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2022 WORLD CUP (WORLD GAMES)

(Scheduled to take place in July, 2022)

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
SELECTION PROCESS

(Approved January 20, 2022)

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Softball Canada is carefully following the evolution of the coronavirus on the global and domestic level and how it may impact any scheduling changes that could occur. Unless otherwise required by exceptional and unforeseen circumstances related to the impact of the coronavirus, Softball Canada will respect this selection process as written. 

However, situations related to the coronavirus pandemic may arise that require this selection process to be modified. Any modifications will be made promptly and as often as required following developments that directly impact the selection process. In such circumstances, any modifications will be communicated to all affected individuals as soon as possible.

In addition, these timelines/selection process will have to be modified if the World Games organizing committee requires roster submissions to be done prior to June 20, 2022.

Further, situations may arise that do not allow this Selection process to be modified or applied as written due to time constraints or other exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. In such situations, any decision, including selection decisions, will be made by the individual(s) with decision-making authority, as stated in this selection process, in consultation with the relevant individual(s) or committee(s) (as applicable), and in accordance with the stated performance objectives and selection philosophy and approach as stated herein. Should it be necessary to make any decision in this manner, Softball Canada will communicate with all affected individuals as soon as possible.

SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The 2022 Women’s National Team will compete in the 2022 World Cup (World Games). The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the National Team for the 2022 World Cup (World Games), scheduled to take place in July, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

This selection process has two objectives: 

  1. Select the best possible National Team. While some objective criteria will be used to select the National Team, 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, psychological makeup, and team cohesion.
  2. Select the National Team with the intended outcome of achieving podium success.

Contact: For clarifications or questions on the contents of this document please contact Kaleigh Rafter, Head Coach, krafter@softball.ca 

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 December 31, 2022 or are in the process of renewing their Canadian passport to ensure it does not expire before December 31, 2022; 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 towards, or to meet the physical standards outlined in Appendix B. These standards on their own will not be used to include or exclude an athlete from consideration for the National Team, but they will be used by Softball Canada to measure and monitor an athlete’s training, progress and preparation. 

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

Softball Canada’s Board of Directors has delegated authority for all decision making under this Selection Process to the Head Coach (hereinafter the Head Coach).

The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to any Identification and selection camps, selecting the National Team, removing athletes from the National Team, and selecting replacement athletes to the National Team when applicable in accordance with this Selection Process. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager - Women’s National Team (WNT), 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

In 2022 Softball Canada will host three open identification camps in the following Provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. These identification camps will be open to any and all entrants (subject to minimum age requirements as determined by the Head Coach). Athletes identified from these camps may be invited to the final selection camp.

Softball Canada will host a final selection camp in Ontario in June,2022. Softball Canada will invite athletes to the Final selection camp based on the final criteria: 

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

Athletes invited to the final selection camp are not required to attend the open identification camps.

National Team Selection

Fifteen (15) athletes will be selected to the National Team by the Head Coach. Additionally, up to five (5) athletes will be named alternates who will travel with the National Team in accordance with the Head Coach’s discretion. The Head Coach may select players to the National Team who did not attend an Identification camp or the Final Selection camp. When considering which athletes to select either to the National Team or as alternates, the Head Coach will consider certain factors as described in Appendix A: 

  • 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
  • Psychological, mental, and emotional makeup
  • The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A

The Head Coach makes selections for the National Team for the purpose of fielding the best possible team to achieve podium success. As such, it is possible that some individual athletes, who are assessed highly in certain factors, may not be selected to the National Team, for example due to positional requirements, experience, leadership, and overall depth of team. In addition, the Head Coach has discretion to name an athlete to the National Team even if that athlete did not participate in evaluation camps, selection camps, or other National Team events.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting athletes for the National Team are described below. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change. If any changes occur, these will be communicated to all affected athletes by the Head Coach as soon as reasonably possible. The costs of such participation will be the responsibility of Softball Canada unless communicated otherwise by Softball Canada. 

    • No later than May 23, 2022 – the Head Coach will invite athletes from the Identification camps in British Columbia and Saskatchewan to the Final selection camp.
    • No later than June 8, 2022 – the Head Coach will invite athletes from the Ontario Identification camp to the Final selection camp.
    • The Head Coach may invite any athletes directly to the Final selection camp at her discretion and on her timelines.
    • No later than June 20, 2022 – the Head Coach will name the fifteen (15) players selected to the National Team and up to five (5) alternates. Players not selected to the National Team may be invited to play on the Elite team competing at the 2022 Canada Cup.

