Long Term Athlete Development Committee

Committee Members

Vice Chair: Lisa Parkes

Lisa is Softball BC VP and secretary of Langford Minor Fastball Association. She has been and continues to be involved in softball as a slo-pitch player and minor softball coach.  She has coached softball from Learn to Play right up to U19, and while I love all of the ages, my favourite thing is to instil a love of sport in young kids. 

I joined the Long Term Development Committee to learn more about the long-term development programs of Softball Canada and Softball BC and help shape the development of softball players from the youngest ages up.


Joni Frei

Joni graduated from Georgia College and State University with a degree in Kinesiology. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University. She is a Coaching Association of Canada Chartered Professional Coach and an NCCP Master Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator.

In 2014 Joni coached Team B.C. to gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina, Saskatchewan. She returned to coach Team BC to a bronze medal at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto, Ontario.

Currently, Joni is Softball B.C’s Director Coaching and chairs the Indigenous Long-term Development Committee. Her goal is to impact the landscape of girls and women in sport and leadership.


Marty Tilt

After seven years as Coquitlam Minor Softball President, Marty transitioned to the Vice-President’s role for the 2021 season.

As a young man, Marty played men’s Fastpitch for close to 20 years but transitioned to coaching when his daughter and three sons started to the great game of softball. As a die-hard softball coach, he has coached A, B, and C ball and every age group from U6 through U19. At present, he coaches the Tri-City Titans’ 2009 U12A girls’ team.

He has a deep love for softball and the players who play the game. As a committee member, he will apply his love of the game with extensive softball experience and knowledge to help the sport continue to grow and thrive.


Shannon Maion

Shannon is a current member of Cloverdale Minor Softball Association's Executive.  Shannon played minor softball with the Delta Heat and White Rock Renegades. After high school, Shannon played at Simon Fraser University, where she was the player of the year and won a national championship.  Shannon was also a member of the Women's National Team at the 2002 World Championships and 2003 Pan American Games.  In 2004, she was an alternate for the 2004 Olympic team.  Shannon joined the LTPD committee to enhance the softball experience for all athletes and give back to a sport that has given her so much.


Susan Strafford

Susan is currently Provincial Umpire-in-Chief and a World Baseball and Softball Council International official.  She has had many roles in softball over many years. She has been a player, coach, and executive member.  She joined the LTD committee because she believes long term development is vital for umpires, coaches and players.










  1. Develop an implementation plan of the Softball Canada LTD program at the provincial and local (LSO) level.
  2. Identify where there are deficiencies and opportunities within the framework of the LTD to recommend new programmes, or changes to existing programmes
  3. Provide liaisons to other advisory committees who are involved with changes to the development of softball in BC, to ensure they align with approved LTD principles. The liaison will be appointed by the chair of the committee.
  4. Develop an evaluation/measurement tool to determine the extent of implementation of the LTD principles provincially and by LSO (local sport association)
  5. Assist staff in communicating and promoting LTD principles and programmes by creating or sharing content.


  1. Chair -Appointed by the President of Softball BC for a term of two (2) years.
  2. Secretary - responsible for minutes and scheduling of meetings
  3. Member at Large - the committee will be made up of not less than 5 and not more than 9 members.

The composition of the committee may include non-members of Softball BC. Committee should make every attempt to be representative of the membership from a geographical, gender, and participation perspective.

Call for applications will be posted by Softball BC, and final selections will be made by a panel consisting of three members of the current Board of Directors as appointed by the President.


This is an advisory committee reporting to the board of directors. This committee is not empowered to make any final and binding decisions, but to provide guidance and recommendations to the advisory councils, other committees, and the board, for their consideration.

Resources and Budget

The committee may conduct meetings via conference call, in person, or by an electronic meeting format. The chair will decide on the format prior to each meeting.  The BCASA will provide staff advisory resources, as well as transcribing, photocopying, and printing as required. Costs for travel and meeting space will require prior approval by the Executive Director.  Any additional financial resources requested must be approved by the finance committee prior to those funds being used.


Decisions will be made by a simple majority with the chair not having a vote unless the vote is tied. Members may communicate their vote by email, phone or in person. Proxy votes are not permitted.  A quorum requires no less than 60% of committee members present, either in person or electronically. The Secretary shall serve as vice-chair in the absence of the chair of the committee.


All documents and minutes from meetings will be provided to Softball BC staff by the Secretary, and stored on the BCASA secure site. The minutes will be distributed, by staff, to all members of the committee within three (3) days of receipt from the Secretary. Once minutes are approved, they will be circulated to the Board of Directors via the Executive Director.


The chair of the committee shall be a member in good standing of the BCASA. All committee members shall abide by BC Amateur Softball Association policies with respect to code of conduct, conflict of interest, privacy and confidentiality.


The committee shall provide, at their discretion, the board of directors and/or other Softball BC committees with written recommendations for changes to special operating rules, policies, and/or by-laws of the society as they see fit. Such recommendations will be presented by the chair at either a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Softball B.C, or a scheduled meeting of other Softball BC committees.  The committee will provide, through the chair, a written report to be distributed to the membership in the pre AGM documents showing actions taken by the committee over the past year, and recommendations for new initiatives to be considered by the committee.


These terms of reference may be reviewed at the request of the committee chair, but must be done at least once every thirty-six (36) months. Terms of reference are to be approved by the Softball BC board of directors.

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