Softball BC

Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet

Saturday October 19, 2019

Grand Villa Hotel & Conference Centre

Burnaby, BC

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Softball BC Development Conference

and Annual General Meeting

Grand Villa Hotel & Conference Centre

Burnaby, BC

October 18-20, 2019

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We would like to acknowledge that our Softball BC office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

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LATEST NEWS

Hosts Wanted:  2020 Provincial and Western Canadian Championship Dates

The deadline for all bids to be completed and submitted to Softball BC is 4:30 pm on Saturday October 19th at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.  If you wish to bid on an event but will not be in attendance at the AGM please contact your District Coordinator to submit your bid prior to the deadline.  All Bids MUST be signed by the District Coordinator and District Umpire-in-Chief to be considered complete.

  • Regional Championships – June 19-21
  • Provincial Girls C – July 3-5
  • Provincial Girls B – July 10-12
  • Provincial Girls U12/U14/U16 A – July 17-19
  • Provincial Girls U19A – July 24-26
  • Provincial Boys U12/U16 – July 10-12
  • Provincial Boys U14/U19 – July 17-19
  • Provincial Women A, Intermediate A, B – July 24-26
  • Provincial Women C, D – August 7-9
  • Western Canadian Championships U14 Boys and Girls – August 6-9
Download the bid package today:

Western Canadian Championship Bid Form

Softball BC Provincial Championship Package

CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS!

Softball BC is looking for participants on the ‘Competition Review Committee’ chaired by Ian Kellow.

The purpose of this committee is to analyze the competition structure in place for youth and adult softball, provide meaningful competition for all stages of softball, review rules of competition currently in place for youth and adult softball, and make recommendations on change as necessary.  The committee will review the calendar of competition to ensure it supports the long term athlete development framework.

Any interested individuals are asked to send their expression of interest by email to Rick Benson at rbenson@softball.bc.ca by Monday September 30, 2019.  The expression of interest should include your name, email, phone number, mailing address, bullet form history in softball or related activities, and the reason(s) for applying.

All submissions will be considered by a three person panel made up of members of the Softball BC Board of Directors and those applicants chosen will be contacted by Softball BC.

Thank you to everyone who applies, your interest in promoting and developing softball in British Columbia is greatly appreciated.

Terms of Reference Competition Review Committee 07-2019

Canadian and Western Canadian Championships 2019

The U14 Boys and U16 Boys from BC both finished in 5th place at their respective Canadian Championships. The U14 team from Terrace and the U16 team from Barriere attended the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon, SK in late July.  Congratulations to both teams for representing BC very well!

The U19B Ladies Western Canadian Championship was won by BC1 – Richmond Islanders 00 and the South Delta Invaders 01 brought home the Bronze Medal!  Congratulations to both teams!

In the U16B Girls Western Canadian Championship the Prince George Thunderbirds brought home a Silver medal and the Nanaimo Diamonds finished in 6th place.  Well done ladies!

Coming up next:

  • Canadian Championships:  CLICK HERE for dates and locations
  • Western Canadian Championships: CLICK HERE for dates and locations

Softball BC Announces 2021 Team BC Head Coaches

Langley, BC – Softball BC is pleased to announce the Head Coaches for Team BC Men and Women for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.  Doug Allin (Peachland, BC) has been appointed as the Head Coach for the Men’s team, while Mark Dunlop (Surrey, BC) has been selected as the Head Coach of Team BC Women.

“Our selection committee was thoroughly impressed with Doug’s level of professionalism and his high performance playing and coaching experience will bring instant credibility to the position. We are very pleased that our Team BC Men’s program will be led by someone of his caliber” said Mike Renney, Chair of the Selection Committee.

When asked about his recent appointment Mr. Allin said “I am honoured to be selected as the Head Coach for Team BC Men for the Canada Summer Games in 2021. Softball BC has a tradition of excellence and the goal will be to continue to build on the history while building on striving for gold in 2021”.

On the Women’s side, Mark Dunlop was the successful candidate from a pool of eight very strong applicants.  “After a distinguished career at the club level our committee felt that Mark was the ideal candidate to lead our Women’s team. With a proven track record at the National level we are confident our Team BC Women’s athletes will greatly benefit from his knowledge, experience and leadership” stated Mr. Renney.

“I am honored and excited to be selected as the Head Coach for Team BC Women that will be competing at the 2021 Canada Summer games in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I look forward to getting familiar with the athletes over the next two years” – Mark Dunlop.

About the Canada Summer Games

“Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. With the Canada Games poised as a key step in the development of Canada’s future stars, Canada Games athletes are Canada’s next generation national, international and Olympic champions.”

For more information, please contact:

Rick Benson – Executive Director

rbenson@softball.bc.ca

604-371-0302

Meet our official partner, TeamSnap!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with TeamSnap as the Official Team and LSO Management App of Softball BC.

With 20 million users and counting, TeamSnap delivers the platform Softball BC and your LSO can’t live without. The app is already in the pocket of all your coaches and parents, as more teams use TeamSnap than any other management platform worldwide.

TeamSnap enables you to save time and grow your LSO with a solution that is seamlessly connected to the app, guaranteeing a fantastic experience for everyone in your organization. With TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues you can:

  • Streamline communication to a single platform, keeping everyone in the loop with instant updates to individual teams or custom groups.
  • Save time with automatic schedule creation for every game and practice.
  • Collect club dues upfront and on time, and deposit directly into your bank account.
  • Attract new participants with a professional and easy-to-use website.

Visit the TeamSnap Softball BC partner page to learn more and to contact your dedicated TeamSnap account specialist, Meg Sterzer.

