This weekend the Ontario Tournament scene moves to Brampton ON. (stay tuned for the post on GVLSA opening weekend events).
The Blazers organization will be hosting 67-teams from U10 to U18 this coming weekend across fields in the Brampton community. The weather forecast at present looks better (but not a 100% rain free weekend). Needless to say the forecast is a lot more promising then the unfortunate weather we all faced last week forcing the cancellation of the Brantford Bobcats, and the Stouffville Storm tournaments, plus countless exhibition games as well.
The warmer weather continues and we can see more and more teams sneaking outside to take advantage of the nice weather and begin working on things that teams really can only do once they get outside. The new uniforms and equipment are rolling in as well, as we have also started to see new pics of the 2017 swag on social media profiles from teams across Ontario. The softball community is getting excited, as we’re definitely in the home stretch and the final countdown to the 2017 is now here.
We’re now less than 2-weeks from some outdoor pre-season events including the UTM Early Bird Battle taking place at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton on April 29 & 30th. This U16 & U18 event will feature several of the top teams in action over the weekend. If you’re local make sure to check out the games Saturday and Sunday at PowerAde.
The schedules are also coming out for some of the early season tournaments. The Brantford Early Bird event has their full schedule posted, and the Brampton Blazers event taking place the following weekend should be released by the end of this week.
This August Softball Canada's U14 National Championship tournament returns to Ontario, after a run of events held in Western Canada. The Brampton Blazers organization has stepped up to the plate and will host this large event August 16 to 20, 2017. We caught up with some of the executives with Brampton Minor Girls to get the low down on what this event is all about.
When asked why host this event, John Scalia the VP of Rep replied" We have have successfully run major events in the past, our organization knows what it takes to run them and we have the confidence that they will be a success." Since the 2012 season the Brampton organization has had many big stage events including the Novice Jamboree 2012, the World Junior Championships 2013, & the Bantam Canadian Championships 2014.
Scalia notes "It’s been a while since an event was held in Ontario, we (Brampton) felt that we could bring events back to Ontario and show that it can be done, on budget with many legacy benefits that will serve our community for years to come." Scalia also points out that the City of Brampton has provided tremendous support for these events, and without their involvement they would not be possible. The relationship and support from the City is invaluable to the staging of the event, and it's great to see a municipality supportive and one who understands the benefits that it brings to the community.
The executive team notes that anytime a National event is held and hosted by the Blazer's organization it puts the organization and our city on stage. It means so much for the community, but also the Blazer program, a program that is growing not only on the representative side, but also at the house league and select levels. Events like this raise the profile of the sport in Brampton and encourage more girls to our organization at a grass roots level and raises every level of play everywhere.
Planning is an important aspect of an event like this. Scalia points out that "Our committee is formed and we are well ahead of any other National event held, and I think we did a pretty great job in the past, so I am excited for this event. Our committee is so excited and members are given the autonomy to put their own touch on the area they are in charge of." That likely means some new and unique things at this year's event compared to the past few years.
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