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  With over 15,000 registered players and coaches in Manitoba, there's a softball league for every age and skill level. As the governing body for softball in the province, Softball Manitoba is dedicated to the promotion of the sport, and to the development of players, coaches and umpires at all levels.

 
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Smitty's Terminators Y2K U14 Girls are the Canadian Champs!

Softball Manitoba congratulates the Smitty's Terminators Y2K on their gold medal win at the
2014 - U14 Girls Canadian Fast Pitch Jamboree Championship.

Read more...

Pimicikamak Thunder U16 Boys are the Western Canadian Champs!

Pimicikamak Thunder Softball Club U16 Boys, an all aboriginal team make history at the
2014 U16 Boys Western Canadian Softball Championships.

Congratulations Boys!

Click on the link below to read Scott Taylor's story on the team
http://mytoba.ca/sports/northern-manitoba-team-wins-western-canadian-fast-pitch-title/

Smitty Terminators Fall Tryouts

U12 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Moffat Field
Dates: Wednesday, August 27th & Thursday, August 28th.
Tryout Time:
6:00 pm
For more Information please contact: Scott Neiles: 204-981-9802
email:
scott@homerunsports.com

U14 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Moffat Field
Dates: Thursday, August 28th & Tuesday, September 2nd.
Tryout Time:
6:00 pm
For more Information please contact Roy or Evelyne Holenski
email:
reholenski@shaw.ca

U16 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Moffat Field
Dates: Monday, August 25th & Tuesday, August 26th.
Registration:
5:15 p.m.
Tryout Time: 6:00 pm
For more Information please contact: Holly Kitchen: 204-995-5537
email:
hollykitchen@hotmail.com
Email Holly to confirm your attendance or If you will be late or cannot make it.

U18 'A' Women

Location:
Moffat Field
Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Registration:
5:30 p.m.
Tryout Time: 6:00 p.m.
For more information please contact Darcy Gryba at 204-346-0318
Email:
grybatwinz@hotmail.com

U21 'A' Women

Anyone interested please email
reholenski@shaw.ca

South Interlake Phillies Fall Tryouts

U12 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Quarry Park, Stonewall MB
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 6th & Sunday, Sept. 7th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Contact Name: Curtis Fines
Phone: 204-782-2794 or 204-467-7658
Email:
smfines@mymts.ca

U14 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Quarry Park, Stonewall MB
Dates: Wednesday, August 27th & Thursday, August 28th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Contact Name: Blaine Shewchuk
Email:
shewcb1@gmail.com

U16 & U18 'A' Girls Tryouts

Location:
Quarry Park, Stonewall MB
Dates: Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, August 28th
Registration Time: 5:30 pm
Tryout Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For more information please contact: Kayla Price at 204-823-2133
email:
centralregion@hotmail.ca

or Denis & Brenda Woods at 204-467-8965

Winnipeg Lightning Fall Tryouts

U12 'A' Girls

Location:
Ile Des Chenes, MB
Dates: Saturday, August 23rd & Sunday, August 24th
Time: Saturday - 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. & Sunday - 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Registration: Please pre-register by email
Contact Name: James Kirkness
Phone: 204-333-2694
Email:
james.kirkness@ca.nestle.com

U14 'A' Girls

Location:
Riel Park
Dates: Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, August 28th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Registration:
5:30 p.m.
Contact Name: Renee Dwyer
Phone: 204-792-0352
Email:
rkmdwyer@gmail.com

U16 'A' Girls

Location:
Ile Des Chenes, MB - # 1 Diamond
Dates: Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th
Time: Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Registration:
11:30 a.m.
Contact Name: Jennifer Woodward
Phone: 204-878-2217
Email:
jmwood@mymts.net>

U18 'A' Girls

Team Name:
Winnipeg Lightning 97's
Location: Riel Park
Date: Monday, August 25th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Registration:
Pre-register by email
Contact Name: Ken Barnes
Phone: 204-801-3560
Email:
rebelfisher@gmail.com

Manitoba Thunder 2015 Softball Tryouts

LOCATION:
East St. Paul Recreation Complex
2424 Raleigh Street, between Wallace & Pritchard Farm Road.

