Help us in congratulating the following players from Alberta who have been invited to participate in the 2015 Men's Slo-Pitch Border Battle selection camp: Jeff Zanolli, Shawn Germain, Ted Baker, Hunter Platten and Chris Tucker. Best of luck to you all!
Congratulations to Alberta's Josh Zanolli!
Congratulations to Josh Zanolli on being named Team Canada's Head Coach for the 2015 Men's Slo-Pitch Border Battle! To read more about this awesome accomplishment and what the Border Battle is click here.
2015 Rulebooks are in!
If you're interested in getting some of the 2015/2016 rulebooks we now have them in. Go to our Store page to order!
2015 Minor Associations Meeting
Softball Alberta is holding a Minor Associations Meeting to address the concerns we have been receiving from Minor Organizations in our program. We would like to meet with the Minor Organizations to discuss what is needed. Click here for a detailed explanation and date & time.
2015 Junior Women's National Team Regional ID Camps
Softball Canada is pleased to announce a series of Regional Identification Camps for the Junior Women's National Team program in preparation for the 2015 ISF XI Junior Women’s World Championship. Click here for locations, dates and more details.
Alberta Sport Leadership Conference – Awards Banquet
The 2014 Athlete and Team of the Year Awards, Coach Developer, Coaching, Officiating and Sport Volunteer Recognition Awards will be presented at this conference held in Banff on Friday April 24, 2015. Nominations for these awards are due February 20, 2015. You can visit www.albertasport.ca for more information and nomination forms.
2015 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference
Alberta Sport Connection is presenting the 2015 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference at the Banff Centre on April 23-25, 2015. This is a great training and networking opportunity for the provincial sport sector that only comes around every second year. All the presenters and sessions will align with the outcomes that shape ”Going the Distance: Alberta Sport Plan 2014 – 2024". For more information use this link:
Competition Introduction Evaluation
For 2015, Softball Candada requires at least one coach attending Canadian Championships to be certified at the Cometition-Introduction level in softball for every team. In order for coaches to be CERTIFIED at the Competition Introduction level they must go through the evaluation process. Please use the following links for a more detailed explanation.
Comp-Intro Evaluation Process
Comp-Intro Evaluation Application Form
Softball Canada Coaches Guide Series
Softball Canada is pleased to present the Softball Canada Coaches Guide series! The guides contain practice plans for ages U12-U16 that are based on the Long Term Player Development model along with key teaching points for skills. For more information click the link below:
Tim Hortons becomes new Title Sponsor
Softball Canada is extremely pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Tim Hortons as the new title sponsor of the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program. Under the terms of the new four-year agreement, Tim Hortons will help Softball Canada grow the program throughout the country.
“Our Learn to Play Program is an exceptional program to give young athletes their first experience with the sport of softball in a relaxed and fun-filled environment” said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “The program’s manual allows first time coaches and educators to feel comfortable they have the tools needed to teach young athletes about our sport. We would like to thank Tim Hortons for their assistance as the title sponsor of this fantastic program and we look forward to working with them to help increase participation at the grassroots level.”
For more information, click here.
Track your Coach Training
Maintenance of Certification launched January 1, 2014, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to track your training and the professional development points you’ve earned. Check out our new Maintenance of Certification webpage, and login to the Locker to check out your updated transcript -- complete with the number of professional development points you need, and the amount of time you have to earn them. What are you waiting for – start collecting your professional development points TODAY! For more information click here.
Please note that the following fees for NCCP online evaluations will be implemented on April 1, 2014.
Make Ethical Decisions (all streams): $85.00
Managing Conflict: $85.00
Leading Drug-free Sport: $85.00
As a reminder, here are some points of clarification related to these fees (as originally sent out in August 2013):
Coaches who have completed the corresponding multi-sport module training will not have to pay for the online evaluation for that module and will have unlimited attempts at passing the evaluation;
Coaches who have completed the corresponding module component as part of an integrated sport program, will not have to pay for the online evaluation for that module and will also have unlimited attempts at passing the evaluation;
This Board directive and the related fees only apply to those coaches who choose to go directly to the online evaluation without completing the training in advance;
This Board directive is consistent with valuing the high-quality NCCP training provided by all of our partners across the country, and to ensure that all coaches in the system are contributing to the ongoing development and success of the NCCP;
This Board directive is also consistent with what is being implemented by the sports when a coach demonstrates prior learning and goes directly to the sport specific evaluation components and are charged a fee;
As with all revenue collected, these fees will be re-invested into the continued development and on-going maintenance of the NCCP in the best interest of all partners.
A series of FAQs has been created and is now posted to coach.ca here.