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PD Point Opportunity: 2017/18 Winter Webinar Series

By PwsaAdmin on Friday, December 8th, 2017

NCCP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS – WEBINAR SERIES

 Our 2017/2018 Webinar Series lineup is here! Each webinar is 1 (one) hour in length (8:00 pm EST on the dates listed).
Those who register will be granted 1 (one) Professional Development Point per webinar.
Pricing: $15.00 per webinar

Softball Ontario – 2017/18 Webinar Series continues with Olympian Kaleigh Rafter

By PwsaAdmin on Friday, December 8th, 2017

The 2017-18 Softball Ontario Webinar Series continues on Tuesday, December 19 with Olympian, Kaleigh Rafter. NCCP Certified Coaches will earn 1 Professional Development point towards maintaining their certification and learn valuable tips from one of Canada’s top athletes.

Kaleigh Rafter was a 2008 Olympian and is a current member of the Canadian National Team. This year will mark her 12th year with the National Team program. She also spent two seasons playing in the Japanese Professional Softball League from 2013-2015.

A graduate of Florida State University, Kaleigh holds a Masters in Criminology as well as a Masters in Sports Management and Administration. She currently is an assistant coach at the University of Virginia and works with catchers, infielders, and hitters.

Softball Ontario is launching the Fall/Winter Webinar Series

By PwsaAdmin on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Coaches can register online to pick up coaching tips and earn PD points from the comfort of their own home. The NCCP is now asking coaches to maintain their certification by participating in Professional Development opportunities. Softball Ontario has created a number of initiatives to make this easier for coaches, such as the webinar series.

The next season will begin on December 5th with Alison Bradley speaking about “Preparation”. Alison will give specific examples from her playing and coaching career about how preparation helped her success and give coaches practical tools to use with their own teams.

Alison Bradley is a 2-time Olympian (2004-2008) and an 8-year veteran of the National Team program. After retiring in 2009, Alison joined Softball Canada in the capacity of Team Leader, and then in 2010 as an Assistant Coach with the Junior Women’s National Team. Following the Junior Women’s World Championships in 2013, Alison took on the role of Program Manager for the Women’s National Teams, a position she held until August 2017. Alison is currently the Dean of Students at a middle school in Boulder City, NV.

Register here:

www.softballontario.ca/english/our-programs/coach/softball-nccp/professional-development-points-webinar-series.html

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about future webinar topics or presenters, I would love to hear them.

Scott Searle

Scottsearle@rogers.com

Softball Canada names 2019 Junior Women’s National Team Coaching Staff

By PwsaAdmin on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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Ottawa, Ont. – Softball Canada is pleased to announce that Keith Mackintosh (Melfort, Sask.) will return as the Head Coach of the Junior Women’s National Team program for the 2018-2019 cycle. Joining Mackintosh on the coaching staff will be assistant coaches Trevor Ethier (Saskatoon, Sask.), Melissa Finley (London, Ont.) and Tiffany Jordan (Guelph, Ont.).

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to coach the best junior softball players in Canada” stated Mackintosh. “Our goal is to continue pushing for a medal result after coming very close with fourth-place finishes in 2015 and 2017. We look forward to building up our team for the 2019 WBSC World Championship in Irvine, California.”

Keith Mackintosh returns for his fourth Junior Women’s National Team cycle and his second as Head Coach. He helped guide Canada to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship in Brampton, Ont. and a fourth-place finish at the 2015 event in Oklahoma City, Okla. as an assistant coach before taking the helm in 2016 and leading the team to a fourth place finish this past summer in Clearwater, Fla. As an athlete, Mackintosh was a member of the Canadian Men’s National Team from 1999 to 2009, winning a Pan American Games Gold medal in 2003 along with two WBSC Men’s World Championship appearances in 2000 (fourth) and 2009 (Bronze). He is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition – Development Certified coach.

Trevor Ethier enters his second cycle as an assistant coach with the team after helping them to a fourth place finish in 2017. He is a former Men’s National Team pitcher who won Gold at the 2003 Pan American Games and Bronze at the 2009 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship. Ethier is currently an instructor of the high school softball academy at Tommy Douglas High School in Saskatoon and coached a local U16 club team the past two summers.

Melissa Finley will join the Junior Women’s National Team program as an assistant coach after serving as the Head Coach of the Canadian Elite Team in 2017. She played NCAA Softball at Princeton (2002-2005) and was part of the Canadian Women’s National Team program from 2003 to 2005, winning a Silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. Finley has coached at the NCAA level since 2007 beginning at the University of Pennsylvania (2007-2012), followed by Colgate University (2012-2017) and recently took on the head coaching position at Swarthmore College.

Tiffany Jordan returns to the Junior Women’s National Team program after serving as the Team Manager in 2017. She was involved in the Women’s National Team program from 2003 to 2005 and won a Silver medal with Team Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games team in the Dominican Republic. Jordan attended Youngstown State University in Ohio from 2003 to 2006 and coached at the school from 2008 to 2014 before moving to the University of Central Florida in 2014, where she is currently working as an assistant coach.

The Junior Women’s National Team program will be running a series of combines across the country beginning in the Spring of 2018. These athlete testing events will focus on physical and technical skills. Following the combines, the coaching staff will scout various tournaments and championships throughout the country.

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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 Ontario seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)

By PwsaAdmin on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

 

Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario’s CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for those of you with a passion for pitching and the desire to help young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting Regional Pitching Instructors.

Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)

The primary role of the Regional Pitching Instructor is to be the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.  Softball Ontario currently has 25 Regional Pitching Instructors, and is looking to expand our reach even further and ensure that CANpitch Clinics will be available in all regions of Ontario.

Click here to review Softball Ontario’s CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructor Job Description

If you are interested in applying for this position, please view the job description above or online (Regional Pitching Instructor) and send your softball pitching resume and cover letter via email to ssutton@softballontario.ca by Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

Alternatively, if you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for one of the available positions, please pass along this email.