Softball Ontario’s website Softball@School Wants You to TRY to Get ACTIVE in Softball!

April 30, 2010

Toronto, ON

Softball Ontario’s website Softball@School Wants You to TRY to Get ACTIVE in Softball!
North York, Ontario – The Softball@Schoolwebsite is an online resource centre created for elementary school teachers and their students. The website allows teachers and students to access a list of house league softball associations in Ontario, find “best practices,” and access additional resources for Softball Ontario school programs. Also, teachers and students can obtain assistance with skill development, learn softball terms, and download fun games. 
Softball@School's teacher section is designed to assist Ontario elementary school educators by providing resources that will help meet curriculum expectations for health and physical education while teaching students the sport of softball. Each teacher can log in and sign up for both of our Softball School Programs as well as educate themselves to better teach their classes the game of softball! The student section helps children find where they can sign up to play softball in their hometown as well as download free drills and games to play with their friends!!
Softball Ontario has TWO awesome school programs focused on teachers and students learning the basic fundamentals and movement concepts through the sport of softball!
The TRY Softball Program has been used in hundreds of schools across Ontario allowing thousands of students to play a modified version of softball. Schools are loaned free softball equipment and provided with manuals introducing BlastBall and Softball Canada’s Learn to Play Program. Try Softball is geared for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students. The Try Softball Program includes:
     BlastBallKit.jpg                                                     • A BlastBall Game
                    o Safety Bat
                    o BlastBall Softballs
                    o BlastBall Base (that honks when stepped on)
                    o A Batting-T
          • A BlastBall Manual
          • A “Learn to Play” Manual (Yours to Keep!)
          • FREE Pencils and Activity Books for your Students!
The ACTIVE Softball Program focuses on developing softball skills and creating interest in the game of softball for grades 6 to 8. The program introduces combinations of loco-motor movements using different speeds, and direction in relation to using softball equipment and mini fitness drills. Active Softball picks up where Softball Ontario’s Try Softball Program left off!
The Active Softball Kit consists of everything you will need to introduce your class to a modified version of softball.  Each Kit contains the following: ActiveSoftballLogo.JPG
          • An Oversized Active Softball Game Board (4’ x 4’)
          • A Set of Six (6) Playing Pieces and Dice
          • A “Rules and Skills” Guide (Yours to Keep!)
          • Activity Cards
          • An Equipment Set, including:
                    o 9 Softball Gloves
                    o 8 Softballs
                    o 4 Safety Bats
                    o 4 Throw-Down Base Sets
                    o 1 Batting-T
          • FREE Rulers and Activity Books for your students!
          • NEW Softball Skills Test Challenge Manual (Yours to Keep!)
                    o Result Sheets
                    o Certificates
Test Challenge Booklet_1.pngNew for Spring and Summer 2010 is the Softball Skills Test Challenge Manual, which is, now included in all Active Softball Kits! The Manual will help teachers determine their students’ skill level in softball. Teachers can also use the Softball Skills Test to evaluate students on their basic movement skills and concepts of healthy eating. Each of the skills evaluated in the Skills Test Challenge fit within the 2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum!
Also included with the  Kit are Skills Test Challenge Results sheets where you or your students can record achievements in each Skills Test, as well as a Certificate of Achievement that can be given to each student upon completion of their participation in the Skills Test Challenge.
To address any concerns, all of the equipment used is manufactured using child-safe materials; the bat and ball are made of a soft foam material, removing safety concerns that are created by aluminum bats and hard balls. There are no equipment requirements for the students, as all the required equipment is provided!
Please visit the Softball Ontario Softball@School website (www.softballatschool.ca) and click on our “Teacher Section” link- there you will find both TRY and ACTIVE Softball Program information. Please fill out a Request Form for the School Program that you are interested in using and either email the completed form to claxton@softballontario.ca or fax it to Softball Ontario 416-426-7368.
Remember- the TRY Softball and ACTIVE Softball Kits are available on a first-come - first-served basis; contact Softball Ontario as soon as possible to book your FREE month.  For further details on Softball Ontario’s School Softball Programs, please contact Carly Laxton by phone at (416) 426-7150 or by email at claxton@softballontario.ca.
Softball Ontario is the governing body for the sport of softball in Ontario. Our goal is to promote and develop the sport of softball for its athletes, officials and volunteers by providing programs and services at all levels of competitions.

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