Selection Criteria

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The 2024 Men’s National Team program will compete in the 2024 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Group Stage. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2024 WBSC Men’s World Cup team, scheduled to compete from July 10-14, 2024, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

This selection process has the following objective:

  • Select the best possible National Team. 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 qualities and team cohesion.


An athlete is eligible for selection to the National Team so long as they:

a) are in good standing with Softball Canada by not being subject to any disciplinary sanctions;
b) are a Canadian citizen;
c) hold a Canadian passport that does not expire before January 1, 2025, or are in the process of renewing their Canadian passport to ensure it does not expire before January 1, 2025; and
d) Be in compliance with all relevant World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) requirements for eligibility.

Individuals who meet 2 (a), above, but who do not have the documentation in 2 (b and c) are still eligible to be selected to the National Team if they demonstrate to Softball Canada that they are actively pursuing citizenship and would have the ability to achieve the required eligibility by the related roster submission deadline.

Once selected to the National Team, all athletes will be expected to be training in preparation for play on the Men’s National Team.


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


National Team Selection

Athletes from the Athlete Pool will be selected to the National Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any specific event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include the physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics.

These factors, which will be assigned weight by the Head Coach, as he or she 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. It is at the discretion of the Head Coach to name an athlete to a National Team even though that athlete may not have participated in selection camps or other National Team events.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting athletes for the 2024 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Group Stage Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates, and times may be subject to change.

  • On or before December 15, 2023 – The Head Coach will name up to 36 players that will be named to the Men’s National Team Athlete Pool.
  • May 15-20 – A Men’s National Team Development Camp will be held in Kelowna, B.C.
  • On or before June 1, 2024 – The Head Coach will name the roster of 16 athletes who will represent Canada at the WBSC Men’s World Cup Group Stage.
  • Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the discretion of the Head Coach.

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. 

In addition to the above schedule, athletes are expected to follow the prescribed training regime, and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed times and locations throughout the year.


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.


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 fundraising projects where required.
g) Comply with off-season daily training environment training requirements as identified by the Head Coach.
h) Not be under suspension or any other sanction by any recognized body for any doping or doping-related offence.
i) Be available for sample collection at any time and have provided up-to-date whereabouts information on a regular basis as directed by Softball Canada, WBSC and/or the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) pursuant to the Canadian Policy.

An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a National 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.
f) Breaches the Athlete Agreement.
g) Voluntarily withdraws from the National Team.
h) Is removed by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel; or
i) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves.


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


Softball Canada 2024 WBSC World Cup Group Stage team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeals policy. This process may be bypassed with the consent of all parties and referred directly to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC).

John Stuart
Merritt, B.C.
Head Coach
Doug Allin
Peachland, B.C.
Assistant Coach
Jeff Ellsworth
St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Assistant Coach
Les Howey
Conception Bay, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Support Staff
Adam Davies
Athletic Therapist
Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Operations
Bryan Abrey
Richmond, B.C.
Brayden Arcand
Morinville, Alta.
Keagan Arcand
Morinville, Alta.
Denny Benson
Rama First Nation, Ont.
Ryan Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Shane Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Quinten Bruce
Grand Valley, Ont.
Patrick Burns
Saskatoon, Sask.
Sean Cleary
Harbour Main, N.L.
Bradley Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
Brandon Horn
Waterloo, Ont.
Jordan Hudson
Saskatoon, Sask.
Blake Hunter
Nanaimo, B.C.
Derek Hyde
Tavistock, Ont.
Cory Jones
Leduc, Alta.
Travis Jones
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
Caleb Keeshig
Port Elgin, Ont.
Dallas Kipfer
Kitchener, Ont.
Justin Laskowski
Warman, Sask.
Jeff Lyons
Appin, Ont.
Riley Manion
Napanee, Ont.
Devon McCullough
Saskatoon, Sask.
Mason McKay
Tavistock, Ont.
Scott Nehaj
Maple Ridge, B.C.
Cam Patton
Bible Hill, N.S.
Tyler Pauli
Mitchell, Ont.
Zach Pierce
Saskatoon, Sask.
Jordan Pomeroy
Placentia, N.L.
Tyler Randerson
New Hamburg, Ont.
Mathieu Roy
St-Gervais, Que.
Justin Schofield
Grand Pré, N.S.
Ty Sebastian
Brussels, Ont.
Blake Underwood
Port Elgin, Ont.
Colin Walsh
Petty Harbour, N.L.
Kris Walushka
Victoria, B.C.
Reese Yantzi
Shakespeare, Ont.