MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

Ellsworth and Mullaley Retire from Men’s National Softball Team Program

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. NZL

Canada wins the Bronze medal with a 2-1 win over New Zealand at the 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - SF CAN vs. ARG

Canada will Play for Bronze at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship after a 7-0 loss to Argentina

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - QF CAN vs. CZE

Canada advances to semi-finals with 4-0 win over Czech Republic at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. RSA

Canada finishes preliminary round undefeated at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. SGP

Canada’s bats stay hot against Singapore at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. VEN

Canada Edges Venezuela at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. USA

Canada uses the long ball to defeat USA at 2019 WBSC Men’s World Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. AUS

Cleary, Mayson lead Canada to important qin over Australia at 2019 WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship

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2019 WBSC Men's Worlds - CAN vs. NED

Pauli powers Canada over Netherlands at 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

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Rosters

Selection Criteria

2019 WBSC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
SELECTION PROCESS

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SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The Men’s National Team Program for 2019 will compete in the 2019 WBSC World Championships. The purpose of this document is to set out the process used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2019 WBSC World Championship team.

This selection process has two objectives:

  1. Select eligible athletes to an Athlete Pool. Athletes in the Pool are those identified by Softball Canada as having demonstrated potential to earn a position on a current or future national team. At any given time, the Athlete Pool represents a ‘snapshot’ of Canadian talent in men’s softball.
  2. From the Pool, select the best possible Team for the WBSC World Championship. While some objective criteria will be used to select Teams, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership and team cohesion.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to be selected to the Athlete pool, an athlete must be in good standing with Softball Canada, a Canadian Citizen holding a Canadian passport or a person eligible for Canadian Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.

To be eligible to be selected to a Team, the athlete must meet any age requirements and citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing.

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

The Board of Directors has delegated authority for all decision making under this policy to the Head Coach.

The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Pool, adding additional athletes to the Pool, selecting Teams from the Pool, removing athletes from the Pool or from a Team, and selecting replacement athletes to a Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager - National Teams (NT), and with coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by Softball Canada.

SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS

POOL SELECTION

The Head Coach, in consultation with the coaching staff and Manager – National Teams, will select a pool of up to 45 athletes. The initial pool of athletes will be published on or before December 15, 2017. Additional athletes may be added, at the Head Coaches discretion at any time after that date. The selection of the pool will be based on:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training

 

NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

Athletes from the Pool will be selected to the Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any particular event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics. These factors, which will be accessed by the Head Coach, as he deems appropriate for the decision making process, include:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements (primary and backup)
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training

It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. The Head Coach also has the discretion to name an athlete to a Team even though that athlete may not have been formally named to the pool.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Pool and selecting athletes for World Championship Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • The Head Coach will identify the initial Pool by December 15, 2017.
  • The Head Coach may add to the pool at any time at his discretion.
  • The Head Coach will name an initial group of a minimum of 20 players that will be selected to attend an evaluation camp in June – dates and location TBD. The camp could be supplemented with an event.
  • The Coaching staff will attend and scout various events in the 2018 season with the final evaluation being the Men’s Canadian Championship.
  • The Head Coach will select the team consisting of 17 players to attend the 2019 WBSC World Championships by October 15th, 2018
  • Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible team.
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT

If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, Softball Canada reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the Athlete Pool will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.

SECTION 5 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM A TEAM

5.1 Upon selection to the Athlete Pool or Team, an athlete must:

a) Sign a Team member agreement
b) Provide Softball Canada with all required documents (passport information etc.)
c) Participate in Team events, activities and meetings, as directed by the Head Coach or his/her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Softball Canada
f) Assist Softball Canada in public relations and fund raising projects where required

5.2 An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a Team where the athlete:

a) Is unable to meet performance expectations;
b) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
c) Is unable to commit to National Team Program activities and events (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and Softball Canada)
d) Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies and procedures
e) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program of Softball Canada.
f) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
g) Voluntarily withdraws
h) Is removed by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel; or
i) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves

SECTION 6 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES

Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.

SECTION 7 – APPEALS

 

Softball Canada World Championship team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeals policy.

Coaches
John Stuart
Merritt, B.C.
Head Coach
Doug Allin
Peachtree, B.C.
Assistant Coach
John Hill
St. John's, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Les Howey
Conception Bay, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Support Staff
Kalen Kovitch
 
Video Coach
Adam Davies
 
Athletic Therapist
Mike Branchaud
 
Manager - MNT
Athletes
Bryan Abrey
Richmond, B.C.
Catcher
13
Ryan Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Catcher
51
Shane Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Infield
91
Patrick Burns
Saskatoon, Sask.
Pitcher
14
Sean Cleary
Harbour Main, N.L.
Pitcher
44
Jeff Ellsworth
St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Outfield
19
Bradley Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
Outfield
22
Kyle Ezekiel
Holyrood, N.L.
Utility
93
Jason Hill
St. John's, N.L.
Utility
10
Blake Hunter
Nanaimo, B.C.
Utility
07
Scott Lieph
Sooke, B.C.
Pitcher
20
Derek Mayson
North Vancouver, B.C.
Infield
29
Devon McCullough
Saskatoon, Sask.
Pitcher
12
Steve Mullaley
Freshwater, N.L.
Infield
33
Tyler Pauli
Mitchell, Ont.
Infield
06
Mathieu Roy
St-Gervais, Que.
Outfield
15
Kris Walushka
Victoria, B.C.
Infield
02
Selection Criteria

2019 WBSC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
SELECTION PROCESS

Softball Canada Script + Emblem

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRINT VERSION

SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The Men’s National Team Program for 2019 will compete in the 2019 WBSC World Championships. The purpose of this document is to set out the process used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2019 WBSC World Championship team.

