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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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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
2014 Team Canada Catching Clinic

Softball Manitoba will be holding a Team Canada Catching Clinic conducted by Hailey Unger. Hailey is a catcher and played for Team Toba who won a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. She was also selected to represent Canada at the 2013 International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship. Hailey is an Oak Park High School graduate and she just completed her freshman year with the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers in Mitchell, S.D., where she earned All-GPAC First Team accolades and led her team in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Clinic for Catchers - Aged 13 - 17
Dates: May 29th, June 5th, June 12th, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Home Run Sports Training Centre, 905 King Edward St. Winnipeg MB
Cost: $120 - open to the first 20 catchers
Please bring your own equipment to the clinic.

Clinic for Catchers - Aged 9 - 12
Dates: June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Home Run Sports Training Centre, 905 King Edward St. Winnipeg MB
Cost: $120 - open to the first 20 catchers.
Please bring your own equipment to the clinic.

Hailey could also be available for one-on-one work with catchers at team practices for $50 an hour and is willing to do some hitting work as well. Please contact Hailey directly to set this up.
hailey.unger.12@dwu.edu

If you are interested in attending these clinics please contact Carol at 204-925-5673 or email:
softball@softball.mb.ca

Click here to download a registration form
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
Competition Introduction Coaches Clinic - Brandon

LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND A COMP INTRO CLINIC IN 2014.


Competition Introduction Coaching Clinic
May 3 & 4, 2014
May 10 & 11, 2014
May 24, 2014 (Evaluation)
Linden Lanes School (49 Silver Birch Dr, Brandon)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for a clinic please contact:
westmansoftball@live.ca

Brandon CANpitch Clinic for Coaches with Cara Miller
April 13, 2014
JR Reid School, 813 - 26th Street
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Cost $50.00 per Coach
To register please contact Cara Miller at 204-761-5532 or email:
cmiller22@hotmail.com
Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 8th. Space is Limited.

DIVISION OPERATING RULES FOR THE 2014 SOFTBALL SEASON

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

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

2014 Coach Clinics

The 2014 Softball Manitoba Coaching Clinic schedule is now ready. The Winnipeg clinics will be held at the Home Run Sports Training Centre located at 905 King Edward Street, Winnipeg MB. All clinics, Winnipeg and Rural are listed on the clinic schedule that is linked below.

Future Coaching Certification Requirements

Mandatory for 2014
– All “A” teams (excluding U12 A) attending Provincial Championships are required to have 1 coach on the roster who has completed the Competition Introduction Course (old NCCP level 2), the Making Ethical Decisions Module and on-line exam.

2015 Coach Development Review - It will be discussed that teams registered in a U10 “B”, “C”, U12 “B”, “C”, U14 “B”, “C”, U16 “B”, “C” and U18 “BB”, “C” will require a Community Softball Coaching level (old NCCP Level I equivalent) coach signed on its roster and participating in the coaching of the team during the competition.

Also up for discussion - All registered coaches on U12 “A”, U14 “A”, U16 “A” and U18 “Open” teams must be certified at the Competition-Introduction level.

If you're interested in registering for a clinic please contact Carol at: 204-925-5673 or via email:
softball@softball.mb.ca

Click here to view the list of 2014 Coaching Clinics
New Slo-Pitch League at John Blumberg Softball Complex

For more information on joining the League and Registration, please visit the website at: http://www.leaguelineup.com/blumbergslopitchleague.

2014 CATCH THE ACTION
Click here for the Softball Manitoba 2014 Catch the Action
2014 Competition Calendar

The first draft of the 2014 Competition Calendar is ready to view. Please note that this is only a draft and there may be some changes made.

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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.

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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. Please go to: www.coach.ca/elearning-s13846

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

Ed Bitz Scholarship for Umpires

Who can Apply:
Any umpire member of a Provincial/Territorial (P/T) Association who is registered with Softball Canada and who is entering the first, second year or subsequent year of a post-secondary educational institution. Must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident. The deadline to apply is April 30th.

Two-$1,000.00 Scholarships will be awarded annually.

Click here to download the Ed Bitz Scholarship Policy 2014

Click here to download the Ed Bitz Scholarship Application Form

Ashley Neufeld Memorial Bursary

This Bursary is to be presented annually by Softball Manitoba to a student/athlete who exhibits exemplary sportsmanship and dedication to Softball. The deadline to apply is August 1st.

Click here for the bursary criteria and application.
Softball Manitoba Bursaries

Softball Manitoba offers two bursaries - Softball Manitoba Bursary and the Eugene Michalow Memorial Bursary. The deadline to apply is August 1st.

Click here for the bursary criteria and application.
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.
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2013 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year

Softball Manitoba and Softball Canada would like to congratulate Haylee O’Neill from Oakville, MB as the winner of the 2013 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year Award. As Head Coach of Team Manitoba, she led her women’s softball team to a silver medal (the highest performance ever for Manitoba) at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. She focuses on the holistic development of all her athletes ensuring that they have the technical/tactical skills, mental skills, physical skills and proper nutrition habits necessary to excel.

As Softball Manitoba’s Master Learning Facilitator, she trains and develops Manitoba’s Learning Facilitators as well as facilitating NCCP clinics for coaches. In addition, she is the Coordinator for Softball Manitoba’s Junior Clinician Program which trains young adults to be skills clinicians and is also involved in the Inner City Youth Softball Development Program. None of these programs would have reached their 2013 success without Haylee’s leadership and ability to share her coaching expertise.

This year Haylee was also named to Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team Coaches Pool assisting the team at various events this past summer. Her coaching ability is undeniably recognized within the softball community and any athlete that works with her is extremely privileged. She shows her passion, dedication and selflessness in everything she does.

Haylee O’Neill is a very deserving recipient of the 2013 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year. She will receive this award at the Softball Canada Hall of Fame Banquet in Yellowknife NT on November 16, 2013.

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.
Two time SEC Coaches of the Year explain how to score early and often
Top softball duo provides offensive methods, strategies, and advice in new book

Windsor, ON--Plain and simple, championship teams score runs. Their offenses are consistent, aggressive, opportunistic, and disciplined. In High-Scoring Softball, Ralph and Karen Weekly, one of the most successful coaching duos in softball history, provide the methods, strategies, and advice that have helped their Tennessee Volunteers consistently rank among the country's highest-scoring teams.

The authors, who have earned over 1,700 combined career victories, provide insights on swing mechanics that will help players and coaches improve hitting both for power and for batting average. The book includes detailed coverage of offensive keys like bunting, slap hitting, and bat speed along with baserunning keys for all game situations.

Applicable for players, teams, and coaches of all levels of competition, High-Scoring Softball includes ready-to-use individual and team drills for generating high run totals every inning as well as a detailed strategic background of each play. The coverage spans techniques, skill development, plays, and strategies and includes advice on communication and mental aspects of the game.

The in-depth analysis provided throughout High-Scoring Softball will enable teams to make the most of their at-bats every game. The outlined strategies will ensure that any team hits to its best ability and generates the type of high-powered offense that has long been a hallmark of teams coached by Ralph and Karen Weekly.

For more information on High-Scoring Softball visit:
http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/High-Scoring-Softball
or call 1-800-465-7301.
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
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Sport Medicine Centre
Click here for further information on the Sport Medicine Centre.
Softball Manitoba Code of Conduct
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