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The following Bid to Host dates are coming up!
Softball Saskatchewan
2205 Victoria Ave
Regina, SK
S4P 0S4
Phone: 780-9235
Fax: 780-9483
[email protected]
www.softball.sk.ca
Winter Issue
December 2015
The office will be closed December 24th to January 3rd.
 2016 Application to Support an ‘A’ Team deadline February 1st
 District and Inter-Provincial Transfer Applications: February 15th
for ‘A’ Category and April 15th for ‘B’ & ‘C’ Category
 Board of Director Nomination deadline April 1st
 Softball Saskatchewan Annual General Meeting - April 30th in
Regina
Inside this issue:
Competition
Introduction Evaluation
Changes
The following Bid to Host dates are coming up!
Upcoming Clinics
2016 Provincial
Championships
BlastBall
New Rules
5 Week CANpitch Clinics - December 16th
 3 Week SASKhit Clinics - January 31st
Community Softball Coach Clinics - January 31st
 Softball Fever Camp - January 31st
 Umpire Clinics - February 1, 2016
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We have extended the deadline for Provincial Championship Bids to
Host. See pages 5 for the available Championships.
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2015 Western Canadian Championship Results
CATEGORY
FEMALE
MALE
U14
2nd: Twin City Angels
1st: Prince Albert Astros
U16
4th: Unity Panthers
7th: Saskatoon Lasers
8th: Regina Revenge
2nd: Shellbrook Rangers
U18
9th: Battleford Bandits
10th: Moose Jaw Ice
3rd: Conquest Coyotes
6th: Shellbrook Rangers
U21
1st:: UK Royals
5th: Earl Grey Heat
No Championship Held
Senior B
3rd: Carnduff Southeast Steelers
5th: Regina Gold
1st: Bulyea Rustlers
Masters
No Championship Held
3rd: Saskatoon AGI Masters
5th: Saskatoon Padre Masers
2015 Canadian Championship Results
U14 Girls
U18 Girls
Saskatoon Lasers - 9th in Cup Division
Saskatoon Selects - 8th in Cup Division
Lumsden Cubs - 2nd in Bowl Division
Prince Albert Aces - 4th in Bowl Division
U16 Girls
Lumsden Cubs - 4th in Bowl Division
Saskatoon Lasers - 1st in Plate Division
Prince Albert Aces - 6th in Plate Division
U18 Boys
Prince Albert Astros - 4th Place
Saskatoon Selects - 5th Place
U16 Boys
U21 Men
Prince Albert Astros - 3rd Place
Warman Poly Plus Pride - 7th Place
Saskatoon Selects - 8th Place
Saskatoon Jr. Diamondbacks - 5th Place
Saskatoon Jr. Bullets - 7th Place
Senior Men
Saskatoon Sr. Diamondbacks - 6th Place
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5 Week CANpitch Clinics
The following clinics have been scheduled. Please check our website for additional
dates and locations.
Saskatoon - Feb 7, 28 & March 6, 13, 20
Regina - Feb 21, 28 & March 6, 13, 20
Community Softball Coach Clinics
Please check the website for dates and locations
Competition Introduction Clinics
We currently have the following scheduled clinics:
Regina: Weekend 1 - March 19 & 20 Weekend 2 - April 9 & 10
Saskatoon: Weekend 1 - March 5 & 6 Weekend 2 - April 16 & 17
Competition Introduction Evaluation Options
Softball Saskatchewan has released the new options for obtaining your evaluation for Competition Introduction
Softball Coach certification.
1. On-field Evaluation
2. Video Submission Evaluation
3. Evaluation at a High Performance Camp
For more information and to download an Application form, please visit our website www.softball.sk.ca
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Respect in Sport
Softball Saskatchewan is committed to creating a sport environment in which all
individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Coaches have a responsibility to create a sporting environment that is free from harassment, abuse, bullying and neglect.
Softball Saskatchewan now requires that all coaches participating in the sport of softball have
completed the online Respect in Sport (RiS) certification, as required by Sask Sport Inc.
Certification is required prior to the start of the season.
Please visit our website, www.softball.sk.ca, for our policy, registration instructions and a list of
frequently asked questions.
What if I’ve taken a similar course?
If you’ve taken the course for a different sport, there are two ways to ensure we can verify it.
1. You can “Port Your Certificate”
2. You can “Add a New Association”
Please visit our website or log in to your Respect Group Inc. profile for
instructions for both option.
