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 email@example.com or JT at coachJT96@gmail.com
Just under 30-teams from U10, U12 and U14 will head to various diamond locations in Halton, Georgetown and surrounding areas this coming weekend for the Hawks Classic Tournament.
We have attached the schedule provided by the tournament.
Please always take your coaches schedule as the one to go by vs what we have here as things could change and we don't get an updated copy.
Halton has run a successful event for many years now and we expect the same from this year's event. There are 11 teams in the U12 and U14 divisions. 7 teams will be partcipating in U10 (one of the first U10 events of the season)
We (UTM) will get the game schedules loaded into the @scorestream app in time for the opening series of games tomorrow.
The folks at Mississauga South West host the “Hurricane Hazel” tournament every year.
This year’s event is taking place the weekend of June 2 to June 4.
The event will be based out of Tom Chater Park in Mississauga, with a few additional games taking place at nearby parks in the area.
This year the emphasis is on the U10 division --- as there are 10 Mite teams participating in this tournament. There is also a Novice division. The schedule for the event is below. A neat new addition is the charity game taking place alongside the medal round games on the Sunday.
Good luck to the teams attending the Hurricane Hazel event June 2 to 4.
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.
With teams commencing tournament play as early as this weekend we’ve taken some time to explain how the UTM Power Rankings will be calculated this year. In the past the rankings have quite simply been based on the votes compiled on the website… this year however that is just one element that makes up the rankings “formula”. On the Power Rankings page, you will see new categories such as Power Points, Coaches Poll, and then the returning Fan Poll. All three of these elements go into making up this year’s Power Ranking calculation.
What are “Power Points”? These are earned and tracked on the Power Rankings spreadsheet that you can view on the page. Each age category has a slightly different method of calculating but in simplistic terms teams earn “points” for participating in games (win or lose), additional points for winning games, and for earning medals at tournaments. Your team will appear in the spreadsheet once they've affiliated with PWSA.
Squirt & Novice
Bantam & Midget
How does the “Coaches Poll” work? We have a button on the home page that allows coaches to register. Once they register they’re given a link to a ranking survey that is exclusively for coaches. Coaches can edit and adjust their rankings at any point during the season. When changes are made they’re updated each week with the overall Power Rankings.
How does the “Fan Poll” work? On the Power Rankings page there are links to each division’s fan poll. These polls are reset each week. We take the results of the polls and update with the release of the new rankings each week. The poll is an open forum which means it relies on people participating and using it for its intended purpose. Skewing the results doesn’t do anyone any good. We ask that if you’re inclined to vote for one team 30+ times – please don’t.
The formula applied is then a weighted scale of 40% Power Points, 40% coaches poll and 20% fan poll. (That is what we will try and do at least).
League play, US play and exhibition play are not factored into the game tracking. Our game tracking is only as accurate as the info we can find. We try and obtain all the scores and results, if you see we are missing some please tell us.
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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