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ONTARIO BANTAM SELECT SOFTBALL BRONZE MEDALISTS (2016);
ONTARIO MIDGET SELECT SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS (2017)

 

Softball Overview

 

Goal

 

The goal of our softball teams is to help girls develop a love for the game of softball. This is accomplished by focusing on teaching softball's fundamental skills and strategies in a safe and fun environment. Our softball teams compete in the Mississauga Girls Softball Association (MGSA).

 

Divisions

 

The Cardinals offer softball teams for the following divisions/age groups based on the player's age as of December 31st of the playing season.

 

  • Mite 7/10 year olds
  • Squirt 11/12 year olds
  • Novice 13/14 year olds
  • Bantam 15/16 year olds
  • Midget 17/22 year olds
  • Ladies 21+ year olds

 

Registration

 

Players should register at one of walk-in registration days or use the online registration. Players must bring a completed registration form and payment in the form of a credit/debit card, cheque or cash. Players new to the Cardinals organization must also bring a photocopy of their birth certificate with them.

 

What happens next?

 

By mid-April coaches will contact players and schedule a first team practice. At this practice, the coach will distribute uniforms as well as a schedule for uniform adjustments, games, practices, playoffs and picture day. Teams typically play one game per week and practice once per week throughout the summer in our community. Younger teams have little to no travel outside of our community. Older teams have modest travel to Halton or west-Etobicoke.

 

What do I bring?

 

  • Knapsack to hold what you are bringing with you to the park
  • Baseball shoes with rubber cleats. Regular running shoes are OK for Mite
  • Hat
  • Softball glove
  • All teams provide bats. Players may provide their own bats if approved by their coach.
  • Batting gloves are optional
  • Full uniform for games and athletic clothing for practices. You may wear your uniform to practice if you like.
  • Always bring a hat to games and practices.
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Warm up jacket/sweatshirt for cold/wet weather

 

When and where are the games and practices?

 

Games times and locations are determined by the MGSA. Practice times and locations are determined by the coaches.

 

Other important events

 

Please make every effort schedule vacations around the following events.

 

1. Picture Day/Opening Day

 

2. Playoffs 

 

From 2002 to 2017 the Erindale girl's softball program has won:

31 Regular Season Pennants Winners
30 Playoff Championships
26 Playoff Finalists

We have a strong, stable and growing program that provides for a fun summer of play for all girls in the City of Mississauga. We are located in central Mississauga, playing our home games at Martin Dobkin diamond, just south of Square One Shopping Mall. Our program features winter pitching and skills clinics, summer Select teams at all levels, weekly practices for all house league teams at all ages. We have a strong, dedicated group of coaches who provide a positive learning environment for all players.

Our teams play in the Mississauga Girls Softball Association, interlocking with other teams from Mississauga and west Etobicoke.

Girls progress through the various softball divisions, while developing skills in a fun competitive environment. Our program is focused on skills development throughout the year, with winter skills and pitching clinics available to all players.

For more information on registering your daughter in Erindale for the 2018 season, please email us at softballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca .

 

Division Ages Skill Level
Mite 7-10 Introduction to windmill pitching, and basic softball fundamentals. Combination of machine pitch and live pitching. Pitching is from 30' and bases set at 45'.
Squirt 11-12 Continued skill development. Introduce base stealing and sliding. Bases are 55', and pitching from 35'.
Novice 13-14 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 38'. Refining skills.
Bantam 15-16 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 40'.
Midget 17-22 Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 43'.
Ladies  23 & up  Full softball rules. Regulation 60' bases, and pitching from 43' 

 

 

 

The number one reason girls love to play fastpitch is because it’s fun! Participating is fun. Running, hitting, sliding, catching, stealing, it’s all fun and it’s exciting. Our younger teams even have their own cheers!

When girls are playing a team sport it is something THEY are doing. They are making things happen. They are totally involved in the outcome. This makes them feel they are important, valuable and that they are needed. This creates self confidence and good self esteem.

 

Fastpitch requires a certain skill set. Developing and mastering these skills is challenging and very rewarding. The girls see that they are becoming faster, hitting farther, catching better, etc. and this creates a sense of pride and accomplishment as well as instilling discipline and dedication.

 

By being a member of a team the girls learn about team spirit and working together toward a common goal. They learn to rely on each other and support each other through the wins and the loses. Each member of the team is critical to its success. The team uniforms help to reinforce a sense of pride in the team and the community it represents.

