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Rep Tryout Dates - 2019/2020 Season - UPDATE SEPT. 10/19

The City has closed fields for tonight (September 10, 2019).  Please see the updated tryout times/locations for the U12 and U14 tryouts scheduled for tonight.

 

The BDGSA is pleased to announce the following rep head coaches for the upcoming 2019/2020 season:

U12 (2008/2009) - Jason Duval - jduval11@hotmail.com

Jason has coached in the BDGSA for several years in our houseleague and select programs.  Most recently, he was the assistant coach of the 2019 U12 Select Provincial Bronze Medalists!  We are very happy to have him take on this new role as head coach of the 2020 U12 Rep team.

U14 (2006/2007) - Brad Leliever - bl198328@gmail.com

Brad has coached in the BDGSA for several years in our houseleague, select, and rep programs.  Most recently, he was the head coach of the 2019 U12 Rep Provincial Gold Medalists!  We are very happy to have him back.

U16 (2004/2005) - David Mahaffey - mahaffeysoftball@gmail.com

Dave has coached in the BDGSA for many years in our rep program.  He most recently coached our 2019 U14 Rep team to a top 10 A-Pool finish at provincials.

The following tryout dates have been confirmed:

U12 Tryout Dates

Wednesday September 4th Ferndale 6-8pm -138 Ferndale Drive South (accessed off Summerset Drive)

Thursday September 5th Kearsy 6-8pm

Wednesday September 11th Shear Park 6-8pm - 21 Holgate Street, Barrie

U14 Tryout Dates

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6-8pm - Shear Park - 21 Holgate Street, Barrie

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6-8pm - Ferndale Park  - 138 Ferndale Drive South (accessed off Summerset Drive)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6-8pm - The Warehouse - 49 Truman Road, Barrie

U16 Tryout Dates

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 6:30-8:30pm - Shear Park - 21 Holgate Street, Barrie

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:30-8:30pm - Shear Park - 21 Holgate Street, Barrie

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10am-12pm - Shear Park - 21 Holgate Street, Barrie

Please ensure you register for tryouts at the following link:

https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=barriesoftball&formID=136241 

We are still actively pursuing coaches for our U10 and U19 divisions for the upcoming year.  Once a coach has been announced, we will post additional tryout dates.  Contact rep.bdgsa@gmail.com if you're interested.


BDGSA House League/Select Banquet & Awards - Wednesday September 18th, 2019

With the successful wrap up of the 2019 BDGSA softball season, we would like to invite players and coaches to the year-end banquet on Wednesday September 18th, 2019.  This exciting evening which includes spaghetti dinner by Casal Catering and awards ceremony will take place at Lions Gate Hall in the east end of Barrie, located at 386 Blake Street
There are two seatings based on divisions as follows:
 
Tyke, Mite & Squirt Divisions
Doors open: 5:30pm.
Dinner: 6:00pm.  Includes cold veggie sticks, garlic bread, spaghetti and tomato sauce (prepared separately from spaghetti), Costco cake.
Pick up: 7:30pm.
 
Novice & B2V Divisions
Arrival: 7:45pm.
Dinner: 8:00pm.  Includes caesar or garden salad, garlic bread, spaghetti and tomato sauce or meat sauce (prepared separately from spaghetti), Costco cake.
Pick up/Departure: 9:30pm.
 
Food accommodations can be made.  Please advise any food restrictions and alternatives will be provided. 
 
Please RSVP no later than Sunday September 8th by using the link: https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=barriesoftball&formID=106177
 
 
 
New this year, we will be accepting donations to Sick Kids Hospital at the door.  We know that past and present BDGSA families have benefitted from the care provided by this amazing children's hospital.  We thank you for any donation that you are able to provide.
 
 
 
 
 

Barrie U12 Selects win Bronze at Provincial Championships

Down 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th, the girls hit a bases loaded double for a walk off win to bring home

the Bronze medal from the OSSTA Squirt Provincial Championships in St. Catharines.

Congratulations ladies!


Barrie U12 Rep Team wins GOLD at Provincials!!