Exemption from attending events may be granted for illness/injury (supporting documentation is required) or special circumstances which will be determined and assessed individually by the Head Coach. The Head Coach, in consultation with the coaching staff and Manager - Women’s National Teams (WNT), has the discretion to consider any special circumstances, and to exempt the athlete from attending certain National Team events.

Alternates may be added to the National Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to Section 7. 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 training regime prescribed by the Head Coach, take the required regularly scheduled fitness tests and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed to times and locations throughout the year.

SECTION 5 – 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 Softball Canada will publicize these changes in a timely manner.  

SECTION 6 – REMOVAL FROM THE NATIONAL TEAM

Upon selection to the National Team, an athlete must: 

a) Sign, submit and comply with a Softball Canada Team member agreement by June 21, 2022
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 her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing for National Team events, practices, competitions, training and as directed by the Head Coach
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Softball Canada, including but not limited to, its Code of Conduct and Ethics
f) Assist Softball Canada in public relations and fundraising projects where reasonably 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 the National Team if the athlete: 

a) Is unable to maintain, or work towards, to the Head Coach’s satisfaction, the training standards set out in Appendix B;
b) Is unable to meet performance expectations – performing below the level and expected standards on-field, that earned them the nomination to the National Team;
c) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
d) Shows signs, as determined by the National Team’s Integrated Sport Science Team that the athlete may not have the psychological, mental, or emotional well-being to perform at a level expected of athletes on National Team;
e) 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)
f) Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies or procedures
g) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program
h) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
i) Voluntarily withdraws from the National Team
j) Is removed from the National Team by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel as a result of a breach of any Softball Canada policies or procedures; or
k) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves

SECTION 7 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES

Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from the National Team may be replaced by an alternate or from outside the Alternate group in the cases of positional requirements. 

Any decision to remove an athlete from the National Team is subject to appeal. 

SECTION 8 – APPEALS

Softball Canada’s 2022 World Cup (World Games)team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeal Policy.

Decisions of the Head Coach on AAP nominations may be appealed pursuant to the Appeals Policy of Softball Canada and the applicable provisions of Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) Policies and Procedures (Section 13). https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/athlete-assistance/policies-procedures.html

The Softball Canada appeal process may be bypassed with the consent of all parties and referred directly to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC).

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Carding Criteria

SOFTBALL CANADA
WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM

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ATHLETE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (AAP) CRITERIA FOR
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 CARDING CYCLE

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1. GOAL

The goal of the Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is to provide financial support to athletes to train and compete successfully for Canada at major games (Olympics, Commonwealth, Pan American), and at World Championships. Athletes who are nominated for funding, and who are approved by Sport Canada for AAP financial support are referred to as ‘carded’ athletes. AAP funding is referred to as ‘carding’.

2. CARDING QUOTA

Sport Canada has allocated the equivalent of 20 Senior Cards to the Women’s National Team Program. Sport Canada has the right to revise the number of cards allocated at their discretion.

Eligible athletes will be nominated to the AAP in the following priority order:

  • Athletes that meet the Senior international card criteria;
  • Athletes carded at the Senior international card level the previous year that meet the health-related issue clause;
  • Athletes that meet the Senior national card criteria;
  • Athletes carded at the Senior national card level the previous year that meet the health-related issue clause;
  • Athletes that meet the Development card criteria;
  • Athletes carded at the Development card level the previous year that meet the health-related issue clause.

3. DURATION OF AAP CARDING

The carding cycle begins on June 1st and ends on to May 31st of the following year. Initial carding nominations will be announced by the National Coach no later than July 1. Additional nominations may be made at a later date. In 2022 there will be a series of training and competition events in the January to July time period which will be used to determine 2022/23 carding status. Softball Canada is carefully following the evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact the AAP carding criteria for June 2022. With the approval of Sport Canada, NSO reserves the right to modify the published AAP criteria based on the best available information. Any modifications will be made promptly and will be communicated to all affected individuals as soon as possible.

4. AUTHORITY FOR NOMINATION DECISIONS

The National Coach has the full and sole authority to decide:

  • How the quota of 20 Senior cards will be allocated into Senior and Development categories, based on the goals and objectives for the National Team (NT) Program;
  • Who will be nominated to receive Senior and Development cards.
  • How many carding months are allocated to each player. It is not automatic for an athlete to receive a 12-month card. An athlete may be carded for a shorter period of time based on AAP requirements, position on the depth chart, commitment to the NT program and the number of days involved in NT activities.

