March 2014



Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of thirty-two (32) athletes who have been invited to attend a selection camp and a series of exhibition games in Kitchener, ON and Dorchester, ON in May to determine the final rosters for Team Canada and the Team Canada Selects Men’s Slo-Pitch teams.




Softball Canada is pleased to announce a series of Regional Identification Camps for the Junior and Senior Women's National Team programs in 2014 in preparation for the 2014 ISF Senior Women’s World Championship and the 2015 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship. The camps will take place in Brampton, ON, Cloverdale, BC and Saskatoon, SK.




Softball Canada's National Teams will be competing in various events in 2014, including the 2014 ISF Junior Men's World Championship in Whitehorse, YT, the 2014 ISF Women's World Championship in Haarlem, NED and the 2014 Men's Pan American Championship in Parana, ARG. Click on "read more" to see the full National Team schedules.




Nominations for athletes, coaches, officials, builders and teams for induction into Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame are being accepted until April 1, 2014. A maximum of five (5) new members will be chosen to be inducted on Saturday, November 15th during Softball Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.




Each month, Softball Canada will feature two products from Rawlings, Miken or Worth in Around the Horn. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, visit your local dealer or contact Rawlings Group Canada at 1-800-741-7205. This month's products are the Worth Hot Dot (SBC12HDSY) and the Worth React Ball (W5REAC).




Softball Canada is excited to announce that Hilton HHonorsTM is helping National Sport Federation athletes, coaches, friends and family save up to 15% on their next stay at any of the 4,000 hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio. Enjoy the flexibility of staying at any of our top ten hotel brands like Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts , Embassy Suites™ and , Hampton®.




The Coaching Association of Canada is engaging in an international research initiative with Spain and the UK in the hopes of presenting the findings at the International Working Group for Women in Sport in June 2014. The topic of the research is the psychosocial barriers to female participation in sport as referees (umpires) and coaches. 




The RBC Learn to Play Project will provide grants to local organizations and communities in support of building the physical literacy of Canada’s kids and youth. RBC will award a total of $750,000 each year in grants. Softball Canada’s Learn to Play Program and CANpitch Program are eligible programs for these grants.




Softball Canada is pleased to announce a new section on our website, this being the “Umpire Toolbox” section. It will include educational information for all umpires to access. Currently, just posted are the ISF Field Mechanics 1 – 4 Umpire Systems. These will replace and be used instead of the previous Softball Canada Umpire Systems.

Direct web link to the site:http://www.softball.ca/english/programs/umpiring/toolbox.html

Thank you to the ISF for allowing us to post these valuable resources.




A few changes have been made to the Ed Bitz Scholarship, click on "read more" to view these changes.




Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of umpires who have been selected to represent Canada at upcoming 2014 international events.




Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of umpires who have nominated as Umpire in Chief and Deputy Umpire in Chief for the 2014 Canadian Championships.




Angela Ballantyne, our Manager – Domestic Programming, will be off on Maternity Leave beginning early March. It’s Angela and Ryan’s second child and we join them in the excitement. Angela will be taking the year off to be with their child and we look forward to welcoming her back next spring.

To fill Angela’s very capable shoes we have hired Donna Ringrose, who started on February 24th to get up to speed on Angela’s many responsibilities, including CANpitch, Learn to Play, Triple Play and other initiatives. Donna is a bilingual graduate of Concordia University with a BSc Exercise Science / Kinesiology and also has a Graduate Degree in Business Administration from Concordia. She’s enjoyed playing softball since her childhood, along with a number of other sports.

Please don't hesitate to contact Donna via email at dringrose@softball.ca should you have any questions pertaining to Domestic Programming.




2014 Canadian Championships

Event Location Dates
U14 Girl's Jamboree White Rock, BC August 6-10
U16 Girl's Brampton, ON August 13-17
U16 Boy's Fredericton, NB August 6-10
U18 Women's Saskatoon, SK August 4-10
U18 Men's Gander, NL August 5-10
U21 Women's Montreal, QC August 13-17
U21 Men's Irma, AB August 11-17
Senior Women's Winnipeg, MB August 6-10
Senior Men's Charlottetown, PEI August 26-31
Senior Men's and Women's SP Fort McMurray, AB Men: August 10-16
Women: August 12-16

If you are interested in bidding on any of the open Championships, please contact Mike Branchaud, Manager of National Teams and Canadian Championships, at mbranchaud@softball.ca or 613-523-3386 ext 3103. Please note that all bids must be approved by your local Provincial/Territorial office.




Softball Canada is planning on adding a special Masters Division to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship from August 28-31, 2014 in Charlottetown, PEI.




Softball Canada offers a Slo-Pitch tournament package to groups who are interested in running one. Fill out and return the application form!




If you would like to direct a question to the appropriate Softball Canada staff member, visit our Staff Directory.




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