Mission Accomplished! Barrie Storm U12 Rep goes undefeated at the Provincial Grand Championship in Windsor to secure a spot in the Gold Medal game.

Unfortunately, the game was suspended and ultimately called off at 9pm due to a severe storm passing through the region. With Barrie up 2 to 1 in the middle of the 5th inning of a tight contest with respected rival the Brampton Blazers Burgundy, PWSA reverted to the last completed inning - which was tied. PWSA made the decision to award Gold Medals to both teams. Barrie Storm Squirt Rep Team could not be prouder to share this honor with Brampton Blazers Burgundy.

With an overall season record of 38 wins and 8 losses, this group of young ladies had its most successful season to date. The coaches could not be more proud of the girls and the work they put in over the last year.  Congrats ladies!!

 


U14 Barrie Storm Select brings home Bronze!

Congratulations to the Novice Select team on bringing home the BRONZE

medal at the OSSTA Provincial Championships. Great job ladies!


Barrie Storm U14 Rep finishes 10th!

Congratulations to our U14 Rep Team on their Tier II A Pool 10th place finish!


Barrie U16 Rep brings home Bronze at Provincials!

 U16 Barrie Rep Storm wins Bronze medals in Tier II B Pool Provincials.  Well done ladies!!


2019/2010 Rep Coaching Applications Due Tonight Before Midnight

The BDGSA is now accepting applications for "REP" coaches for the upcoming 2019-2020 season for the following divisions:

U10 (2010-2011)

U12 (2008-2009)

U14 (2006-2007)

U16 (2004-2005)

U19 (2001-2003)

If you would like to coach a BDGSA Rep team, please click on the "Coaches Application" link on the right-hand side of the BDGSA home page

(https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=barriesoftball&formID=90514)

 

 and send in your application by end of day (11:59pm) Monday, July 29, 2019.

If you are interested in participating on a rep team, tryouts for rep programs will commence the week of September 2, 2019 following Labour Day Weekend (dates to be announced following rep coach selection).  Stay tuned!

Should you have any questions, please email the VP of Rep at rep.bdgsa@gmail.com.


4 Select Tournaments, 4 Select Medals! Congratulations Ladies!!

Barrie U19 Select Girls take home Silver in the Grand Championships in Cambridge!

 

Barrie U16 Select Girls take home Bronze in Vaughan!

 

Barrie U14 Select Girls take home Silver in Etobicoke!

 

Barrie U12 Select Girls take home Gold from Mississauga!


Barrie U10 Select Brings home Bronze!

The Barrie Storm U10 Select conquer the elements to bring home Bronze from Etobicoke!

Congratulations to the Barrie Squirt Select team in battling through 45 degree weather to bring home a well-deserved Bronze medal from Etobicoke this weekend.

Great Job ladies!


U14 Rep Storm takes Silver at PANJAM 2019

U14 Rep Storm takes Silver at PANJAM 2019
 
In mixed Tier play, Tier II Novice Storm advanced to the B Pool final round this weekend to defeat Phénix du Nord in the Quarter Finals, then Kitchener Klassics White in the Semis. The Storm encountered a strong Tier I Waterloo Ghosts Gold team in the finals, losing to the Ghosts in a 4-2 nail biter.  Congratulations, Storm!!!

Select Teams take Double Gold on Canada Day

Selects take Double Gold on Canada Day

Both the Novice and Squirt Selects won Gold medals over the Canada Day Weekend

in Vaughan. The Novice pitchers combined for a 1 hitter in the final on Saturday,

and was followed up by the Squirts combining to throw a no-hitter in the finals on Sunday.

Great Job Ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

U14 Rep Team wins Silver in Vaughan!

In a mixed Tier 1/2 Vaughan Vikings tournament, June 22-23, our T2 U14 Rep Storm won Silver in the B Pool, Vaughan Vikings U14 Jr taking the Gold


Novice Selects earn hard fought Silver in Unionville.

 

The Novice Select team overcame some key injuries and had everyone step up to bring home a hard fought Silver from Unionville.

