (mileage) and accommodations will be provided by Softball Ontario for those who qualify.

The Get In The Game Symposium is a great opportunity for Softball Associations to learn from each other and work together to improve our game throughout the province.

Date: Saturday February 25, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Registration and Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM)
Location: Sport Alliance Building, 3 Concorde Gate, Toronto, ON, M3C 3N7
Cost: FREE

Attending the Get In The Game Symposium can earn your Softball Association up to 20 points towards your Softball Association Fundamental Excellence (SAFE) Star Rating!

Let us know if you are planning to attend the 2012 Get In The Game Symposium on Softball Ontario’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SoftballOntario.

For more information about the 2012 Get In The Game Symposium, visit the Softball Ontario website at www.softballontario.ca or email Lisa Crompton at lcrompton(at)softballontario.ca .

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.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Their mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.


Caveman birthday (now with trivia answer)

The Caveman celebrated his 7th birthday yesterday in fine style.

What gifts do you get for the Caveman who has everything?

- Hockey Trivia books: Very useful for testing his Rainman-like knowledge of hockey trivia. For instance, can you name the five teams that have only won the Stanley Cup once in the modern era? The Caveman can! (Answer below)

- New hockey stick: Appropriate for use on the outdoor rink in Fitzroy Harbour. I brought him and Fitzroy Jr. out on the outdoor rink when it first opened this winter for the "youth shinny" night. He was blown away by the concept of choosing up teams but throwing the sticks in the middle ("What are they doing daddy? Will I get my stick back, Daddy?") and thoroughly enjoyed it when the 'big kids' magically parted in front of the net and let him score a goal. "Daddy, why didn't you bring me to this before Daddy!"

- Forest Police Lego: Give him a box of Lego and he'll obsess until it's completed.

- Pound of bacon: Given to him as a bit of gag gift since he loves bacon so much. When he 'unwrapped' it he gave it a big hug and said "is this all for me"?

Whoops forgot to post the trivia answer in the original post: Carolina, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Calgary and Anaheim.


AAU Results from Orlando

A little late on this, but Florida Faspitch, which featured several GOFL players ended their trip to Orlando with a 0-4 record, including two one-run losses. The team played against three squads from Venezuela and another from Mexico.

Hill United with Adam Folkard on the slab won the 48-team tournament.