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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Sunday, January 29, 2017

OASA announces tournament hosts for 2017

Here is the list of all the OASA tournaments from Junior Mite to Masters for the upcoming season:

Jr Mites U8 Provincial East - Sydenham, August 12-13
Jr Mites U8 Provincial West - Drumbo, August 12-13
Mites U10 Qualifier West - Drumbo, July 29-30
Mites U10 Qualifier East - Fitzroy Harbour, July 29-30
Mites U10 Provincial - Ponsonby, August 19-20
Squirt U12 Qualifier West - Durham, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Qualifier East - Grafton, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Provincial - Napanee, August 12-13
Peewee U14 Elimination - Napanee, June 30-July 2
Peewee U14 Provincial - Stouffville, July 29-30
Bantam U16 Elimination - Cobourg, July 7-9
Bantam U16 Provincial - Drumbo, August 5-6
Midget U18 Elimination - Owen Sound, June 30-July 2
Midget U18 Provincial - Jarvis, July 29-30
Jr Men's U21 Provincial - New Hamburg, June 23-25
Jr Men's U21 Special Event - Kitchener/Waterloo, July 6-9
Intermediate Men's East - Sydenham, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's West - Innerkip, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's Grand Final - To be announced, Date TBD
Masters 40+/50+ - St. Clements, July 14-16


Monday, January 23, 2017

Softball Canada seeking summer intern

from Softball Canada

Softball Canada Internship

Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on January 23, 2017
Softball Canada is a non-profit member-based National Sport Organization that provides a range of opportunities for softball athletes, coaches, officials, clubs and Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations through the development, delivery and promotion of softball programs and services at the National and International level.
Internship Opportunity: May 1 – August 25, 2017 (Five days per week or 37.5 hours)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Job Summary:
Softball Canada requires an energetic and ambitious individual for an exciting internship within our office in Ottawa. In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to: program development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, event management (Canadian Championships and Softball Canada events), as well as assisting in the Triple Play, CanPitch and Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to eleven (11) Canadian Championships
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles for newsletters, social media, updating Softball Canada’s web site, and assisting in media releases
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including answering phones, filing, processing resource orders, etc.
  • Other duties as required
  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Event management
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A creative self-starter with the ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines
  • Be registered as a full-time student in a community college or university in the 2016-2017 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Compensation: To be determined (Please note that housing or transportation is not provided)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada Attn: Mike Branchaud
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: mbranchaud@softball.ca
We would like to thank all candidates for their applications but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.


Stittsville 56ers to field Women's Junior Team this season

Announcement from Stittsville Minor Softball Association

Stittsville Minor Softball Association is pleased to announce this newest addition to its competitive program for the upcoming 2017 season:  Welcome to the Stittsville Womens Junior 56’ers!

The Junior program is for softball athletes at the next age level after Midget, who aspire to continue playing in a competitive venue, aspire to further develop their skills both individually and as team contributors, are keen on keeping it fun, and want to continue to be a part of the sport they have grown to love.

Womens Junior-56’ers will be headed by John Campbell.  There are plans underway for off-season sessions, leading to pre-season spring-board and then take-the-field in May!

SMSA will announce updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact John directly.  He will be happy to help with any questions.  John can be reached at jcampb8297{at}rogers.com.

Welcome Stittsville Womens Juniors!
SMSA Executive

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Remembering the Rock in Fitzroy

With the recent news that Tim Raines was finally elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, I thought it was a good time to remember the time that The Rock almost played a game for West Carleton Electric on June 23, 2009. We tried to convince him to suit up, but instead he came to the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre and watched Manotick Lomor Printers defeat the Electric 7-1.

As per the game story, Trevor Lahey had the win for Manotick with Cal Medynski launching a solo home run and Trevor Power hitting a 3RBI triple (?!). Steve Cavanagh took the loss for WC, and Adam Brown, who had his offered of his left field position to the Rock declined, had the home team's only RBI.

Here's a photo of Tim with WC shortstop Trevor Barton from that night.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Softball coaching clinic to be held in Stittsville

National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics.  Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.
Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $250 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017 
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON(Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: March 25 and 26, 2017
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON (Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

On field evaluation - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Dates: to be scheduled between May 3 -7, 2017

NOTE: coaches can get reimbursed 70% of the cost of the clinic (to a max of $400), plus mileage, (up to $200 for mileage) from a program called Quest for Gold:  http://coachesontario.ca/q4g/bursary-program/

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