News

Congratulations to Zoe Delorme winner of the 2018 Rookie Umpire of the Year Award!

 Provincial Umpire In Chief Peter Kluszczynski presented Zoe with her award at the 2019 Blue Symposium in Richmond Hill on February 23rd, 2019.


Calling for all 2019 Select Coaching Applications

The BDGSA is now accepting applications for "SELECT" Head Coaches for all divisions, including:
 
Mite (U10 - 2009/2010)
Squirt (U12 - 2007/2008)
Novice (U14 - 2005/2006)
Bantam (U16 - 2003/2004)
Midget (U19 - 2000/2001/2002)
 
 
If you would like to apply to be a Head/Assistant Coach for a 2019 BDGSA Select team, please click on the attached link and send in your application by end of day March 4th, 2019.  Decisions will be made by end of day  March 15th, 2019, with notifications provided on March 18th, 2019.
 
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact bdgsa.select@gmail.com

Nikki Beale 4-Week Coaching Clinic

Breaking News!  BDGSA is excited to announce it's inaugural winter coaches clinic series.  This coaching program consists of four sessions instructed by Nikki Beale (high level provincial coach and former player) on the following dates:
 
Saturday January 26th - Hitting Mechanics/Skills and Drills.
Saturday February 16th - Pitching with Tina Andreana - Hitting UNLV style (UPDATED).
Saturday March 30th - Fielding and Throwing and more Hitting Mechanics/Skills/Drills (UPDATED).
Saturday April 13th - Strategy - Coaching kids and the parents - After the three 3 hours sessions, Nikki would get the coaches to provide her all their added questions and go through them in detail.
 
These sessions will be held at The Warehouse Indoor Training Facility (49 Truman Road, Barrie, Ontario - around the back to the left of the building, halfway down) from 6-9pm and will cost only $40 for the entire program of four sessions (or however many you're able to attend).  Whether you're a seasoned coach or looking to become a coach for the first time, there will be skills and fundamentals training in this program that will add to your existing knowledge or get you started on your way to coaching in the BDGSA.
 
TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING PROGRAM, FOLLOW THIS LINK AND COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM:
 
 
The BDGSA hopes that this may be the beginning of more coaching programs to come in future.  While it is not mandatory training for this coming season, we strongly advise attending as many sessions as possible to build or strengthen your repertoire of coaching skills.  Please register ASAP to confirm your space.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Weekes, BDGSA Vice President via email at bdgsa.vicepresident@gmail.com.

We hope to see you this weekend and throughout the entire program.

**New this Year** Register Your Respect in Sport Certification Number

Please be advised that you are required to complete and register your Respect in Sport Certification Number at https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?sid=567538409&url=barriesoftball&FormID=132137 by May 1, 2019.  Failure to do so will result in delays in participation and team placement for the 2019 season.

Player/Parent need to complete:
https://pwsaparent.respectgroupinc.com/

Head Coaches/Assistant Coaches need to complete:
http://softballcanada-activityleader.respectgroupinc.com/

PWSA has introduced this requirement to attempt to mitigate some of the disturbing behaviors that are becoming all too prominent in our sport.  We also wish to mitigate liability for the leagues, coaches and all other volunteers who give so much of their time to our athletes.  Athletes in the Women’s Open and Intermediate II divisions must complete the “Parent/Player Program”.

Coaches must complete the Activity Leader program – cost $30.00 – there is not a Code for a discount. PWSA has already negotiated a discounted rate for you. If you are a parent coach then you do not need to take the family program. However, we do require your partner/spouse to take along with your child.

Parents and the players will take the “Parent/Player program” and the $12.00 fee allows both parents and the children to take the course.  Please note – we encourage the parent to complete the program with the child.
If you have taken this course for any other sport or group, you can provide your certificate number without having to take the course again.  This course is valid regardless of the sport.

 

 


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.


2019 House League Season Registration Now Open

 

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Registration for the 2019 House League season is now Open.

 

2019 Registration Information/FAQ’s

 When does registration open/close?

 Registration opened at 9:00 am on Saturday January 12, 2019 for all House League Divisions and will run until April 7th.  Registrations received April 8th and onward will be subject to a $25 late registration fee per player.  Registration closes on April 30th

 How long is the season?

 The House League season runs from mid-May (weather dependent) until early to mid-August.  The Year End Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of August 9th – 10th, 2019. 

 What are the divisions and costs?

 Below is the tentative schedule and fees.  Please note: The City of Barrie does not confirm field allocations until late February so changes may be necessary.

 

DIVISION

BIRTH YEAR

COST

GAME NIGHT

PRACTICE NIGHT

BLASTBALL

2014-2015

$110.00

MONDAY

N/A

TYKE

2011-2013

$170.00

TUESDAY

N/A

MITE

2009-2010

$180.00

MONDAY/THURSDAY

MONDAY

SQUIRT

2007-2008

$235.00

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

NOVICE

2005-2006

$235.00

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

BANTAM

2003-2004

$315.00

SUNDAY/MONDAY

THURSDAY

MIDGET

2000-2002

$315.00

SUNDAY/MONDAY

THURSDAY

VARSITY

1998–1999

$315.00

SUNDAY/MONDAY

THURSDAY


  What does my registration fee pay for?

  • Field Costs

  • Lighting costs

  • Umpire Fee

  • Uniform Jersey

  • Equipment (baseballs, bats, helmets, bases, catchers gear etc.)

  • Team/individual picture

  • Event Day at the Barrie Sports Complex - July 6, 2019

  • Year End Banquet/Awards

  • Player and Coach Insurance

  • Administrative costs

 What equipment do I need to play?

