U18 Womens Team-Ottawa

December 2, 2011

Ottawa. ON

There will be a new U18 womens team in Ottawa next summer. 
It will be coached by Scott Searle and Jenny Allen.  Scott and Jenny coach the University of Ottawa Women’s team and have both coached several teams in the Ottawa area.  Jenny Allen is one of the top athletes ever to play in the Ottawa Area. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her efforts including the Ottawa Sports Award “Softball player of the yearâ€Â in 2009, as well as an Outstanding Youth Award in 2007 when she was only 18 years old. Jenny played most of her softball career with the Orleans Rebels, leading them to Provincial and Eastern Canadian Championships in 2005. Jenny was named the MVP of the tournament in 2005 as she drove in all 3 of her teams runs in the final game. In a strange twist, she changed teams in 2006 and holds the unique distinction of leading 2 separate teams to 3 Eastern Canadian Championships in a row between 2004 and 2006. She played with the Kars Aces when they won in 2004 and in 2006. She also led the Orleans Seniors to a National Bronze medal in 2009. Most recently she has played with the Pickering Heat where she got a Silver Medal at the Nationals in 2010. Jenny is also a personal trainer and currently works at Algonquin College
Scott has been the Head Coach of the UOttawa Women's team since 2007, is an instructor for the PWSA's "Colour your Dream" Long-Term Athlete Development Program, as well as the Mens Team Ontario program. A graduate of the National Coaching Institute with a degree in High Performance Coaching Studies (Level 4/5), Searle also holds a degree from the University of Ottawa in Honours History, as well as a Masters in Science in Teaching from the State University of New York at Potsdam.
The team will be hosting "Open-Gym Nights" from January-March for any interested athletes.  The Off-season training will focus on developing: base skills technical skills, mental training ,  cardiovascular levels, strength for softball (Core Strength, Legs, Forearm Muscles), technical hitting skills, speed, agility, quickness, and softball specific anaerobic conditioning.
All athletes will be invited to these sessions with a minimal charge to cover the cost of the facility.
Team tryouts will be held outdoors in the Spring.  Once the team is selected, we will pick practice locations based on the geography of the athletes on the team. We will work to vary practice locations throughout the season to try and equalize travel time for athletes.  Our goal with this flexibility is to allow athletes from outside the Ottawa area to play on the team.
The team will be run based on the principles of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model produced by Sport Canada and Softball Canada.  Details can be found on the Softball Canada website at We will compete in the CCFL, and look to enter approximately 6-7 tournaments.
We are hosting a parent information meeting on November 29th. If you are interested, please email Scott Searle at
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-George Bernard Shaw


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