Summer 2017 Fastball Clinic
The NWT Softball Association hosted the 2nd Annual Summer 2017 Fastball Clinic for the North & South Slave and Yellowknife on August 12-13th in Yellowknife, NT at Tommy Forrest Ball Park. The two day clinic saw just over 30 youth from Wah'ti, Hay River, Fort Simpson and Yellowknife participate.
Brain Sask, returning BC Coach, provided a variety of skills and fun drills for the youth to learn about the game of Fastball. With help from the great volunteers over the weekend, Sask was able to focus on the youth's skills and watch how the group grew over the two days. Over the weekend it was evident that the youth took to the skills, drills and games with plenty of intensity and great capabilities.
President of NWT Softball, Paul Gard, is happy to see the success of the clinic. It is interest from the communities and the partnership with the Softball organization that make these clinics a success. Gard believes that "in order to develop and increase our game in the north it is critical to provide quality clinics for minor ball players across the north".
Am enourmous thank you goes out to all our volunteers over the weekend for their huge hand on making this clinics success. Also a great amount of gratitude goes out to the community leaders who helped organize the youth to attend, as well as MACA - who supported the clinic through the RYSE grant.
With the success of this clinic, the Northwest Territories will only see an increase of clinics moving around the North in the Spring.
For more information on the clinic, please contact:
Melanie Thompson, Executive Director
Congratulations to the Fire Prevention Blue Jays!
The Fire Prevention Blue Jays won their first territorial championship with an 11-8 win over the Yellowknife Racquet Club Trappers in the final game on the Pine Point Diamond in Hay River July 23, 2017.
As many of you are aware, the current website for the NWT Softball Association is lacking the functionality it needs to fully engage our members.
We have listened!
The Association is currently creating a new website to cater to the needs of our members. The website will provide a direct link to our member pages and information, Softball Canada and all other provincial associations. We will be featuring local photos, tournaments and clinics. Upcoming player, official and coaching development will have announcements and full information. The website will highlight what the association and it's members are doing across the North. As well as the opportunities offered Nationally, across the country and so much more!
The Association is aiming for a Fall launch of the website. Stayed tuned for your next link to the most up to date information of the Association!
For more information contact
Melanie Thompson, Executive Director
The RyLo Orioles take home their first tournament win at the 2017 O-Down June 16-18. With tough weather taking over Friday and Saturday, the Orioles were able to play consistant and maintain their position to move to the semi-finals on Sunday. Beating Hay River 5-2 in the second set of semis, the Orioles met the HBC Cardinals in the finals, with the Orioles taking home the win. A big congratulations to the RyLo Orioles!
2017 NAIG Update
The NWT Softball Association made the tough decision to withdrawal from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.
With no coaching lead in the territory, the Association did not feel that adequate time would be available to put together a team with a Games level skill to be competitive at the Games. Coaching staff needed to be selected in March/April in order to have a team selected for the May 1st deadline. Unfortunately there wasn't enough interest in coaching to move forward with a team.
Looking ahead, it's best for the Association to focus on events within the territory and establish a larger support base with coaches, managers and administration for our competing teams. If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved with Fastball, Softball or SloPitch, contact the NWT Softball Association to find about upcoming development opportunities.
Let's get more people in this great game, remember to get your to Association affiliate and register your members with NWT Softball. We look forward to offering more to our members and are excited about our upcoming opportunities.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact NWT Softball