Schedule 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

All sessions on Friday will be held at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre

(6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2L3)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITOR WALKABOUT

Come early to pick up your registration package before the presentations begin!! Check out the products of our Trade Show Exhibitors!

5:00 pm – 5:55 pm

Session #1: Keys to Successfully Manage the Skill Ranges on Your Team – Cindy Bristow

It’s one thing to coach your team. It’s a whole different ballgame to make sure your star players are challenged while giving your lesser-skilled players enough reps to improve. Learn how to challenge your top players, manage your average players and give special attention those that need it within the time, space and coaching staff you have for practice.

5:55 pm – 6:50 pm

Session #2: Charting & Scouting – Cindy Bristow

One of the greatest challenges that an elite coach faces is scouting the opposition and preparing information that might allow them to get the edge on their competition. In addition, a coach needs to know the strengths and weaknesses of their own team. Listen to Cindy discuss what information you need to collect and how to collect it to create winning strategies.

6:50 pm – 7:10 pm

BREAK AND EXHIBITOR   WALKABOUT

7:10 pm – 8:10 pm

Session #3: Taking Your Pitcher to the Next Level – Margie Wright with Cindy Bristow

Cindy will use an interview style with Margie for this session to discuss how Margie has been so successful in bringing in a freshman pitcher and developing that pitcher over their 4 year college career.

8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Session #4: Player Evaluation and Selection – Mark Smith

One of the most difficult challenges for coaches is to find meaningful ways to objectively assess athlete’s skills for team selection. This presentation will discuss ways in which a coach can objectively assess an athlete’s skills in a competitive environment with examples used by the Senior Women’s National Team.

9:10 pm – 10:00 pm

Session #5: Teaching Aids – Cindy Bristow

Coaches need to be creative when teaching their players as one method sometimes doesn’t work for all players. Cindy will talk about common and some uncommon teaching aids to enhance learning and even improve the rate of learning.

 

 

  

  

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY    22nd

  

All sessions on Saturday will be held at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre

(6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2L3)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

REGISGTRATION & EXHIBITOR WALKABOUT

Come early to register if you haven’t done so and check out the products of our Trade Show Exhibitors!

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session #6: The Art & Science of Practice Planning – Mark Smith

Practice planning is both an art and science. In this session Mark will talk about how to build effective practices that help a coach develop your athletes’ skills   over the course of a season so they can reach their potential.

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Session # 7: – Coaching in a Connected World: Using Technology – Carolyn Taylor

Leaving no stone unturned means using technology to enhance learning for your players. Like never before, coaches can use amazing video analysis tools to share feedback with players right on the practice field or after a game. Find out how players learn from video feedback and ways coaches can make it even more meaningful to enhance performance. Find out if video analysis is right for you and your team, and watch Carolyn demonstrate some popular applications and learn how to seamlessly incorporate new technologies into your coaching routine.

10:50 am – 11:10 am

BREAK AND EXHIBITOR WALKABOUT

11:10 am – 11:50

Session #8: What does LTPD Mean to me as a Coach? – Lise Jubinville

Join Lise Jubinville, Softball Canada’s Director of Coaching and LTPD Services to learn more about Softball Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Model and how the model should help guide your coaching.

11:50 am – 12:40 pm

Session #9: Speed and Agility Training for Softball Success – David Kittner - Youth Fitness Guy

Speed and agility training isn't just about running your athletes through a variety of random drills. It’s about teaching proper mechanics such as force production, force angles, and joint loading. When teaching multi-directional speed we have to consider things like repositioning the feet to react and quickly accelerate, staying in the tunnel to avoid wasted motions, and how to properly position the feet and legs during change of directions. During this workshop you will learn the best techniques for improving speed, agility and quickness for softball athletes of all ages and abilities.

12:40 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS & LUNCH (Pick up your lunch and head to your Breakout session)

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Session #10: Getting   Better Every Day – How Do You Know Your Players Are Improving? – Cindy Bristow

Stats like batting average do not indicate the full picture on how your player is hitting. Join Cindy as she presents new and different ways for you as a coach to track and monitor the progress of your players and team over the course of a season. You’ll be able to use this information to ensure your athletes and team are getting better every day.

2:50 pm – 3:40 pm

Session #11: Setting Up Batters: Tips for Calling the Game – Margie Wright

The battle between pitcher and hitter is the key to success. Win that battle as the pitcher and your team will be successful. Learn the art of pitch calling by knowing how to use your pitcher’s strengths and weaknesses to set up batters and attack their weaknesses.

3:40 pm – 4:30 pm

Session #12: Developing Competitors and Gamers in Practice – Cindy Bristow

Discover why some players don’t compete as hard as others and what you can do about it. You’ll learn some exciting and fun drills and techniques that your players will enjoy that will greatly improve how hard your team competes in games.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Session #13: Fundamentals of Hitting – Mark Smith

Coaches will learn what makes an efficient swing that will produce more contact with more power for better results. Examples of current top hitters will be used to explain hitting mechanics.

5:30   pm – 6:30 pm

SOCIAL EVENT & TRADE SHOW (Cash Bar and Snacks)

Come have a drink and meet Cindy, Margie and Mark and get your questions answered by the experts!

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

All sessions on Sunday will be held at North Park Secondary School

(10 North Park Drive, Brampton, ON L6S 3M1)

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Session #14: Skills & Drills to Develop Solid Infielders – Cindy Bristow

In this practical gym session, Cindy will not only cover the key teaching points for the skills needed by all infielders but will demonstrate the various drills to improve your infielder’s defensive performance.

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Session #15: Advanced Pitching – Margie Wright

In this practical gym session, Margie will discuss the key teaching points of the skills needed by advanced pitchers not only show coaches various pitching drills to improve their pitcher’s performance but also model how to talk to pitcher’s to enhance their learning of advanced pitches.

10:30 am – 10:50 am

BREAK

10:50 am– 11:50 am

Session #16:Pitching Mechanics Breakdowns & Fixes – Margie Wright, Cindy Bristow, Mark Smith

As a coach, you need to understand where a pitcher’s mechanics might breakdown to either help them rebound during games or what they need to do in practice to improve. Join Mark, Cindy and Margie for this practical gym session as they work with pitchers and discuss their top 4 pitching mechanics breakdowns and what drills can be used to fix them.

11:50 am – 1:00 pm

Session #17: Hitting – Mark Smith

In this practical gym session, Mark will follow up on his earlier discussion on hitting mechanics to not only show coaches various hitting drills to improve their hitter’s performance but also model how to talk to players to enhance their learning of this hard to master skill.