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2017 Junior Men’s National Softball Team Selection Camp

By PwsaAdmin on Monday, June 26th, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) The Canadian Junior Men’s National Team will hold a Selection Camp from August 21-25 in O’Leary, P.E.I. with twenty-six (26) athletes invited to compete for a spot on the 2018 roster.

The Selection Camp will take place immediately following the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship that will take place August 16-20 in O’Leary.   Over 200 male Fast Pitch athletes born from 1999 to 2003 participated in a series of Provincial and Regional Identification Camps held across Canada earlier this year. Each athlete was evaluated on their fitness level, speed, throwing, hitting, defensive play and general softball game play.  Intrasquad games took place at a pair of Regional Identification Camps held in Innerkip, Ont. and Prince Albert, Sask. in early June.

Following the Selection Camp, the coaching staff will determine the roster for the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, which will be held July 7-15, 2018 in Prince Albert, Sask.

The athletes who have been invited to the Junior Men’s National Team Selection Camp from August 21-25 in O’Leary, P.E.I. are:

 

First Name Last Name Hometown
Noah Baker Kitchener, Ont.
Logan Bell Tavistock, Ont.
Robbie Black Glencoe, Ont.
Logan Evans Cross Lake, Man.
Mac Fischer Teeswater, Ont.
Derian Garrioch Cross Lake, Man.
Brendan Hagerman Napanee, Ont.
Brayden Handrahan Tignish, P.E.I.
Brady Hogg Thamesville, Ont.
Dallas Kipfer Kitchener, Ont.
Troy Kosmynka Warman, Sask.
Isaac Lefebvre St-Leonard-d’Aston, Que.
Riley Manion Napanee, Ont.
Megwan Muswaggon Cross Lake, Man.
Mac Mulvey Wingham, Ont.
Dylan Noonan Summerside, P.E.I.
Cole Pavey Glencoe, Ont.
Jordan Pomeroy Placentia, N.L.
Troy Preymack Prince Albert, Sask.
Rowan Sears Brookfield, N.S.
Cayden Schmautz Saskatoon, Sask.
Dawson Sellick Tignish, P.E.I.
Ryan Smith Shellbrook, Sask.
Mark Stack Petty Harbour, N.L.
Owen Torrie Williamsford, Ont.
Brendan Walker Ellershouse, N.S.

*Athletes from 2016 Junior Men’s National Team indicated in BOLD

Coaching Staff

 

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Jeff Ellsworth St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Assistant Coach Jean-Yves Doucet St-Léonard-d’Aston, Que.
Assistant Coach Todd McCulloch Martensville, Sask.
Assistant Coach Mark Quinn Cardigan, P.E.I.
Manager – MNT Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

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For more information, please contact:
Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

2017 Women’s National Softball Team Selection Camp

By PwsaAdmin on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

 

(Ottawa, ON) The Canadian Women’s National Team will hold a Selection Camp June 22-27 in Mississauga, Ont. with thirty-six (36) players from the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool invited to compete for a spot on the Women’s Team and Elite Team rosters.

The Selection Camp will include fitness testing, and intrasquad games scheduled for 3:00pm on Saturday, June 24 and 3:00pm on Sunday, June 25, both at Tom Chater Park in Mississauga, Ont. Intrasquad games are open to the public at no charge.

Following the selection camp, the coaching staff will select two teams – the Women’s National Team and the Women’s Elite team.

The Women’s National team will play an exhibition series against the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) in Chicago, Ill. on June 30 and July 1 followed by the US World Cup of Softball from July 5-9 in Oklahoma City. Both the Women’s National Team and the Elite team will then compete at the Canada Cup from July 11-17 in Surrey, B.C. The Women’s National Team will later take on the Akron Racers of the NPF on July 31 and August 1 in Akron, Ohio prior to competing in the WBSC Pan American Women’s Softball Championship, which is scheduled to take place August 4-13 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team will later travel overseas to compete in the Japan Cup from August 25-28.

The athletes who will attend the Women’s National Team Selection Camp from June 22-27 in Mississauga, Ont. are:

 

First Name Last Name Hometown
Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage Fort McMurray, Alta.
Sarah Benn Oakville, Ont.
Sierra Bertrand Stirling, Ont.
Kara Bilodeau Cumming, Ga.
Ariane Capogreco Terrebonne, Que.
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Jocelyn Cater Delta, B.C.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C.
Madison Clarke Edmonton, Alta.
Emma Entzminger Victoria, B.C.
Megan Evans Toronto, Ont.
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Kenzie Friesen Saskatoon, Sask.
Courtney Gilbert Delhi, Ont.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont.
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta.
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C.
Chelsea Jenner Abbotsford, B.C.
Erika Leonard Cincinnati, Ohio
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont.
Taylor Lundrigan Abbotsford, B.C.
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont.
Grace Messmer Surrey, B.C.
Katie McEachern San Diego, Calif.
Callum Pilgrim Abbotsford, B.C.
Sara Plourde Lac Baker, N.B.
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont.
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont.
Nicole Rivait Oakville, Ont.
Victoria Rumph Mount Forest, Ont.
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Aspen Searle Brantford, Ont.
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C.
Carey-Leigh Vyse Ohsweken, Ont.
Logan White Brantford, Ont.
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont.

