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High and Inside - February 2014

February 21, 2014

Ottawa, ON


 

High and Inside - February 2014

High & Inside - February 2014
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SPRINGBOARD CLINICS 2014

OASA TOURNAMNENT UPDATES

MINOR COMMITTEE

OASA TEAM ONTARIO COACHING POSITION

DID YOU KNOW???
   MIKE SMITH
   MAC TIER JUVENILES

GENERAL INFORMATION




 
Ontario Amateur Softball Association
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SPRINGBOARD CLINICS FOR 2014
 
 
April 5, Norwell District High School, Palmerston . Ages 8 – 12 9 AM to 12.  Ages 13 – 16 12:30 – 3:30
Price is $ 15.00
For Coaches Softball Ontario’s “Learn to Coach” Price $ 67.15 per person (8 hour session)
 
April 12, Port Hope High School, Port Hope Ages 8 – 12 9 AM to 12.  Ages 13 – 16 12:30 to 3:30
Price is $ 15.00
For Coaches Softball Ontario’s “Drills, Drills, Drills  Price $ 41.00 (4 hour session)
 
April 26, Stonecrest Elementary School, Roselawn,  Ages 8 – 12  9 AM to 12.  Ages 13 – 16 12:30 – 3:30
Price is $ 15.00
For Coaches Softball Ontario’s “Learn to Coach” Price $ 67.15 per person (8 hour session)
 
May 3, Cayuga Secondary School, Cayuga.  Ages 8 – 12 9 AM to 12.  Ages 13 – 16 12:30 – 3:30
Price is $ 15.00
For Coaches Softball Ontario’s “Learn to Coach” Price $ 67.15 per person (8 hour session)
 
OASA TOURNAMENTS 2014
CLASSIFICATION DATE LOCATION
TOURNAMENTS LEADING TO
WESTERN, EASTERN, CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pee Wee U14 July 4-6 Owen Sound
Bantam U16 July 11-13 Toanche
Midget U18 June 27-29 Tavistock
Junior Men’s U21 June 20-22 Napanee
Senior Men’s July 25-27 open
Masters July 19-20 Cambridge
QUALIFIER TOURNAMENTS
Squirt U12 July 19-20 Palmerston
PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS
Junior Mite U8 August 9-10 open
Mite U10 August 16-17 Springbrook
Squirt U12 August 9-10 open
Pee Wee U14 August 16-17 Ponsonby
Bantam U16 August 9-10 open
Midget U18 July 26-27 Napanee
Junior Men’s U21 B/C July 25-27 open
Intermediate Men’s July 25-27 open
If you would like to submit a bid to host an OASA tournament, please complete the host application form found on the oasa.ca website and mail to:
Karen Mills
OASA Secretary
1209 Palace Road RR#4
Napanee, ON
K7R 3K9
 
 
2014 Minor Committee
The Minor Committee has started to plan for the upcoming season to be sure to keep all minor teams up to speed on OASA initiatives and tournament play.
 
Once again this year we will be involved in our Springboard events at multiple locations across the province, as well as identifying and working with the host sites for each of our Qualifiers or Eliminations or Provincial tournaments.
 
Members of the committee are also actively involved in various Softball Ontario committees - LTPD U10
- LTPD Technical Committee
- Coaching Committee
 
Current members are: Bruce Young, Gilles Butcher, Karen Mills, Randy Bridge, Steven Davis, Bob Kearse, Adam Brown, Adam Danford and Dave Northern.
 
If you are interested in joining the OASA consider joining the Minor Committee by contacting one of the members to find out more.
 
Dave Northern
Minor Committee Chair
 
  OASA TEAM ONTARIO COACHING POSITION
                               
The Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) is seeking applications for the head coach and assistant coach positions for the OASA Team Ontario that will participate in the 2017 Summer Canada Games. Currently, this competition will be a U21 male event.
Interested applicants should send their coaching resume including their current NCCP coaching level and the interested position to the Chairman of the OASA Team Ontario Committee:
 
Gary Wren Chairman
10263 Lynhurst Park Drive
St. Thomas Ontario N5P 2E5
 
The application deadline is March 1, 2014.
 
All applicants will be contacted by the committee after the application deadline concerning the status of their application. Successful applicants qualifying for an interview will be notified of the time of the interview
Applicants with questions regarding this position may contact Gary Wren by phone 519-631-6515 or email gwren@execulink.com.
 
