Are you a NCCP certified coach? If so, with completion of the Respect in Sport Activity Leader program, you are eligible for 3 Professional Development Points towards maintenance of your NCCP certification. By selecting “Allow” below, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will update your NCCP profile and credit you 3 PD points for completion of this program.

Not a member of the CAC and the NCCP, Why Not? The CAC, in partnership with over 70 sport organizations, is responsible for, and oversees the training and certification of coaches in Canada through the world-leading NCCP. Having an NCCP number allows you to access the The Locker” to house all of your coaching credentials, access other coach training, and many other resources through the CAC for coaches of any sport, at any level.

You can grant permission for the CAC to create a profile in your name and extend your journey as a valued coach in Canada. An email confirming your profile creation and welcoming you to the Coaching Association of Canada will be sent to the email address on record in this program.

If you choose to decline the Respect Group sharing your information with the Coaching Association at this time, we will of course respect your wishes. You can always return to the “Profile” section of this program to change your selection at any time.

Please see the Respect in Sport website for more information.

Mark Allen
Ontario Director
p: 705.300.2120

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is now requiring all coaches to maintain their certification through Professional Development activities. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. Softball Coaches who are trained in the Competition Introduction Stream are being asked to earn 20 Points within a 5-year period. For more information on how to earn points, visit the Coaching Association of Canada website

The Softball Ontario Coaches Committee is extremely excited about the opportunity for coaches to get credit and quantify what they are already doing. We are also working to create Professional Learning Opportunities on technical and tactical items not covered in the NCCP Classes such as mental prep, or off-season planning.

To help coaches, we have planned two “6 Packs” of 1 Hour Webinars. We are launching the first one on March 27th with Jeff Ellsworth. Coaches will be able to register, watch the webinar and earn 1 point. If you sign up for the 6 Webinars before the season, you will earn all the points you need for the year.

We are thrilled at the lineup of coaches we have signed up to help our coaches. We have a cross-section of elite softball coaches, and coaches with perspectives from different sports.


If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see covered, or any questions, please feel free to email Scott Searle at


Topic Presenter Date
Mental Side of the Game Jeff Ellsworth March 27
Base Running Ryan Wolfe April 10
Game Management John Stuart May 1st
The art of calling the Game (Pitch Selection) Bruce Casselman May 15th
Creating a Winning Culture Chantal Valée May 29th
Preparing for Elite Competitions Pat Reid June 19th


Jeff Ellsworth @jeffellsworth19

Jeff is one of the best softball players in the world. He led the Hill United Chiefs to 3 consecutive, ISC World Championships. He represented Team Canada for over 10 years beginning in 2006, winning a bronze medal at the 2009 WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship and later winning Gold medals at the 2015 WBSC Men’s World Championship and Pan American Games.

Jeff has recently transitioned to coaching where he led his home province of PEI to the 2009 Canada Summer Games. He is currently coaching the Women’s Canada Games team from PEI, preparing for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Jeff has led that group to compete in five consecutive Canadian Championships.

Jeff’s success and leadership was recognized when he was named to the Coaching Staff of the USSSA Florida Pride that competes in the NPF. He was also named the Head Coach of the Junior Men’s National Team whom he led to a podium finish in 2016.


Ryan Wolfe

Before his retirement from elite competition in 2016 Ryan was the longest-serving member of Team Canada. He first joining the Men’s National Team in 2000 and spent 16 years as one of the most successful and feared hitters in the world. Ryan was an exceptional lead-off hitter and many fans tell stories of Ryan leading off games with a hit, followed by two stolen bases. During his tenure on the team, the team won Bronze Medals at the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championships, Silver at the 2002 Pan American Championship, the 2004 ISF World Championship, the 2006 Pan-American Games, and Gold medals at the 2008 Three Nations Challenge, 2015 WSBC World Championship and 2015 Pan-American Games

He played his minor softball in a number of surrounding centres such as Glencoe, Appin, Sarnia, Fingal and his hometown of Melbourne. His long history of Canadian Championships includes five Gold Medals (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011), earning the Top Player of the Championship Round award in 2005 and 2010 , Top Batter in 2009 and a total of four All-Star Team selections.

Wolfe led Team Canada as captain at the 2015 Word Championship where they won a Gold Medal. This added to his resume which saw him compete for team Canada in 2000 (4th), 2004 (Silver), 2009 (Bronze) and 2013 (5th). A very patient hitter (18 walks in 92 plate appearances) and smart baserunner (18 runs scored), Wolfe has been a consistent leader for Team Canada throughout his years of involvement.

Most importantly, Ryan is well-known as a class act and first class person. He is an exemplary teammate and role model for young people. Ryan is a Phys-Ed Teacher and Athletic Director at Glencoe Secondary School.


John Stuart

John is the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team. In his first year in this role, he led the team to double gold medals at the World Softball and Baseball Classic (WSBC) and Pan-American Games.

He started his softball career late compared to most as I came from a Baseball background. Started coaching at age 25 while still playing eventually leading up to coaching BC Jr Team to Silver Medal in 2002 at Nationals as well as 4th place finish in 2004. Took over head coaching position of Vancouver Greysox Senior Men’s Team in 2005 leading Greysox to National Championship in 2007 first time a Vancouver Team had won a National title since 1966. Was part of support staff for Team Canada Men’s National Team at 2009 ISF World Championships. Became assistant coach with Men’s National Team in 2010 helping Team Canada to Gold medal at Pan American Championships in 2012 . Took over head coaching position with Men’s National Team in 2014 leading Canada to Gold at 2015 World Championship Canada’s first World Championship since 1992. Followed up with Gold Medal a month later at 2015 Pan Am Games.

Married 23 years to wife Barb have 2 boys Levi 21 and Brodi 17.


Bruce Casselman holds the legacy of being one of the top players to play mens fastpitch in Canada. In the 1990’s he led the Toronto Gators to two ISC World Championships and two Canadian Championships. He was a member of the Senior Mens National Team that won Gold at the 1999 Pan-American Games champion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also represented Team Canada at the ISF World Championships in South Africa. A very humble person, Bruce is most proud to have caught some of the best pitchers from around the world including; Darren Zack, Brad Underwood, Micheal Piechnick, Dean Holein, Chubb Tangerora, Doug Middleton and Steve Price. Bruce moved away from softball to coach hockey in the Ottawa area, but had his passion for the game re-kindled by coaching his daughters u14 team. Bruce is a Softball Ontario Learning Facilitator and provides support on technical skills. More recently he was a Guest Coach with the u21 Men’s Canada Games Program in Ontario where he consulted with the catchers on setting up batters with proper sequences.