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The Junior Women’s National Team Program for 2017 will compete in the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championships, which takes place in Clearwater, Florida from July 24-30, 2017. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship Team. 

This selection process has the following objective:
  • Select the best possible Team for the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championships. While some objective criteria will be used to select the Team, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership, and team cohesion.


An athlete is eligible for selection to the Team so long as they are: (1) in good standing with Softball Canada, and (2) a Canadian Citizen holding a Canadian passport valid up to 6 months after 2017 WBSC Junior World Championships (February 1, 2018), or a person eligible for Canadian Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.

To be eligible to be selected to the Team, the athlete must meet any age requirements and citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing. 


The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Team, removing athletes from the Team, and selecting replacement athletes to the Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager – Women’s National Teams (WNT), and with the coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by Softball Canada.  


Final Selection Camp

Up to 40 athletes will be invited to a final selection camp.  Invitations are at the sole discretion of the Women’s National Team coaching staff.  Invitations are based on one or more of these criteria:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Future potential
  • Positional requirements
  • Leadership
  • Other criteria as determined by the Coaching Staff

Athletes invited to the final camp will be evaluated using the evaluation process outlined in Appendix A, the “Five Star Rating System”.  Evaluations are specific to positional requirements – infield, outfield, pitchers and catchers. This process will act as a resource for athlete evaluation. In addition, the Head Coach will have the discretion to organize any other drills, practices and games that will assist in the selection process.

Team Selection

Following the final selection camp the Head Coach will, in consultation with the Assistant Coaches and Manager – Women’s National Teams, select the final Team of 17 athletes, and alternates, for the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championships, with the goal being to put together the best possible Team for the event.

Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics. These factors, which will be assigned weight by the Head Coach, as he or she deems appropriate for the decision-making process, include:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements (primary and backup)
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training
  • The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A

It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. The Head Coach also has the discretion to name an athlete to the Team even though that athlete may not have participated in evaluation camps or other selection activities.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting the athletes to the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship team will be as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • Players will be invited to the final selection camp in September/October 2016.  Additional invitations can be made at a later date at the Coaching Staff’s discretion.
  • A final camp will be held in late May/early June, 2017 (location TBA)
  • The Head Coach will select a team of athletes to represent Canada at the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship no later than June 19, 2017.
  • Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible Team.

If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, Softball Canada reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the selection process will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.


An athlete may be removed from a camp or from a Team where the athlete:

    1. Is unable to meet performance expectations;
    2. Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reasons as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
    3. Is unable to commit to the required Team activities (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and Softball Canada)
    4. Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies and procedures; or
    5. Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program or Softball Canada. 


Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a Team may be replaced by an alternate selected by the Head Coach.


Softball Canada selections for the 2015 ISF Junior Women’s National Team may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeals policy. Any dispute relating to the Softball Canada Internal nominations procedure for the 2015 ISF Junior Women’s Worlds Team must be brought according to said policy, or may be brought directly to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) with the consent of all parties and at the discretion of the SDRCC.

Standards for National Team Consideration

  Minimum Standard National Team Best
Fastball 60mph 65mph
Change-Up 15-18 mph slower than maximum  
Any (2) of the following:    
Rise 58mph 60mph
Curve 58mph 60mph
Screw ball 60mph 62mph

  Minimum Standard National Team Best
Throw: H-2B 2.00 seconds 1.84 seconds
Glove to glove Release 0.95 0.80

General Fitness
  Minimum Standard National Team Best
Throwing Speed (overhand) 55mph 65mph
Plank 2.00 min 3.00 min
Beep Test (Leger) 6 8.5
Pro Agility 6.0 5.00
Crunches 30 in 1 min 60 in 1 min
Push Ups 15 in 1 min 25 in 1 min
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