 

The benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Physically fit children are not only healthier but recent studies suggest that they often do better in school as well.

 

Everyone needs a dream, for some it is to one day play at a professional or Olympic level. Fastpitch was watched by millions this year as the American team went undefeated at the Olympics. It generated interest in a whole new generation of girls.

 

Erindale teams are coached by experienced volunteers who have a passion for the game. We work on drills to improve softball skills, co-ordination, conditioning and agility. As the team or individual evolves their needs change. The coaches are continually updating and changing their practice plans to keep the practices exciting, current and relevant to the evolving team.

 

Fastpitch is a great way to make new friends whether you are new to the community or are a long time resident. Come on out and check us out.

GIRLS SOFTBALL RESULTS FROM 2002:

  Pennant Winners: Playoff Champions: Playoff Finalists:
2002 Squirt Squirt  
  Novice Novice  
  Bantam Midget  
  Midget    
2003 Mite Mite  
  Novice Midget  
  Midget    
2004 Mite 05 Mite 04 Mite 05
  Squirt 14 Squirt 13 Squirt 14
  Novice 25 Novice 25  
  Bantam 34 Bantam 34  
2005     Squirt 13
      Bantam 33
2006 Squirt 11 Mite 01 Novice 21
  Novice 21 Squirt 11  
2007 Bantam 302 Squirt 101 Bantam 301
  Midget 401 Bantam 302 Midget 401
2008 Mite 001 Bantam Blue 302 Bantam White 301
  Bantam 301    
  Midget 402    
2009 Midget 401 Novice 201 Mite 001
      Squirt 102
      Midget 403
2010 Midget 402 Squirt 101 Midget 403
    Midget 402  
2011 Junior 501 Junior 501 Squirt 102
      Bantam 301
2012 Ladies 601 Ladies 601 Mite White 001
      Squirt White 101
2013 Novice 201   Ladies 601
  Ladies 601    
2014 Junior 501  Novice White 201  Squirt White 101 
  Ladies 601  Novice Blue 202   
    Ladies 601   
2015 Junior 501 Junior 501 Ladies 601 
  Ladies 601  Mite 001  Bantam 301 
      Novice 201 
 
    Mite 002 
     2016
Bantam 302 Ladies Red Ladies White
  Ladies Red Mite 001 Mite 002
    Novice 201  
    Bantam 302  
2017
Ladies Red Ladies Red Ladies White 
    Mite 003  Mite 002 
       

Softball Select News

2017 Softball Select Teams:

Mite:
Coaches: Jason Brown/Julie Saville/Jeff Saracini
Tournaments Entered:
Milton June 17 - won Silver medal
Vaughan July 1 - did not place
Erindale July 22 - 4th place
Brantford July 29 - won Gold medal
Provincials Aug 26/27
- did not place


Squirt:
Coach: No Team in 2017
Tournaments Entered:

Novice:
Coach: No Team in 2017
Tournaments Entered:


Bantam:
Coaches: Deirdre O'Brien
Tournaments Entered:
Cambridge June 10 - won Silver medal
Brampton June 17 - did not place
Oakville July 8 - won Gold medal
Whitby July 16 - won Bronze medal
Erindale July 29
- won Gold medal

Prov
incials Aug 26/27 - did not place

Midget:
Coach: Paul Carriere/Ivan Stojanovic/Mark Greenhill/Ross Laird/Roger Collins
Tournaments Entered:
Oshawa June 11 - won Bronze medal
Brantford June 17 - won Silver medal
Forest Glade July 8/9- won Gold medal
Erindale July 23 - 4th place
Brampton July 29- did not place
Provincials August 19/20
- won Gold medal


 

2017 Select Team News:

2017 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 17 tournaments)

 

GOLD - 4 Bantam (Oakville, Erindale),  Midget (Forest Glade, OSSTA), Mite (Brantford)
SILVER - 3 Bantam (Cambridge), Mite (Milton), Midget (Brantford)
BRONZE - 2 Bantam (Whitby), Midget 
(Oshawa)


  2016 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 14 tournaments)

 

GOLD - 1 Bantam - (Forest Glade) 
SILVER - 1 Bantam (Topham Park)
BRONZE - 3 Bantam - (Brantford, OSSTA)
Novice - (Oakville)