Sport BC’s  Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Bryan Abrey

Bryan Abrey was among the big winners at the Sport B.C. 53rd Annual Athlete of the Year  Awards Ceremony and Gala.

Abery was named “Senior Male Athlete of the Year” after his outstanding 2018 season on the Fastpitch diamond at last month Awards banquet at the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver.

Having also been selected The Most Valuable Player of the 2018 ISC World Men’s Open Fastball Tournament while playing for the New York Gremlins by hitting for a batting avg. of 500 for the week that was highlighted by Bryan going 4-6 at the plate, and hitting a winning home run in the winner’s bracket final and Championship game against Circle Tap Dukes Fastball Team from Denmark, Wisconsin, USA.

Bryan is only the second Fastball player from B.C. to received the MVP at the ISC World Championships in their 55 years history of this tournament, and the first player named MVP from B.C. since 1981., and the first Male Fastball player to win the B.C. Sports Award.

Bryan also earned All American Honors in 2018 hitting for a batting avg. of 385 with a home run while helping again his New York Gremlins win their 3rd consecutive National Senior Men’s American Championship.

For the year, Bryan was a key player for the Gremlins playing defensively at Catcher, Third Base, and Outfield, competing against the top pitchers and players from around the world, Bryan had an overall batting avg. of 455, and a fielding avg. of 930. for the 2018 season.

Bryan is not only an outstanding player and citizen, a long time member of Softball B.C.

He is also a past Richmond Boy’s Fastball player, and Softball B.C 2006 Minor Player of the Year.

John Stewart, Team Canada Mens National coach is quoted as saying, “Bryan is one of the most talent hard working players on your National Team, and gives back to his sport and community by volunteering countless hours coaching and mentoring young athletes, both in B.C. and across Canada.

I have personal coached Bryan in both Provincial and league play with The Richmond Stealers Team for the last 12 years and he is truly an outstanding person and very justified for winning the Sport B.C. Award for not just his athlete ability, but for his citizenship.

In my thirty five years of being involved with Men’s and Boy’s Fastball I have never coach or seen a better player or person then what Bryan is and what he brings to the field and our sport.

Well done Bryan!

Next up for Bryan is playing for Canada at the 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championships in the Czech Republic – June 13-19

Submitted by: Marshall Shields

 viaSport Report Card Summary

See how Softball BC compares to the Provincial Sport Sector in our Summary of viaSport Report Card.

Report Card Summary 2019

SOFTBALL BC UMPIRES – Bring a Friend & Win Some Money!

The Softball BC Umpires Association is giving you a chance to win either a $100, $75 or $50 Gift Card to Kahunaverse Sports!

For every new umpire that you motivate to register and attend a Level One Clinic, you will receive one ballot into the draw for the gift cards.

CLINIC SEASON starts soon…so grab your friend and find your clinic under the Umpire Tab.

Softball Canada  today released the list of the seventeen athletes and two alternates named to Team Canada Jr. Women’s team. The team will compete at the Canada Cup International Softball Championship, held at Softball City July 8-14, and the WBSC XIII U19 Women’s World Cup August 11-17 in Irvine California.

Congratulations to the BC athletes named to the team:

  • Lauren Benson
  • Hayley Grice
  • Kianna Jones
  • Katie Korstrom
  • Grace Messmer

Alternates

  • Georgia Ogg
  • Rawnie Westrate

https://softball.ca/news/2019-junior-womens-national-team.htm

January 21, 2019

CANADA TO HOST 2019 OLYMPIC SOFTBALL QUALIFIER!

Ottawa, Ontario – After evaluating all bids, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has made the highly anticipated announcement regarding the host nations for its 2019 regional Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. As a result, CANADA has been selected as the host nation for the WBSC Americas Olympic Qualifier.

 Click Read More to view the entire press release.

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2019 SOFTBALL BC RULE CHANGE SUMMARY

Softball BC changes to Special Operating Rules for the 2019 Playing Season. Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please forward your questions to yourDistrict Umpire-in-Chief or the Provincial Umpire-in-Chief . 

Download the Softball BC Rule Change Summary by clicking the box.

2019 Softball BC Rule Change Summary

2019/2020 Softball Canada Rule Change Summary

The following rule changes were passed at the last Softball Canada AGM by the voting members from across Canada. The rules go into effect for the 2019 playing season, and are in effect for all Softball BC sanctioned events, as well as Softball Canada events.

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please forward your questions to your District Umpire-in-Chief or the Provincial Umpire-in-Chief . 

Download the Rule Change Summary by clicking the box.

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ABOUT SOFTBALL BC

Softball BC is the official governing body of softball
in the province of British Columbia.
The provincial office is located in Langley, BC. Provincial championships,
National Coaching Certification Programs (NCCP), officials training,
and player development clinics (Learn to Play and CANPitch) are held throughout BC.

  • Who We Are

    • Staff:  5 (2 FT/3 PT)
    • Board of Directors: 8 (volunteers) 
    • District Representatives: 45 (volunteers)
  • Strategic Priority Areas

    • Our MEMBERS
    • Our ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS
    • Our SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS
    • Our PARTNERS
  • Softball BC Programs

    • CANpitch
    • CANhit (pilot program)
    • Team BC
    • BC Summer Games
    • NCCP Certification Clinics
    • Umpire Certification Clinics
    • Timbits Softball
  • Mission, Vision, Values

    Mission: Softball for Everyone

    Vision: To govern, lead and develop the sport of Softball in British Columbia

    Values: Softball BC seeks to build a fun, fair and safe environment for all participants to enjoy the game at any level

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