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World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division Election Result

By PwsaAdmin on Saturday, October 14th, 2017

October 14th, 2017

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Gaborone, Botswana – Dale McMann (Surrey, B.C.) has been defeated in his bid for a second four-year term as Chairman of the World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division (WBSC-SD). The new Chairman is Tommy Velazquez (Puerto Rico).

McMann had previously been elected President of the International Softball Federation in 2013. The position subsequently became Chairman of the Softball Division of the World Baseball Softball Confederation. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Board of the International Softball Federation since 1993 and was the President of Softball Canada from 1990 to 2001.

“Dale is an extremely hard working individual who devoted countless hours every year developing softball worldwide” stated current Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “Dale played a vital role in getting women’s softball back on the Olympic program in 2020. He dedicated the last 24 years of his life to growing and supporting softball in all regions of the world. His expertise will be missed in the softball community.”

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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

Doug Chase accepted to World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Hall of Fame

By PwsaAdmin on Saturday, October 14th, 2017

October 14, 2017

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Gaborone, Botswana – Softball Canada is pleased to announce that Doug Chase (Port Alberni, B.C.) – who was inducted to the Softball Canada Hall of Fame as an Athlete in 2012 – has been accepted into the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball (WBSC-SD) Hall of Fame. The WBSC-SD Hall of Fame recognizes people who have contributed to the sport of softball on the international stage. The vote took place at the WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana this weekend. The actual induction ceremony will take place in Canada at a later date.

Coming from a renowned softball family in Port Alberni, B.C., Doug Chase followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Rick and Vaughan and quickly outgrew the competition in his age group to graduate to his brother’s Senior team in 1983. That year, he was the youngest player on his team and earned the Most Valuable Player award at the Provincial Championships, where his team finished third.

At the provincial level, Doug led the Port Alberni A’s to Provincial Championships in 1986 and 1987, hitting clutch homeruns to defeat a heavily favoured Victoria Payless team. After representing BC at the Canadian Championships in each of those years – and being named to the tournament All-Star Team in 1987 – Doug was selected to the Canadian Men’s National Team and began a stellar 13 year career with the club that concluded in 2000. He also went on to win three Canadian Championships (1991, 1992 and 1997), and was named to the All-Star team on two more occasions (1997 and 1998).

Internationally, he competed in three Pan American Games (1991, 1995 and 1999) and took home three gold medals from those events. He also played in three WBSC Men’s Softball World Championships (1992, 1996 and 2000), winning gold in 1992 in New Zealand and silver in 1996 in Midland, Michigan. Throughout his playing career, Doug was a great leader and one of the best defensive catchers in the world with a fantastic ability to hit for power.

Softball Canada would like to congratulate Doug Chase on his induction into the prestigious WBSC-SD Hall of Fame.

Click here to view the WBSC announcement.

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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

Softball Canada announces 2017 Award Recipients

By PwsaAdmin on Friday, October 13th, 2017

October 13, 2017

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Ottawa, Ont. – Softball Canada is pleased to announce the following award recipients who will be recognized at the Softball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on November 11th, 2017 in St. John’s, N.L. The Banquet will be held in conjunction with the Softball Canada Congress and Annual General Meeting which will take place from November 9-11. As previously announced, Colin Abbott (Athlete, Newfoundland & Labrador), Dave Houghton (Builder, Nova Scotia), Randy Souliers (Official, Newfoundland & Labrador) and the 1992 Canadian Men’s World Championship Team will be inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame at this Banquet.

The Home Run Sports Coach of the Year award will be presented to Chris Hopewell from Stewiacke, N.S. A former high-level athlete for the Brookfield Elks, Hopewell has been coaching for 15 years both at the minor and adult levels. He has led the East Hants Mastodons to five consecutive Top 5 finishes at the Men’s Canadian Championship, including their first Gold medal with a win over the five-time defending champion Galway Hitmen this summer. In addition to his success at the Men’s level, he brought in several Nova Scotia Canada Games team and Mastodons players to help establish the Timbits Softball and U8 programs for the East Hants Minor Softball Association, and leads winter skill clinics to help develop both minor and elite athletes in the area. Hopewell’s Mastodons will be looking to defend their title when they host the 2018 Men’s Canadian Championship in St. Croix, N.S.