LEARN TO PLAY - BLASTBALL & ACTIVE SOFTBALL SCHOOL PROGRAM
BLASTBALL is the first softball/baseball type game specifically designed for children who
have no experience playing softball i.e. Kindergarten to Grade 2. BlastBall is very flexible
and can be incorporated into the Physical Education Curriculum in a variety of ways. It
can fit into a unit teachers are presently teaching on the basic movement patterns of
sending and receiving or it can be used as the main method of introducing these key
movement patterns
ACTIVE SOFTBALL is designed for Grades 3-8, to teach students movement skills and
concepts through the sport of Softball. Active Softball introduces combinations of
loco-motor movements using different drills and applies a variety of tactical solutions while
developing interpersonal skills during the different physical activities
For more information, please contact the
Softball Saskatchewan Office.
BlastBall Equipment is available from Home Run Sports.
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2016 Provincial Championship Dates & Locations
MINOR CATEGORIES
U18 "A" Girls
U18 "B" Girls
U19 "C" Girls
U16 "A" Girls
U16 "B" Girls
DATES
July 15th - 17th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 15th - 17th
U16 "C" Girls
U14 "A" Girls
U14 "B" Girls
U14 "C" Girls - North
U14 "C" Girls - South
U12 "A" Girls
U12 "B" Girls
U12 "C" Girls - North
U12 "C" Girls - South
July 15th - 17th
July 8th - 10th
July 15th - 17th
July 15th - 17th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
U18 "A" Boys
U18 "B" Boys
U16 "A" Boys
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
U16 "B" Boys
LOCATIONS
Prince Albert
Saskatoon
OPEN
Regina
Regina
OPEN
Prince Albert
Regina
Watrous
OPEN
Saskatoon
Battlefords
Unity
OPEN
Saskatoon
OPEN
Saskatoon
OPEN
U14 "A" Boys
U14 "B" Boys
U12 "A" Boys
U12 "B" Boys
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
July 8th - 10th
U10 Co-ed Festival
U10 Co-ed Festival
June 4th & 5th
June 11th & 12th
Regina
Saskatoon
ADULT CATEGORIES
U21 "A" Women's
U21 "B" Women's
Senior "A" Women's
Senior "B" Women's
Senior "C" Women's
U21 "A" Men's
DATES
July 15th - 17th
July 15th - 17th
July 22nd - 24th
July 15th - 17th
July 22nd - 24th
July 15th - 17th
Saskatoon
Saskatoon
OPEN
Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Senior "A" Men's
July 22nd- 24th
Saskatoon
Senior "B" Men's
Senior "C" Men's
Master Men's
July 15th - 17th
July 22nd - 24th
July 15th - 17th
OPEN
Prince Albert
Saskatoon
SLO-PITCH CATEGORY
Sr. Men's
July 8th - 10th
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Saskatoon
OPEN
OPEN
OPEN
CANADIANS/WESTERNS
Charlottetown, PEI (Aug. 8 - 14)
Winnipeg, MB (Aug. 4 - 7)
Montreal. Que. (Aug. 17 - 21)
St. Albert, Alta (W) (July 29 Aug. 1)
Winnipeg, Man. (Aug. 17 - 21)
BC (W)
Saskatoon, Sk (Aug. 9 - 14)
Winnipeg, MB (Aug. 4 - 7)
Owen Sound, Ont. (Aug. 10 - 14)
St. Albert, Alta (W) (July 29 Aug. 1)
Saskatoon, Sk (Aug. 10 - 14)
BC (W)
Summerside, PEI (Aug. 3 - 7)
Unity, Sk. (July 29th - Aug. 1st)
O'Leary, PEI (Aug. 24 - 28)
BC
Tavistock, Ont. (Aug. 2 - 7)
St. John's, NFLD (Aug. 31 - Sept
4)
BC
Hay River, NWT (July 28 - 31)
Whitehorse, YK (Aug. 7 - 13)
Following is a summary of changes to our 2016 Operating Rules. The 2016 Handbook will be
available in January.
 Affiliation Fee’s – Increased in part due to online registration coming
Affiliation Fee Structure:
i.
Association Affiliation - $50.00/per Association
ii. Players Under 10 years of age (Born 2006 or later): $12.00 per person.
Includes Learn to Play, Initiation, Mite and T-Ball teams
iii. Players Under 18 years of age (Born 1998-2005): $17.00 per person.
Includes U12, U14, U16 and U18
iv. Players 18 years of age and older (Born 1997 and later): $17.00 per person.
