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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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The Softball Manitoba office will be closed from December 15, 2014 to January 12, 2015 for the holidays.

The Board and Staff would like to wish everyone
a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

Manitoba Angels & Central Energy Search For a Coach And Players

Manitoba Angels Fastball is looking for an individual with experience coaching at the “A” level to become the Head Coach of the U18 team. Interested individuals must be a certified as Competition Introduction Level or Level 2 in the sport of Softball as part of the Coaching Association of Canada’s NCCP.

Individuals also must be in possession of a current Criminal Record Check complete with Vulnerable Sector Search from a recognized Law Enforcement Agency and a current Child Abuse Registry certificate from the province of Manitoba.

Anyone interested in this position can contact Larry Giesbrecht at

Central Energy is looking for a coach for their U14 softball team. Anyone interested in this position can contact Mick Cochrane at 204-857-8246 or Noelle Cunningham at 204-857-7711.

Central Energy is also looking for girls interested in playing A ball for the Central Energy U18 Softball Team. Contact mick Cochrane at 204-857-8246.

Congratulations to the Softball Manitoba
2014 Award Winners

Jim Adams Memorial Award
Outstanding Administrator, Builder or Executive Member

Bob Turner Memorial Award
Outstanding Contribution to Grassroots Softball
WENDY BROESKY - Landmark Softball

Top Female Player - U12 "A"
TESIA HROM - Manitoba Thunder

Top Female Player - U12 "B/C"
DAYLYNN BAHNIUK - Roblin Angels U12 B

Top Female Player - U14 "A"
TORI ISFJORD - Smitty's Terminators Y2K

Top Female Player - U14 "B/C"
SAMANTHA FUNK - Landmark U14 B

Top Male Player - U14
PETER ROSS - Pimicikamak Thunder

Top Female Player - U16 "A"
ROBYN WHITEHILL - Winnipeg Lightning

Top Female Player – U16 “B/C”
ASHLEY PROKOP – Southdale Lakers U16 C

Jean Mayne Memorial Award
Top Female Player – U18 “A”
MADISON HOPE – Manitoba Thunder

Top Female Player – U18 “BB/C”
CASSIE HAUSER – Seine River 2

Eugene Michalow Memorial Award
Top Minor Team

Edgar Stevenson Memorial Award
Top Male Player – U16/U18
VINCE GILL SCOTT – Pimicikamak Thunder U16

Bill Sadonick Memorial Award
Top Coach – Minor Categories
HOLLY KITCHEN – Smitty’s Terminators Y2K

Olive Little Memorial Award
Top Female Player – Senior Fast Pitch
MANDY GREENBERG – Smitty’s Sr. A Women

Elaine Jones Award
Top Female Player – U21 Fast Pitch
BROOKE SENESHEN – Smitty’s Juniors

Leo Bouchard Memorial Award
Top Coach – Fast Pitch
ROY HOLENSKI – Smitty’s Sr. A Women

Top Fast Pitch Team

Top Slo-Pitch Team

Top Male Player – Competitive Slo-Pitch
RUSSELL MASKIW – Manitoba Union

Top Slo-Pitch Coaching Staff
SCOTT TOWNSEND – Manitoba Union

Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Softball Manitoba 2014 Bursary Recipients

Softball Manitoba would like to congratulate the 2014 Bursary Recipients.


Haley Kravetz - J. H. Bruns Collegiate


Taylor Arnott - Killarney Collegiate


Taylor Friesen - Dakota Collegiate

Correction – We Apologize:
At our recent Awards Ceremony – It was mentioned in error that 2014 Eugene Michalow Bursary Award Winner – Taylor Friesen - was attending the University of Manitoba. Taylor is attending William Jewell College in Kansas City, Missouri on a 4-year scholarship playing softball and beginning a pre-dentistry degree.

Good luck in school and on the diamond. Softball Manitoba is proud of you!

2015 Western Canada Summer Games Softball – Team Toba

Softball Manitoba proudly presents the 25-Player Winter Roster
Congratulations and Good Luck with the Winter Training Stage.