Clinton Harvey, from Valley, Nova Scotia has been selected as the recipient of the Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year award. He began umpiring at a young age and achieved his Level V status in 2009 before becoming a WBSC certified umpire in 2011. His first international assignment was at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship in Oklahoma City. In 2017, Harvey represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg as a working umpire while also providing leadership as the Deputy Umpire-in-Chief at the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship in O’Leary, P.E.I. This follows a year after his work on the field representing Canada at the 2016 European Men’s Championship in Montegranaro, Italy and his support as a lead instructor in the Youth Workshop at 2016 Blue Convention held in Richmond, B.C.

The Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Paul F. Smith from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. Smith has been involved with softball for over 50 years as a player, coach, umpire and organizer, founding the Conception Bay South Minor Softball Association in 1993 and serving as its President until 2006. In 2009, Smith was elected to the Board of Softball Newfoundland and Labrador, holding a number of roles and positions including President from 2013 to 2017. Throughout the years, he has put all of his heart and soul into the sport of softball at the local and provincial level. He was recognized as a nominee for the 2016 Sport NL Executive of the Year Award, received the 2016 Bob Whelan Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to the game of softball in Newfoundland and Labrador and was inducted to the Conception Bay South Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

This year’s recipients of the Claude Deschamps Memorial Fund are Casey Hogan from Hoyt, New Brunswick and Jordan Pomeroy from Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Casey Hogan is a third-year Recreation Management student at Dalhousie University. She was a captain for Team New Brunswick and competed at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, helping her team to a seventh-place finish with a .407 batting average in 10 games. In 2015, Hogan attended Johnson State College in Vermont and played for their NCAA Division 3 Softball Team. She also competed in four Canadian Championships from 2013-2016, and ran Timbits Softball clinics throughout the province of New Brunswick this summer.

Jordan Pomeroy is a strong academic student who recently began his first year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Memorial University. He was a standout member of Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, batting .474 with 18 hits and 17 runs in 11 games as Team NL finished 5th. Pomeroy also made a good impression on the Junior Men’s National Team coaching staff, earning a spot on the Team Canada roster and he will compete at the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in Prince Albert.

The Ethel Boyce Memorial Award will be awarded to Ashlyn Rupps from Saskatoon, Sask. and Mitch Stack from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ashlyn Rupps started her second year of an Arts and Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, helping her team to a medal round playoff spot and a 4th place finish by batting .310 with a homerun and 6 RBIs in 10 games. Rupps also played for the University of Saskatchewan softball team. She was named to the Western Collegiate Softball Association (WCSA) All-Star Team and helped her team to a Silver medal at the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association (CCSA) National Championship held in Ottawa.

Mitch Stack is a third-year student at Memorial University, pursuing a Business Administration degree. He won a bronze medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship and was named Softball Newfoundland and Labrador’s Junior Athlete of the Year that same year. This summer, he was the starting shortstop of Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canada Games in Winnipeg, helping the team to a fifth place finish with 4 homeruns and 9 runs batted in through 11 games.

The Softball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be streamed on Softball Canada’s YouTube page starting at 8:00pm NST on Saturday, November 11 and will be available to be viewed later. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00pm with the meal at 7:00pm. Banquet tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!

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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

Notice of Motions – Softball Canada AGM

By PwsaAdmin on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

NOTICE OF MOTIONS – RE SOFTBALL CANADA AGM

Attention All PWSA Affiliated Members:

The Softball Canada Congress & Annual General Meeting will be held in St. John’s, NL in November.

If any PWSA affiliated member wishes to submit comments regarding the proposed motions (see links below), please send an email to the PWSA President, Debbie Malisani email: littlehands1@rogers.com  no later than October 25, 2017.

Notice of Motions – CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Notice of Motions – SPECIAL OPERATING RULES

Reminder: 2017 Softball Canada Member Satisfaction Survey

By PwsaAdmin on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Softball Canada’s members are invited to complete the 2017 Member Satisfaction Survey. This survey is designed to provide feedback on your experience of softball in Canada.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and in return, members will be entered into a draw to win newly branded Softball Canada prizes!

Softball Canada is seeking feedback in key areas that will help us measure our member satisfaction levels and provide us with insight into possible future programs/initiatives.

The survey will close on October 13th, 2017 and we encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say about the game you love!

Your input is highly valued, thank you.