May 2014

Softball Canada is extremely pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Tim Hortons as the new title sponsor of the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program. Under the terms of the new four-year agreement, Tim Hortons will help Softball Canada grow the program throughout the country.

Softball Canada is pleased to announce that the Canadian Men’s National Team will play an exhibition game against the Hill United Chiefs – one of the world’s top club teams – followed by a Team Canada Red/White exhibition game on Friday, June 13th in Ohsweken, ON.

Mark Smith represented Canada internationally as a member of Softball Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team from 1979 to 1994 and was inducted to Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame as a member of the 1983 Pan American Gold Medal team in 1997 and later as an Athlete in 1999. He coached within the Men’s National Team program from 1996-2009, and has been the Head Coach of the Women’s National Team program since 2009.

In this Q & A, he answers common questions about the Women's National Team Program.

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, Netherlands and the 2014 Men's Pan American Championship in Parana, Argentina. Click on "read more" to see the full National Team schedules.

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 FPEX Fastpitch Softballs (FPX12SY) and the Worth Liberty Advanced Glove (LA125WN).

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®.

As a Softball Canada umpire, you can continue to take advantage of an effective and updated tool as you study the rules for the upcoming season, prepare for the certification examination or get ready for your big provincial tournament or Canadian Championship.

Check out the new Instructor Toolbox on the Softball Canada website. You'll find all the latest downloadable instructional resources (PowerPoints and instructor guides) to help you deliver the latest in learning experiences. We also have an Umpire's Toolbox (with the latest ISF positioning and rotation manuals) and an Evaluator's Toolbox!

Check it out at

Article by Doug Cundall, Softball Canada Officials Development Committee

Coaches will disagree with calls! That is stating the obvious! It isn’t a case of “Will it happen?” but rather a case of “When will it happen?” As a coach you have to be prepared.  There are several basic rules of working with a situation where a call has not gone your way. 

Each month, Softball Canada features an article submitted by a different Provincial/Territorial Association explaining some of the fun activities and initiatives being carried out for the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program! This month's article was submitted by Kelly Lynch, Softball New Brunswick's Learn to Play Coordinator.

2014 Canadian Championships

Event Location Dates
U14 Girl's Jamboree Surrey, 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 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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