Great team effort ladies!

 


Barrie Select Teams win medals!!

Barrie U16 Selects take home Bronze in Brantford!!

The team started off slow, with a close loss to Waterloo. The girls took a step back, regrouped and rallied with wins Versus London, St. Catherine's, and Whitby to win bronze.
Congratulations Ladies!!

 

Mite Selects Capture Silver in Milton!!

Congrats to the Mite Select Team in capturing the Silver medal in Milton this weekend.

Great Job girls!

 

 

 

 GOLDEN GIRLS! Barrie U19 Select takes home Gold in Brampton!

The Barrie U19 Selects cap off a great weekend with their first Gold medal of the year.

Congratulations ladies!

 

 


Barrie Bash Weekend is Here! June 7-9, 2019

 

The 2019 Barrie Bash was a huge success.  Thank you to all the volunteers for making it a first class tournament.  So many compliments on a great weekend.

The U12 rep team kept the bronze medal at home!  Way to go ladies! 

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The U16 rep team finished 7th out of 16 teams.  They fought back in the consolation finals to take a bronze. Way to fight back ladies! 

Our U14 rep team finished 12th out of 18 mixed tier U14 teams with a big win in the first playoff round!  Congrats ladies!

Click on the link below to see the final standings.

https://app.eventconnect.io/events/4898/schedule?nav=hidden


U16 Barrie Storm Rep Team Wins Bronze in Cobourg!

 

Way to go girls! Hard work pays off!


U12 Barrie Storm Rep wins Gold in Port Perry!

Well Done Ladies!!


Respect In Sport Certification (REQUIRED FOR ALL BDGSA PLAYERS and COACHES)

 What is this Certification?

Respect In Sport, RIS, is an on-line self-paced educational package that covers ALL sport activities and is broken down into two Certification Level Programs, one for Parents and Players, and one for Coaches and Leaders.

Why was RIS instituted?

The Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA) and BDGSA has introduced this requirement in an attempt to mitigate some of the disturbing behaviours such as abuse, bullying, and harassment that are becoming all too prominent in our sport, and to recognize and prevent these behaviours. The Leader program also deals with positive response requirements for, and interaction strategies with, young athletes.

Which Certification do I need?

Parents AND Players are required to take the “Player/Parent Program in order to qualify for league play, and BDGSA encourages both the parent and player to participate in the program and follow along together. Coaches are required to take the “Activity Leaders Program”, even if they already have the Player/Parent certification.

Will one Certification cover both Levels?

NO. The package for Leaders will not cover the Parent/Player program. That means a Coach with a player-daughter will have to take the Leader program and the player will have to take the Parent/Player program separately, preferably with the spouse/partner of the coach.

Do I need to Certify each child in my family?

NO. The RIS certification covers the entire family regardless of how many children you have.

What do I do if I am already RIS Certified in another sport?

NOTHING. If you already have a RIS certificate obtained though another sport, you are covered. Just submit your Certificate Number to BDGSA.

Does RIS expire?

YES. You will need to get recertified every FIVE (5) years.

Where can I get Certified?

Parents and Players: https://softballcanada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/

Coaches and Activity Leaders: https://softballcanada-activityleader.respectgroupinc.com/

 

A Sad Goodbye

It is with the saddest of hearts that we say goodbye to Travis Janaway who passed away on Saturday,  January 5, 2019.

Travis has been an integral part of our league for many years as a coach and volunteer. He will be dearly missed both on and off the diamond.

Details for Travis' visitations and service can be found at the link below.

https://www.adamsfuneralhome.ca/obituaries/travis-david-janaway/29654/

Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME (445 St. Vincent Street Barrie) on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 1 o’clock p.m. with visitation from 12 p.m. Memorial donations to Seasons Centre for Grieving Children would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.ca

Our deepest sympathies to Kristine, Victoria, Katie and the rest of Travis' family at this time.


BDGSA Apparel On Sale Now at Centretown!

New Barrie Storm apparel is now available at Centretown Sports!  The apparel will be available throughout the year.  We have exciting new products to check out! 

