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!).
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 (email@example.com) if your daughter is registering so can track applications and the potential to create a Springfield team.
As per the email sent today via email (if you didn’t receive it, make sure you are on our mailing list), we are in a position to update SMSA families on how the season is shaping up.
- Evaluations on 20 April were a success. Thanks to those players (and families) that came out, and thanks to those parents who stepped in help when needed. Note that there will be more evaluations held at our next clinic, which is on 28 April. Once again, we are staggering the clinic by age group, so see here for additional information.
- We can announce that there will be one team in each of the U12, U14 and U16 levels. U12 and U14 will be at the B level (see here for details on the difference), whereas U16 will play at the C level. You can find coaches and team schedules under the “Teams” menu above.
- There will be survey sent out shortly re: the structure of the U10 programme. With the current number of players currently registered at U10, the SMSA Executive have decided that there will be a B and a C Springfield Heat team hosted for 2017. In determining the split of players in order to form the two teams (i.e., whether to make one of the teams larger and one smaller, based on placements, OR whether to form two, equal sized teams), the SMSA exec is soliciting feedback from parents. Please note, however, that we cannot accommodate individual responses. In a separate email, a link will be sent to you to an online survey consisting of two questions. If your daughter has been evaluated, or has already registered, for U10, you will be receiving the email shortly. If you do not receive the email by Tuesday, 25 April, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The season is scheduled to start on 1 May, weather permitting. If the weather seems problematic, contact your coach.
- Our plan is to email team rosters on or before Saturday, 29 April. Some coaches will be using TeamSnap this year to communicate with players and/or their families. TeamSnap is available on the iOS and Android platform and is a very efficient way to get messages out to teams and assess player availability for games, practices, etc. If you coach is using it, he/she will let you know in their introductory email.
- Speaking of coaches, we are technically still looking for coaches at the U10 level. If you are interested, please reach out to us on email@example.com. All coaches, regardless of level, must have completed the Respect in Sport Certificate. If your team is progressing to the Provincial tournament, all coaches are required to have (1) Making Ethical Decisions training (through National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)) and (2) Community (Level 1) Softball Coaching Certification (the next clinic/programme offering this in Winnipeg is in early May – click here for details).
- Finally, the SMSA Exec wishes to extend our deepest thanks for your patience as we work through the process of player evaluations and placement, identifying coaches, managing equipment needs, liaising with the Winnipeg league to arrange games and generally working out logistics for the coming season. As an executive, we’ve arguably never been more excited about a season. This has something to do with the the fabulous player turnout at our recent Friday night clinics, to be sure, but it is mostly because all the players we’ve seen so far demonstrate a true passion for the game. It never fails to bring a smile to our faces, even during planning meetings that last into the wee hours of morning!
As always, reach out to us via email if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Your SMSA Executive
We will be conducting player evaluations on 20 April at the One Insurance Arena for U10 and U12 players. (Note that girls currently registered at the Learn to Play level and will be 7 or 8 as of December 31, 2017, are invited to attend if they would like an opportunity to evaluated for the U10 level.)
For those with girls registered or interested in playing U14 or U16, we will have 1 team at each level (U14B and U16C), so no evaluations are required.
Detailed information available here.
Last update: 16 April 2017 @ 13:41CDT
We will be running Friday night clinics on 7 April and 28 April (but not the 14th and 21st). Given the recent strong turnout by both new and experienced players at our previous clinics, we will once again be staggering the clinic times based on age. For these two dates, we will follow this schedule as close as we possibly can:
- 6:30pm – 7:30pm: LTPs (including any under 8 years-old)
- 7:30pm – 8:30pm: U10s (including any new players 8-10 years-old)
- 8:30pm – 10:00pm U12+ (including any new players 11 year-old+)
Clinics will be run at the Middle School gymnasium in Oakbank.
We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Our Executive are in full swing doing preparations for the upcoming season.
As you may be aware, lots of things happen behind the scenes, including team formations, equipment purchases, liaising with Softball Manitoba, training, RM meetings, and so on. But, we do it for the love of the sport and the smiles we all see on the diamonds (and off!) each and every Spring.
A few things to update parents and players on as we head into April:
- We have some batting helmets for sale for those of you that don’t have yet. Come out to one of the Clinics or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will hopefully be having some practice sessions and clinics in April. Check here often for details, but they will also be posted on the clinics page.
- Registrations are still being accepted. The forms are available here on the site. Once completed, bring to one of the sessions/practices/clinics or email us on email@example.com to arrange a drop-off. If you have questions, email us and one of us will call you to discuss.
- Due to the increase in interest in softball this year, which is of course fantastic, this means that we will likely have two teams at many levels. It also means we will be in need of coaching help. Our senior coaches will be available to get you up to speed if you are new to softball, or even if you are new to coaching, so please do reach out if you are interested.
- As well, each team needs not only a dedicated Head Coach, but several other key positions, including assistants, team managers and scorekeepers. Once the teams have been created and you get to know your coach, please let them know if you can help. We rely on parent help both on and off the diamond to maximise the player experience.
- As SMSA grows, we are in the process of assessing our needs administratively and, as such, will be reaching out for volunteers for a few positions on the Executive. Details will be forthcoming and posted here on the website.
- Finally, please note that clinics for this Friday (24 March) are staggered. Please see the clinics page for detailed information.
That’s all for now. Updates could be fast and furious and posted here as they come in. Don’t forget to scroll down in case you missed something.
As always, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Given our 10 March clinic was so well attended, and we anticipate similar numbers, we’ve decided to split our next clinic (24 March) as follows:
Learn To Play: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
U10: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
U12 and older: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Any questions, reach out via email: email@example.com
See you all on 24 March!
The last day to register in person is today, 6 March, at the One Insurance Arena in Oakbank (7pm – 9pm). You can print and fill in the forms in advance if you wish.
We can often accommodate late registrations (email us to arrange), however placement into teams is usually on a ‘first come/first saved‘ manner so we cannot make any firm guarantees. More information is available on our Registration page.
Last update: 6 March 2017 @ 10:33CST
The next spring registration session will take place on 6 March from 7pm to 9pm (both nights) at the One Insurance Arena in Oakbank.
Here are the forms that you will asked to complete. We’ve included them here for your convenience if you would like to print and complete beforehand:
2017 REGISTRATION FORM
PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE FORM
It may feel like spring, but we’re not quite there yet!
A few updates:
- CLINIC UPDATES: There is no Friday night clinic this coming Friday (24 February). The Thursday pitching clinic on the 23rd, however, is still being run. Check the Clinics page for the most up-to-date list of when clinics are being run.
- REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 SEASON: The first registration session for the 2017 softball season will be on 27 February from 7pm to 9pm at the One Insurance Arena in Oakbank. The next registration date is 6 March (also 7pm to 9pm). Further information, including fees and our registration form, can be found on our registration page.
Feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.