This summer we’re looking for a few good people to make the UTM website even better. If you’re a coach or parent especially in the U10, U12, or U14 division and would be interested in contributing to our site, and our social media about the happenings in these age groups we want to hear from you. That being said U16 and U19 reporters are welcome as well!
Admittedly we don’t pay well ;) but if you want to help spread the word across Ontario and beyond as to what may be happening at the games and events your attending this spring/summer we’d appreciate you writing for us. The more content we can provide to our website followers the more we can collectively grow the game together here in Ontario. For more information on this opportunity please message us today.
Make sure to head to the UTM Power Rankings page to check-out the pre-season rankings for Midget, Bantam and Novice divisions. We're excited to have Rawlings on board this summer supporting our Power Rankings feature. The start of the 2018 season is now just weeks away!
UTM is excited to announce a partnership with the Rawlings Canada softball brand. This partnership will commence immediately, and both sides are eager and hopeful for growth and a long-term relationship. Rawlings is a recognized brand in the softball marketplace, and our partnership with them will include many benefits to the Ontario softball community. Rawlings will plan to attend several UTM events in 2018, and will include the Rawlings Softball Mobile Demo Centre. Over the coming weeks and months more details of the partnership will be forthcoming and look forward to lots of new ideas from UTM and Rawlings.
Rawlings is focused on working with grassroots softball across Canada and is focused on growing the game to new levels. With a current partnership with Softball Canada and provincially with the P.W.S.A., Rawlings has invested into grassroots softball and we are excited to partner with them.
Follow UTM on social media @UTMFASTPITCH & @UTMREVOLUTIONFP and keep track of our website for upcoming events, promotions and contests featuring lots of great Rawlings products.
As we nudge closer to the start of the season you will see a new option in the menu ribbon located across the website. Under the Tournaments section, we will aim to post page specific information for all the big events in Ontario taking place in 2018. Pages will be coming online over the next couple of weeks. Working together with the host of the event, and tracking via social media and the tournament websites, UTM Fastpitch will provide as much detail as we can regarding each of these events.
We look forward to following the 2018 season with everyone. Good luck to all associations hosting events this summer. Let's hope for no rain on weekends from May 1 to July 31!!!
We have launched our Power Rankings pages for the 2018 season. This year every age class has its own dedicated page. Each week in season we will update the UTM Power Rankings, which take into account tournament play, coaches information, fan polls and feedback. As a participant on this website, you can enter your rankings using our google form. Throughout the season you can then come back to your 1st submission and make edits and change your rankings. You will find links to the pages under the Power Rankings tab in the main menu ribbon.
Recently an Ontario church group (Oakridge Bible Chapel) participated on a mission trip to Bolivia. During this trip the group visited the Camari Christian School. Thanks to the generous Donations from the Port Perry Angels and Peak Performance Athletics the group brought down 25 Softball and Baseball Gloves, along with some balls and bats. Prior to the arrival the school had asked the mission group if they might be able to help support this initiative as the kids attending expressed interest in the game, and the operators of the school wanted to add it to the athletic curriculum. Although fairly new to the sport the kids loved playing when the mission group introduced it to them and all parties involved hope the sport will grow from there. Attached are some photos. Thanks again to the Port Perry Angels, and Peak Performance Athletics for supporting this project!
News Release - March 6, 2018
Province Becomes a National Leader in Concussion Management and Prevention
Ontario passed ground-breaking concussion safety legislation today to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school.
Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2017 makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:
* Annual review of concussion awareness resources that prevents, identifies and manages concussions that coaches and educators would be required to review before registering in a sport
* Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion, giving them the time needed to heal properly
* A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.
In honour of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted from sustaining multiple concussions, the proposed legislation also establishes the last Wednesday in September as "Rowan's Law Day".
Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the country. The province worked closely with key medical experts, researchers and sport leaders -- most notably the members of the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee -- in establishing this first-of-its-kind legislation.
