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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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Senators group tickets available

A message from Broker 4 Tickets

Broker4Tickets has extra tickets for the following games where we are looking to do special packages for minor hockey teams: 

Nashville March 10th 7:30pm
Colorado March 16th  5pm
Tampa Bay March 20th 7:30pm
Calgary March 30th 5pm
Carolina March 31st 7:30pm

We have up to 40 – 300 Level tickets (many in the same section and same row) for all of the above games and we are willing to sell these tickets for $30 each to minor hockey teams (gate price is $49.50 per ticket). 
All taxes and fees are included.  We will also give a free parking pass with every 6 tickets purchased.

If you have any questions, please contact Neil directly at 613-222-9989.

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ISC 2014 berth at Cobourg Tournament

My sources tell me that the Jim Bradford-Neil Cane Tournament in Cobourg on June 6-8 will have a berth available for the ISC 2014 tournament in Kitchener. More details to be available soon.

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2014 ISC Qualifier in Mitchell

2014 ISC Canada East Qualifier and U21 Championship to be played in Mitchell, Ontario
February 20, 2014 - ISC Canada East is announcing that the 13th annual June ISC World Tournament Qualifier will be held at Keterson Park in Mitchell ,ON during the weekend of June 13-15, 2013. 
Entries will be capped at the first 16 paid teams for the tournament, which will offer four (4) berths to the 2014 ISC World Tournament that will be played in Kitchener during the week of August 9-16, 2014.
The winning team will receive a paid entry fee to the ISC World Tournament plus travel money while the next three finishers will each receive an unpaid berth.
In addition, the third annual ISC Canada East U21 Championship tournament will be played at the same time and place. Up to eight teams will be able to compete for a paid berth into the ISC U21 Championship, which be held August 14-16 in Kitchener.
Tournament details are as follows:
June 14-16, 2013
ISC Canada East Qualifier / ISC Canada East U21 Championship
Mitchell, Ontario – Keterson Park
Berths: 4 berths to the highest placing Canada East teams and 1 berth for the winning U21 team
Format: ISC - Double knockout with single championship game; U21 - round robin & playoff bracket
Entry Fee: $425.00
Deadline: May 15, 2013
UIC: Moe Carde
Our preferred method of payment for entry fees is an Interac e-Transfer sent 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 postage.
Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.
Please contact any of the following for more information. We look forward to seeing everyone at a ballpark soon!
Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

International Fastball Tournament in Ste-Claire, QC

JULY 4-5-6  2014

We are proud to invite you to the 1st international fastball tournament that will be held in Ste-Claire, Québec, Canada, next July 4-5-6 2014. A committee has been formed and is already working hard to provide a high level tournament.

The registration fees are $500 and your team is assured to play at least three games. The tournament will take place under a round-robin formula.  The grants for the first teams will be proportional to the number of participating teams. We expect to welcome a total of 8 teams that would come from United States, Ontario and Quebec.  In that case, the grants would be as followed :

-           Champion :                $4000 CA
-           Runner-up :               $2000 CA
-           Semi-finalist :             $1000 CA
-           Semi-finalist :             $1000 CA

Join us to this unique event and take the opportunity to visit Ste-Claire, a very nice little town located between the superb St Lawrence River and Appalachian Mountains, in the beautiful area of Quebec City.

Teams currently committed are New York Gremlins and Team Quebec.

To register, please contact Mathieu Roy at mat.roy16@hotmail.com and/or check out the website.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Pan Am Games Softball Volunteers needed

TO2015 Pan Am Games, Softball – Volunteer Outreach

Come Join Us!

Volunteer with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Games, the largest multi-sport Games ever hosted in Canada, with a footprint stretching across the Greater Golden Horseshoe – from Welland to Oshawa to Minden Hills.

Don Bracey, the volunteer Softball Sport Organizing Committee (SOC) Chair with Toronto 2015, is looking to identify some specialized field of play volunteers for the softball training and competition schedule to be held at the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.  He would like to hear from you if you want to be involved.

Following is some information on what it means to volunteer for the 2015 Games and how to express an interest in softball. Info here.


Caveman scores a goal

Photographic evidence of the Caveman scoring a goal in West Carleton Novice hockey action in a 4-3 victory against their arch rivals from Stittsville using his Combat Ballistik hockey stick.

Break through the five opposition players, show shot, wait for the goalie to commit by going down, drag move deke and bury it!

Photo credit Mike MacPherson.



GOFL meeting

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League meeting was held last week.

More info to follow soon.


Friday, February 07, 2014

Caveman Trivia answers

Tonight was 'game night' in Fitzroy and the parents took on the kids in "Beat the Parents". The game involves trivia questions for both parents and kids.

The Caveman came up with some interesting answers to some of the kids' questions. All of his crazy answers below were given with a self-assured shout.

1. "What are French fries made from?"
Caveman answer: "Belgium!"

2. "If you have claustrophobia, what are you afraid of?"
Caveman answer: "Lightning!" 

3. "What famous band was Mick Jagger in?"
Caveman answer: "Maroon 5!"

Reasons for his crazy answers:

1) He misheard the question, and answered based on some other trivia he heard before.
2) Again he misheard, the fear of lightning, is a similar-sounding word.
3) This abomination is the reason for that answer.

So even when he comes up with these ridiculous answers, there is method to his madness.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Team USA to attend Elkland Labor Day tournament

USA Softball has named ten athletes to their male fastpitch team that will be playing at the PanAm qualifier in Argentina in October / November 2014.

There are at least two players named that are regulars at the Elkland Labor Day event - Josh Johnson of Texas and Derrick Zechman of Pennsylvania.

They have also announced that Team USA will be attending the 2014 Elkland Labor Day Durk Sherman Tournament as a tune up event this year.

Check out the announcement on Al's Fastball.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

REMINDER: Get in the Game Symposium - Feb 22

Update: The time to purchase your early bird tickets for the February 22nd, 2014 Get in the Game Symposium is running out! As of February 7th, 2014 the prices go up from $20.00 to $25.00. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with fellow softball associations to learn from each other and work together to improve our game throughout the province.

Attention:  Local Softball Association Volunteers

2014 Get in the Game Symposium- Saturday, February 22, 2014

Save the Date and Have Your Say!

Softball Ontario is proud to announce the eighth annual Get In The Game Symposium on Saturday February 22, 2014 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, ON.  In 2014, this great opportunity for Softball Associations across Ontario to come together and work towards improving softball in Ontario will be held in conjunction with the International Softball Coaching Symposium.

The 2014 Get In The Game Symposium will once again feature many valuable sessions for the Local Softball Association volunteer to help them improve their local League and Association and increase participation.

More information on the 2014 Symposium schedule and registration will be announced shortly and will be available on the Softball Ontario website at www.softballontario.ca!

In 2014, the Get In the Game Symposium will also feature a Certified Softball Administrators Program (CSAP) Workshop on the Sunday following the Symposium.  This year, you can have a say in which workshop you would like offered by clicking on the link below and providing your choice:

If you would like to get more information or be placed on the email distribution list regarding the Get In The Game Symposium, please contact Softball Ontario at:  info@softballontario.ca or visit our website at: www.softballontario.ca.
 Let’s make Softball better together!

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