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, March 27, 2017

Softball Ontario Webinar Series

Jeff Ellsworth led off the Softball Ontario Webinar series with a massive homerun. His webinar tonight (March 27) on the “Mental Side of Softball” gave coaches in attendance tangible tips they could use at practice on goal-setting, and ways to help athletes focus on the task at hand. Jeff gave examples from his world-class playing career with Team Canada and the Hill United Chiefs and shared the strategies he used to play at the highest level in the world. He has transitioned to coaching and gave practical examples of hand-outs and activities he has used with the Junior Mens National Team and the PEI Canada Games Team.
Be sure to sign in to the next webinar on April 10th. You will hear Ryan Wolfe talk about baserunning. Ryan is one of the best players in the world and before his retirement from elite competition in 2016, Ryan was the longest-serving member of Team Canada. He first joining the Men’s National Team in 2000 and spent 16 years as one of the most successful and feared hitters in the world. Ryan was an exceptional lead-off hitter and many fans tell stories of Ryan leading off games with a hit, followed by two stolen bases. During his tenure on the team, the team won Bronze Medals at the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championships, Silver at the 2002 Pan American Championship, the 2004 ISF World Championship, the 2006 Pan-American Games, and Gold medals at the 2008 Three Nations Challenge, 2015 WSBC World Championship and 2015 Pan-American Games.

Coaches will receive 1 PD point for signing in to each session.  You can register for the full series at the link below.

Mental Side of the Game
Jeff Ellsworth
March 27
Base Running
Ryan Wolfe
April 10
Game Management
John Stuart
May 1
The art of calling the Game (Pitch Selection)
Bruce Casselman
May 15
Creating a Winning Culture
Chantal Valée
May 29
Preparing for Elite Competitions
Pat Reid
June 19


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bellechasse QC Men's Tournament

Men's Fastball Tournament
June 16-18
Bellechasse (St. Gervais and Ste. Claire), Quebec
Approx 30 minutes southeast of Quebec City

Open to Men's and Junior Men's Fastball teams.

Entry fee: $500
4 games guaranteed
Up to $7000 in prize money with 8 teams

Please contact Mathieu Roy for more information at mat.roy16[at]hotmail.com


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kingston League team seeks pitching help

The 2017 ball season is just around the corner and the RJB Fury are looking to add to their pitching staff for the Kingston Men's Fastball League campaign which will feature a revamped league for the upcoming season.

Are you in the Kingston area and interested in throwing for the RJB Fury? Contact Allan at allan.etmanski@gmail.com for more information.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seeley's Bay team looking for a pitcher

from Blair Warren

The Seeley's Bay men's fastball team is looking for a pitcher to play for us in the North Leeds fastball league. Our games are Tuesdays and Thursday's and away teams include, Athens, Westport, Lyn, Greenbush and Eastons Corners. We are a group of guys 25+. Team is a nice balance of competitiveness and beverage drinkers after the games. Any help our leads would be great. I can be reached through email at blair.warren8@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kingston Axemen to host tournament July 14-16

from Facebook / Twitter

The Kingston Axemen are excited to be hosting their second tournament in three years.
When : Jul 14-16,2017
Where: Kingston, ON
Ball diamond facility: to be announced as soon as details are confirmed
Entry fee: $450 CA
Guaranteed 3 games
Prize Money: to be paid to top 4 teams. Amount based on # of teams entered

The Axemen look forward to bringing some top level men's Fastpitch to the Kingston area once again. The tournament is an open level event and invite all teams to bring their best!

At this point we have commitment/interest from the following teams.
Elmira Expos, CPI (New York state), Toronto Batmen, ESA Thunderbellies (Pennsylvania), Donnacona Blue Sox(Quebec), Broker for Ticket(Ottawa), New York Bombers, Wiarton Nationals.

We can accommodate up to 10 teams. Please contact us regarding any questions about the tournament. We look forward to hosting a great weekend of Fastpitch!

Contact info:
Email: kingstonaxemen@gmail.com

Brad MacDonald cell: 613-583-2128


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

ASA 2013 bats now certified for Men's fastpitch

According to the Softball Canada website, bats with the ASA 2013 stamp are now certified for adult male fastpitch (Men's and U21).

This is a change, as these bats were previously not permitted as per Softball Canada rules for fastball.

Bat certification for women's and minor fastball have not changed.


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ottawa Women’s Softball Team prepares for 2017 World Masters Games

Story in the Pembroke Daily Observer about a women's masters team preparing for a trip to New Zealand.

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UOttawa to host Canadian Collegiate Softball Association 2017 championships

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association announced today on Twitter that the 2017 host for the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association national championship tournament will be the UOttawa GeeGees.

This university level tournament will be held at the Ottawa R.A. Centre on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glen Cairn league seeks pitchers

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in Kanata is looking for a couple of pitchers to help round out their 2017 rosters.

The league plays once a week at the AY Jackson diamonds. If interest, please contact the official pitcher recruiter of The Glen, Tony Macdonald at macton17@hotmail.com.


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Daryle Meek obituary

Daryle Meek, who was mentioned in this previous blog posting, died last week.

Condolences to his family and friends, many of who, like Daryle, have been involved in local fastball.

Obituary here.


Stittsville Girls U14 Rep team hosting tryouts

Stittsville Minor Softball Pee Wee Rep Tryout 2017

Who: Girls at the Pee Wee level U14 (13 and 14 years old)
Birthdates: Jan 1, 2003 to December 31, 2014

Tryout dates:
Tryout #1-March 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm (please arrive for 6:15 pm to register)
West Carleton High School Gym (Dunrobin)

Tryout #2- March 9, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm (please arrive for 5:45 pm to register)
South Carleton Highschool (Richmond)

Cost- There is a $20 tryout fee due on March 7th payable in cash or cheque at the door.

**Please note- girls must attend both tryouts to be considered to make the team. If you are not able to make both sessions or have questions, please Dan Rollin at rollinfamily@rogers.com.

If you are interested in coming to the tryouts, please send an email  to rollinfamily@rogers.com with your name, age, and previous team you have played for.

Please note-

Rep ball is different from the Selects teams.

Selects is not as competitive as Rep, but is designed as stepping stone from House League into a more competitive style.  Players on the Select team play on a House League team as well.  You should expect your child to play one or two nights in House League, and continue to play and practice into the summer with the Selects team.

Rep is a more competitive league.  These players do not play in House League.  You should expect your child to have two practices each week and one or two games. The games will be played in either Montreal or in and around the Ottawa area, which usually fall during the week but may be on the weekend. As well as 3-4 tournaments a year.

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