Making amateur sport safer is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
* The legislation is part of the government’s response to the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee report for the prevention and management of concussions in amateur sport released in September 2017. Chaired by Dr. Dan Cass, the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee was established to review the coroner’s inquest recommendations made following the death of Rowan Stringer.
* In Ontario, 22 per cent of students reported being knocked out or admitted to hospital due to a head injury in their lifetime. In Canada, among children and youth who visit an emergency department for a sports-related head injury, 39 per cent were diagnosed with concussions, while a further 24 per cent were possible concussions.
* Ontario’s current work to increase awareness about concussions includes a web portal<http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/concussions/> with information and resources on concussions, and a Sport Recognition Policy<http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/sport/sport_policy.shtml> that requires all recognized provincial and multi-sport organizations to have policies on concussion management and return-to-play.
* In 2014, the Ministry of Education issued a policy/program memorandum<http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/158.pdf> requiring all school boards to develop and maintain a policy on concussions.
* Report of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee<http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/rowan_committee_report.shtml>
"With this legislation now in place, amateur athletes in Ontario – and the coaches and families that support them – will have the safe sport system that they want and deserve. Through increasing awareness, and changing conversations on the field, at school and in our homes, Ontario is creating a world class amateur sport system where athletes and Ontarians can participate safely."
— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"I want to express my gratitude to the legislature for establishing Rowan’s Law. Rowan’s Law is the direct result of recommendations of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee, who contributed their time, expertise and passion to develop thoughtful solutions to a significant health concern that has been unaddressed for far too long. I believe that Rowan’s Law will become the “gold standard” for concussion legislation in Canada, because of the incredible work of the members of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee. I look forward to seeing Rowan’s Law implemented in the months to come, as well as the other key recommendations of the Advisory Committee. In the memory of our daughter Rowan, I thank all who were involved in bringing us to this day, and to those who will continue the important work of promoting concussion awareness."
— Gordon Stringer, Rowan’s father
"This important legislation will create a safer environment for young athletes to participate in the sports of their choosing. Now, athletes and their coaches and families are going to benefit from increased awareness and knowledge of how to immediately assess and manage any form of head injury during a sports game. This will keep our young athletes healthy and beneficially engaged in sports."
— Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
"I applaud the passing of this legislation. The safety of our students is one of our top priorities. This important legislation will provide the necessary supports for our students and the entire school community."
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education
"As Chair of the Rowan's Law Committee, and on behalf of its members, we are so pleased that Ontario not only has demonstrated its commitment to protecting our young people playing sport, but also set a new standard for concussion prevention and management for Canada. I believe that Rowan’s Law will change the culture of amateur sport, where everyone can participate safely and speak up if they or a teammate might have a concussion."
— Dr. Dan Cass, Chair, Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee, Executive Vice President, Programs and Chief Medical Executive, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
The Windsor Wildcats have passed on and updated list of available hotels in the Windsor area for the weekend of the National Qualifier Tournaments. They have advised that there are still plenty of hotels with space, and that teams should book asap so that they can assure that all of their group will be able to stay in the same location.
The list of hotels is in the document below.
Softball Canada announced dates for the 2018 Junior Women's National Team Combines.
The Ontario date is set for May 12th weekend in Mississauga ON. For more info visit www.softball.ca
JT Tomlinson, announced yesterday that the Cambridge Coyotes will once again host the John Cross Memorial Tournament on Father's Day Weekend (June 15 to 17). The tournament offers a 5-game guarantee for a $500.00 entry fee, and is geared towards the Tier 2 level.
On the UTM Forum, JT says "We offer a fun filled tournament for only $500 with a 5 game guarantee, 4 game guarantee for mite $ 400 ( weather permitted ) MVP awards in all games, as well as up to date scoring and standings. This tournament is a Tier 2 tournament. Click on the link below to register. As teams register this forum will be updated."
Contact Sherry Grischow at firstname.lastname@example.org or JT at coachJT96@gmail.com
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