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Month: March 2016

2015 Softball Year In Review

2015 SOFTBALL YEAR IN REVIEW Prepared By Bill Barron JANUARY 3Cheers Decided Not To Defend National Title Three time defending champs decided not to defend National Senior Men’s Fastpitch title citing differences with provincial body over player eligibility, selection of coaching staff and use of import players. Hill United Chiefs AAU Champions 4 Newfoundlanders, players Brad Ezekiel (Harbour Main), Jason Hill (St. John’s), Stephen Mullaley (Freshwater) and coach John Hill (St. John’s) helped the Hill United Chiefs capture the 2015 AAU International Fastpitch Championship in Orlando, Florida. ——————————————————- FEBRUARY Cleary Named Male Athlete Of The Year Sean Cleary (Harbour Main) Named St. John’s 2014 Male Athlete of the Year. ——————————————————- APRIL Softball NL Elected Board Of Directors For 2015-2016 President: Paul Smith (Upper Gullies) Vice-President: Ross Crocker (Corner Brook) Treasurer: Bill Barron (St. John’s) Secretary: Gerald Gosse (St. John’s) Minor Director: Kearney Druken (Shea Heights) Adult Director: Jason Hill (St. John’s) Eastern Canadian Director: Ed McDonald (Bay Bulls) Softball NL Named Best For 2014 Minor Male Player Of The Year: Nick Pittman (Placentia) Minor Female Player Of The Year: Rebecca Maher (Petty Harbour) Bob Whelan Memorial Award: Paul King (Paradise) Home Run Sport Umpire Of The Year: Kearney Druken (Shea Heights) Sport NL Named Best For 2014 Provincial Senior Male Athlete Of The Year: Sean Cleary (Harbour Main) Provincial Coach Of The Year: John Hill (St. John’s) Davis Inducted...

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2016 Softball NL AGM

2016 SOFTBALL NL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Time: 10:00am (9:45am Registration) Location: Mount Pearl Senior High School (46 Ruth Avenue, Mount Pearl) Please Note 1. Softball NL will be in contact with each Team/Association registered in 2015 to confirm the number of Voting Delegates; 2. Softball NL will send information regarding the AGM through Team/Association representatives only. Representatives are responsible for forwarding this information to their membership. All information will also be posted on the Softball NL website at www.softballnl.ca. If you are no longer the contact person for your Team/Association please let us know immediately by emailing Softball NL at softball@sportnl.ca. Attached: SOFTBALL NL CONSTITUTION (PDF) NOTICE OF MOTION FORM (PDF) NOTICE OF MOTION FORM (Word) Deadline To Submit Notices Of Motion: Monday April 4, 2016. Please Submit Notices of Motion To The Softball NL Email At softball@sportnl.ca. Softball Newfoundland Labrador PO Box 21165 St. John’s, NL A1A 5B2 softball@sportnl.ca...

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2016 International Softball Coaches Symposium

2016 International Softball Coaches Symposium The upcoming 2016 International Softball Coaches Symposium is being hosted by Softball Canada and Softball New Brunswick from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Fredericton Inn in Fredericton, NB for the classroom sessions and UNB BMO Field for the practical on-field sessions. WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? World Class Presenters – Learn from some of the biggest names in softball today as well as national experts in their field. Professional Development – Cover all the bases in softball with over 18 hours of instruction. You’ll learn valuable drills, tips and softball technical information. Networking & Community Building – Networking is the core to maximizing your potential in your coaching career. At the ISCS, there will be coaches who you can grow your network with and gain connections for the future. Receive the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with some of the top Canadian coaches and build a Canadian softball community. WHO ARE THE HEADLINE SPEAKERS AND WHAT ARE THE PRESENTATIONS? Cindy Bristow Cindy’s Bio: Owner of softballexcellence.com Former International Softball Federation Director of Development Former Head Coach of the Florida Wahoos – formerly the Georgia Pride – of the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL) Former NCAA college softball coach at Arizona State, New Mexico and Wichita State Former Director of National/Olympic Teams and Coaching Development for USA Softball Cindy’s Topics:...

