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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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

TJ Moffatt obituary

Thomas ("TJ") Moffatt, a former fastball coach and more recently an umpire in the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League died this week at 58.  TJ was also involved in officiating hockey.

TJ's obituary is online here.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Softball Canada releases 40 man roster

Softball Canada has released the list of forty men for their National Team Athlete Pool.

Congratulations to Team Quebec members Matt Greer of the GOFL's Quyon Flyers and Mathieu Roy of the Donnacona Blue Sox and NY Gremlins on being recognized. Also on the list is Cole Bolton, recent graduate of the Napanee Express Junior Men's program.

For the full list, please visit the Softball Canada website.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Softball Ontario’s 2016 Softball Performance Centres are now accepting Registrations

As part of Softball’s Long Term Player Development, Softball Ontario (PWSA, OASA and ORSA) will continue to offer the Softball Performance Centre Program in 2016 by offering continuous all-inclusive training to U14, U16 and U18 for female and male softball players at three (3) Softball Performance Centres across Ontario.
What is a Softball Performance Centre?
Softball Ontario’s Softball Performance Centres will provide one (1) training pathway to the sport's high performance system of skill development as delivered by:
  • Team Ontario Coaching Staff (Male and Female)
  • Selected Developmental Team Ontario Pool Coaching Staff
  • High Performance Athletes (Team Ontario, Team Canada)
  • Strength and Conditioning Experts
  • Nutritionists
  • Sport Psychologists
  • Athletic Therapists
  • Dartfish Specialists-Video Analysis
  • CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors
What are the dates of the Softball Ontario’s Softball Performance Centres?

The Softball Ontario Performance Centres will offer continuous training on four (4) weekends:

January 23-24, 2016
February 27-28, 2016
March 5-6, 2016
April 9-10, 2016

What are the locations of Softball Ontario’s Softball Performance Centres?

Ingersoll, ON – Click here to register if you are interested in attending this Softball Performance Centre

Greater Toronto Area, ON- Click here to register if you are interested in attending this Softball Performance Centre

Napanee, ON- Click here to register if you are interested in attending this Softball Performance Centre

How much does it cost to attend a Softball Ontario's Softball Performance Centre?

$400.00 plus HST for all 4 weekends (2 days each weekend)
Who can attend the Softball Performance Centre?
  • U14 female and male softball players (born in 2002/2003)
  • U16 female and male softball players (born in 2000/2001)
  • U18 female and male softball players (born in 1998/1999)
How does the Softball Ontario Softball Performance Centres work?

Each Softball Performance Centre will welcome softball players to have an assessment of their current softball performance skills and overall fitness testing scores according to Team Canada’s Softball National standards.  This provides an opportunity for  softball players to learn new fundamentals skills, refine their current skill set (hitting, throwing, catching, and fielding).  Also, Softball Performance Athletes will be introduced to all the technical, tactical, mental and physical/fitness components of the game over 4 weekends.

What are softball players provided while at the Softball Performance Centre?
  • A Player Evaluation identifying their strengths and areas of their game which requires improvement based on the benchmarks for an athlete at their given age (U14, U16 or U18)
  • Softball Performance Centre T-shirt
  • U14 or U16  or U18 Players Guide
  • Dartfish Video
  • Snacks will be provided both days (Saturday and Sunday)
If you have any questions about Softball Ontario’s Softball Performance Centres, please contact Steph Sutton via email ssutton@softballontario.ca or by phone 416-426-7150.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Ccondolences to the Costello family

Jack Costello died this Saturday at the age of 65.

Jack is the father of Shawn and Joey Costello (and their late brother Kirby).  He is David Costello's brother, and an uncle to Corey and Chad.

Not only was Jack a father and uncle to some very talented fastball players, but he was a gifted player himself back in the day in the Upper Ottawa Valley Fastball League.

Condolences to the entire family. Information is available online here.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Softball Ontario clinic bid forms now available


To host a clinic, please follow the steps below:

  1. Pay 2016 Local Softball Association (LSA) Services Fee.*
  2. Complete bid form provided below.
  3. Submit bid form to office, accompanied with clinic deposit.
*Please note that clinic bids will not be confirmed until the LSA Services Fee has been paid. The 2016 LSA Services Fee can be paid online. 

Local Softball Association Services Fee:

Joanna Stapleton
2016 Local Softball Association Services Fee
See details regarding each clinic below:

CanPitch Clinics:

Steph Sutton
CANpitch Clinic Bid Form
Coaching Clinics:

Steph Sutton
Coaching Clinic Bid Form
Umpire Clinics:

Umpire Coordinator
Umpire Clinic Bid Form
Scorekeeping Clinics:

Wendy Cathcart
Scorekeeping Clinic Bid Form


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Beauregard Bunker in Orleans

This "Commemorative Naming Proposal" is scheduled to be confirmed at Ottawa City Council tomorrow:

In recognition of Lise and Bernie Beauregard’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the fieldhouse at Pierre Rocque Park, located at 1257 Joseph Drouin Avenue, the Beauregard Bunker.

Lise and Bernie Beauregard have been stalwart supporters and volunteers with the Orléans Amateur Fastball Association (OAFA) since its inception in 1976. They joined the OAFA Board in 1976 and held numerous board positions from 1976 to 2002. They introduced and coached a competitive program from 1976 to 2002, hosted provincial tournaments from 1986 to 2009, lobbied the City for better fields and facilities, coached and organized teams to 15 provincial championships from 1995 to 2009, and have received numerous awards for their volunteerism.

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