Includes U21 (Junior), Senior and Masters
v. All Coaches and Managers, $12.00 per person
 Slo-Pitch/Orthodox team Affiliation Fee’s increased to $175.00/team
 Softball Saskatchewan has designated the following as “A” centers; Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman. These centers must have “A” team(s) in all minor Girls age categories. All other
Minor Softball Associations (NOT teams) must apply to Softball Saskatchewan by Feb. 1 st annually
to register “A” teams in Provincial Championships
 Provincial Championship Registration Fee’s increased by $50/team
 The deadline for “A” District Transfers is Feb. 15th
 The deadline for “A” Player Releases is Feb. 15th
 District Transfers will not be accepted for U12 Players
 In ALL U14 categories there will be a maximum of seven (7) runs scored per half inning
 The every one bats rule will only be used in the U14 C Girls and all U12 Boys and Girls categories
 The U14 A Boys and Girls category Provincial Champion must attend the Canadian Championship
 The U14 B Boys and Girls and U16 B Boys and Girls categories will now lead to a Western Canadian
Championship. (Please note higher coaching certification standards necessary to enter)
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 If there are 1-6 teams registered in a category a 3rd team (3rd being host team) may attend a Canadian Championship and if there are 7 or more teams registered a 4 th team (4th being Host team) may
attend a Canadian Championship
 Coaching Certification Changes effective 2016 outlined below:
Section 5: N.C.C.P. Coaching Certification Requirements
a. All Minor teams registering for a Provincial Championship that does not lead to a Western Canadian or Canadian Championship require a minimum of one coach who has completed the Community Softball Coach Clinic OR Softball Competition Introduction weekend 1 and weekend 2 OR have a
complete Softball Level 1 Coaching Certificate under the old system.
b. All teams registering for a Provincial Championship that leads to a Western Canadian or Canadian Championship require a minimum of one (1) Coach to be fully certified Competition Introduction
which includes weekend 1 and weekend 2, the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) online exam and evaluation component OR have a complete Softball Level II Coaching Certificate under the old system.
Exception: Masters teams require one coach who has completed the Community Softball
Coach
Clinic or Softball Level 1 Coaching Certificate under the old system.
C. A certified coach must be in attendance and on the bench at all Provincial Championship games.
Effect: Absent coach is fined $100.00 and no base coaches will be allowed on the playing field.
Note: Certified coaches not attending Provincial Championships will be automatically suspended
(pending appeal) as per Rule 10.
d. Teams who do not have a certified coach on the Provincial Roster at the Provincial Roster registration deadline will be fined $100. No exceptions. Teams will still be required to add a certified
coach prior to the Provincial Roster being approved.
e. All Coaches and Managers listed on a Provincial Roster must have the Respect In Sport (RIS)
Certification as mandated by Sask Sport.
Note: All coaches under the old system of coaching certification must complete the
Make Ethical Decisions online exam by 2021 in order to stay certified.
 Provincial Championship Team categories for Regina & Saskatoon changed to minimum number
outlined below:
District 2 (Regina) and District 6 (Saskatoon) must register a minimum of 4 teams in the U12 A
Girls, a minimum of 4 teams in the U14 A Girls, a minimum of 3 teams in the U16 A Girls and a
minimum of 2 teams in the U18 A Girls categories. District 2 and 6 may register teams in the B
and C categories.
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 The following definitions were changed
Article II. DEFINITIONS
A.
ASSOCIATION - a group of volunteers, whether incorporated as a Non-Profit Corporation or
not, organized to administer the operation of softball within the Province of Saskatchewan and in
accordance with the Bylaws and Operating Rules of Softball Saskatchewan. The group will be administering softball within a center or a District. Associations that apply for membership will have all rights
allotted by Softball Saskatchewan. A softball association must have at least two (2) or more recognized
divisions in operation to qualify for admission. All teams in an association must have common signing officers for the purpose of registration and releases, and provide this information to the Executive Director of Softball Saskatchewan. Any changes in the officers of an association set up must be
forwarded to the Executive Director of Softball Saskatchewan as they occur.
B.
LEAGUE - a combination of teams affiliated with Softball Saskatchewan through their respective Associations or with another Province that is a member of Softball Canada who compete among
themselves based on a regular schedule of games established by an elected or appointed group of
individuals affiliated with Softball Saskatchewan. Leagues that apply for membership will have all
rights allotted by Softball Saskatchewan. Leagues must have at least four (4) teams and a league Executive to be eligible for admission into Softball Saskatchewan.