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Article: Decks Awash (June 1977)

The following is an article that appeared in the Decks Awash, Vol 06, No 04 June 1977 edition that featured Softball NL Hall-of-Famer Ross Crocker… Article: Decks Awash, Vol 06, No 04 (June 1977) A whack of trophies and mainland offers Not that long ago, baseball ruled the roost when it came to bat and ball games in Newfoundland. Playing in St. John’s, Corner Brook, and a few other large centres, the handful of teams then active, struggled with cold evenings and early darkness as they tried to finish the games. Then, a few people started playing softball, and the kids who had grown up with baseball were greatly amused. “That ball’s so big you have to hit it if you used a toothpick for a bat,” one baseballer observed. “You’d need a bushel basket for a glove,” another allowed. “I guess it’s O.K. for the girls” was the consensus. Today, over twenty thousand Newfoundlanders are playing softball. If there has ever been a rags to riches story in sport development in Newfoundland, softball is it. In the past decade, the “big ball” games have penetrated to places where baseball was a game that had something to do with the picture cards that came in bubble gum. It’s a fair gamble to say that more Newfoundlanders play softball than ever watched baseball on the local scene. As the sport...

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2015 Awards Nominations

2015 Awards Nominations Softball NL is now accepting nominations for the following Awards… -Senior Male Player of the Year (Open) -Senior Female Player of the Year (Open) -Junior Male Player of the Year (Ages 17-21) -Junior Female Player of the Year (Ages 17-21) -Minor Male Player of the Year (16 & Under) -Minor Female Player of the Year (16 & Under) -Coach of the Year (Open) -Umpire of the Year (Open) Softball NL 2015 Awards Nomination Form (Word) Softball NL 2015 Awards Nomination Form (PDF) Softball NL is now accepting nominations for the Bob Whelan Memorial Award… 2015 Bob Whelan Memorial Award Nomination Form (Word) 2015 Bob Whelan Memorial Award Nomination Form (PDF) Please Submit Nominations By Email To Softball NL at softball@sportnl.ca. Deadline For Nominations: Monday, April 4th, 2016 Softball Newfoundland Labrador PO Box 21165 St. John’s, NL A1A 5B2 softball@sportnl.ca...

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Softballers Among Finalists For 2015 Provincial Awards

Softballers Among Finalists For 2015 Provincial Awards Softball NL is proud to announce that Sean Cleary, Mark Dwyer and Galway Hitmen Men’s Fastpitch Team have been named Finalists for the 2015 Provincial Annual Awards. The Stars & Legends Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at The Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL. Sean Cleary (Harbour Main) has been named a Finalists for the 2015 Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award. The winner will be presented with the Ferd Hayward Memorial Award. Mark Dwyer (Torbay) has been named a Finalists for the 2015 Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be presented with the John Drinkwater Memorial Award. Galway Hitmen Men’s Fastpitch Team has been named a Finalists for the 2015 Team of the Year Award. The winner will be presented with the Edward Browne Memorial Award. Softball NL would like to take this opportunity to Congratulate Sean Cleary, Mark Dwyer and Galway Hitmen Men’s Fastpitch Team on being named Finalists for the 2015 Provincial Annual Awards....

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2015 SportNL Awards Finalists

SportNL Name Finalists For 2015 Provincial Annual Awards Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Provincial Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the 2016 Stars and Legends Awards Gala on April 16, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL. “These awards recognize the sporting achievements of our province’s exceptional athletes,” said Rod Nicholl, President of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. “It’s an honour to celebrate the many athletes who are working hard to raise their game and put Newfoundland and Labrador on the map in the world of amateur sport.” Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Annual Awards recognize the best athletic achievements in the past year. Awards will be presented in nine categories, including: Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year; Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year; Team of the Year; Coach of the Year; Executive of the Year; Official of the Year; and, Volunteer of the Year. Three finalists from each category have been selected by Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s selection committee, from a list of nominees compiled by 18 member organizations across the province. The 2015 list of finalists includes (complete biographies for finalists follow below) Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award Sean Cleary (Softball), Ciaran Hearn (Rugby) & Ben Taylor (Target Shooting) Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award Sarah Davis (Hockey), Heather...

