18 March 2018 – revisions (part II) to pitching clinics

We heard from a few folks regarding the planned switch of our pitching clinics from Fridays to Mondays.  For them, the logistics were potentially problematic, which of course was of concern to us.

We believe strongly in player development and, because we do not want to compromise development time of pitchers, we have decided to retain the pitching/catching clinics on the originally scheduled Friday evenings (see the calendar on our Clinics page for specific dates) at the Springfield Middle School.  We are classifying these as “instructional” as our dedicated pitching coach, Coach Ruth, will still be in attendance as usual and offering personalised instruction.

But that’s not all.  We will also be running a small number of pitching/catching “practice” sessions on certain Mondays from 530pm to 630pm until the end of April at Ecole Dugald.  The purpose of these practice sessions are to allow time to hone skills and get in some repetitions.  If your player is already registered for the instructional Friday sessions, there is no charge for these additional practice sessions.  Some of the dates for these practice sessions are still being finalised, so our please check the new built-in calendar on our clinics page regularly for updates.

To recap, if your player has previously attended pitching clinics on Friday evenings at 7:00pm at Springfield Middle School, she should still attend these on the original dates they were scheduled to run.  If your player wants additional time practicing her pitching and/or catching techniques, she is free to attend the “practice” clinics on certain Mondays at 5:30pm at Ecole Dugald.

If your player is new to softball and/or is interested in pitching or catching, please do come to the next Friday night pitching/catching clinic.

As always, our website is the primary place where you can get the most up-to-date information.  And of course feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.

Registration for the 2018 season

Formal registration for the 2018 regular season will take place on 26 February and 12 March at the Oakbank Arena from 7pm to 9pm.  Coaches will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss the sport with you and/or your daughter.  New players are always welcome!

Further information is available on our 2018 Registration and Schedule page, where registration materials are available for download.

In the meantime, don’t forget about our weekly clinics!  Details available on our Clinics page.


UPDATED 18 November 2017 @ 22:04CST

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on 1 November 2017 at 7pm in the Common Room at the One Insurance Arena in Oakbank. 

The minutes for this meeting can be found on the About SMSA page.

All welcome.

“A” Ball tryouts for 2017-2018

Tryouts have been announced for “A” ball teams in southern Manitoba (including Winnipeg).  Players from Springfield have normally played for the Eastman Wildcats.

Details can be found here: http://www.softball.mb.ca/english/a-ball-tryouts/eastman-wildcats.html

For information on A ball and how it compares to B and C ball (which is run by SMSA here in Springfield), see our About Softball page.

Good luck to all those SMSA players who take advantage of this opportunity!

Reports from the Diamond – Part 1

Here we are at mid-July and we’re pretty much wrapping up our regular season/tournaments for community-level softball here in Springfield.  And what a season it has been.  Everyone at SMSA is hugely proud of all of our players for their efforts and achievements.  And of course, a heart-felt thank you to the parents who supported the teams in any way they could – it means a lot.

We’re hoping to bring several ‘Reports from the Diamond’ as general recaps from the season from individual coaches or teams.  To kick things off, here is a report from Coach Perry (Ducharme) on his U10B team:

Congratulations to the Springfield Heat U10B for a successful 2017 season!  For the second year in the row, they continue to set new records for the SMSA U10B program at both Provincials and regular season action.  Also, player stats were just as impressive, such as more hits off pitchers compared to the opposition in every game.  Plus our pitchers hand delivered more strikes too!  Who is more ready for U12 ball?!?  What is most important is the growing smiles and the little swagger in their step as they entered the batter’s box.  Our goals were all about player development again, and I’m confident to say that each player elevated their game.  Most of the team will be moving up to U12 for next season, and I hope they return because they definitely have game.  I’m very proud of this group for all their hard work and memorable accomplishments.

I’d like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers for contributing to this outstanding season: David Duval (Team Manager), Cory D’Ottavio (Assistant Coach), Marty Piec (Assistant Coach), Erin Toews (Bench Mom), Kim Harmatiuk (Stats), Dawn D’Ottavio (Stats), Maddy Hopkins (Assistant Clinician), Ruth Hiebert (Head Pitching Instructor), Charmaine Bergen (Lead Clinician), and especially all the parents for their contributions.  Seeing a sea of fans dressed in red at each game was motivating for both the players and the volunteer coaches.  Hot chocolates at that cold practice, ‘The Candy Jar’ for game hits off the pitcher, cupcakes, fruit shish kabobs, reading my story book emails, etc…..were all impactful towards our success.  Most importantly, the players literally invested blood, sweat and tears!  That second Provincials game in the windy rain with 5 degree temperature just goes to show how tough our girls truly are!








Coach Perry


Chicken Daze!

Well, the weather was against us at the very beginning but by the end the sun was shining.  We had a fantastic turnout this year, and special thanks to Angele (the U12B team manager) for organising everything and to Rolly for the trailer and tractor (once again!).

Summer 2017 Ponytail league – information

Softball Manitoba has run a summer ‘ponytail league’ for a few years.  Games are played on Saturdays although practices may be run during the week.  As well, tournament dates are scheduled for  July 22 (Brandon), July 29 (Winnipeg), August 12 (Portage La Prairie) and August 26 (location TBD).  All age categories are welcome.

Applications are due on 15 June.  The form and additional information about team structure is available here: http://www.softball.mb.ca/english/news/2017-ponytail-softball-league.htm.

If there are enough plays from within SMSA, we could form a team, but otherwise teams are generally formed based on region.

If possible, please let SMSA know directly (springfieldminorsoftball@gmail.com) if your daughter is registering so can track applications and the potential to create a Springfield team.