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October 13, 2014

Toronto, ON

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Ontario Amateur Softball Association



Saturday November 29th, 2014


2:00 p.m.


Holiday Inn


100 Britannia Road East, Mississauga


For information contact


Paddy Fitzgerald~Nolan at fitznol@hotmail.com

The next issue of the High and Inside will have all the amendments that are recommended for the nest season. Please look for these as your feedback is always welcome.



The O.A.S.A. working under its long term player development initiative is looking to run

clinics through out the province of Ontario.

We are looking for hosts for these clinics. The clinics will be held during March and



Facility capable of holding 50 – 70 participants with the following set up for the


Batting nets will be set up for soft toss hitting


Playing catch and throwing the ball.

For the second half it needs to be large enough to handle pitchers throwing to catchers.

Also need a room for coaching clinic and Umpire’s question and answer session.

The O.A.S.A. is responsible for cost of facility, insurance, instructors, equipment for the

event, as well as snacks for the participants.

Closing date for submissions is October 30, 2014.

If you are interested please contact:

Garry Waugh,

45 Earlscourt Crescent,

Woodstock, On

N4S 5H2

Phone 519-537-5835

e-mail gwaugh@execulink.com

    Banquet Report
The annual O.A.S.A. Awards banquet was held at the Grand Valley Golf & Country Club on Sunday September 21.
The afternoon was brought to order by MC Mike Goodridge.  Mike then introduced the head table to the audience.  Head table guests included Peter Klusczynski Softball Ontario's Provincial Umpire in Chief.  Doug Cundall Softball Canada, Deputy Umpire in Chief.  Wendy Cathcart, Executive Director Softball Ontario.  Mike Crawford, Team Ontario Assistant coach and guest speaker for the afternoon.
Mike Goodridge and his wife Cindy.  George Ryder President of the O.A.S.A.  Earl Hall and his wife Florence President of the O.R.S.A.  Carl Littlejohns and his wife Pat Secretary Treasurer of the O.R.S.A.
Mike then introduced the guest speaker for the afternoon Mike Crawford assistant coach of Team Ontario.  Mike touched on where fastball had taken him and the possifbilities for the players that were at the banquet.  Mike then talked on Team Ontario and what the plans were for Team Ontario in the next 3 years.  Bob Whitefield one of our past presidents thanked Mike for his very informative talk.
The pitchers who threw no-hitters this year were introduced and presented with their plaques commemorating their achievement. 
Mike then called up the coaches of the winning teams and if there were players there they were introduced.  President George then presented them with Certificates of Achievement.
Dave Northern was called upon to introduce the winners of the 2014 O.A.S.A. Scholarships.  The winners of the Scholarships were Johnathan Baker of Kitchener and Tyson Zehr of Tavistock.  The two boys came forward and thanked the O.A.S.A. Scholarship committee.  They were each then given a cheque for $ 1,000.00 to help with their education.
Peter Chambers was named the recipient of the Gil Read coaches honour roll.
Our treasurer Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan said Grace prior to partaking in an excellent meal.


Masters Report

Ten teams competed in Cambridge, in the 2014 Masters Championship. Waterdown Hammer won the Bill Danford Trophy as the A Division champions and St. Thomas won the Gene Rousselle Trophy as B champions for the second year in a row.

Individual award winners were as follows: the Jack Cook Award was won by Rod Favreau from the Waterdown Hammer; Tim Yantzi, also from the Waterdown Hammer, won the Cliff Belch pitching award. Two new awards were also presented: the Bob Abbot Most Valuable Player A Division was captured by Rod Favreau; and the George Ryder MVP B Division had Dan Beecroft as the first time winner.

Co-Tournament Director Gene Rousselle used convenors Ron Heagle, Sandy Heidman, Dave Birnie, and Bill DeHann. The Host Cambridge Sports Complex fulfilled all duties required by them including the $500.00 donation to the scholarship fund. UIC Trevor Topping did an excellent job, as did the entire umpire crew. Tournament highlights included the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame ceremony in which Doug Charlton, Sam Forbes, Ewart Timlin, Wayne Wells and Darren Zack were the 2014 class. Pitcher Dan Beecroft pitched a perfect game and the A division winning Waterdown Hammer only gave up 8 runs in 5 ball games.