This selection process has two objectives:

  1. Select eligible athletes to an Athlete Pool. Athletes in the Pool are those identified by Softball Canada as having demonstrated potential to earn a position on a current or future national team. At any given time, the Athlete Pool represents a ‘snapshot’ of Canadian talent in men’s softball.
  2. From the Pool, select the best possible Team for the WBSC World Championship. While some objective criteria will be used to select Teams, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership and team cohesion.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to be selected to the Athlete pool, an athlete must be in good standing with Softball Canada, a Canadian Citizen holding a Canadian passport or a person eligible for Canadian Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.

To be eligible to be selected to a Team, the athlete must meet any age requirements and citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing.

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

The Board of Directors has delegated authority for all decision making under this policy to the Head Coach.

The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Pool, adding additional athletes to the Pool, selecting Teams from the Pool, removing athletes from the Pool or from a Team, and selecting replacement athletes to a Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager - National Teams (NT), and with coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by Softball Canada.

SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS

POOL SELECTION

The Head Coach, in consultation with the coaching staff and Manager – National Teams, will select a pool of up to 45 athletes. The initial pool of athletes will be published on or before December 15, 2017. Additional athletes may be added, at the Head Coaches discretion at any time after that date. The selection of the pool will be based on:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training

 

NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

Athletes from the Pool will be selected to the Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any particular event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics. These factors, which will be accessed by the Head Coach, as he deems appropriate for the decision making process, include:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements (primary and backup)
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training

It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. The Head Coach also has the discretion to name an athlete to a Team even though that athlete may not have been formally named to the pool.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Pool and selecting athletes for World Championship Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • The Head Coach will identify the initial Pool by December 15, 2017.
  • The Head Coach may add to the pool at any time at his discretion.
  • The Head Coach will name an initial group of a minimum of 20 players that will be selected to attend an evaluation camp in June – dates and location TBD. The camp could be supplemented with an event.
  • The Coaching staff will attend and scout various events in the 2018 season with the final evaluation being the Men’s Canadian Championship.
  • The Head Coach will select the team consisting of 17 players to attend the 2019 WBSC World Championships by October 15th, 2018
  • Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible team.
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT

If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, Softball Canada reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the Athlete Pool will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.

SECTION 5 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM A TEAM

5.1 Upon selection to the Athlete Pool or Team, an athlete must:

a) Sign a Team member agreement
b) Provide Softball Canada with all required documents (passport information etc.)
c) Participate in Team events, activities and meetings, as directed by the Head Coach or his/her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Softball Canada
f) Assist Softball Canada in public relations and fund raising projects where required

5.2 An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a Team where the athlete:

a) Is unable to meet performance expectations;
b) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
c) Is unable to commit to National Team Program activities and events (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and Softball Canada)
d) Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies and procedures
e) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program of Softball Canada.
f) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
g) Voluntarily withdraws
h) Is removed by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel; or
i) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves

SECTION 6 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES

Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.

SECTION 7 – APPEALS

 

Softball Canada World Championship team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeals policy.

Coaches
John Stuart
Merritt, B.C.
Head Coach
John Hill
St. John's, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Les Howey
Conception Bay, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Athletes
Bryan Abrey
Richmond, B.C.
 
Adam Alexander
Walkerton, Ont.
 
Brayden Arcand
Morinville, Alta.
 
Keagan Arcand
Morinville, Alta.
 
Ryan Boland
St. John's, N.L.
 
Shane Boland
St. John's, N.L.
 
Patrick Burns
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Sean Cleary
Harbour Main, N.L.
 
Kyle Cowick
Sooke, B.C.
 
Daniel Dalton
St. John's, N.L.
 
Jeff Ellsworth
St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
 
Blair Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
 
Bradley Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
 
Kyle Ezekiel
Holyrood, N.L.
 
Greg Hammell
New Hamburg, Ont.
 
Jason Hill
St. John's, N.L.
 
Brandon Horn
Waterloo, Ont.
 
Blake Hunter
Nanaimo, B.C.
 
Mark Johnson
Glencoe, Ont.
 
Travis Jones
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
 
Caleb Keeshig
Port Elgin, Ont.
 
Brett Larson
Irma, Alta.
 
Isaac Lefebvre
St-Léonard-d'Aston, Que.
 
Scott Lieph
Sooke, B.C.
 
Jeff Lyons
Appin, Ont.
 
Dan Martin
Elmira, Ont.
 
Derek Mayson
North Vancouver, B.C.
 
Devon McCullough
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Steve Mullaley
Freshwater, N.L.
 
Evan Normand
Calgary, Alta.
 
Steven Normand
Calgary, Alta.
 
Brandon Parsons
Irma, Alta.
 
Tyler Pauli
Mitchell, Ont.
 
Zach Pierce
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Tyler Randerson
New Hamburg, Ont.
 
Bryn Redhead
Leduc, Alta.
 
Mathieu Roy
St-Gervais, Que.
 
Kevin Schellenberg
Squamish, B.C.
 
Justin Schofield
Grand Pré, N.S.
 
Ty Sebastian
Brussels, Ont.
 
Andy Skelton
Scarborough, Ont.
 
Blake Underwood
Port Elgin, Ont.
 
Colin Walsh
Petty Harbour, N.L.
 
Kris Walushka
Victoria, B.C.