 2015 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 14 tournaments)

GOLD - 5 Bantam - (Brantford, Forest Glade, Brampton, Erindale, OSSTA)
SILVER - 0 
BRONZE - 2 Novice - (Brampton)  Midget  (Mississauga Southwest)
 

2014 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 11 tournaments)

GOLD - 3 Novice (Ancaster, Milton), Bantam (PWSA)
SILVER - 3 Novice (Brampton, OSSTA) Bantam (Erindale)
BRONZE - 1  Novice (Etobicoke), 
  

2013 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 10 tournaments)

GOLD - 3 Novice (Mississauga North, Etobicoke), Midget (Erindale)
SILVER - 2  Novice (Mississauga Southwest), Bantam (Unionville)
BRONZE - 2  Novice (Oakville), Bantam (Topham Park)  

2012 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 11 tournaments)
 

GOLD - 0
SILVER - 5
Novice (Etobicoke and Unionville), Midget (Brantford, Erindale and Big League Canadians)
BRONZE - 3  Novice (Brampton and Oakville) Squirt (OSSTA)


2011 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 9 tournaments)

GOLD - 0

SILVER - 2 Squirt - (Ancaster), Senior (LL Canadians)

BRONZE - 1 Midget Palomba - (Oakville)


2010 MEDAL COUNT:
(after 16 tournaments)

GOLD - 4 Midget (Oakville), Bantam (Provincials, Ancaster and Erindale)
SILVER - 4 Bantam (MNBA), Novice (Whitby), Squirt (Whitby and Brampton)
BRONZE - 2 Midget Royal (Erindale), Squirt (Ancaster)

 


2009 MEDAL COUNT:

GOLD - 1
SILVER - 3
BRONZE - 2

Cardinals Select Softball Starts Strong

The Mite, Bantam and Midget Select softball teams have come out of the gate strong, winning 4 medals in five tournaments.

On June 10, the Bantams won a silver medal in Cambridge. Going 3-0 in the round robin, they ran into a strong Forest Glade team in the final. June 11 saw the Midgets go 2-1 in round robin, winning a tiebreaker to play in the Consolation final, defeating Belleville for a bronze.

June 17 saw the Mite, Bantam and Midget Select teams in action. The Mites went 2-0-1 in round robin, qualifying them to play in the Championship. They were defeated by a strong Unionville, to receive a silver medal. The Midgets won all three round robin games, to play Whitby in the final. The Whitby team had only allowed 1 run in seven games. The Midget Cardinals rallied from a 4 run deficit to tie at 4, going into the sixth inning, before running out of steam to lose 9-4.

Congrats to the players on all three teams for a strong start to the tournament season.

Cardinals Select Softball Teams On A Roll

The Cardinal Bantam and Midget Select softball teams were in action this weekend and both came home with GOLD.

The Bantams were in Oakville where the swept through the round robin, to play our respected rivals, Etobicoke Chaos in the Championship Game. Both teams battle through the 7 inning game, unable to get the better of each other. In the 8th inning, through the International Tie Breaker, the Cardinals were able to cash a run in the top of the inning. The Chaos got two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but the Bantam Cards locked it down to secure the victory.

The Midget Cardinals travelled to Windsor, for a chance to three-peat at the Forest Glade Friendship tournament. Round robin games had them at 3-1 (15-3 win over Oshawa Rebels, 9-4 loss to Mississauga Majors, 13-6 win over Forest Glade, and a 15-2 win over Topham Park). This set up a re-match with the undefeated Majors in the Championship game.  A slow start meant a 4-0 deficit going into the 4th inning. The girls rallied for one run in the 4th, two in the 6th and capped it with a five run 7th inning to capture the Championship 8-5.

Congrats to both teams.

Cardinals Select Softball Win Double Gold

All three Cardinals Select Softball teams were in action on July 29.

The Midgets were in Brampton. For the first time in five tournaments, they would not play in a medal game.

However, the Mites and Bantams more than made up for that, as both teams won Gold. The Mites won with a bases loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the 6th over Vaughan.

The Bantams, used a superior run differential to break a 3-way tie for a chance at Gold. In a nail biter, they defeated Oakville by one run to claim Gold in their home tourney.

All three teams are now preparing for Provincial tournaments at the end of August.