20 April 2019 update

By now you should know what team your player is on and who their coach is. Our association uses TeamSnap for league and team scheduling/messaging. You should have a log in and password from registration which you will need to access your team’s information. If you are having any issues with this – please let us know.

The season is set to start on 29 April 2019 (Monday), although as of today (20 April 2019) we do not yet have the team schedules. Once your coach is aware of the schedule she/he will post the games on TeamSnap. Note also that they will also be posting up practice information on TeamSnap as well. The time and place of your practices will depend on your coach, but for U10 and up please expect 2 games a week and 1 practice a week.

SMSA will be running pitching clinics during the week of April 22nd. This schedule is available on the “Clinics” teamsnap page. Some teams will also be running indoor and/or outdoor practices. Again, please check TeamSnap regularly.

If you have not heard from your coach, or have any questions – please see below for their contact information. If two coaches are listed for your daughter’s age group, feel free to email them both simultaneously the correct coach will be in touch with you.

LTP 1 – Charmaine Nickels – bambolick15@hotmail.com

LTP 2 – Justin and Lissa VanDorp – lissa.vandorp@gmail.com / jdorp@hotmail.com

LTP 3 – Jeff and Linsay Maliborski – l_maliborski@outlook.com

U10 Red – Courtney Anderson – courtney_anderson83@yahoo.ca

U10 Black – Cassie Verbong – cassie.verbong96@hotmail.com

U12 Red – Marty Piec – marty0922@gmail.com

U12 Black – Tracey MCCulloch – traceywoz@me.com

U14 – Josy Pepper / Tammy Ziolkoski – josypepper@hotmail.com / tammyziolkoski@gmail.com

U16 – Norm Nachtigall – nnacht@mymts.net

There is a huge amount of buzz in the community about softball this season, and SMSA is HUGELY excited about each of our teams. We have a large LTP programme, which is great to see, and many of the older girls’ teams’ coaches are already making plans for tournaments and Provincials. For parents in our LTP programme, please grab some sunflower seeds and bring your younger player to any of the home games that the older girls are playing. You can reach out to any of the coaches for their specific team schedule, or they will be posted under the “Teams” menu above. It is a great way to (1) show them how what they are learning is put to use as they get older, (2) learn new songs for cheering and (3) meet and get some tips from some of our older players. Of course, the extra fan base is always welcome!

We are looking forward to a great season of softball in our community!

Go Heat!!

SMSA Executive

Registration deadline: 10 March

This is a friendly reminder to be sure to get your daughters’ registration in for softball by the 10th if she is intending to play softball this year. We are off to a great start with registration and will be hosting either one or more teams at all categories of LTP, U10, U12, U14. Registrations for these age groups may not be accepted after March 10th as the rosters are filling up.

We are determined to host a U16 and U19 team again this year. We know you’re out there! We have some registrations to date but need a few more. We are also looking for coaches for these categories.

For more registration information, and to access the online registration system, follow our “2019 registration” link above in the menu or click here.

Have a great day!

All of us at SMSA

2 March 2019 update

Looking outside, it’s hard to believe that spring is on the way – but based the volume of registrants received so far, after our first registration night, I think it’s safe to say that may of us are ready to start thinking about getting outdoors again!  

For those registered already, you should have received an invite to Team Snap for our upcoming skills clinics.  If you haven’t received an invite, please let me know (springfieldminorsoftball@gmail.com).


We know you’re out there!  Whether you are interested in taking on a head coach or assistant coach position, SMSA will be there to help get you started and provide as much support as you need.  Training is provided by SMSA and Softball MB also offers a coaching certification course to obtain your coaching certification if you’re interested.  SMSA covers the clinic expense for those coaching in the current season and entering their team into provincials.  


Upcoming dates for your calendar are below.  Remember, there is no charge for skills clinics, and if you are already a registered player, there is no need to register for a clinic.  Pitching clinics are available at a drop in fee for $15 per session.




FINAL IN-PERSON REGISTRATION NIGHT AT ONE INSURANCE ARENA 7-9PM (NOTE:  online registration closes on Mar. 10th – in person registration is not required but an option for those who want to drop off a payment or review the online registration process)


6-7:15PM  – SKILLS CLINIC AT SPRINGFIELD COLLEGIATE (all ages including LTP – participants will be split into groups)                                     

(other upcoming pitching and skills clinic dates on Team Snap)


SOFTBALL NIGHT – an evening of skills, games, fun competitions.  SMSA uses information gathered at Softball night through player evaluations to assist with player placements when there are more than one team in an age category or a player is being considered for age advancement.   We are also able to determine what category a team should be placed into for league based on observations and discussions that evening.  Further details to follow but please save the date.  

Please remember to register for the 2019 season by the Mar. 10th deadline if you haven’t already.  If there are enough players to form a team by March 10th, SMSA will not accept late registrations.  (Exceptions may apply in extreme circumstances)  As much as we want to see all players register, we also need to be fair to other players, the process and the organizers. 

Hope to see you soon!

Charmaine Bergen

President, SMSA

Online registration now live

For 2019, we are proud to offer online registration, which is now live.

To register online, please click here.

We will also be offering in-person registration (where we will assist with online registration, answer questions, receive payments, etc) for the 2019 regular season as follows:

25 February, 7:00pm – 9:00pm @ the One Insurance Arena, Oakbank

4 March, 7:00pm – 9:00pm @ the One Insurance Arena, Oakbank

February newsletter and 2019 registration

Still a bit (!) of snow on the ground, but it’s time to start thinking about spring registration for girls’ softball.