Observations and Recommendations for 2015: The Masters Division is growing and will continue to do so. We had 8 teams in 2013, 10 in 2014, and I hope to grow it to at least 12 teams next year. I would like to see, under the Men’s Committee, a separate Masters Committee consisting of an OASA executive member as chair and have grass roots masters players, coaches etc as members. This group would report to the Men’s Committee. Also I would recommend one rule change to go to the AGM.

Rule Change: Page 61 Player Eligibility, change 4.1.b The age for eligible Masters players is that they must be at least 40 years of age or turning 40 in the year of the event.

Note: Underage players who were on 2014 rosters will have their eligibility grandfathered into the 2015 tournament. Rationale: This will fall in line with Softball Canada and Western Canadian tournaments.

As part of my report I would like to thank Garry Waugh and Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan for their assistance; Gene Rousselle, co-director; and Dave Birnie who was a tremendous help in tournament organization and publicity. As B division winners St Thomas has earned the right to represent the OASA at the 2015 Western Canadians and I would be remiss in not mentioning the Mississauga Rusty Jiggers who won the Softball Canada Masters championship in Charlottetown, PEI.

My sincere thanks to the OASA for allowing me to co-ordinate the Masters Division. The 2015 tournament will be held in St. Clements July 17-19 and hosted by Waterloo Classics.

Respectfully submitted

Mike Goodridge

Pee Wee “B”
Ponsonby August 16 – 17
The Pee Wee Provincial “B” tournament was held at the Ponsoby “field of dreams”.
The weather was cool with a little rain on Saturday, but we were able to get all the games in on Saturday but one.
The Chatsworth Express won the “B” Provincial title going undefeated in the tournament.
In the championship game they defeated the Springbrook Royals by a score of 4 to 3.  This was a tight game right up to the end.
Chatsworth got to the finals by defeating the Elma Avengers in the undefeated game by a score of 11 – 5.  To get to the undefeated game the Express beat the Springbrook Royals in the second game of the tournament by a score of 3 – 2.  In their second game of the tournament they defeated the Ennismore A's by a score of 5 – 4.
Springbrook Royals got to the finals going through the losing bracket after losing their first game to the Chatsworth Express.  Their first game in the losers bracket they played the Cambridge Cougars by a score of 10 – 0.  The next opponent was the Caledonia Royals who they defeated by a score of 7 – 2.
They then faced the Ennismore A's who were forced to forfeit the game.  Their next game was against Embro who they defeated by a 12 – 2 score.  They then defeated the Elma Avengers in the semi-final by a score of 5 – 4.
Elma got to the semi-final by winning their first game against the Cambridge Cougars by a score of 6 – 3.  Their next game was against the New Hamburg Heat who they defeated by a score of 14 – 4.  They then faced the Niagara-on-the-Lake Lakers whom they beat by a score of 11 – 5.  That put them up against the Chatsworth Express in the undefeated game where they lost by a score of 11 – 5.  They were then relegated to the semi-final game where they were defeated by the Springbrook Royals.
Embro lost their first game to Niagara-on-the-Lake by a score of 12 – 1.  In their second game they defeated the New Hamburg Heat by a score of 12 – 9.  They then faced the Niagara-on-the-Lake Lakers
whom they defeated 18 – 8.  They then faced the Springbrook Royals who defeated them by a score of
12 – 2.
Cambridge Cougars lost to the Elma Avengers by a score of 6 – 3.  Their second game they lost to Springbrook Royals by a score of 10 – 0.
Ennismore A's defeated the Caledonia Royals 7 – 5 in their first game.  They were defeated in their second game by the Chatsworth Express by a score of 5 – 4 .  They were then relegated to the loser's bracket where they were forced to forfeit to the Springbrook Royals.
New Hamburg Heat lost their first game to the Elma Avengers.  Their second game they played Embro who defeated them by a score of 12 – 9.
Caledonia Royals played Ennismore and were defeated relegating them to the losers bracket.  There they played the Springbrook Royals who defeated them by a score of 7 – 2.

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