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Around the Horn: November 2014 - January 2015

December 19, 2014

Ottawa, ON


November 2014 - January 2015 - Softball Canada

The following is a media release issued by Softball Canada.
 

Happy Holidays!

Softball Canada would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season. Please be advised that our office will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th and will re-open on Friday, January 2nd.

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2014 Softball Canada AGM

The 2014 Softball Canada Annual General Meeting was held November 12-15 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Representatives from the Provincial and Territorial Associations attended the event, with a full day of strategic planning meetings followed by excellent workshops and discussions on how to improve the sport throughout the country.

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Senior Women's National Team

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team will hold a Selection Camp this week (December 17-22) in Clearwater, Florida with 23 players from the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool competing for a spot on the 2015 roster.

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Senior Men's National Team

Following the timelines of the Men’s National Team Selection Criteria, the Team Canada coaching staff has identified a group of seven (7) core players and thirteen (13) additional players who have been invited to attend the 2015 Senior Men’s National Team Selection Camp that will be held in May, 2015.

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MNT Pool Coaches

An exciting opportunity exists to join Softball Canada in the role of 2015 Pool Coach in the Men’s National Team Program.

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Featured Worth Product

Each month, Softball Canada will feature products from Rawlings, Miken or Worth in Around the Horn. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, visit your local dealer or contact Rawlings Group Canada at 1-800-741-7205. This month's product is the Worth 2 Legit Bat.

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Umpiring Clinic in Jamaica

Softball Canada National Director of Umpires Jeff Whipple and ODC member Gary Skjerven travelled to Jamaica to help them develop their own umpiring program. They delivered Softball Canada National Officials Certification Program (NOCP) clinics to over thirty Jamaica Amateur Softball Association officials. Fourteen new umpires, including eight teenagers, attended a Level I clinic while another twenty more experienced umpires received Level II certification. 

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New ODC Member

Softball Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Sal Gara (Gatineau, QC) as the newest member of the Officiating Development Committee. He will serve a two-year term beginning in November 2014.

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Level V Certification

Softball Canada is pleased to announce that four individuals, two fast pitch and two slo-pitch, have recently received Level V certification in the National Officials Certification Program.

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Umpire Apparel Sale!

Home Run Sports is blowing out four Softball Canada umpire pieces to make way for new items in 2015.

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Tim Hortons Learn to Play - Manitoba

Each month, Softball Canada features an article submitted by a different Provincial/Territorial Association explaining some of the fun activities and initiatives being carried out for the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program! This month's article was submitted by Caroline Dueck, Learn to Play Program Coordinator for Softball Manitoba.

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2015 Canadian Championships

Event Location Dates
U14 Girl's Jamboree Victoria, BC August 5-9
U16 Girl's Calgary, AB August 5-9
U16 Boy's Prince Albert, SK August 5-9
U18 Women's Montreal, QC August 2-9
U18 Men's Fredericton, NB August 10-16
U21 Women's Summerside, PEI TBD
U21 Men's Napanee, ON August 10-16
Senior Women's Open TBD
Senior Men's Sainte-Claire, QC August 26-30
Senior Men's and Women's SP Open Men: TBD
Women: TBD

If you are interested in bidding on any of the open Championships, please contact Mike Branchaud, Manager of National Teams and Canadian Championships, at mbranchaud@softball.ca or 613-523-3386 ext 3103. Please note that all bids must be approved by your local Provincial/Territorial office.

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Hilton HHonors Program

Softball Canada is excited to announce that Hilton HHonorsTM is helping National Sport Federation athletes, coaches, friends and family save up to 15% on their next stay at any of the 4,000 hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio. Enjoy the flexibility of staying at any of our top ten hotel brands like Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts , Embassy Suites™ and , Hampton®.

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Hosting a Slo-Pitch Tournament?

Softball Canada offers a Slo-Pitch tournament package to groups who are interested in running one. Fill out and return the application form!

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Softball Canada Staff

If you would like to direct a question to the appropriate Softball Canada staff member, visit our Staff Directory.

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Thank you to our partners!

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