 

Women’s National Team Coaching Staff

 

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Mark Smith Falmouth, N.S.
Assistant Coach Melissa Basilio Pickering, Ont.
Assistant Coach Russell Cooper Tahiti Bay, NZL
Assistant Coach Dave Paetkau Abbotsford, B.C.
Performance Analysis Hubie Basilio North York, Ont.
Mental Performance Coach Lauren Tashman Pennington, N.J.
Physiotherapist Laurie Freebairn Maple Ridge, B.C.
Strength & Conditioning Lead Scott Willgress Halifax, N.S.
Team Leader Megan Timpf Port Dover, Ont.

 

Women’s Elite Team Coaching Staff

 

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Melissa Finley London, Ont.
Assistant Coach Greg Bouchard Winnipeg, Man.
Assistant Coach Daniel Joly Montréal, Que.
Assistant Coach Chris Jones Oshawa, Ont.
Athletic Therapist Natalie Ghobrial North York, Ont.
Team Leader Meagan Baird Oakville, Ont.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

Mississauga Southwest Hurricanes to host 2017 Women’s National Softball Team Selection Camp

By PwsaAdmin on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Mississauga Southwest Hurricanes will be hosting the 2017 Women’s National Softball Team Selection Camp.

All Fastpitch/Softball fans are invited to attend the Selection Camp at Tom Chater Park in Mississauga.

For more information, please click here.

Nominate your Softball Coach today!

By PwsaAdmin on Monday, June 19th, 2017

 

Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards program celebrates the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

A coach is recognized in one of six categories:

  1. Grass Rootscoaching youth or children under the age of 12

  2. Good-to-Great – coaching athletes that achieved a high standard of performance

  3. Trailblazer a coach who has made things better for their sport for years to come

  4. Everyone Matters – a coach who demonstrates the value of an inclusive approach

  5. Aboriginal Impacta coach who has made a significant impact within the Aboriginal sport community

  6. Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievementa coach who has made a significant contribution to coaching over 20+ years

Nominations are due by June 29th at 4pm.

For more information please contact events@coachesontario.ca or visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards.

 

Nominate your Softball Coach today!

Softball Canada announces 2017 Men’s National Team Roster

By PwsaAdmin on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of athletes who have been selected to represent Canada this summer at the Bob Law Memorial Challenge in Vancouver, B.C. and the 2017 WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship from July 7 to 16 in Whitehorse, Yuk. The final roster has been determined following a selection camp held in Kitchener and Innerkip, Ont. this past weekend.

The 2017 roster includes eleven (11) returnees from the 2015 team that won Gold at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Saskatoon, Sask. All eleven were previously named to the team’s core. Jason Hill (St. John’s, NL) was also named to the core but will be unable to attend the World Championship.

The athletes who will represent Canada as members of the 2017 Men’s National Softball Team are:

 

 Athletes

 

First Name Last Name Hometown
Bryan Abrey Richmond, B.C.
Ryan Boland St. John’s, N.L.
Shane Boland St. John’s, N.L.
Sean Cleary Harbour Main, N.L.
Brad Ezekiel Harbour Main, N.L.
Brandon Horn Waterloo, Ont.
Blake Hunter Nanaimo, B.C.
Mark Johnson Glencoe, Ont.
Derek Mayson North Vancouver, B.C.
Devon McCullough Saskatoon, Sask.
Steve Mullaley Freshwater, N.L.
Mathieu Roy Saint-Gervais, Que.
Kevin Schellenberg Squamish, B.C.
Justin Schofield Grand Pré, N.S.
Andy Skelton Scarborough, Ont.
Colin Walsh Petty Harbour, N.L.
Kris Walushka Victoria, B.C.

Athletes returning from the 2015 Men’s National Team

Coaching Staff

 

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach John Stuart Langley, B.C.
Assistant Coach John Hill St. John’s, N.L.
Assistant Coach Dean Holoien Melfort, Sask.
Assistant Coach Les Howey Conception Bay, N.L.
Scout Doug Allin Peachland, B.C.
Video Coach Glenn Boles St. Catharines, Ont.
Athletic Therapist Adam Davies Ottawa, Ont.
Manager – MNT Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca