WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. BRA

Canada punched its ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 7-0 run-rule win over Brazil!

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. MEX

Canada took it first loss of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, falling 2-1 to Mexico in the Super Round

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. VEN

Canada remains undefeated with a 11-0 victory over Venezuela

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. BAH

Canada completed the opening round with an 18-0 win over the Bahamas on Thursday night

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. PUR

Canada continued its winning ways with a key 3-0 shutout victory over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. GUA

Canada kept their hot bats going and stayed perfect a with a 19-0 victory over Guatemala

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2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier - CAN vs. CUB

Canada got off to a good start at the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier with a 17-0 victory over Cuba

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2019 WBSC Softball Americas Olympic Qualifier

Canada is ready to compete for Olympic spot at 2019 WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier

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2019 WBSC Americas Olympic Qualifier - CBC

WBSC to live-stream 24 games of the Women’s Softball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020

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2019 Pan Am Games - Silver

Team Canada takes home the Silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games after falling 3-1 to the United States in the Gold medal game

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Rosters

Selection Criteria

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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM
SELECTION PROCESS

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SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

1. The 2020 Women’s National Team will compete in the 2020 Olympic Games, hereinafter the Olympic Team. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the Olympic Team for the 2020 Olympics.

2. This selection process has three objectives:

a) 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 women’s softball.

b) From the Pool, select the best possible Olympic Team. While some objective criteria will be used to select the Olympic 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.

c) Select the Olympic Team with the intended outcome of achieving podium success.

3. Contact: For clarifications or questions on the contents of this document please contact Mark Smith, Head Coach, msmith@softball.ca 

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

4. An athlete is eligible for selection to the Athlete Pool 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, in accordance with Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter;
c) hold a Canadian passport that does not expire before February 9, 2021 or in the process of renewing their Canadian passport to ensure it does not expire before February 9, 2021; and
d) be in compliance with all relevant World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and IOC requirements for eligibility.

5. Individuals who meet 4(a), above, but who do not have the document in 4(b) are still eligible to be selected to the Athlete Pool if they demonstrate to Softball Canada that they are actively pursuing citizenship and could have the ability to achieve the required eligibility.  

6. Once selected to the Athlete Pool or to the Olympic 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 Pool or the Olympic 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

7. Softball Canada’s Board of Directors has approved this Selection Process and delegated authority for all decision making under this Selection Process to the Olympic Team High Performance Director - Head Coach (hereinafter the Head Coach).

8. 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 Olympic Team, removing athletes from the Athlete Pool or from the Olympic Team, and selecting replacement athletes to the Olympic Team when applicable in accordance with this Selection Process. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager/Assistant Coach - 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

ATHLETE POOL

9. The Head Coach will name up to 22 athletes to the Athlete Pool by November 20, 2019.  These athletes will participate in training throughout the Fall. Training will continue through the winter months, followed by a series of exhibition games and events beginning February, 2020.  Athletes named to the pool will be eligible for consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games team. 

10. The selection of the Athlete Pool 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

OLYMPIC TEAM SELECTION

11. Fifteen (15) athletes who are in the Athlete Pool will be selected to the Olympic Team by the Head Coach. Additionally, up to four (4) athletes will be named alternates who will travel with the Olympic Team in accordance with the Head Coach’s discretion.  When considering which athletes to select either to the Olympic 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

12. The Head Coach makes selections for the Olympic 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 Olympic 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 Olympic Team even if that athlete did not participate in evaluation camps, selection camps, or other Olympic Team events.

13. The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Athlete Pool and selecting athletes for the Olympic 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.

  • The Head Coach will name a pool of up to 22 athletes who will participate in training, exhibition games and events beginning in the Fall of 2019.
  • On or before April 27, 2020 – The Head Coach will name a group of up to 19 athletes who will participate in training, exhibition games and events in late April to mid-May.
  • On or before May 20, 2020 – The Head Coach WILL NAME THE OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER OF UP TO 15 ATHLETES, AND UP TO 4 ALTERNATES.  The Head Coach has the discretion to name players to the team in stages, prior to this date.
  • On or before June 15, 2020 – The Head Coach will name the balance of the Olympic Team FINAL ROSTER of 15 players for the Olympic Games Team, if the entire Roster was not announced previously.

14. Athletes are required to attend all Olympic Team events. Exemption from 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/Assistant Coach - Women’s National Teams (WNT), has the discretion to consider any special circumstances, and to exempt the athlete from attending certain Olympic Team events.

15. Alternates may be added to the Olympic 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.

16. 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

17. 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 6 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM THE OLYMPIC TEAM

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

a) Sign, submit and comply with a Softball Canada Team member agreement, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Athlete Agreement and the Organising Committee (OCOG) Conditions of Participation Form no later than July 1, 2020;
b) Provide Softball Canada and the COC 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 for Olympic 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.

19. An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from the Olympic Team if the athlete:

a) Is unable to maintain, or being working 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 Olympic Games 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 Olympic 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 in the Athlete Pool or on the Olympic 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 Olympic Team
j) Is removed from the Olympic 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

20. Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from the Olympic Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool or outside the Athlete Pool in the cases of positional requirements. In the specific case of the Olympic Games prior to the Games team Nomination to the COC, the Head Coach will have the final authority over dismissal of an athlete from the team. Following nomination to the COC, any such removals are subject to the approval of the COC Team Selection Committee. Substitutions after June 26, 2020 are also subject to the COC Athlete Replacement Policy.

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

SECTION 8 – APPEALS

22. Softball Canada’s 2020 Olympic Games team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeal Policy.

23. 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). http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/sc/pol/athl/index-eng.cfm 

24. 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).

SECTION 9 – COACHING SELECTION

25. To be recognized as a coach in the National Team Coaching Pool, a coach must be a member in good standing with Softball Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada (Olympic Games only), be selected by the Head Coach, and be approved by the Softball Canada Board of Directors. Coaches from the Coaching Pool are eligible to participate at National Team events as requested by Softball Canada and the Head Coach.

SECTION 10 – TEAM LEADER/SUPPORT STAFF SELECTION

26. The Board of Directors, after consulting with the Head Coach, will select the Team Leader. The Team Leader must satisfy the expectations and requirements of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Leader Position Description.

27. The Head Coach will recommend all other support staff positions to the Board of Directors for their approval. The support staff will be selected based on the principle of sending a team of specialists that is best capable of assisting athletes in achieving podium performances at the Games. All selections are subject to COC approval.

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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 2020-2021 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 June 1. Additional nominations may be made at a later date. In 2020 there will be a series of training and competition events in the January to May time period which will be used to determine 2020/21 carding status.

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.

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 2018 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.

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Mark Smith
Falmouth, N.S.
Head Coach
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