Note that Softball Canada does not approve AAP funding for athletes; it makes nominations to Sport Canada, who has final approval of all AAP matters.

5. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to be considered for AAP assistance, an athlete must:

  • Be in good standing with Softball Canada
  • Not be under suspension or sanction by Softball Canada or Sport Canada for a doping or doping-related offense;
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Agree to and sign any applicable Athlete Agreement as required by Softball Canada and Sport Canada.

In the event that an athlete is nominated for carding, and in order to maintain carding status, the athlete must continue to fulfill the above-listed requirements as well as any additional as set forth in the signed Athlete Agreement. Failure to satisfy the terms and conditions outlined above may result in the withdrawal of carding status.

6. CRITERIA FOR SENIOR CARDS

To be considered for a Senior Card, an athlete must:

  • Have been selected to the Senior National Team athlete pool or be added to the pool at a later date.
  • Achieved the Minimum Training Standards for their position or, in the Coach’s discretion, be making suitable efforts towards achieving the standards (see Appendix B of the Women’s National Team Handbook). Note that athletes unable to meet, maintain or make suitable progress towards the Minimum Training Standards over the course of the carding cycle may have their carding support withdrawn.
  • Demonstrate through training and international competition the ability, as defined by the National Team’s selection criteria, to compete at the international softball level.
  • Improve performance (technical, tactical, physiological, and psychological) at training and in international competition, as communicated by the national coach and based on ongoing testing, performance monitoring and post-competition evaluations.
  • Participate in training and performance monitoring programs as directed by the National Coach.
  • Be available to play in all major events in the carding cycle including Pan American Games, World Championships and qualification tournaments, as applicable.

Position on the depth chart contributes to an athlete’s nomination for Senior National Carding. Depth chart position is determined by the National Coach and is dependent on the following criteria:

  • 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
  • The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A of the 2018 Team selection criteria

The Depth chart may be periodically updated.

An athlete may be selected to the Senior National Team but may not receive a nomination for carding.

There are two levels of Senior Cards:

Senior International Card (SR1/SR2): for members of the Senior National athlete pool that were members of the team that placed in the top 8 and top ½ of the field at the most recent World Championships or Olympics.

Senior National Card (SR/C1): members of the Senior National athlete pool.

C1 carded athletes are funded at the Development Card level in the first year they meet the national criteria for a Senior Card even if they have previously been carded at the Development (D) level. If, however, the athlete has been previously carded at the SR1 or SR2 level, has been named to the national senior team, has competed in World Championships, or in the case of team sports World Championship (Cup) qualifiers, before meeting the national criteria for the Senior Card for the first time, the athlete will be funded at the Senior Card (SR) level rather than at the Development Card level.

Maximum number of years at the Senior National Card level:

An athlete is normally expected to improve each year to maintain a Senior Card based on the national criteria. Once an athlete has been carded for more than 5 years at the Senior National level, to be recommended for additional years of carding support, the athlete must meet the International Senior carding criteria or clearly demonstrate continued progress toward being selected on the final roster of the Senior National Team or, in the Head Coaches opinion, be an important depth player.

Athletes that have reached this maximum number of years at senior will be informed in writing by Softball Canada of the minimum standard they must meet to be eligible for an additional year of AAP support.

7. CRITERIA FOR DEVELOPMENT CARDS

To be considered for a Development Card, an athlete must:

  • Be identified by the National Coach or National Coaching Staff as demonstrating superior development potential through:

1. Performance at the National level (i.e. National Championships, Softball Canada hosted competitions, National Camps and/or Softball Canada training sessions)

2. Recommendation by Provincial Associations/clubs or National Team contacts/scouts

  • Achieve the Minimum Training Standards for their respective position, or in the Coach’s opinion, be making suitable efforts towards achieving the standards (see Appendix B, of the 2022 Team selection criteria when it is available). Note that athletes unable to meet, maintain, or make suitable progress towards the minimum training standards over the course of the carding cycle may have their carding support withdrawn.
  • Participate in National Team Programs as directed by the National Coach.
  • Participate in year-round training programs and in periodic testing and monitoring as directed by the National Coach and National Coaching Staff.

As described within Section 6, nominations for Development Card Status will be assigned based on an athlete’s position on the National Team Depth Chart, which can be periodically updated.