Please see the newsletter link below. This year, we are proud to offer online registration (starting 25 February 2019), but we will also be available for in person registration to answer questions, meet families/players, assist with the registration and to just chat about all things softball!

Click here for the February 2019 SMSA Newsletter (including 2019 registration information)

Coaching and umpiring clinics

Like many sports in Springfield, SMSA relies on the dedication of volunteer coaches from our community.

Details on Softball Manitoba coaching training can be found here: http://www.softball.mb.ca/english/programs/coaching/2019-coaching-clinics.html

You can find out more about how we support our coaches here.

As well, we are always on the lookout for local umpires who can adjudicate our regular season games. If you are interested, more information is available here: http://www.softball.mb.ca/english/programs/umpiring/umpiring.html

11 February 2019 update

Please note a change of venue for this Friday’s skills clinic – it will be hosted at the Dugald school gymnasium.  

Here is a brief recap of upcoming clinics:

TONIGHT (11 February 2019) – Dugald School – 6 – 7:30PM – U12, U14, U16, U19 SKILLS!  Focus will be on hitting so bring helmets and bats in addition to your glove.  

THURSDAY, FEB. 14 – U12 skills moved to Friday due to low attendance


                           7-8PM – GROUP 1 AND 2 PITCHING / CATCHING CLINIC

PLEASE NOTE:  group 1 and 2 clinics will be combined from 7-8PM until further notice.

8 February 2019 update

It’s hard to believe given the current winter freeze we are in – but registration for softball is right around the corner.  Save the date for  February 25 or March 4th from 7-9PM at the One Insurance Arena.  Registration forms and packages will be made available here on our website shortly.

For parents interested in coaching, Softball Manitoba is hosting coaching clinics starting in April.  Information is available by emailing us on springfieldminorsoftball@gmail.com.

Upcoming skills clinics are:


As always, you must notify us using springfieldminorsoftball@gmail.com your intent to attend a clinic – you will then be invited to TeamSnap (an iOS and Android app) which allows us to track attendance for the evening and cancel the clinic if attendance is low.  Additional details regarding clinic start time are available on Team Snap or you can respond to this email with questions if needed.   Clinic changes or cancellations are communicated through TeamSnap only.  

Softball Manitoba will be holding three Community Softball Ongoing Participation Coach Clinics in Winnipeg for 2019. The clinics will be held at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre on the following dates,

  • April 13 – 14, 2019
  • April 27 – 28, 2019
  • May 4 – 5, 2019

Take care and stay warm!

Charmaine Bergen
President, SMSA

21 January 2019 update

Due to low attendance for tonight’s U14, U16, U19, general skills clinic, tonight’s clinic will be cancelled. 

PLEASE let us know if you are attending the next general skills session which will be held at the Dugald School on February 4th.  Again, always check the website for the latest information on clinic changes right up to the evening of.  That way, if you haven’t registered, you will be able to see any updates that are available.

As mentioned in the previous SMSA email, participants for all clinics must pre-register so that we can prepare clinicians, equipment and supervision as needed based on attendance.  There is no charge for skills clinics – however a registration form is required.  You may even give us notice via email that you plan to attend a clinic and fill in the registration form (no fee) when you arrive.  

We are excited to add our U12 skills sessions for 2019 which will generally be held on Thursday evenings.  Please refer to our updated schedule.

If the timing for any of our clinics does not work on a regular basis for your child, please let us know – we may be able to have them attend another session group.

Upcoming SMSA clinics are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 24th – Dugald School gymnasium– U12 GENERAL SKILLS CLINIC from 6:30 – 8PM (ages 11 and 12 as of December 31, 2019)
  • Friday, January 25th – Springfield Middle School gymnasium– LTP / U10 GENERAL SKILLS CLINIC from 6-7:15PM . (ages 5 – 10 as of December 31, 2019)- Groups 1 and 2 Pitching and catching clinics (7-8 and 8-9 as per the time slot assigned upon registration)
  • Monday, January 28th – Dugald School gymnasium– Groups 1 and 2 Pitching / catching clinics (7-8 and 8-9 as per the time slot assigned upon registration)
  • Monday, February 4th – Dugald School gymnasium– U14, U16, U19 GENERAL SKILLS CLINIC (ages 13 – 19 as of December 31, 2019)

It is never too late to attend the pitching / catching clinics.  There is a drop in fee for pitchers and catchers are free.  There is still room in both pitching time slots!


Pre-registration is required for all clinics.

7 January 2019 update

Hello softball parents and clinicians!

This is a quick reminder that we do not host clinics during school closures – so no clinic tonight (7 January 2019).

An updated events calendar can be found here. Dates shown in Yellow are for LTP and U10 skills as well as pitching and catching clinics. Blue is U14 to U19 skills sessions. Please always check the venue along with our website on the date of the clinic in the event of cancellation.

Dates for U12 skills sessions will be posted later in the week but you can anticipate that they will be held on most Thursdays from January to March.

Monday, January 14th – free skills clinic for U14, U16, U19 players at the Dugald gymnasium. (see calendar for details)
Wednesday, January 16th – free skills clinic for Learn to Play (8 and under) and U10 / pitching and catching clinic (registration required) at the Dugald gymnasium (see calendar for details)

If you would like a registration form for the pitching / catching sessions, please advise.
If you would like to be removed from this email list for clinic updates, please advise by email.


Charmaine Bergen
President, SMSA