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U16 Girls Head Coach Application

Softball Newfoundland Labrador is now accepting applications for the position of Head Coach for the following 2016 Provincial All Star Program: U16 Girl’s Tournament: U16 Girl’s Eastern Canadian Championships Date & Location: Late August 2016, Nova Scotia * Softball Newfoundland Labrador will determine at a later date if it is feasible to send a U16 Girl’s Developmental team to the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships Individuals interested in being considered for the position must complete the official Softball Newfoundland Labrador application and also highlight qualifications (i.e. certifications, teams coached including other sports, etc.) that may be relevant to the position they are applying. Applicants for this position must currently possess a minimum NCCP Level 2/Competition-Introduction (*Trained) for softball. Please note: The coaching staff (assistant coaches, manager, etc.) must also be approved by Softball Newfoundland Labrador prior to the start of tryouts. To apply, please go to www.softballnl.ca/forms/softball-nl-coaching-application-form to download the most current coaching application which must be emailed along with cover letter and seasonal plan to softball@sportnl.ca. The application deadline is Monday April 4, 2016. For further information please email softball@sportnl.ca. *To have obtained Trained status, the coach must have already successfully completed NCCP Competition-Introduction (BOTH Weekend A & Weekend B). In the event an applicant with Trained status is successfully appointed the coach must immediately contact Softball Newfoundland Labrador to work towards Certified status prior to the start of...

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U18 Men’s Tryout Notice

2016 U18 Men’s Fastpitch Provincial Team Tryout Players interested in trying out for the 2016 U18 Men’s Provincial Fastpitch team scheduled to participate in the 2016 U18 Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship slated for August 9-14, 2016 in Saskatoon, SK are asked to Register by contacting head coach Don King at donking@bellaliant.net. Registration information will be forwarded to players once a player indicates their interest. Softball NL will consider sending two teams to this championship if there are sufficient player interest and talent. Softball Newfoundland Labrador P.O. Box 21165 St. John’s, NL A1A 5B2 softball@sportnl.ca...

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Softball NL Website

Softball NL Website Softball Newfoundland Labrador (Softball NL) Would Like To Advise All Associations, Teams, Players, Coaches, Umpires, Volunteers & Sponsors That The Softball NL Website Is In The Process Of Being Updated In Anticipation Of The Upcoming 2016 Softball Season!  ...

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2015 Award Nominations

2015 Softball NL Award Nominations Softball NL is now accepting nominations for the following Awards… Senior Male Player of the Year Senior Female Player of the Year Junior Male Player of the Year (U18-U21) Junior Female Player of the Year (U18-U21) Minor Male Player of the Year (U10-U16) Minor Female Player of the Year (U10-U16) Coach of the Year Bob Whelan Memorial Umpire of the Year Please Submit Your Nominations By Email To Softball NL at softball@sportnl.ca. Please Provide As Much Detailed Information As Possible. Deadline For Nominations: Friday, March 25th, 2016. Softball Newfoundland Labrador PO Box 21165 St. John’s, NL A1A 5B2 softball@sportnl.ca...

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2016 Tournament Dates

2016 Softball NL Tournament Dates 2016 Minor Provincials/Qualifiers/Tournaments June June 24-26: U12 Squirt FUNtastic Ballistic July July 4-8: Constable William Moss Memorial Tournament July 8-10: U14 Pee-Wee Boy’s FP Provincial (EC Qualifier) July 8-10: U16 Bantam Girl’s FP Provincial July 15-17: U12 Squirt Girl’s FP Provincial July 15-17: *U14 Pee-Wee Boy’s Summer Games Regional Qualifier July 15-17: *U16 Bantam Girl’s Summer Games Regional Qualifier July 22-24: U10 Mite FUNtastic Ballistic July 22-24: U14 Pee-Wee Girl’s FP Provincial (EC Qualifier) July 22-24: U16 Bantam Boy’s FP Provincial July 29-31: U12 Squirt Boy’s FP Provincial July 29-31: U18 Midget Girl’s FP Provincial July 29-31: U18 Midget Boy’s FP Provincial August August 5-7: U14 Pee-Wee Girl’s SP Provincial August 5-7: U14 Pee-Wee Boy’s SP Provincial August 12-14: U12 Squirt Grand Slam BALListic August 19-21: U18 Midget Girl’s SP Provincial August 19-21: U18 Midget Boy’s SP Provincial August 26-28: U10 Mite Grand Slam BALListic August 26-28: U16 Bantam Boy’s SP Provincial August 26-28: U16 Bantam Girl’s SP Provincial 2016 Adult Provincials July 22-24: Intermediate Men’s FP Provincial August 12-14: Senior Women’s FP Provincial September 9-11: Senior Men’s FP Provincial 2016 Local Tournaments June 17-19: St. John’s Day Senior Men’s Tournament June 24-27: Swing into Summer Intermediate Men’s Tournament June 30-July 3: ISC Qualifying Tournament 2016 NL Summer Games August 17-21: NL Summer Games (CBS,...

