What is CANpitch?

CANpitch was created to introduce and develop the fundamental skills of windmill pitching to Canada’s children and youth. CANpitch Instructors in each province teach a nationally standardized curriculum with specific drills that are founded in Long Term Player Development (LTPD) principles and reflect an athlete-centered approach to learning.

CANpitch programs in your area may run year-round or seasonal with group lessons often taking place once a week in 6-week blocks for an hour. In the future we hope all softball associations in Canada have CANpitch Instructors offering programs to anyone wanting to learn to pitch. To host a CANpitch Clinic or become an Instructor please read below to find out more.

Key Messages of CANpitch:

1. Anyone can learn to pitch.

2. Pitching is fun.

3. Weekly practice is the best way to learn.

4. CANpitch Instructors are trained and approved by Softball BC and Softball Canada.

5. Your feedback is important, be sure to fill out a parent or participant survey!

Interested in hosting a CANpitch Clinic?

To host a 6-week CANpitch Clinic contact the CANpitch Instructor in your area (see bleow) or the Softball BC office.

Softball BC is in the process of expanding our CANpitch program with promotional clinics held throughout our province. CANpitch Promotional Clinics require a minimum number of participants (at least 10 pitchers) and at least one local instructor interested in becoming a CANpitch Instructor. Clinics would be broken down into pitcher instruction (3hrs) and coach training (2hrs) on a weekend day. Fill out a clinic request form and contact Softball BC for more information.

Steps to Hosting a CANpitch Promotional Clinic:

1. Identify a group of interested pitchers and at least one coach in your area.

2. Fill out CANpitch Promotion Clinic Request Form

3. Contact Softball BC

4. Secure registration deposit

5. Schedule clinic dates

How do you become a CANpitch Instructor?

Here are the basics:

1. Register and attend the NCCP Pitching Coach Beginner Workshop (Cost $150).

2. Fill out an application form from Softball BC and get a membership #.

3. Complete a Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sectors check and send result to Softball BC (they have a volunteer number so this is free to all SBC members).

4. Attend CANpitch Instructor Training (happens every November via conference call).

5. Complete bio, photo and contact information to be posted on the Softball BC website along with any clinic information you have for the year.

Benefits of becoming a CANpitch Instructor:

- Part of BC Pitching Instructor Network

- Eligible for insurance coverage under Softball BC policy

- Access to program resources nationally recognized

- Opportunity to develop resources and be part of bettering the game

- Advertising clinics on Softball BC website

Who are our recognized CANpitch Instructors?

Listed are active CANpitch Instructors endorsed by Softball BC. Please contact them directly for CANpitch Clinic inquiries.

Name

Location

Contact Information

Lori Zehr

Island

zehrl@camosun.bc.ca

 Biography/Experience:

Lori played softball throughout her youth and young adult years and she has now been coaching since 2006. Lori has been a CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructor since 2011. She is NCCP Level 2 Competition Introduction Certified and Competition Development Trained Coach. Lori is located in Victoria and the associations she works mostly with are in District 1 – South Vancouver Island.

Derek Mason

Vancouver

drmayson@gmail.com

 Biography/Experience:

National team/pool since 2006, current member of California As, 2013 2nd Team All World Pitcher. Currently work with minor ball teams informally and am the go to instructor in the men’s community in Vancouver. Consultant coach with the 2008 Women’s Olympic Softball team. Have been teaching pitching one on one and in groups for 14 years.

Jen Schreyer

Fraser Valley

jschreyer@sd34.bc.ca

 Biography/Experience:

Jen Schreyer has been playing softball since she was 5 and has a great passion for the game. She received a scholarship in 2003 to pitch for Simon Fraser University where she played for four years winning 4 regional championships and the NAIA national championship in 2005. Jen was named to the region 1 all-star team in 2007 and pitched a perfect game in her senior season. After university Jen spent two summers playing professionally in Europe for the Vienna Wanderers in Austria and in Valencia, Spain for Antorcha. She was named most valuable pitcher of the Spanish League for the 2008 season. Jen brings a wealth of pitching experience and has been working with pitchers in Manitoba, BC and internationally since 2005 and has been a CANpitch RPI since 2010. She has also been the director of the Yale Softball Academy in Abbotsford, BC since 2009.

Allison McMillan

mikealli@telus.net

Karalea Hoyano

Fraser Valley

khoyano@me.com

 Biography/Experience:

Karalea Hoyano has been playing softball since a very young age. She went on to play 4 years of college ball on scholarship at the NJCAA Division I and NAIA Division I level. During her college career, she was named Most Valuable Senior, Female Athlete of the Year, All conference, NAIA All American Honourable Mention, Player of the week and broke her schools strike out and most wins in a season records. She went on to play with the USA Athletes International in Europe where she was scouted to join the Dutch Professional Ladies league. She remained there for a season where her team won their conference. She has won several gold medals in the JR and SR ladies A division Nationals and still currently plays in a senior ladies B league. She has been a pitching instructor since 2006 and has helped many players, teams and organizations better their pitching and performance. She is an off season instructor with the Fleetwood Fastpitch organization as well as PowerZone Academy. She also runs her own clinics and private lessons.