C.
CENTER - For Minor Softball only - any city, town, village incorporated, as defined by the
Dept. of Urban Affairs and listed in the most recent Municipal Directory and which had a Minor
Softball Association affiliated with Softball Saskatchewan the previous season.
D.
NON-CENTER - For Minor Softball Only, any city, town, or village incorporated, as defined
by the Department of Urban Affairs and listed in the most recent Municipal Directory and which
did not have a Minor Softball Association affiliated with Softball Saskatchewan the previous season.
E.
DIVISION - Masters (40+ male, 35+ female), Senior (Male & Female), U21 (Male & Female)
and Minor (includes both male and female) in the following age categories: U18, U16, U14, U12 and
U10/U8/U6 (including Learn to Play Programs, Mite, Parent Pitch, Blastball, Novice, etc).
F.
TEAMS – That apply for membership will have all rights allotted by Softball Saskatchewan
and the privilege to apply to register for Provincial Championships. Individual Teams must demonstrate that no League or Association exists in their area in order to be accepted and approved for
membership.
G.
UMPIRE ASSOCIATIONS – Will qualify for membership into Softball Saskatchewan if they
have 5 or more registered umpires in their Association.
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 Our Residency Rule was updated and changed as follows;
RULE 1: RESIDENCY
Section 1:
a)
Players and Coaches registered on a team with the Association must be residents of Saskatchewan as of June 1st of the current playing year. Players and Coaches that are not Canadian citizens may participate in a Provincial Championship provided that they have been CONTINUOUS residents of Saskatchewan for one (1) calendar year prior to the Provincial Championship registration deadline date (June 1st) and meet all other residency requirements. Players
and Coaches registered on teams in categories which lead to a Canadian Championship must
adhere to the Softball Canada Residency Rule of May 1st.
b)
An urban player is defined as any player who lives within the corporate limits of any c i t y ,
town, village or hamlet. Rural players must use the legal land description of
the
home quarter. (P.O. box numbers and sites are not acceptable).
c)
For the purpose of determining communities, any urban community with a population of 100
or less will not be counted as one of the communities. We will use the most recent Government Census to define the populations.
d)
For Minor softball registration purposes the address for players from the center/non- c e n ter shall be the address of the player’s parent(s) and/or the address of the person
who is in
loco parentis of the player within the District. Postal Addresses i.e. post box
number or sites are
not acceptable (Must list the center/non-center they reside nearest to or reside in within the district).
e)
For Minor Softball registration purposes the address from rural areas shall be the
Center/Non-Center closest to the residence of the player’s parent(s) and/or the person
who is in
loco parentis of the player within the District.
f)
For Adult softball registration purposes the address shall be the player’s place of residence.
g)
For Adult softball registration purposes the address for players from rural areas shall be
the Center closest to the player’s place of residence.
h) A player living in the rural area shall determine the closest center/non-center by a straight line
between the closest point of the center/non-center city/town/village limits to the closest point to
the quarter section or acreage on which the said residence is located.
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Section 2: General Residential Regulations
A.
It shall be the obligation/responsibility of Softball Saskatchewan, in their sole and unfettered
discretion to implement residency affiliation and registration regulations for the formation of teams.
B.
Minor Players must register in the District where their parent(s)/court appointed g uar dian(s)
reside.
C.
Residence is established by:
a) The parents’ usual residence when parents live in the same house, or if one of the parents is
deceased, the usual residence of the surviving parent.
b) In cases where parents do not live in the same residence, the legal residence is the usual residence of the parent having legal custody of the player;
OR,
If both parents have legal custody, the usual residence of the parent with whom the player usually lives;
OR again,
If the player lives equally with both parents, his/her place of residence shall be determined by
Softball Saskatchewan.
D.
When legal custody has been granted to a third person, the usual residence shall be determined
by Softball Saskatchewan.
NOTE: The term “usual residence” is defined as four (4) out of seven (7) days.
NOTE: In the application of the above, the term “legal custody” and/or “legal guardian”
refers to the granting of custody as determined by a Court of Law in one of the following
circumstances:
- The application of the Divorce Law,
- In the case of legal separation,
- Loss of parental authority,
- When it is deemed the child’s development is compromised,
- When both (2) parents are deceased,
- Married, or the equivalent of married.
2016 Softball Saskatchewan Annual General Meeting
Our 2016 AGM will be held at the Regina Ramada Plaza on April 30th from 1pm - 3pm. If
you plan to attend, please RSVP to the office by April 11th.
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