U12 GIRLS TRYOUTS
Tuesday, Sept 2nd - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 4th - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

U14 GIRLS TRYOUTS
Wednesday, Sept 3rd - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 6th - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Tony Rogerson
Phone: 204-771-7006
Email:
trogerson77@gmail.com

U16 GIRLS TRYOUTS
Wednesday, August 27th - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Tim Nichols
Phone: 204-871-4976
Email:
tnichols28@mymts.net

U18 GIRLS TRYOUTS (Born 1997 - 1998)
Thursday, August 28, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6th - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

U18 GIRLS TRYOUTS (Born 1998)
Sunday, Sept. 7th - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration 30 minutes prior to each tryout
Pre-registration by email to Ken Stewart at
ken04@mymts.net
For further information call Ken at 204-471-3936 or 204- 667-8566.

N.B. If you are unable to attend a Thunder tryout on the dates indicated, due to overlapping etc., please do not hesitate to email or call to make alternate arrangements.

Manitoba Angels Fall Tryouts

U12 Girls

Location:
Lincoln School – 3180 McBey Avenue
Date: August 29th
Tryout Times: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m.

U14 Girls

Location:
Lincoln School – 3180 McBey Avenue
Date: August 27th & 28th
Tryout Times: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m.

U16 Girls

Location:
Lincoln School – 3180 McBey Avenue
Date: August 25th & 26th
Tryout Times: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m.

U18 Girls

Location:
Lincoln School – 3180 McBey Avenue
Date: August 30th
Tryout Times: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Contact Name: Larry Giesbrecht
Phone: 204-256-0109
Email:
larc1@mymts.net

Contact Name: John Ediger
Email:
John.Ediger@WestonBakeries.com

Softball Canada Strategic Plan survey / questionnaire pour le plan stratégique

Softball Canada is in the process of developing a strategic plan for the 2015-2018 period. As part of an extensive consultation process, we really need your feedback on various Softball Canada programs and on the initial work done on the new strategic plan. Your input is highly valued.

Below you will find links to English and French versions of our Strategic Plan survey.



ENGLISH:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K522NKC

FRENCH:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3R25JSB

Bingo Chairperson Needed for Minor Division

The Minor Division of Softball Manitoba is looking for a volunteer to be the Bingo Chairperson.

The Bingo Chairperson is required to attend every fourth bingo as the Minor Bingo Chair. This position would be more suitable to someone living in Winnipeg.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position please call: Renee Danchuk at 204-226-5749 and she will advise the details of this position.

Thank you,

Renee Danchuk
Ken Stewart
Robert Goertzen

Minor Directors
Softball Manitoba

2015 Western Canada Summer Games Softball Program

The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games are being held in Wood Buffalo Alberta August 7-16, 2015.

Check out Team Toba's Blog to see Coach Haylee working hard to choose Manitoba's team.
http://teamtobasoftball.blogspot.ca/


You can follow the team on Instagram @ toba_softball

CANpitch Summer Camp

Location: Riel Park, St. Vital

Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30. September 6, 13, 20, 27.

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:00 am - maximum number for this session - 12 (Session is Full)
This session is dedicated to players who are fairly new to pitching instruction

Session 2: 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Maximum number for this session - 12 (Session is Full)

Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Maximum number for this session - 12 (Session is Full)

Cost: $150.00 per participant (A parent catcher is required at each session)

To register contact Greg at
bouch18@mymts.net and include your child's birthdate and full name.

2015 WESTERN CANADA SUMMER GAMES
TEAM TOBA TRYOUTS

The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Softball Event will be held in the Wood Buffalo Community of Fort McMurray, Alberta from August 11-15, 2015.

Softball Manitoba is holding a High Performance Development Camp June 21-22, 2014 at the John Blumberg Softball Complex. During this weekend we will be evaluating and identifying players for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Softball Team. Athlete Eligibility includes Females born in 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000.

