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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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