Maximum number of years at the Development card level:

  • Athletes previously carded at the Senior international levels are generally not eligible for a D card unless they were of Junior age when awarded the SR1/SR2 card.
  • After being carded at the Senior national level (SR/C1) more than 2 years, Athletes may be eligible for nomination at the Development Card level, only one (1) time in her career unless they were Junior age when awarded the Senior national level card;
  • In general a senior age athlete may be eligible for the Development card for a maximum of 4 years. To be recommended for additional years of carding support, the athlete must meet the Senior national carding criteria or clearly demonstrate continued progress toward being selected on the final roster of the Senior National Team.
  • While eligible for the Junior Program, there will be no limitation on the number of years an Athlete will be eligible at the Development Card Level (years during which an Athlete can be involved with the Junior Development Program).

8. HEATH RELATED ISSUES

Should an athlete who has been approved for carding the previous year become injured, ill or pregnant to the extent that the athlete cannot sustain high performance training for a period longer than 30 days, the athlete must immediately notify the National Coach. To continue to receive carding assistance during the current carding cycle, the athlete must provide the National Coach with a detailed rehabilitation and recovery plan that includes the following:

  • A medical doctor’s diagnosis of injury or illness;
  • A medical doctor’s prognosis for the athlete’s return to high performance training and competition;
  • Detailed rehabilitation and return-to-training schedule

The National Coach may consult the Softball Canada Team Physician in review of submitted documents.

An athlete who is eligible to be considered for carding and who is seeking carding, but who is injured or ill to the extent that she cannot fulfill the carding criteria described in this document may nonetheless be nominated for carding at the sole discretion of the National Coach. In exercising such discretion, the National Coach may require that the athlete supply a medical doctor’s diagnosis and prognosis for recovery and may consult with the Softball Canada team physician for review. The National Coach will exercise his discretion in this manner only in very exceptional circumstances.

9. APPEALS

Appeals of Softball Canada AAP nomination/re-nomination decision or of a Softball Canada’s recommendation to withdraw carding may be pursued only through the Softball Canada’s review process, which includes an application to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). Appeals of AAP Decision made under Section 6 (Application for and Approval of Cards) or Section 11 (Withdrawal of Carding Status) may be pursued through Section 13 of the AAP Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

Coaches
Kaleigh Rafter
Guelph, Ont.
Head Coach
Chris Jones
Oshawa, Ont.
Assistant Coach
Jenn Salling
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Assistant Coach
Lonni Alameda
Las Vegas, Nev.
Pool Coach
Melissa Finley
London, Ont.
Pool Coach
Joey Lye
Toronto, Ont.
Pool Coach
Keith Mackintosh
Melfort, Sask.
Pool Coach
Support Staff
Alison Bradley
 
Manager
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Selection Criteria

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2022 WBSC AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP

(Scheduled to take place in November 2022)

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
SELECTION PROCESS

(Approved May 2022)

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Softball Canada is carefully following the evolution of the coronavirus on the global and domestic level and how it may impact any scheduling changes that could occur. Unless otherwise required by exceptional and unforeseen circumstances related to the impact of the coronavirus, Softball Canada will respect this selection process as written. 

However, situations related to the coronavirus pandemic may arise that require this selection process to be modified. Any modifications will be made promptly and as often as required following developments that directly impact the selection process. In such circumstances, any modifications will be communicated to all affected individuals as soon as possible.

Further, situations may arise that do not allow this Selection process to be modified or applied as written due to time constraints or other exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. In such situations, any decision, including selection decisions, will be made by the individual(s) with decision-making authority, as stated in this selection process, in consultation with the relevant individual(s) or committee(s) (as applicable), and in accordance with the stated performance objectives and selection philosophy and approach as stated herein. Should it be necessary to make any decision in this manner, Softball Canada will communicate with all affected individuals as soon as possible.

SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The 2022 Women’s National Team will compete in the 2022 WBSC Americas Championship. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the National Team for the 2022 WBSC Americas Championship, scheduled to take place in November, 2022 (location TBA).

This selection process has two objectives: 

  1. Select the best possible National Team. While some objective criteria will be used to select the National Team, 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, psychological makeup, and team cohesion.
  2. Select the National Team with the intended outcome of achieving podium success.