Please complete the Registration Form and submit the form and registration fee to our Office by Friday, June 13, 2014. If you cannot attend but would still like to be considered for the 2015 Program we would request that you still send in your registration form and payment by June 13th. If you have questions about tryout conflicts please email Haylee O'Neill. Late Application Forms and Fees will not be accepted.

These tryouts are intended for those athletes who are committed to playing softball at an elite level. The 2015 U18 team is a High Performance team that will train throughout the year leading up to the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. For your planning purposes there will also be training/evaluation camps held on August 16-17and 23-24 as well as September 13-14 and 20-21 for those athletes who are part of the top 30 athlete pool.

Good Luck to all!

Any questions regarding the tryouts may be directed to Haylee O'Neill at
honeill@live.ca.

If you have any questions regarding the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Program please contact Don Klym at
donklym@mts.net

Click her to download the registration form
2015 WESTERN CANADA SUMMER GAMES
TEAM TOBA COACHING STAFF

Softball Manitoba is pleased to announce the Coaching Staff representing Team Toba at the 2015 Games:

Head Coach - Haylee O’Neill, Oakville MB
Manager - Val Pelleck, Winnipeg MB
Assistant Coach - Niki Little, Winnipeg MB
Assistant Coach - Stephanie Kababie, Winnipeg MB
Assistant Coach - Tara Nykoluk, Winnipeg MB

Haylee O’Neill
- Haylee returns from the 2013 Canada Summer Games Program, where as Head Coach directed Team Toba to its highest finish ever with a 9-2 record and a Silver Medal. National and Provincial recognition followed including being named the 2013 Softball Canada Home Run Sports Coach of The Year, Softball Manitoba Coach of the Year, Global Winnipeg’s August-2013 Coach of the Month and Sport Manitoba’s-Coaching Manitoba’s IMPACT Female Coach of the Year.

Haylee’s other work with Softball Manitoba includes Master Learning Facilitator responsible for the NCCP Coach Education Program in our Province, along with training and preparing our other Coach Clinic Instructors as well as training and preparing our Junior Clinicians for Inner City programs and other Athlete Development opportunities. She has graduated from Simon Fraser University and Providence University College with an M.A. in Psychology and currently is a Coach with Softball Canada’s National Team. She was a member of the Women's National Team Player Pool from 2003 to 2005 and participated in the 2001 Canada Summer Games as a player.

Val Pelleck – Val also returns from the 2013 Canada Summer Games Program as the 2015 Team Toba Manager responsible for the Club’s Finances as well as on and off field planning. Added to all of this is her work as the Team’s Blog Master – stay tuned on our website as she hopes to have this up and running for the 2015 Program very shortly. Val’s Softball Games experience also includes the 2001 Games as a player. She has also participated in several Westerns and Canadian Championships as a Player and Official. She recently attained her Level IV Officiating status and works as an Instructor at the University of Winnipeg in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Niki Little – Niki is the 3rd returnee from what was an excellent Coach-Management crew with the 2013 Program. Niki participated in the 2001 Games as a player as well and also participated as a player and coach in several Western and Canadian Championships. Her main focus was working with the outfielders in 2013 as our Apprenticeship Coach. Softball Manitoba will benefit from this as she builds on that role for the 2015 Program.

Stephanie Kababie – Stephanie Kababie – Stephanie played 2 years at Three Rivers Junior College and is a graduate from Columbia College (Missouri) where she played an additional 3 years. She has worked as a Skills Instructor and CANpitch clinican with Softball Manitoba these past few years and was a player with Team Toba in 1999. Steph has also participated in Western and Canadian Championships and even more impressively – played on the National Guatemalan team in the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Tara Nykoluk – Tara was an outstanding leader on the 2013 Games squad as one of the 3 captains named to direct the club providing great player to player guidance. Additional experience within Softball Manitoba’s High Performance Program includes the 2007 Manitoba Games, the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games and the 2009 Canada Summer Games – all as an athlete. Tara played Softball at Galveston College and also attended the University of Manitoba. she has also competed in countless Western and Canadian Championships and works with Softball Manitoba as a Junior Clinician.