                                             OASA Team Ontario Head Coach Application
 
Qualifications:
 
  • Experience in player development with advanced technical  knowledge of hitting, fielding,
pitching and strategies
 
  • Experience in coaching softball at a competitive level. Preference given to applicants
with provincial experience and above.
 
  • Has National Coaching Certification – Competition-Development, Softball trained or certified status or fully certified Level 3 in Softball completed by the end of the second year of the four year term.
  • Has an understanding of Softball’s Long Term Player Development Plan
  • Strong Interpersonal and writing skills
  • Ability to be in a lead position in a team oriented environment.
  • Must sign OASA Confidentiality Agreement
  • Must complete a OASA Volunteer Application form
  • Must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening completed and be approved by the OASA  Screening Committee
Responsibilities:
 
  • Plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the training program for of the OASA Team Ontario softball players
  • Aids in the selection process of assistant coaches for Team Ontario
  • Assist in the OASA Springboard Program
  • Create curriculum and content for players and coaches resources to utilize throughout  training
  • Complete evaluations for each player with the assistance of the coaching staff
  • Submit a quarterly reports to OASA Team Ontario Committee
 
Commitment/Duration of the Job:
This position is appointed from May 1, 2014 until May 1, 2018.
 
Supervision:
This position reports to the OASA Team Ontario Committee. The OASA Team Ontario Committee Chairman ultimately reports to the OASA Executive Board of Directors.
 

                              OASA Team Ontario Assistant Coach Coaching Application
 
Qualifications:
 
  • Experience in coaching softball at an elite competitive level.
  • Strong technical knowledge of all aspects of the game
  • Has National Coaching Certification – Competition-Introduction, Softball trained or certified status or fully certified Level 2 in softball with the intent of completing level 3 before the end year three of the contract.
  • An understanding of Softball’s Long Term Player Development Plan
  • Strong Interpersonal and writing skills
  • Ability to be in a lead position as well as follow a lead on a team oriented environment.
  • Must sign an OASA Confidentiality Agreement
  • Must complete an OASA Volunteer Application form
  • Must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening completed and be approved by the OASA Screening Committee
Responsibilities:
 
  • Assist the Head Coach plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the training program for Team Ontario softball players.  All assistant coaches will collaborate with each other while taking direction from the Head Coach
  • Assist in the OASA Springboard Program
  • Assist in creating curriculum and content for players and coaches to utilize throughout the training
  • Complete evaluations for each player with the assistance of the Head Coach
  • Submit quarterly weekend reports to the Head Coach  on the progress of their players and the activities they have been involved in
 
Commitment/Duration of the Job:
This position is appointed from May 1, 2014until May 1, 2018
 
Supervision:
This position reports to the Head Coach.  Head Coach reports to OASA Team Ontario Committee.   The OASA Team Ontario Committee Chairman ultimately reports to the OASA Executive Board of Directors.
 
 


MIKE SMITH

Originally drafted 139th overall by the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Major Junior League  in 1999 Mike  Smith was traded to the Sudbury Wolves in the 200-2001 season.

He was selected to represent Canada as a member of the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team Fastball team that competed in the World Championships in Sydney Australia in 2001.

He was the teams starting catcher and the best hitter selected to the team.. The Sudbury Wolves would not give Mike the time off to go and as a result did not get the chance to represent Canada at this event.
            