Contact: For clarifications or questions on the contents of this document please contact Kaleigh Rafter, Head Coach, krafter@softball.ca 

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 May, 2023 or are in the process of renewing their Canadian passport to ensure it does not expire before May, 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 towards, or to meet the physical standards outlined in Appendix B. These standards on their own will not be used to include or exclude an athlete from consideration for the National Team, but they will be used by Softball Canada to measure and monitor an athlete’s training, progress and preparation. 

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

Softball Canada’s Board of Directors has delegated authority for all decision making under this Selection Process to the Head Coach (hereinafter the Head Coach).

The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to any Identification and selection camps, selecting the National Team, removing athletes from the National Team, and selecting replacement athletes to the National Team when applicable in accordance with this Selection Process. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager - Women’s National Team (WNT), 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

In 2022 Softball Canada will host three open identification camps in the following Provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. These identification camps will be open to any and all entrants (subject to minimum age requirements as determined by the Head Coach).

There will be no final camp for selection of this team. Identified athletes will be invited to the 2022 World Cup final selection camp in June, 2022. Selection for the 2022 WBSC Americas Qualifier team will be based on:

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

National Team Selection

Sixteen (16) athletes will be selected to the National Team by the Head Coach. Additionally, up to five (5) athletes will be named alternates who will travel with the National Team in accordance with the Head Coach’s discretion. The Head Coach may select players to the National Team who did not attend a previous National Team camp or event. When considering which athletes to select either to the National Team or as alternates, the Head Coach will consider certain factors as described in Appendix A: 

  • 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
  • Psychological, mental, and emotional makeup
  • The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A

The Head Coach makes selections for the National Team for the purpose of fielding the best possible team to achieve podium success. As such, it is possible that some individual athletes, who are assessed highly in certain factors, may not be selected to the National Team, for example due to positional requirements, experience, leadership, and overall depth of team. In addition, the Head Coach has discretion to name an athlete to the National Team even if that athlete did not participate in evaluation camps, selection camps, or other National Team events.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting athletes for the National Team are described below. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change. If any changes occur, these will be communicated to all affected athletes by the Head Coach as soon as reasonably possible. The costs of such participation will be the responsibility of Softball Canada unless communicated otherwise by Softball Canada. 

    • No later than September 1, 2022 – the Head Coach will name the sixteen (16) players selected to the National Team and up to five (5) alternates.

Exemption from attending events may be granted for illness/injury (supporting documentation is required) or special circumstances which will be determined and assessed individually by the Head Coach. The Head Coach, in consultation with the coaching staff and Manager - Women’s National Teams (WNT), has the discretion to consider any special circumstances, and to exempt the athlete from attending certain National Team events.

Alternates may be added to the National Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to Section 7. 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 training regime prescribed by the Head Coach, take the required regularly scheduled fitness tests and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed to times and locations throughout the year.

SECTION 5 – 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 Softball Canada will publicize these changes in a timely manner.  

SECTION 6 – REMOVAL FROM THE NATIONAL TEAM

Upon selection to the National Team, an athlete must: 

a) Sign, submit and comply with a Softball Canada Team member agreement by September 15, 2022
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 her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing for National Team events, practices, competitions, training and as directed by the Head Coach
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Softball Canada, including but not limited to, its Code of Conduct and Ethics
f) Assist Softball Canada in public relations and fundraising projects where reasonably 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 the National Team if the athlete: 

a) Is unable to maintain, or work towards, to the Head Coach’s satisfaction, the training standards set out in Appendix B;
b) Is unable to meet performance expectations – performing below the level and expected standards on-field, that earned them the nomination to the National Team;
c) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
d) Shows signs, as determined by the National Team’s Integrated Sport Science Team that the athlete may not have the psychological, mental, or emotional well-being to perform at a level expected of athletes on National Team;
e) 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)
f) Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies or procedures
g) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program
h) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
i) Voluntarily withdraws from the National Team
j) Is removed from the National Team by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel as a result of a breach of any Softball Canada policies or procedures; or
k) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves

SECTION 7 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES

Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from the National Team may be replaced by an alternate or from outside the Alternate group in the cases of positional requirements. 

Any decision to remove an athlete from the National Team is subject to appeal. 

SECTION 8 – APPEALS

Softball Canada’s 2022 WBSC Americas Championship team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeal Policy.

Decisions of the Head Coach on AAP nominations may be appealed pursuant to the Appeals Policy of Softball Canada and the applicable provisions of Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) Policies and Procedures (Section 13). https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/athlete-assistance/policies-procedures.html

The Softball Canada appeal process may be bypassed with the consent of all parties and referred directly to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC).

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