Tim Hortons Becomes New Title Sponsor of
Softball Canada's Learn to Play Program

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.

“Our Learn to Play Program is an exceptional program to give young athletes their first experience with the sport of softball in a relaxed and fun-filled environment” said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “The program’s manual allows first time coaches and educators to feel comfortable they have the tools needed to teach young athletes about our sport. We would like to thank Tim Hortons for their assistance as the title sponsor of this fantastic program and we look forward to working with them to help increase participation at the grassroots level.”

Originally launched in 2004, the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of softball to children aged five to ten years old which falls in the Active Start and FUNdamentals stages of Softball Canada’s Long Term Player Development Model. The program includes activities that foster the involvement of ALL players as they experience excitement, enjoyment and success. Activities and lead-up games are patterned after informal playground games that promise FUN and LOTS OF ACTION.

In addition to introducing the sport of softball to children, the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program is designed to be easily administered. The Learn to Play Manual is designed to be easily implemented by a volunteer coach and contains lesson plans, easy to follow instructions, a letter to parents about the program, progressions for teaching basic skills, and lead up games.

“Tim Hortons is very proud to introduce the Tim Hortons Learn to Play partnership with Softball Canada,” explains Rob Forbes, Senior Director Marketing and National Sponsorships. “It is our hope that through this program even more children will have the opportunity to come out and have some fun, learn a new sport, and make some new friends. We believe that community programs such as this help create a foundation for a life-long appreciation of the benefits of team work and sportsmanship.”

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Marketing and Communications
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 ext. 3105
gleblanc@softball.ca

Michelle Robichaud
Manager – Public Relations
Tim Hortons
(905) 339-5047
robichaud_michelle@timhortons.com

National Team Softball Camps

JUNIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
(Athletes Born in 1996-98)

The first of three regional camps will be held June 14-15, 2014 in Brampton, ON. The purpose of this camp is to identify athletes who are interested in representing Canada on Softball Canada's Junior Women’s National Team in 2015. This camp will begin on the Saturday morning and conclude on the Sunday evening. The camp will be comprised of positional testing, small group training and intersquad games.

The second Regional Camp will take place in Cloverdale, BC beginning in the late afternoon on June 26th and concluding the evening of June 27th at the Cloverdale Softball Complex.

The third Regional Camp will take place at Glenn Reeve Fields in Saskatoon, SK on July 26-27th.
Regional Camp Registration Fee: $75.00
Registration Deadline: May 9, 2014

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
(Athletes Born 1995 or Before)

The first of two regional camps will be held June 11-14th in Brampton, Ontario. The purpose of this camp is to identify athletes who will represent Canada at the ISF Senior Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands from August 15-24, 2014. This camp will begin on the Wednesday afternoon and conclude on the Saturday evening. The camp will be comprised of fitness testing, positional testing, small group training and intersquad games.

The second Regional Camp will take place in Cloverdale, BC beginning on June 25 and concluding June 28 at the Cloverdale Softball Complex.

The 2014 Senior Women’s National Team schedule is as follows:
Date Event Location:

• June 11-14th - Eastern Regional Identification Camp Brampton, ON
• June 25-28th - Western Regional Identification Camp Cloverdale, BC
• July 7-13th - US World Cup of Softball IX Irvine, CA
• July 14-22nd - Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship Surrey, BC
• August 3-9th - International Test Matches Ontario
• August 15-24th - ISF XIV Women's World Championship Haarlem, NED

All athletes who make the final roster for the Senior Women’s National Team are eligible to receive Athlete Assistance funding through Sport Canada
• Regional Camp Registration: $100.00
• Registration Deadline: May 9, 2014

For athletes travelling from out of province to attend a regional camp who are looking for reasonable accommodations we recommend the following:
Sheridan College
http://www.stayrcc.com
Breakaway Motel
http://www.breakawaymotel.com
Ramada
http://www.ramada.com

Click here for a list of Q & A with Coach Smith
Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame & Museum 2014 Inductees
The Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame and Museum 13th Annual Dinner & Induction Ceremony will be held at the Canad Inns Polo Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The address is 1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg MB. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Les Newman at 204-235-1674
Click here for the list of inductees
Softball Canada Bursary

Softball Canada offers the Ethel Boyce Achievement Award for all registered softball players enrolled at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution. The deadline to apply is September 15th.

