This Week in Fastball - May 1st 2013

May 3, 2013

Kitchener, ON

Spring; warm sunshine, ball fields drying out, indoor workouts at high
school gyms, league and tournament organizers having meetings, Tavistock
minor ball spring steak bar b cue at the Tavi Community Centre,  old
gloves being repaired, new gloves being broken in, bats in sports shops
being hefted and tested, new uniforms being ordered, and soon the first
game, and the first tournament.

TOM CLANCY - Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

Congratulations to a great friend of softball....Great news in the
Waterloo Region Record this past Monday...  Tom Clancy's many
professional  and volunteer accomplishments were acknowledged with his
selection to the Waterloo Region Hall of  Fame.  His selection was based
on the many contributions Tom has made throughout his career.  Of note
to fastpitch softball players, teams, fans, and volunteers is Tom's past
chairmanship of  the ISCs World Tournament.  Tom was also a member of
the legendary Tien Hoa fastball club one of  the top  local teams and
winners of many KFL championships along with many area tournaments.  The
Tien Hoa was a dominant club in the 70s and 80s, with Tom behind the
plate.... Part of Tom's leadership of that club is still evident today.
Many of Tom's teamates and Tien Hoa alumni are still very productively
involved with fastpitch in the Kitchener area.  Tom continues to
volunteer at fastball events.  He recently was involved with the Special
Hockey International tournament at the Auditorium and is active with
the  Kitchener Sports Association, a group that suppots atheletes and
teams throughout the Region of Waterloo.

One of Bruce county's finest sons...Always positive, and always helpful,
a great H of F selection.


In Woodstock, the OASA  under the leadership of Gary Waugh ran one of
their "Springboard" clinics.  Pitchers, batters, instructors, and young
softball players working on their skills.  Bruce Young, Gilles Butcher,
Jamie Simpson, George Ryder were just some  of the instructors I saw
working with the area's young ball players.

A couple of  weeks ago at Waterloo's Rim field house,  the Shakespeare
Falcons and the Waterloo Classics led dozens of young KWMinor ball
players through a spring clinic as well.  Sam Forbes and Brandon Horn at
the batting stages, Fred Follings and Larry Cox working with pitchers,
Jodie Schnarr and Bruce Young working on throwing and fielding.  Thanks
to those ball players and the other Falcons on hand for their help in
passing on some great softball tips and skills to the youngsters.

Ray Alviano has his annual pitchers clinic set for Grand River Arena in
Kitchener.  The dates are May 3 - 4 - 5 and May 10 - 11 - 12..Again the
head instructor is Doug Neil.  There may still be some room in this
premium clinic.  Give Ray a  call at 519 893 4684 or email at

There are 3 levels of instruction...beginner, up to 3 years experience,
intermediate, 3 to 5 years and Advanced..
Many of the pitchers in the KFL, South Perth, and other leagues have
taken instruction at this clinic.

It is a good one.

KITCHENER FASTBALL LEAGUE - Begins May 13th..with opening week games at
Budd Park every night from Monday to Thursday..

Bryan Reeves, president of the KFL reminded me that the KFL will be
televised on Rogers TV (channel 20) again this season.  Games will be
televised every Thursday nite, tape delayed to 8pm.  First telecast is
May 16th..continuing to August 1st...

Bryan pointed out the new website design under the direction of Scott
Clark -
There are  a lot of nice features, including one that helps a player
find a team....


I got a note from Murray Patterson of Stratford regarding junior ball in
this area.  This year the South Perth League will include 8 teams up
from 5 last year.  Elmira, St Mary's. Stratford, Milverton, Embro,
Mitchell, all U21 teams, plus two midget squads, Kitchener and Tavistock.

The Tavistock Jrs will play this year in the Oxford County Men's League.

They will play a 21 game schedule, plus tournaments.

Just as a side note, many of the pitchers in  this league have attended
the Ray Alviano clinic mentioned above.