  • Glove

  • Running shoes and/or cleats (no metal spikes please)

  • Face masks are mandatory for Tyke  level and up

 Where/when are the games played?

All House League games are played in Barrie.  Fields include Kearsey, Cloughley, Shear, Queens and Maitland.  The Tyke division will have a practice from 6:30pm - 7:00pm (NEW) followed by a game 7:00pm - 8:00pm each week.  Mite and Squirt games usually begin at 6:30pm.  Games at the Novice division and up begin at 6:30pm or 8:00pm (or a combination of both).

 Event Day this year is July 6, 2019 at the Barrie Sports Complex (subject to change based on City approval).  Games played throughout the event day are counted as regular season games.

 Is it possible for my daughter to play up a division? 

 Please register for the division that corresponds with your child’s age

  • During the registration process, there is a section for play up requests.  Please complete accordingly.

  • Play up requests will be reviewed once registration closes. 

  • Those approved to play up are responsible to pay the difference in registration fees (if any).

 Special Requests:

  • Requests to have siblings play on the same team are the only requests that will be guaranteed. 

  • Coaching requests are not permitted except under extenuating circumstance. 

  • Team balancing is the primary concern and will take precedence over special requests.

  • Special Requests to be sent by email only to bdgsa.vphouse@gmail.com

      

 I’d like to coach.  Is this possible?

New Coaches - please let us know you’re interested via the volunteer section of the registration process.  Next, complete and submit the application form found on the main page of our website.  Once received, you will be sent a volunteer letter.  Take this letter to your local police service to have your record check and vulnerable sector screening completed.  Please allow 4-6 weeks turn around. 

 Returning Coaches - if you already have a Record Check on file, you will need to complete an “annual offence declaration form” which can be found on the main page of our website.   

 Coach Commitment - Coaches must commit to attending both the game night and the divisional practice night (if applicable) as well as Event Day.

 Volunteering Information:

 The BDGSA relies on volunteers to keep registration costs down and, therefore, requests a volunteer commitment from every registrant.  We have many different ways you can help out.  Alternatively, you are also able to “buyout” of your volunteer commitment at a cost of $15 per player. 

 How can I register?

Any time after 9:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019, visit our website at www.bdgsa.com and click on the registration links.  For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal.  We will not be accepting mail in payments. 

 "Signup for Alerts" on the right hand side of the website to receive information regarding registration, updates, cancellations, schedules changes, etc. This is how we update all parents and players throughout the year. 

 Is there a discount if I register more than one player?

Yes.  The BDGSA offers a $10 discount for the second child and any children thereafter. 

 Waitlist Information:

  • Divisions fill up quickly, register early to avoid disappointment! 

  • Missed out?  Email our secretary with your waitlist request at bdgsa.secretary@gmail.com

 What is your refund policy?

  • The BDGSA will issue a full refund less administrative, insurance and uniform fees prior to May 1st with a written request.

  • No refunds will be issued after May 1st.  Exceptions may be required due to injury or illness.

  • Delinquent accounts – players with outstanding fees will be replaced with waitlisted players after May 1st unless otherwise arranged with the Treasurer. 

  Should you have any further questions regarding registration, please send an email to bdgsa.vphouse@gmail.com

 Tyke Division now requires fielder’s masks for all positions. Pitchers Helper will still be required to wear batting helmet with mask.

 For Squirt division only, REP players may register and play House League. REP pitchers will only be allowed to pitch a maximum 2 innings per game.

 


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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Congratulations Alexis Simpson and Katie Janaway for winning PWSA Top Player Awards

Congratulations to Alexis Simpson and Katie Janaway for winning PWSA Top Player awards at the 2018 Provincial Championships in August.
Alexis powered the Bantam team to a perfect 7-0 record and the Gold Medal in Strafford August 10-12th.
Katie led the Squirt team to a 6-1 record and a Silver Medal in Windsor August 17-19th. 
Both girls received their awards at the annual PWSA Awards banquet in October.

Congratulations Peter Kluszczynski - Kahunaverse Umpire of the Year!


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 - TBD - 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. **


The BDGSA is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Rep Coaches

U10 Mite - Positon not filled to date. Applications are still being accepted

U12 Squirt - Brad Leliever - BL198328@gmail.com

U14 Novice - Dave Mahaffey - 705-309-7205

U16 Bantam - Christi Groves - christig8@gmail.com - 705-718-1446 (UPDATED)

U19 Midget - Position not filled to date. Applications are still being accepted


Barrie Storm Novice Select Red brings home Silver Medal from the OSSTA Provincial Championships.

The Barrie Storm Novice Select Red Team brought home the Silver Medal from the OSSTA Provincial Championships.

These young ladies played outstanding ball all weekend and we are very proud of them. Congratulations Ladies!


Barrie Storm Bantam Rep Team brings home GOLD from Provincials!!

 

Barrie Storm Bantam Rep went undefeated to bring home Gold from Provincials in Stratford!

Congratulations 2018 Champions!!

 


Barrie Storm Novice Red Select capture well earned bronze medal in Whitby


Barrie Storm Novice Blue Select Wins Bronze!

 

Congratulations Ladies!!


The Barrie Storm Bantam Selects had a great tournament and placed

4th out of 16 teams this weekend in St. Catherines. Way to go Ladies!


Barrie Storm Squirt Select Team Wins Bronze Medal in Stouffville!


Barrie Storm Novice Red Select Team Wins Gold Medal in Brampton!

The Barrie Storm Novice Red team was in Brampton over the weekend.  After finishing first in their pool and with a thrilling come from behind victory in the semi’s, and a fantastic showing in the finals, these young ladies brought the GOLD MEDAL back to Barrie.  Great job ladies!!!


Barrie Storm Mite Select win Silver Medal in Milton!


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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