Click here for the bursary criteria and application.
DIVISION OPERATING RULES FOR THE 2014 SOFTBALL SEASON

Click here to download the Minor Division Operating Rules for 2014

Click here to download the Fast Pitch Division Operating Rules for 2014

Click here to download the Slo-Pitch Division Rules for 2014

2014 CATCH THE ACTION
Click here for the Softball Manitoba 2014 Catch the Action
U12, U14, U16 Coaches Guide Now Available at Softball Manitoba

The U12, U14, U16 Coaches Guides are now available for sale at the Softball Manitoba office. The cost per manual is $30.00

The U16 guide contains a season’s worth of practice plans (34 practices in total) divided into four training phases (including indoor and outdoor practices), with each phase having its own objectives and outcomes. Our coaching guides will assist softball coaches with the critical skill of developing and conducting sequential and well-organized practices.

Click here for more information
Maintenance of Coaching Certification

The Coaching Association of Canada and its partners recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

This is the basis for the Professional Development policy that comes into effect January 2014. You will begin to see your Professional Development activities and points tracked on your transcript in The Locker. As part of your ongoing commitment to coaching, all certified coaches will be required to maintain their certification by accumulating PD points over a set time frame.

In order to help you understand what this new policy means to you we’ve created an FAQ section on our website to help answer any of your questions. http://coach.ca/maintenance-of-certification-s16745

For more information or for questions or comments contact:
communications@coach.ca

For all coaches: If you have taken a coaching course in the last two to three years and have not completed your Making Ethical Decisions test online, please do so.

For all coaches who are CERTIFIED level 1, level 2 and level 3: You need to complete the Making Ethical Decisions test online in order to maintain your certification status.

If you would like to take the Making Ethical Decisions course module before you take the exam, please contact Coaching Manitoba at 925-5692 to find out when it is taking place.

If you have any questions please contact
softball@softball.mb.ca

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SOFTBALL CANADA LAUNCHES NEW TRIPLE PLAY WEBSITE

Softball Canada along with the Player Development Working Group is pleased to announce the launch of its new Triple Play website, targeting softball players aged 10 to 18 years old. The website can be accessed by visiting http://www.tripleplaysoftball.ca

'Our Triple Play Program is now a reality and its excellent website is now launched' said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. 'This website is a very exciting tool which has sections for players, coaches and parents. This will eventually provide young athletes the opportunity to see how they match up against other athletes across Canada and will provide some very useful information for coaches and parents as well.

For more information click on the link above or contact:

Mary Cahill
Manager - Domestic Programs
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 ext. 3107
mcahill@softball.ca

Learn To Play

Softball Canada and Softball Manitoba are pleased to announce a Youth Development Program called Learn to Play. All Schools, Minor Softball Associations, coaches and Youth Organizations are welcome to contact us to learn more about this new and exciting program.

Click here for more information on the Learn to Play Program
CANpitch Program
To arrange a CANpitch Program in your area please contact Softball Manitoba's Master Pitching Instructor Greg Bouchard at 204-254-5043 or bouch18@mts.net .
Click here for further information.
Respect in Sport Program
Sport Manitoba launched the Respect in Sport Program on November 30, 2006. Respect in Sport is an online training course being implemented for all coaches in Manitoba. Sport Manitoba is initiating this program to create a better sport environment for children through education. All registered Minor Division softball coaches are required to complete the 3 hour online training.

This component will be a coaching requirement starting in 2011 for all coaches attending Minor Provincial Championships.
Click here for further information on how to complete the online training course.
Sport for Life Resource Centre
Click here for further information
Sport Medicine Centre
Click here for further information on the Sport Medicine Centre.
Softball Manitoba Code of Conduct
Click here to view The Softball Manitoba Code of Conduct
 

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