Congratulations to Terry Richter, our Umpire in Chief, for becoming the 2015 Home Run Sports National Umpire of the Year!! Terry will be recognized at the Softball Canada Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony in Winnipeg on November 14.
Head Coaches Needed
Softball Alberta is still accepting applications for coaches for the 2016 Alberta Summer Games taking place from July 14-17 in Leduc. The coaches for Zones 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 have been selected but Zones 1, 3, and 7 still need coaches. Please visit our Alberta Summer Games page for more information.
Alberta Sport Connection
Alberta Sport Connection is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by encouraging active lifestyles, promoting athletic excellence and multi-sport games, partnering with and funding community initiatives. Check out their cool new video!
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.