KINGSTON - Just around this time four years ago, Mike Smith was in the minors, stopping pucks for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, a tad unsure on his future, wondering in moments of quiet reflection if – not when – he would ever again compete in the National Hockey League.
His club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, had added a veteran goaler during Smith’s month-long rehab from a knee injury and the latter knew he was now in a numbers game in the Big Guava.
Ratcheting the anxiety level, at times, was the fact his wife Brigitte was at home in Tampa, pregnant with their first child.
All for naught, it turns out, save for little Aksel Smith, who was bent on showing up no matter where Pops put on his pads.
Fast forward to today. Verona Mike is not only an established big-league player, he’s an Olympian-in-waiting. In fact the sole similarity to that 2010 situation in Virginia is this: Brigitte is pregnant again, child No. 3 due in July.
On Tuesday, Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Sochi was released. Smith’s name was on it, meaning he joins fellow NHL cage-guarders Roberto Luongo and Carey Price, both of whom are expected to receive the lion’s share of playing minutes in Russia.
Answering the phone at home Tuesday, Smith said he was just “rolling out of the sack” when he was told the news over the phone by Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues general manager and member of the Team Canada management team.
“I feel very blessed and honoured for the opportunity to represent our country,” said the angular goaler who turns 32 in March. “That kind of chance comes along maybe once in a lifetime, so it’s pretty exciting.”
Smith, home from a morning skate before returning to Jobing.com Arena for Tuesday' night's game against the visiting Calgary Flames, is nearing the halfway mark of an ordinary season that includes a 15-10-8 won-loss record, 2.89 goals-against average and a .911 save-percentage. Curiously, he’s been featured on Plays of the Week (for scoring a goal in October) and Misplays of the Week (for scoring another in December, albeit this time on his own net in overtime. He backed across the goal line unaware that a deflected puck had landed in the lip of his pants).
Among goalkeeping peers on the outside looking in following Tuesday’s announcement were Washington Capitals Braden Holtby and Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s humbling when I think of the goalies who did not get picked, let alone the other two I’m in there with,” added Smith, who played in last year’s world championships in Sweden.
He admitted it was difficult not to contemplate the so-called Olympic experience while waiting to hear his fate with the national team. He’s been briefed, firsthand, for years, tales and tidbits from Brigitte, a two-time Olympic ski team member.
That the news arrived while Brigitte’s parents and grandparents were visiting the Smiths in Arizona made it extra special. Her mother, Diane Acton, competed with the Canadian downhill ski team at the 1972 Games in Sapporo.
“I’ve got some catching up to do,” quipped the son-in-law.
Meanwhile, at some of Smith’s old haunts in the north country, word spread quickly.
“He continues to make everyone out here proud,” said friend Terry Gibson, Smith’s summertime neighbour on Howes Lake. “Very few people know how hard Mike’s worked to get to this point. He deserves it.”
At the Frontenac Community Arena in Godfrey, Jim Stinson the only manager in the rink’s 38-year history, was almost as excited as the goaltender.
“Looks like Verona has its first Olympian,” Stinson proudly pointed out from the confines of the shinny barn where the goalie learned the game. Photos of Smith adorn the walls including one of the neophyte netminder strapping on goal pads.
“He’s never changed,” said Stinson, who recounted a story from last year’s lockout season, a slow day at the rink when Smith showed up with a couple of puck-shooters in tow.
“They worked him pretty good,” Stinson, 68, recalled. “Afterwards Mike asked me for a pail of slush, so he could fix the crease. I told him to forget about it, but that’s the kind of kid he is.
“We have sweaters from his different teams, but it’d be awfully nice to add a Team Canada sweater.”
Tuesday's announcement also kick-started pending travel plans for Verona Mike’s parents, Ron and Ingrid, his brother Brad as well as Brigitte’s parents, Gord and Diane – all of whom are now earmarked for Sochi.
“We had to have our applications for visas to Russia in by August,” explained Ingrid. “We weren’t sure if we’d be going, but we also were not about to take any chances.”
Good call.
Patrick.kennedy@sunmedia.ca 

 
MAC TIER JUVENILES
 
    The 1964 Juvenile MacTier Legion Flyers Juvenile B OASA Champions are to be inducted into the Parry Sound Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. They were recently voted in by the selection committee and will be formally inducted the weekend of june 20th 2014. Here is an excerpt from their nomination submission from Gene Rouselle.
" The year was 1962 I was playing senior fastball in Midland and with a young familyI found that a 40 mile rip from MacTier for a home game was asked by Aubrey Allsop to coach. Some local young boys and I agreed. So in 1963 we gathered the local boys and the Parry Sound boys to play in the Juvenile Division of the provincial playdowns. They won a couple North playoff series and played Norwood in the all Ontarios and were defeated.  In 1964 we added a couple of boys from Parry Sound, included in that group was a young 16 year old shortstop Bobby Orr. They won the Northern Ontario championship in Espanola and traveled to Grimsby where they won the All Ontario's.
  In 1965 they were moved up to Jr. b and were defeated by Zephyer in the all Ontario's who had Bill Lunney pitching for them
 They had a remarkable 3 years in OASA fastball and 2014 marks the 50th annivarsary of that championship team.
 
I might add Mr. Rouselle moved to St , Catharines and  served for many years helping minor ball in the area and became a valuable member of the OASA executive. He did the demanding trophy chairman task for many years and is currently an OASA auditor and is very actitive in the OASA Masters championship.
 
submitted by Mike Goodridge
The following is a picture of the Mac Tier Flyers Juvenile team as taken from the program of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame inductions. It is a little difficult to see but still some great memories there.
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