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, November 30, 2015

OASA Masters Provincials on July 8 - 10

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association,  is pleased to announce that the 2016 Masters tournament will be held July 8, 9, and 10th in St. Clements. Sam Forbes and the Waterloo Legends, and Twin City Minor Ball will once host the event at this terrific complex, that was raved about by the 14 teams that entered last season.

"With so many major fastball events in Southern Ontario this coming July this was the best weekend to hold the event," stated Tournament Director Mike Goodridge. "We tried not to conflict with other major tournaments and allow the loyal Masters players an opportunity to compete in our event."

Once again, there will three divisions. We will have the Legends 50+ and the Masters 40+, A and B divisions with a slightly different twist. Teams will declare which division they wish to compete in and we will schedule, so hopefully we will have closer games.

With early interest from Ottawa, Kingston, and Sudbury we hope to attract teams from right across the Province and we certainly thank the teams that participated last year and hope to see them return this coming July.  For further information please contact Tournament Director Mike Goodridge 15 Gamble Lane Port Dover ON. N0A 1N3. Phone 289 389 9158.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GOFL 2015 All-Star selections

Voting has been tabulated based on submissions from each team and the Greater Ottawa Fastball League All-Star teams for 2015 have been decided as follows. Congratulations to all recognized.

First Team All-Stars
Pitcher: Andrew Putnam, I4C Victory
Catcher: Joe McCleary, Quyon Flyers
1st Base: Neil Murphy, West Carleton Electric
2nd Base: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
3rd Base: Kevin McGuire, I4C Victory
Shortstop: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
Outfield: Cory Morrison, Kars Aces
Outfield: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
Outfield: Ryan Bond, Stittsville 56ers
Designated Hitter: Cory Alkerton, Kars Aces

Second Team All-Stars

Pitcher: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
Catcher: Chad Costello,  Micksburg Twins
1st Base: Trevor Scott, Stittsville 56ers
2nd Base: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
3rd Base: John Craig, Stittsville 56ers
Shortstop: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
Outfield: Dan Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers
Outfield: Jon Daley, West Carleton Electric
Outfield: Steve Frost, Ottawa Valley As
Designated Hitter: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Once again the recipient of the "Tim Craig Memorial Award" is being named to recognize the league's top utility player, excelling at multiple positions. The winner for this season is Dan Bradley of the Stittsville 56ers.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Caveman thinking about next season

Today, we were driving home from a trip to the dentist and Caveman spotted a kid we will call "Petey" running wild on the streets of Fitzroy. Last year Petey played softball on Fitzroy Mites 2 and Caveman played on Fitzroy Mites 1.

Caveman: "Ugh, Petey. I don't like that kid."

Me: "Oh yeah."

Caveman: "Yeah, he's not very nice. Can I hit him with a pitch next season?"


Softball Ontario seeks a Co-ordinator for the umpire program

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Softball Ontario

Co-ordinator – Umpire Program

Position Type - Full time
Location – Toronto –3 Concorde Gate, Toronto, M3C 3N7
Softball Ontario is the provincial sport organization governing the sport of Softball.   Softball Ontario is a council organization and its goal is to promote and develop the sport of softball for its athletes, officials and volunteers by providing program and services at all levels of competition.
This position is an entry level position, ideal for the recent graduate of sports administration or related field of study.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working person to co-ordinate our Umpire Program.
Responsibilities include:
  • Co-ordinate Association’s Umpire Clinic Program
  • Co-ordinate Association’s Umpire Tournament Services Program
  • Manage/oversee the Umpire Registration Program and database
  • Co-ordinate Association’s annual Umpire Instructor Training Clinic and Banquet
  • Manage Umpire Program’s communications, including newsletters and social media
  • Prepare all necessary reports and attend Umpire Committee Meeting
  • Liaison with Association’s FP and SP Provincial Umpire-in-Chiefs, Deputies and Zone Umpire-in-Chiefs
  • Manage Umpire Award Program
  • Degree or Diploma in Sports Administration or related field or equivalent experiences
  • Ability to co-ordinate programs to ensure proper administration, organization and delivery
  • Knowledge of budgeting
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of softball
  • Willing to work evenings and week-ends as required
  • Willing to travel occasionally
Please submit your resume with salary expectations (email preferred) by noon on November 30, 2015 to: 

Attn:  Wendy Cathcart, Executive Director
3 Concorde Gate, #309
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3N7
Email :  wcathcart@softballontario.ca


Monday, November 09, 2015

Have a Softball Expert help your Local Softball Association

The U10@Play rules were a great improvement for our mites level in West Carleton Softball. Learn more about this initiative from Softball Ontario below.

Have a Softball Expert help your Local Softball Association

Softball Ontario wants to help local softball associations across Ontario work towards offering meaningful competitions, standardizing minor rules and deliver age/skill appropriate programming in the daily operations.

In order to achieve these goals, Softball Ontario has appointed softball technical experts who have working knowledge/experience in our great sport to help local softball associations.

These technical experts, Softball4Life Champions will act as a softball consultants by completing an assessment of programming offered/operations to offer suggestions for improvement or to indicate that minimum standards are being met.

Here is a listing of the Softball4Life Champions with the region they are looking after:
Softball4Life Champions zones are based on Softball Ontario’s Fast Pitch regions.  To determine what region you are in please, click the following link: 
Currently, the Softball4Life Champions are contacting local softball associations to offer their assistance and expertise.  If you wish to have a Softball4Life Champion contact your local softball association, please contact the Softball4Life Champion listed for your region or Steph Sutton via email:  ssutton@softballontario.ca

Here is a copy of the Local Softball Association Assessment Tool that Softball4Life Champions will use:

For more details, please check out Softball Ontario’s website:  www.softballontario.ca

If you have any questions about U10@Play, please contact Steph Sutton, Technical Program Coordinator via email:  ssutton@softballontario.ca