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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Thursday, November 23, 2017

GOFL announces All Stars for 2017

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League has announced the First Team and Second Team all star players for the 2017 as voted on by the managers of the GOFL's seven teams.

Congratulations to all recognized.

First Team All Stars 
P: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
C: Chad Costello, Micksburg Twins
1B: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
2B: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
3B: Chris Costello, West Carleton Electric
SS: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
OF: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
OF: Dan Jessiman. Stittsville 56ers
OF: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
DP: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Second Team All Stars
P: Andy Barber, West Carleton Electric
C: Matt Alkeron, Kars Aces
1B: Neil Murphy, West Carleton Electric
2B: Trevor Barton, West Carleton Electric
3B: Chad Milne, Kars Aces
SS: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
OF: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
OF: Jeff Barber, West Carleton Electric
OF: Dave Hobbs, Quyon Flyers
DP: Ryley Burns, Ottawa Valley As

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 the 2017 is Chris Costello of West Carleton Electric, who in his first year as a full time player in the GOFL saw action at catcher, third base, shortstop and outfield.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)



Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for those of you with a passion for pitching and the desire to help young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting Regional Pitching Instructors.
Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)
The primary role of the Regional Pitching Instructor is to be the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.  Softball Ontario currently has 25 Regional Pitching Instructors, and is looking to expand our reach even further and ensure that CANpitch Clinics will be available in all regions of Ontario.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please view the job description below or online (Regional Pitching Instructor) and send your softball pitching resume and cover letter via email tossutton@softballontario.ca by Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  Alternatively, if you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for one of the available positions, please pass along this email.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application – why should you attend?
Did you know?
• In 2016, the Province of Ontario received 244 grant applications to the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community and less than 50% were funded?
• In 2016, the Ontario Trillium Foundation received 58 grant requests for the sport and physical activity sector in Ottawa alone and only 24% were funded?
If your sport organization relies on grants to deliver your services to the community these stats demonstrate that you need to have a comprehensive understanding of how to set your projects apart from the pack.
Join the sport community at the Fall Ottawa Sport SummitGrants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application.  You will have the opportunity to learn from grant providers about how to create a winning application and the chance to collaborate with peers, gaining greater insight into the topic by learning from the successes and failures of others in our local sport community.
Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application will be hosted by the Ottawa Sport Councilon November 29, 2017 at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, K2G 5K7
TO REGISTER, visit sportottawa.ca
The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, of this Sport Summit.
For further information, please contact   


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bill Sherman elected Mayor of Elkland

You know that thing where there's this guy, and he's from a small town, and people say things like "I'd like you to meet John, he's pretty much the mayor of Smallville." Of course he's not really the mayor, but he's just a popular guy around home.

Well, I can now introduce my friend Bill Sherman as follows - "I'd like you to meet Bill, he's the mayor of Elkland, PA. For real."

In the mayoral election for Elkland Borough on Tuesday, Bill won the race with 57% of the vote!


10th annual Get in the Game Symposium

2 NCCP Professional Development Poiubts Opportunity!

The 10th annual Get in the Game Symposium will take place on November 25, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Ontario, located on 3023 S Service Road.

The Symposium is geared toward softball associations and its purpose is to improve grassroots softball across the Province, developing coaches and their skills and to create networking and learning opportunities for local softball associations/leagues.

Not available to join us in person in Burlington, ON on Saturday, November 25, 2017? NO problem! You can register for the sessions via webinar online at www.softballontario.ca!

The 2017 Symposium will feature two sessions:
Session #1: 9:00am - 10:00am

Featuring Special Guests:
  • George Ryder - Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Roger Davis - Team Ontario Women's Head Coach
  • Mike Crawford - U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
  • Jessica Mancini - Team Ontario Women's Assistant Coach
  • Scott Searle - Team Ontario Men's Assistant Coach
Session #2 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Featuring Special Guests:
  • Bruce Casselman - 2x ISC World Championships, 2x Canadian Championships, Softball Ontario NCCP Coach Developer
  • George Ryder - Softball Ontario Regional Pitching Instructor, Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Robin Mackin - Member of 2008 Canadian Olympic Roster, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Tyler Randerson - 2x U21 Men's National Team member, 206 ISF Bronze, 2017 Canada Games Gold Medalist
  • Todd Martin - 6x ISC World Champion, 3x ISC World Most Valuable Pitcher, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Elissa Sivel - Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor, 2x OIWFA All-Star, NCCP Coach Developer
  • Mike Crawford - 12x Canadian Champion, 2x Pan American Games Gold Medalist, U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
Each session is worth one (1) NCCP PD Point, which NCCP Certified Coaches can use towards their Maintenace of Certification.

Prices (all prices include HST):
  • In-person (Both Webinars) ............... $12.00
  • 1 Session (Webinar) ......................... $16.95
  • Both Sessions (Webinar) .................. $28.25
For more information on the event visit, www.softballontario.ca, or contact Kyle Cormier atkcormier@softballontario.ca

For more information about NCCP or NCCP PD Points, please contact Steph Sutton atssutton@softballontario.ca