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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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Upcoming Divisional Annual General Meetings and Motions

SLO-PITCH DIVISION AGM
7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014, Room 7 - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Click here to download the 2014 Slo-Pitch AGM Notice of Meeting and Motions

MINOR DIVISION AGM
8:30 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Click here to download the 2014 Minor Division AGM Notice of Meeting and Motions

FAST PITCH DIVISION AGM
12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg.

Click here to download the 2014 Fast Pitch Division AGM Notice of Meeting and Motion.

ZONE UIC/DUIC FALL MEETING
10:00 a.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

UMPIRES APPRECIATION LUNCH
1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg.
All Softball Manitoba registered umpires are invited to attend.
Please RSVP to Softball Manitoba by email:
softball@softball.mb.ca.

SOFTBALL MANITOBA AGM
8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

SOFTBALL MANITOBA ANNUAL AWARDS
2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014, Conference Centre - 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

2014 Softball Manitoba Annual Awards

Softball Manitoba annually presents awards to players, coaches, managers, administrators, executive members, umpires and builders for outstanding performance or contribution to the game of Softball.

Nominations for any award may be made by any member of Softball Manitoba and must be accompanied by detailed information on the nominee related specifically to the criteria for the award.

Nominate someone today!

Click here to download the 2014 Annual Awards Information and form - Minors

Click here to download the 2014 Annual Awards Information and form - Fast Pitch

Click here to download the 2014 Annual Awards Information and form - Slo-Pitch

Softball Manitoba 2014 Bursary Recipients

Softball Manitoba would like to congratulate the 2014 Bursary Recipients.

SOFTBALL MANITOBA BURSARY

Hayley Kravetz - J. H. Bruns Collegiate

EUGENE MICHALOW MEMORIAL BURSARY

Taylor Friesen - Dakota Collegiate

ASHLEY NEUFELD MEMORIAL BURSARY

Taylor Arnott - Killarney Collegiate

Softball Manitoba wishes all applicants the very best in their future endeavours.

We would also like to thank the Softball Manitoba Advisory Board for their involvement in the selection process.

So Your Daughter Wants To Play U.S. College Softball
and You Live In Manitoba - Seminar

Softball Manitoba is pleased to announce a seminar for those softball players and parents wanting more information on recruiting for U.S. college softball.

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sport Manitoba - 145 Pacific Avenue - Theatre
Who can Attend: All interested families wanting more information
Cost: $0
Please RSVP your attendance to Carol at Softball Manitoba at:
softball@softball.mb.ca

We have invited three people to share their experiences, knowledge and opinions on U.S. college softball. We will follow those presentations with an open discussion on various topics that may include (but not limited to) U.S. tournaments, individual showcases, SAT/ACT, recruiting sites, profiles and questionnaires.

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SUPPORT LINE FOR COACHES

Sometimes coaches are asked to deal with difficult, delicate and sometimes ethical or legal situations. When you are not sure what to do, we strongly encourage you to use the Red Cross Respect in Sport Support Line. Save the number today and hope you don't need it tomorrow.

Sport Manitoba's partnership with the Red Cross provides coaches, parents and sport organizations with a tremendous line of support (Red Cross Respect in Sport Support Line) that has proven to be a lifeline for many (300 Manitobans used it last year).

The reality is, many coaches take on more responsibility than they ever thought possible. Sometimes that means dealing with difficult, delicate and sometimes ethical or legal situations that they did not sign up for.

When faced with a situation and you are simply not sure where to turn for guidance or support, we strongly encourage you to use the Red Cross Respect in Sport Support Line.

For any suspected incidents of abuse, harassment, bullying and hazing, call this number immediately. A trained Red Cross staff person will be available to assist with questions or concerns you may have.

For support, consultation, referral or resources please call toll free 1-866-773-5777

Community Places - Building for the Future

The Community Places Program helps non-profit organizations to improve the quality of living within their communities. The program provides funding support for the upgrading, construction or acquisition of sustainable buildings and other facilities that provide lasting, long-term benefits to community residents.

Grants of up to 50% of the first $15,000 of eligible project costs, and up to 1⁄ 3 of project costs over that amount, to a maximum of $50,000, are available to recreational, cultural, heritage and other non-profit community organizations in Manitoba.

For more information or an application package, please contact the Community Places Office in Winnipeg at 204-945-0502, or outside Winnipeg, call toll-free 1-800-894-3777, or on our website at
http://www.manitoba.ca/housing/cpp

APPLICATION DEADLINE
December 15, 2014

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.

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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/

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

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

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.
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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