There are tournaments every weekend in our are just some of  them

MILVERTON AW Chiefs - May 10th to 12th

Robbie Martin and Nick Beggs have confimations from the Kitchener
Outlaws, Mitchell Mets, Mitchell Royals, Wellington Sox, Elmira 37s,
Stratford/NewDundee Jrs., the home town hosts, Milverton AW Chiefs, and
out of New York, Accelerate Fastpitch.  Filling out the roster of teams,
St. Mary's Steelworkers,  Milverton Jrs, and Poole Panthers..

The Poole Panthers won the "B" KFL title in 1996.  Check out more
interesting KFL facts on the KFL web site..under History..

Robbie Martin is looking for scorekeepers for this tournament...I will
send out a separate note on that to the usual list..but if you are
looking to get involved and enjoy the best seat in the ball park...give
me or Robbie an email response

For more information on the Milverton Chiefs tournament you can email
Robbie Martin

OR Nick  Beggs

MILLGROVE - Waterdown Hammer - May 10 - 12

William Lake has 12 teams in the Hammer's annual event.

The Hammer of course, plus Big John's and CPI (NY), Elkland (PA), two
from Bramalea; the Lumberjacks, and Red Sox, Puslinch, Jordan, Hill
United, Hamilton Pirates, Razorbacks and Crawfords.

Always fun in Millgrove..

WOODSTOCK - Victoria Day Weekend - May Two -  Four tournament (17 - 18 -
19 - 20th)

Twenty, yes 20 teams, entered this years MAY 2 - 4 tournament. They
include many returning clubs from last years very competitive
tournament.  Glencoe, Selkirk, Oshweken, Chepstow, Harwood Corners,
Innerkip Eagles and Innerkip Expos, Burgessville, Orillia Red Sox,
Napanee Express, Windsor, Shedden, Lake Simcoe Lightning, Toronto Gators
Masters, Kitchener teams include the Selects, and the Predators, South
Perth teams include Shakespeare Falcons, Breslau River Dogs, Hickson
Reds, plus the Woodstock Kelsey's.

Big event, nice setting, bar b cue and beer, long weekend, lots of
teams, lots of games...last year it was a great weekend of
fastpitch....even for the young woman who parked too  close and lost her

Tournament info will be posted to the web

1 800 667 4466

ST CLEMENTS - Kitchener Outlaws - May 24th to 26th

Kevin Buckley is looking for 16 teams for the Outlaws annual tournament.
$400 entry. I know that the Keady Jets are in St Clements...but haven't
heard of anyone else..

If you are interested Kevin can be contacted at or

COBOURG  -  Jim Bradford - Neil Crane Invitational- June 7th - 9th

Cobourg is looking for 8 entries ($500 entry)  for its open tournament
and 8 teams ($400)  for the Masters, Junior and Intermediate B and C
tournament.  4 games quaranteed,

Again...Paul White has the Keady Jrs in Cobourg..don't know who else is

TAVISTOCK - ISC Canada East Qualifier - June 14th - 16th

The Kitchener Cubs and Tavistock minor ball are hosting this years
Canada East ISC Qualifier in Tavistock

Just like the Cephas Roth a little later this summer, both of Tavi's
great ball fields will be utilized.  This will be a 14 teamer, and there
are FOUR -4 - berths at stake for the ISC World Tournament at Quad
Cities Illinois, Aug 10 to 17.

Get in touch with Blair Setford,

Kyle Smith, kyle.smith@ballparkradio,com

Joe Todd,

Tavi is always a great place to watch fastball...

KITCHENER - Legends of Fastball - June 21 - 23

Legends this year is going to be two  tournaments in one..

Larry Lynch has ISC Champions Jarvis, AAU champions Hill United,
Scarborough Force, CASA host team Shakespeare Falcons, Kitchener Cubs,
St Thomas, Elmira Expos, Niagara Snappers and Parry Island Hawks.

