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2022 WBSC AMERICAS QUALIFIER
MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

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SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The 2022 Men’s National Team Program will compete in the 2022 WBSC America’s World Cup Qualifier. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2022 WBSC America’s Qualifier 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 Teams for specific events. 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.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

An athlete is eligible for selection to the Athlete Pool so long as they are: (1) in good standing with Softball Canada, and (2) a Canadian Citizen holding a Canadian passport valid up to 6 months after the 2021 WBSC America’s Qualifier or a person eligible for Canadian Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship. 

To be eligible to be selected to a National Team, the athlete must: (1) meet any age requirements and (2) meet any citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing. 

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

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 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. 

SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS

ATHLETE POOL SELECTION

The Head Coach, in consultation with the coaching staff and Manager – National Teams, will select a pool of up to 44 athletes. The initial pool of athletes will be published on or before December 1, 2020. 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 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 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 the Athlete Pool and selecting athletes for the 2022 WBSC America’s Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • On or before December 1, 2020 – The Head Coach will announce an athlete pool of up to 44 players
  • On or before May 15, 2021 - The Head Coach will select up to 12 core athletes that will be named to the team that will participate in the WBSC America’s Qualifier in Parana, Argentina (Dates to be confirmed)
  • Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the discretion of the Head Coach.
  • On or before September 15, 2021 the remaining 4 players will be selected to the team. 

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 to times and locations throughout the year.

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 NATIONAL 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 fundraising projects where required

5.2  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 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 National Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.

SECTION 7 – APPEALS

Softball Canada 2022 WBSC America’s 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).

 

Coaches
John Stuart
Merritt, B.C.
Head Coach
Doug Allin
Peachland, B.C.
Assistant Coach
Jeff Ellsworth
St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Assistant 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.
 
Connor Brooks
Napanee, Ont.
 
Quinten Bruce
Grand Valley, Ont.
 
Patrick Burns
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Sean Cleary
Harbour Main, N.L.
 
Kyle Ezekiel
Holyrood, N.L.
 
Bradley Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
 
Joran Graham
Cobden, Ont.
 
Jason Hill
St. John's, N.L.
 
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.
 
Troy Kosmynka
Warman, Sask.
 
Brett Larson
Irma, Alta.
 
Justin Laskowski
Warman, Sask.
 
Isaac Lefebvre
St-Léonard-d'Aston, Que.
 
Jeff Lyons
Appin, Ont.
 
Riley Manion
Napanee, Ont.
 
Derek Mayson
North Vancouver, B.C.
 
Devon McCullough
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Mitch McKay
Tavistock, Ont.
 
Josh Montana
Regina, Sask.
 
Steven Normand
Calgary, Alta.
 
Tyler Pauli
Mitchell, Ont.
 
Zach Pierce
Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Jordan Pomeroy
Placentia, N.L.
 
Nicholas Potskin
Prince George, B.C.
 
Tyler Randerson
New Hamburg, Ont.
 
Mathieu Roy
St-Gervais, Que.
 
Justin Schofield
Grand Pré, N.S.
 
Ty Sebastian
Brussels, Ont.
 
Liam Shea
Placentia, N.L.
 
James Shirley
Delisle, Sask.
 
Mark Stack
Petty Harbour, N.L.
 
Owen Torrie
Williamsford, Ont.
 
Blake Underwood
Port Elgin, Ont.
 
Colin Walsh
Petty Harbour, N.L.
 
Kris Walushka
Victoria, B.C.
 
David Watson
Milford Station, N.S.
 
Isaiah Whetstone
Embro, Ont.
 
Brant Wiebe
Delisle, Sask.
 
Selection Criteria

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2022 WBSC MEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CUP
MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

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SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The 2022 Men’s National Team program will compete in the 2022 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2022 WBSC Men’s World Cup team, scheduled to compete from November 26 to December 4, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand.

This selection process has two objectives:

  1. 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.
  2. Select the National Team with the intended outcome of achieving podium success.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

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 June 30, 2023 or are in the process of renewing their Canadian passport to ensure it does not expire before June 30, 2023; and
d) Be in compliance with all relevant World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) requirements for eligibility.
e) Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as per Canadian, and countries that the team is travelling to, definitions) and therefore able to travel and train/compete with the team in events both in Canada and internationally. Accommodations will be considered based on applicable law/regulations and rationale. 

Individuals who meet 4 (a), above, but who do not have the documentation in 4 (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.

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

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. 

SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS

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 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 2022 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • On or before July 15, 2022 - The Head Coach will select up to 12 core athletes that will be named to the team that will participate in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup November 26 to December 4 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the discretion of the Head Coach.
  • On or before September 15, 2022 the remaining players will be selected to the team to form a 16 athlete roster.

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 to times and locations throughout the year.

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 NATIONAL 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 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.

5.2  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 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 National Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.

SECTION 7 – APPEALS

Softball Canada 2022 WBSC World Cup 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).

Coaches
John Stuart
Merritt, B.C.
Head Coach
Doug Allin
Peachland, B.C.
Assistant Coach
Jeff Ellsworth
St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Assistant Coach
John Hill
St. John's, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Les Howey
Conception Bay, N.L.
Assistant Coach
Support Staff
Adam Davies
 
Athletic Therapist
Gilles LeBlanc
 
Manager - Operations
Mike Branchaud
 
Manager - MNT
Athletes
Bryan Abrey
Richmond, B.C.
Catcher
33
Ryan Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Catcher
51
Shane Boland
St. John's, N.L.
Infield
91
Quinten Bruce
Grand Valley, Ont.
Utility
52
Sean Cleary
Harbour Main, N.L.
Pitcher
44
Bradley Ezekiel
Harbour Main, N.L.
Outfield
22
Jason Hill
St. John's, N.L.
Utility
10
Cory Jones
Leduc, Alta.
Infield
40
Justin Laskowski
Warman, Sask.
Infield
97
Derek Mayson
North Vancouver, B.C.
Infield
29
Tyler Pauli
Mitchell, Ont.
Infield
06
Zach Pierce
Saskatoon, Sask.
Pitcher
21
Mathieu Roy
St-Gervais, Que.
Outfield
15
Justin Schofield
Grand Pré, N.S.
Pitcher
49
Ty Sebastian
Brussels, Ont.
Utility
23
Colin Walsh
Petty Harbour, N.L.
Utility
09