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2016 Hosting Applications (Minor)

2016 Provincial Minor Tournament Applications Softball Newfoundland Labrador are now accepting applications to host the various 2016 Provincial Minor Softball Tournaments. Applications are found at www.softballnl.ca/forms/2016-hosting-application and must be submitted by emailing softball@sportnl.ca by March 31, 2016. Please note, separate applications for each tournament are required if an association is making multiple requests. Softball NL will begin to review tournament requests and award to hosts in early April. Please submit applications...

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2016 NL Summer Games

2016 NL Summer Games Softball NL are proud to announce that softball will once again be played at the 2016 Newfoundland Labrador Summer Games in Conception Bay South from August 17-21. Regional Qualifiers will be scheduled to take place on July 15-16 in various parts of the Province to determine which U14 Boy’s and U16 Girl’s fastpitch teams will compete. Technical packages for softball can be found by going to www.nlgames.ca/sports. For further information, or to apply to host a Regional Qualifier please contact Paul Smith Jr. (Technical Director for Softball at the 2016 Games) at...

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New U12 Ballistic Tournaments

New U12 Ballistic Tournaments Softball Newfoundland Labrador are extremely excited to announce that following the success of the U10 Mite FUNtastic & Grand Slam BALListic tournaments in recent years we have added the U12 Squirt FUNtastic & Grand Slam BALListic tournaments for 2016. Both tournaments will follow similar formats to the U10 events and connect with Softball Canada’s Long Term Player Development model. PLAY BALL!! HAVE...

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Urgent: Umpires Needed

URGENT: Umpires Needed! Softball Newfoundland Labrador is very concerned about the availability of registered umpires in our system. Over the past number of years we have been very encouraged by the growth of the number of players in our game which has resulted in an ever increasing number of tournaments, however, the number of umpires have not increased accordingly. In this regard we are asking all of our organizations to consider registering more umpires in their respective areas. Umpires are an integral part of our game and Softball NL will help in every way possible to provide clinics to interested groups or individuals. These clinics should take place before the softball season begins. To host or attend an umpire clinic, or for further information please contact Terry Sweeney, Kearney Druken, and Len King at...

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SC Memo: 2016 Championships

2016 Canadian Championships Updates and Reminders The Canadian Championship website has the complete dates and locations for the 2016 Championships. Each Host has been provided with a log in and template back in January to populate their respective website. We are working with each Host to get that information loaded as soon as possible. Softball Canada will be increasing the team entry fees for the Fast Pitch Championships effective 2016 for the next 3 years. The rate will now be $750 per team. Please note that each Canadian Championship will range from 5-7 days and feature a minimum of 6 games. The rate increase for Slo-Pitch will come into effect beginning with the 2017 season since the Slo-Pitch teams qualify the previous season. It will remain at $500 for 2016. As per discussions at the AGM, the Confirmation of Participation (COP) forms are due on the respective dates – May 1 for Slo-Pitch Championships and June 7 for Fast Pitch. Any registrations after the above dates will incur an additional late fee of $500. There will be no exceptions to this rule moving forward. Payments for teams attending all Canadian Championships are due in the Softball Canada office by June 30th. There are no invoices created as your COP form will serve as back up for your payment. Softball Canada will issue a receipt for your payment if requested....

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