Susanne Dyson

Chillawack/Hope

gdyson@telus.net

Isla Powell

North Vancouver

Isla-powell@hotmail.com

 Biography/Experience:

Isla Powell has been involved in the sport of softball for over 20 years and loves every minute of it. She has played C, B and A ball all over the lower mainland being coached by some of the best coaches the game has to offer. She has experienced playing all positions being used as a utility player but specializing as pitcher and short stop in her A ball years. She was given her first Rep team to coach when she was 15 and has not looked back since. Isla is a Level 2 National Certified Coach (NCCP) and is also a Certified National Pitching Instructor for the CANpitch Program of Canada. Since she was 15, Isla has been the head pitching instructor for the North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association and runs her own 3 hour clinics four days a week starting in October and ending in April. She has worked as an instructor at the Okanogan Softball Camp in Oliver, BC coaching all levels and ages. In 2006, Isla assistant coached the BC Summer Games silver medalists Zone 5 team and was again the assistant coach for the 2008 BC Summer games Zone 5 team. In 2012, Isla created her own fastpitch instructional business, Positive Impact Fastpitch Instruction which offers team sessions, private instruction, semi private instruction for softball hitting, fielding, pitching and team practices for all levels of the game. In 2013, Isla was selected to be the softball rep for North Shores own, elite baseball and fastpitch training facility Inside Performance. When coaching, Isla strives to teach her students to focus on mental strength while learning the skills of fastpitch to the degree where they are able to play with correct mechanics and can therefore focus on their determination to play hard and have fun. Her belief in using visualization, metaphors and a hands on approach has given her the reputation of a coach who is able to enable her players with enough understanding of the skills of the game to correct themselves on and off the field with confidence.

Chris Bassett

Island

Chris.Bassett@andritz.com

 Biography/Experience:

Pitcher 20+ years for Men’s fast pitch teams at Senior B level. Played from 1980 to 2005, with teams in Vancouver, Calgary and Nanaimo. Head coach 16 years which includes five years of C ball, 10 years of competitive teams at the A and B levels, U12 up to U18. Currently, I just started with a new team at U12 for the 2014 season. In all cases was the Pitching Coach as well as the Head Coach. Held group pitching lessons for pitchers in the 2012 and 2013 off seasons.

Derek Hipwell

Kootneys

hipwells@telus.net

 Biography/Experience:

I have played Men’s fast pitch for 10 years. I have coached for nine years, but became a CANpitch certified instructor two years ago and am a confident pitching instructor. I have hosted multiple CANpitch clinics and instructor numerous individuals.

Jim Ullock

Fraser Valley

jimullock@msn.com

Joey Van de Voorde

Island

joeyvandevoorde@gmail.com

Sara Hopwood

Vancouver

sara_hopwood@hotmail.com

Kaila Holtz

Vancouver

kailaholtz@gmail.com

 Biography/Experience:

Kaila A. Holtz, MSc. MD grew up playing Minor softball in the Lower Mainland. After attending the first Canada Cup in South Surrey in 1993, she was “hooked” and has made softball her life’s passion ever since.

Kaila played NCAA Div I softball at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst under NFCA Hall of Fame Coach Elaine Sortino. She remained on staff as an Assistant Coach for three years after graduating with a degree in Exercise Science.

Kaila has always been a coach, even when she was playing. Often bringing out the video camera, she would analyze and scrutinize others in attempt to understand how to better her own game. Since retiring from the Sr. Women’s National Team, she’s enjoyed being part Softball Canada’s CANpitch Committee and paying-it-forward as a pitching instructor helping others achieve their dreams through sport.

CANpitch Committee (2008 to present)

Softball Canada Board of Directors (2008 to 2012)

Planet Fastpitch Pitching Consultant (2005 to 2009)

University of Massachusetts – Amherst Asst. Coach (2003 to 2006)

International Playing Experience:

Senior Women's National Team (2001to 2006)

 2004 Olympian

2003 Pan American Games Silver Medalist

2002 and 2006 ISF World Championships

1998 Jr. ISF World Championships

College Career Highlights:

University of Massachussetts, Amherst (NCAA Div. I)

Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year 2002, 2003

 Easton All-American

NFCA Northeast Regional 1st Team

NCAA & Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship

Rob Guenter

Island

robgue@shaw.ca

For more information or inquiries, contact your local CANpitch instructor or the Program Coordinator at Softball BC at programcoordinator@softball.bc.ca.