Callie Denis - Steinbach
Sam Fossay - Starbuck
Kori Gryba - Steinbach
Mackenzie Henley - Winnipeg
Alexis Huggart - Treherne
Makenna Isfjord - Winnipeg
Shaye Kemball - Winnipeg
Taylor Kolody - Winnipeg
Alyssa Kostek - Winnipeg
Jade Ledochowski - Teulon
Cassidy Maidment - East St. Paul
Taylor Maidment - East St. Paul
Mary Martin - Winnipeg
Cameryn Maykut - Winnipeg
Tamara McVannel - MacGregor
Madison Raynaud - Winnipeg
Abbey Sager - Morden
Amber Schneider - Stonewall
Kiera Schwaluk - Portage la Prairie
Emily Smith - Oakville
Hayley Smith - Winnipeg
Amy Todoruk - Neepawa
Sarah Thomson - Portage la Prairie
Robyn Whitehill - Winnipeg
Kendall Yasui - Winnipeg

Coach-Management Staff
Haylee O’Neill
Val Pelleck
Niki Little
Tara Nykoluk
Stephanie Kababie

NESA Skills Camps

The Northeast Softball Association will be holding skills camps starting in January 2015 for the following levels:

• U10 (born in 2005 or 2006): Mondays at Radisson School, 6:00-8:00pm; starting January 5th

• U12 (born in 2003 or 2004): Thursdays at Westview, 6:00-8:00pm; starting January 8th

• U14 (born in 2001 or 2002): Tuesdays at Joseph Teres School, 6:00-8:00pm starting January 6th

• U16/18 (born from 1997 to 2000): Thursdays at Radisson School, 8:00-10:00m; starting January 8th

• Pitching for all age groups Wednesdays at Arthur Day School, 7:00-9:00pm; starting January 7th

• Catching for all ages TBD

• Batting for all ages Sunday Jan 4th & 18th, Feb 1st & 15th at Winakwa Community Club from 1-3pm

The above camps cost $25.00, $75.00 for pitching which covers the entire duration (January through March).

Cost for Batting clinic will be $40.00 for the entire camp.

If you are interested in signing your daughter up for these camps, please send an email to with the following details:

• The skills camp(s) you would like to register for
• Child's name and year of birth
• Your phone number and parent's names

Fees are payable at the first camp. Please write cheques to "NESA".

Team Toba Softball

The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games are fast approaching and the team is training hard. You can follow them on the Team Toba Blog.

Check it out!

2014 Winter Catching Clinic

Team Canada’s 2013 Junior National Team catcher, Hailey Unger, will be hosting softball catching clinics this Christmas break. These position-specific sessions will be held at the Home Run Sports Training Centre and will cover all the skills your catcher needs to know. There will be one available session from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. per age group as indicated below. Registration deadline is December 20, 2014 and enrollment is limited to 12 catchers per session.

Session 1 - Ages 13 - 18 (is now full)
Monday, December 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Session 2 – Ages 9 – 12 (is now full)
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Due to the overwhelming response another clinic has been added for Sunday, December 28th. This clinic is an open age session. Please email Hailey to check for clinic time and availability.

Location: Home Run Sports Training Centre, 905 King Edward Street, Winnipeg
Cost: $50

Note: Catchers will need to bring their own gear.

1. Complete the attached form and email to

2. Forward payment by cheque payable to:

Hailey Unger
7 Swansea Cove
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3R 3J1

Click here to download the registration form

2015 Winter CANPitch Clinic

Clinic Dates: Sunday, January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & February 1st, 8th, 15th, 2015

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Session 2 is now full)
Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Session 3 is now full)
Maximum number of students per session - 12

Location: Winakwa Community Centre, 980 Winakwa Road.

Cost is $150 per participant. Payment can be made at first session.

Each student should come with a parent catcher.

To register please email Greg Bouchard at: and include your child's birthdate and full name.

2015 Competition Calendar

Clink on the link below to view a draft of the 2015 Softball Competition Calendar. This document will be updated with contact information and locations as Provinces bid to host the Canadian Championships.

Click here to view

Home Run Sports Training Centre – Strength and Conditioning Program

• 1 hour fitness class focusing on agility, speed, strength, flexibility and shoulder health

• Nov 17 – Dec 22, Jan 5 – Feb 16 (13 weeks of training)

• Monday evenings

• Softball 18U – 6:00PM

• Baseball 17U – 7:00PM

• Maximum of 15 athletes per group

• Subject to cancellation based on registration.

$140.00 +GST

Location: 905 King Edward Avenue

Please email or call 228-4352 / 783-6734 for registration information. Limited spots available.


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

December 15, 2014

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.

You can follow the team on Instagram @ toba_softball

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.


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


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.”


For more information, please contact:

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

Michelle Robichaud
Manager – Public Relations
Tim Hortons
(905) 339-5047

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
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.

For more information or for questions or comments contact:

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

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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

'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

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 .
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
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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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