Joe Todd has eight U21 teams registered for the Eastern Canadian U21
Championships being held alongside the Legends...the teams include
Caledonia, Elmira 37s, Keady, Owen Sound, St Mary's, Stratford/New
Dundee, Tavistock and Wiarton.

There will be a berth awarded to the ISC WT in Quad City out of the
Legends section , plus a berth to the  Quad City U21 championships for
the ISC Eastern Canadian U21 Champions

JARVIS - June 28th to July 1st

Pat Graham is putting together an open touranment and a B/Rec tournament
for the Canada Day weekend.  Pat has 6 in the open tournament..and
filling in the "B" tournament.

In the open division,  Jarvis has the 3 time ISC champs, the Jarvis
Travellers, the NY Gremlins, ISC finalists, AAU champs Hill United,
Pennsylvania Power, Scarborough Force and ISC II Champs Perry Island Hawks.

That looks like a good one...6 of the top ranked teams...

For more info on this tournament Pat can be reached at 519 442 5762 or

NEW DUNDEE - OASA - Bantam  - July 5 - 6 -7

Brad Thomson is convenor for the Bantam tournament...for more info..Brad
can be reached at

TAVISTOCK - Cephas Roth Memorial  - July 11th - 14th

Dave Bailey has a ten teamer planned and maybe going to 12 for his
annual Cephas Roth tournament..It is always one of the best to
attend..and with the new pavilion, it will be better this year.

CAMBRIDGE - OASA - Masters - July 19 - 20 -21

Toronto Gators, Cobourg Force, Waterloo Classics, Aurora Shoeless Joes,
Grimsby Diamond Kings, and Waterdown Hammer are in the "A"
division..."B" flight includes Oshawa Ravens and Waterloo Wizards...

Mike Goodridge is the convenor and is still looking for teams..."be
great to hear from some teams in the Bracebridge, Niagara, and Ottawa
areas" ......Mike can be reached at

NEW DUNDEE - OASA Great Lakes & OASA Junior "B" Men's - July 26th - 28th

Brad Thomson reports that the Great Lakes will host the following
Ontario men's teams.  3 teams from this tournament will qualify for the
Canadian Men's Championships in Stratford later this summer.

Teams include Shakespeare Falcons, Waterdown Hammer, Scarborough Force,
Kitchener Cubs, Wiarton Nationals, Niagara Snappers, Kitchener Outlaws
and Alvinston Indians.

Brad Thomson,

The Ontario Junior "B" Men's will be held at the same time in New lots of fastball that weekend..

MITCHELL - August 1st to 3rd -

The Mitchell Junior C hockey team is hosting a tournament to support
their hockey team.   Scarborough Force, Hill United, Elmira Expos, and
Parry Island  are entered to  date.  Kory Dietz has more info on this
tournament and he can be reached at

OWEN SOUND - Canadian Under 21 Men's - Aug 5th to 11th -

Keady Jets are hosting the U21 Canadians this year at Duncan McLelland
Park in Owen Sound.

More info on this on the Softballl Canada web site.

QUAD CITIES - ISC World Tournament - August 10th - 17th

Teams all across North America are entering tournaments in hopes of
qualifying for Quad Cities.
There are weekly qualifying tournaments in California, Colorado,
Missouri, Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michgan,
Pennsylvania, British Columbia and Ontario throughout the summer.  Check
out the complete list on Al's Fastball site...

STRATFORD - Canadian Men's Championships - August 27th - Sept 1st

The Shakespeare Falcons will be the host team for this years CASA Men's
Senior championships.  3 other Ontario teams will qualify out of the
Great Lakes held in nearby New Dundee.

Games will be held at Packam Diamonds, a great softball complex on the
south west side of Stratford.

Get your hotel reservations in early

More information can be found at

The ISC Challenge Cup will be contested in Sept.

See you at the Ball Yard!!


Dennis Dosman
Dosman Printing
fax 888-9352
30 Avondale South
Waterloo, ON  N2L 2B8