Gerri Dornstauder, is known by all who come in contact with her, as the softball guru for Calgary and area. She has been involved in softball in Calgary as a player, coach, administrator and volunteer for literally decades (CLSA, CMSA, GASP, CWFA, AIWFA, Softball Calgary and Softball Alberta).
Gerri is a Level 3 Softball coach and she organizes and delivers softball clinics, NCCP courses/classes and seminars. She supervises provincial championships and “Learn to Play” clinics. Gerri is the Softball Alberta Administrative Representative in Calgary and has for many years been an integral part of the Calgary Women’s Fast Pitch Association Executive (Vice President and Director).
Gerri has had a hand in anything and everything to do with fastball in the Calgary area for many years, has maintained her high ethical standards throughout, and has treated everyone with fairness and respect. Gerri and her daughters played fastball at an elite level, and now Gerri is trying to cut back on her outside/volunteer involvement in fastball so she can spend more time teaching her grandchildren the finer points of the game of softball.
For the past 38 years Gerri has served as a volunteer in the following positions:
Calgary Minor Softball Association
She was instrumental in assisting numerous communities in starting up their softball programs
In 1982 she initiated and coordinated the very first Mite category program
Scheduled city playoffs and awards distribution
Organized coaches, players and pitching clinics
Instructed numerous player’s clinics
She was her community’s summer sport coordinator
Organized and worked countless bingo’s and casinos
Evaluated players for the Calgary Minor Softball Association (A) program
1990 Western Canadian Bantam Boys and Girls Championship – Committee Member
Calgary Women’s Fast Pitch Association
In 1995 the CWFA was facing extinction and Gerri played a key role in rebuilding this Association. Within five short years this association had grown to 20 teams.
Gerri served as:
Tournament Committee member
Scholarship Committee member
Casino Committee member
Special Events Committee member
1998 – Coordinated Softball Canada player ID Camp
1998 – Friendship Tour (Hokkaido, Japan) – Host Committee
1999 – Coordinated Softball Canada Senior and Junior Women’s Training and Selection Camps
Zone 3 (Calgary) Assistant District Organizer
Zone 3 Coordinator for Alberta Summer Games (5 terms)
Supervised Zone 3 playoffs and provincials
Evaluated players for Western Canada Summer Games and Canada Summer Games
In her spare time Gerri also volunteered for the following events, which were hosted in Calgary:
1987 Canadian Senior ‘A’ Men’s Fast Pitch Championship
1989 Canadian Co-ed Slo-Pitch Championship
1997 World Police and Fire Games – Softball
1997 Canadian Junior ‘A’ Women’s Fast Pitch Championship
2003 – Team Alberta Assistant Coach – Western Canada Summer Games
2005 – Team Alberta Manager – Canada Summer Games
2007 – Team Alberta Manager – Western Canada Summer Games
2009 – Team Alberta Manager – Canada Summer Games
2011 – Team Alberta Manager – Western Canada Summer Games
Gerri has received many awards including the following:
Softball Calgary – Spalding 500 Volunteer Merit Award (1988, 1994, 1998)
Softball Alberta – Outstanding Volunteer Service (For the development and promotion of Softball in Alberta)
Softball Canada – in appreciation for all her help with Team Canada
Calgary Women’s Fastpitch Association and Calgary Minor Softball Association – President’s Choice Award (3 times)
League Coach’s Award (2 times)
Gerri has many outstanding qualities and is the consummate volunteer. She has given and continues to give her time, knowledge, compassion and experience to the youth of our community.
Gerri Dornstauder’s high ethical standards and fairness to all, in addition to her obvious passion for the game of softball, makes her a very worthy inductee into the Softball Alberta hall of Fame
Inducted as a Sport Builder in 2014.