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Softball Canada's National Teams Program is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders in the sport of softball. Canada is considered a medal threat in all four major International categories, including Senior Women, Senior Men, Junior Women and Junior Men.

The current Top 5 International Rankings are: 

Senior Women (based on 2012 ISF World Championship Standings)
    swnt.png1. Japan
2. United States
3. Australia
4. Canada
5. China
 
Senior Men (based on 2013 ISF World Championship Standings)
    smnt.png1. New Zealand
2. Venezuela
3. Australia
4. Argentina
5. Canada
 
Junior Women (based on 2013 ISF World Championship Standings)
    jwnt.png1. Japan
2. United States
3. Australia
4. New Zealand
5. Canada
 
Junior Men (based on 2012 ISF World Championship Standings)
    jmnt.png1. Argentina
2. Japan
3. Australia
4. Canada
5. United States
 

National Teams Background

In 1982, Softball Canada introduced the National Team Program. The development of the National Team Program concept was based on the following rationale:
  • To remain competitive at the international level, Softball Canada must use as many of the best players as possible at all events. All major team sports in Canada (basketball, volleyball, field hockey, soccer) are competitive at the international level, using the National Team approach.
  • To establish the long term plan needed for administrative and financial purposes, Softball Canada requires greater control over the variables relative to national teams.
  • To improve the competitive level of the national teams, it is necessary to have continuity of approach to coaching, strategy, skill development and technique. Fundraising can be better coordinated if an established plan exists for the execution of the National Team Program.
A long-range planning meeting held in December 1982 proposed the eight areas in which programs and activities needed to be established or maintained in order to have an effective National Team Program. These were:

1) Talent Identification
2) Competition
3) Training & Player Development
4) Coaching Development
5) Promotion & Communication
6) Organization & Administration
7) Research
8) Youth Development
 
Under each major activity area, the meeting addressed the problems and issues, and determined the specific programs, activities and projects required to facilitate the program.
 
Softball Canada has four national teams: Senior Men's and Women's and Junior Men's and Women's and have been actively involved in international and national softball competitions since 1966 (prior to 1982, Canada was represented by club teams at international events).
 

All-Time Major International Results

Year Senior Women Senior Men Junior Women Junior Men
2013   5th at ISF World Championship (New Zealand) 5th at ISF World Championship (Brampton, ON)  
2012 4th at ISF World Championship (Whitehorse, YK) Gold at Pan American Championship (Medellin, Colombia)   4th at ISF World Championship (Argentina)
2011 Silver at Pan American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico)   5th at ISF World Championship (Cape Town, South Africa)  
2010 - Bronze at ISF World Championship (Caracas, Venezuela)      
2009   Bronze at ISF World Championship (Saskatoon, SK)    
2008

4th at Olympic Games (Beijing, China)

    Silver at ISF World Championship (Whitehorse, YK)
2007
Silver at Pan American Games (Brazil)
 
Gold at Universiade (Thailand)
  5th at ISF World Championship (Netherlands)  
2006
5th at ISF World Championship (China)
Silver at Pan American Championship (Mexico)    
2005       Bronze at ISF World Championship (Summerside, PEI)
2004

5th at Olympic Games (Athens, Greece)

Silver at ISF World Championship (New Zealand)    
2003 Silver at Pan American Games (Dominican Republic) Gold at Pan American Games (Dominican Republic) 6th at ISF World Championship (China)  
2002 9th at ISF World Championship (Saskatoon, SK) Silver at Pan American Championship (Guatemala)    
2001       Bronze at ISF World Championship (Australia)
2000 8th at Olympic Games (Australia) 4th at ISF World Championship (South Africa)    
1999 Silver at Pan American Games (Winnipeg, MB) Gold at Pan American Games (Winnipeg, MB) 7th at ISF World Championship (Taiwan)  
1998 5th at ISF World Championship (Japan) 4th at Pan American Championship (Venezuela)    
1997       Bronze at ISF World Championship (St. John`s, NL)
1996 5th at Olympic Games (Atlanta) Silver at ISF World Championship (USA)    
1995 4th at Pan American Games (Argentina) Gold at Pan American Games (Argentina) 5th at ISF World Championship (USA)  
1994 4th at ISF World Championship (St. John`s, NL)      
1993   Gold at Pan American Championship (Mexico)   Gold at ISF World Championship (New Zealand)
1992   Gold at ISF World Championship (Philippines)    
1991

Silver at Pan American Games (Cuba)

Gold at Pan American Games (Cuba) 7th at ISF World Championship (Australia)  
1990 6th at ISF World Championship (USA)      
1989   Gold at Pan American Championship (Argentina)   Silver at ISF World Championship (Summerside, PEI)
1988   - Bronze at ISF World Championship (Saskatoon, SK)    
1987

Bronze at Pan American Games (USA)

Gold at Pan American Games (USA) 7th at ISF World Championship (USA)  
1986 4th at ISF World Championship (New Zealand)      
1985     7th at ISF World Championship (USA) Bronze at ISF World Championship (USA)
1984   Silver at ISF World Championship (USA)    
1983 Gold at Pan American Games (Venezuela) Gold at Pan American Games (Venezuela)    
1982 6th at ISF World Championship (Taiwan)      
1981     4th at ISF World Championship (Edmonton, AB) 4th at ISF World Championship (Edmonton, AB)
1980   Silver at ISF World Championship (USA)    
1979 4th at Pan American Games (Puerto Rico) Gold at Pan American Games (Puerto Rico)    
1978 Silver at ISF World Championship (El Salvador)      
1976   Gold at ISF World Championship (New Zealand)    
1974 7th at ISF World Championship (USA)      
1972   Gold at ISF World Championship (Philippines)    
1970 7th at ISF World Championship (Japan)      
1968   Silver at ISF World Championship (USA)    
1966   7th at ISF World Championship (Mexico)    
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