This year, Centretown will be offering hoodies (navy and red), triple threat jackets (red and navy), sweatpants (navy and grey), toques (red and navy), caps (red and navy), 3/4 length sleeve Rawlings hoodies (grey), and long sleeve T-shirts (white and navy).  $5 from every sale will be given back to the BDGSA so don’t delay, head out to Centretown, show your league spirit, and grab your items.

More information on apparel below:

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2018/2019 BDGSA Executive and Directors

We are so pleased at the turnout for the 2018 AGM with close to 30 members in attendance.  We appreciate everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate in some very important decisions for our league for the upcoming season.  Anyone wishing to help out in any role within our league, please do not hesitate to reach out the appropriate contact below to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Our league continues to grow and improve thanks to the dedication of our volunteers. 

We would like to welcome the new 2018/2019 Executive and Directors:

President - Christi Groves (returning for the 1st year of her 2-year term) - bdgsa.president@gmail.com

Vice President - Brian Weekes (returning for the 2nd year of his 2-year term) - bdgsa.vicepresident@gmail.com

VP Houseleague - David Drew (new member) - bdgsa.vphouse@gmail.com

VP Rep - Sean Hayward (new member) - rep.bdgsa@gmail.com

Treasurer - Kristine Janaway (returning member) - bdgsa.treasurer@gmail.com

Secretary - Michelle Hayward (returning member) - bdgsa.secretary@gmail.com

 

In addition to the newly appointed Executive, we would like to welcome some additional members to our team:

Equipment Manager - Christina Phillips (returning in same position)  - bdgsa.equipment@gmail.com

Bingo Coordinator - Manisha Nickelchok - bdgsa.bingo@gmail.com 

Umpire-in-Chief - Peter Kluszczynski (returning in same position) - kluzzy@sympatico.ca

Director of Social Media - Danielle Morgan (new member) - bdgsa.media@gmail.com

Director of Select - Mark Murphy (returning member) - bdgsa.select@gmail.com

Director of Sponsorship - Annie Burgess (returning member) - bdgsa.sponsor@gmail.com

Director of Volunteers - Manisha Nickelchok (returning member) - bdgsa.volunteers@gmail.com

Barrie Bash Convener - Sean Hayward - barrie.bash19@gmail.com

Director of Player Development - Vacant - we are currently looking for a candidate to fill the role as Director of Player Development.  If you feel you may have the desire to help in this role of ensuring a program that offers the maximum growth and development of our players in houseleague, select and rep, please contact Brian Weekes to inquire.

We would also like to congratulate our following 2018 award winners:

Winner of the 2018 Coach of the Year Award - Hardy Stockley

Winner of the 2018 Wayne Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award - Sean Hayward

 


Fair Play in BDGSA...Fun For Everyone!

The goal of the BDGSA Softball Programs is to ensure all players have a rewarding, memorable, safe and fun experience while participating in our programs. Providing a safe environment is a collaborative process. We ask that parents/guardians/coaches/spectators adhere to the guidelines below and we ask that you also share the following league guidelines with your child/ren:

Respect others and their property

Hands off

No bullying behavior by players, coaches or parents

Listen to the coaches/team managers

Stay with the team while at the ball park

Use appropriate language at all times (this applies to everyone)

HAVE FUN!

If the above guidelines cannot be met, the BDSGA Executive will follow up to address concerns. Parent, coach, and/or player conferences may be required to address concerns at any time during the season.

** Physical or emotional aggression towards another person or oneself (by anyone) may result in a temporary or full suspension from the league. **


Anonymous Feedback Forms

Now that the league games have started and the rep and select programs are also well underway, please provide feedback to the league throughout the year so that the Executive can be kept apprised of the year (good or bad).  Please click on this link https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=barriesoftball&formID=123153 to let us know how your year is going.  We are doing our best and would like to continue to improve. 


Annual Offence Declarations

Coaches with a record check on file (completed within the last 4 years) must complete this form if planning to coach again in the 2018 season.  Please submit your completed forms to bdgsa.vphouse@gmail.com.

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