South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association is please to announce our Thunder coaches for the upcoming season.
Thunder Coaches 2016/17
Jason Moreau – co-coach
Ross Martin – co-coach
Marty Lehn – co-coach
Dave McDonald – head coach
Shane O’Donnell – assistant coach
Ross Martin – head coach
Dave Hamamoto – assistant coach
Jennifer Pilchak – assistant coach
Roger Werk – head coach
Trent Brown – assistant coach
Helen Brown – assistant coach
Mark Rehanek – head coach
Mike Tiessen – head coach
Mike Tierney – assistant coach
Glenn Kirkpatrick – head coach
Steve Lee – assistant coach
James Epp – assistant coach
South Surrey White Rock THUNDER and White Rock RENEGADES will be holding tryouts for the 2017 season at Sunnyside Park on Sept 6, 7, 8 & 12th. For more information and to register please visit:
TRYOUT REGISTRATION FORM
Join South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball in partnership Okanagan Softball Camp for our SOFTBALL IN THE SUMMER CAMP at SUNNYSIDE PARK in Surrey BC for Squirt (U12), Mite (U10) and Mini Mite (U8) players.
August 25th to 28th.
For registration or more information please click on the following link:
SOFTBALL IN THE SUMMER CAMP - REGISTRATION
The White Rock-South Surrey Thunder '03 – led by coaches Tracey Cardinal-Mitchell and Dwayne Mitchell – are taking a lead role in the fundraising effort. The team has a personal connection to the Ecuadorian squad, having travelled to the country for a softball tour in in early 2015, and the Mitchells are planning to serve as co-coaches with the club at this summer's world championships, which are set for July 15-24.
Ecuador is not a traditional softball-playing country, but the government had originally committed to paying for nine plane tickets for the team, with team members fundraising to raise the rest.
However, on April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the northwest region of the country, and funds originally earmarked for softball were diverted to disaster relief.
"Which is as it should be – and the girls wouldn't have it any other way," said Cardinal-Mitchell. "Now, it just means we're doing double-time here trying to help."
Much fundraising has already been done – "We're partway there," Cardinal-Mitchell said – but about $8,600 is still needed to ensure the team, plus it's one volunteer coach, can make it to the tournament. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help, and members of the Thunder '03 will also be on-site during a senior-division softball tournament at Sunnyside Park this weekend, raising money through raffle draws, 50/50s, silent auctions and more.
While none of the Ecuador national team members were hurt in the devastating quake – which killed more than 650 and injured more than 16,000 – many have a connection to the Portoviejo area, which was one of the hardest-hit areas, Cardinal-Mitchell said.
In addition to training for world championships, the team has also pitched in to help rebuild their home country, she added.
"There are girls who are from there. They're families are safe, but their homes are destroyed. They're doing relief work during the day-time – packing trucks, sorting food and clothing – and then using donated diamond space at night so they can train," Cardinal-Mitchell explained.
"Softball does become secondary, obviously. But it's about more than softball – it's about working hard for something, having that common goal. They've all been working so hard and now they've had the rug pulled out from under them because of something nobody can control.
"It's just about trying to help me. For a lot of them, this team is all they have – it's their family, their friends."
Cardinal-Mitchell said the news of the earthquake – and the plight of the country's national softball team – has also hit home with her Thunder '03 players, considering they, too, have a connection to the area after last year's trip.
"We've played on those ball diamonds, we've stayed in building that no longer exist. It's tough for the girls on my team, but now they're just focused on helping them," she said.
"I know how hard they've worked to get to this point, and to help build the youth programs in Ecuador. They're going to come – we'll make it happen. It would break my heart to leave them behind."
The Okanagan Softball camp is one of the longest running summer residential softbball camps in North America. The camp has been in existence since 1996 and is under the leadership Former Simon Fraser University standout and Team BC player Carolyn Bell along with Marty Lehn, current pro scout for the MLB Philadelphia Phillies and 2004 Canadian Olympic team coach and former Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies player, Colin Dixon.
In addition to summer Softball camps, the Okanagan Softball camp hosts offers player/coach developmental clinics.
The Okangan Softball Camp runs under the Big League Experience banner and prides itself on continuing their “Tradition of Excellence” and providing an experience that is second to none.
For camp information and registration please visit:
South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association's New Technical Director, Carolyn Bell
Carolyn Bell - Technical Director
Former Simon Fraser University National Champion, Team BC Gold Medalist and Coordinator of the Okanagan Softball Camp; Carolyn Bell is excited and proud to be back coaching and mentoring in her hometown.
Carolyn grew up in South Surrey playing for the White Rock Renegades, and has joined the South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association this season to help grow player development in all of our new and current players, as well as mentor and inspire coaches to the next level.
Carolyn is passionate about the game of softball and with her wealth of knowledge as well as her enthusiasm, the SSWRMSA Executive are excited to have Carolyn and see how she will be a positive role model for all our SSWRMSA Thunder athletes.
David Harris commented, "Bringing Carolyn on board to be our new Technical Director is a result of the associations continued commitment to support our players, coaches, especially new coaches and executive with the finest resources and expertise. Carolyn's’s wealth of softball knowledge and her incredible enthusiasm for the game will be a tremendous asset for our association. The Association believes that if the coaches are well trained and having fun then the players too will be well trained and having fun. "
The Technical Director is responsible for facilitating in-house coaching clinics during the off season, implementing a coach mentorship program, developing and running skill development sessions for players including batting and an introduction to pitching for our Mini-Mite (U8) players. The Technical Directer also coordinates our Learn-to-Play softball program (U6) and provides mentorship and guidance to parent team leaders (future coaches) through the Learn-to-Play lessons, games and Jamboree Day.
About South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association
South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association ("SSWRMSA") was established as a registered not‑for‑profit society in June 1994 and played our first season in 1995. The expressed purpose of the Society is to provide a healthy environment for the members of the Society to learn the fundamentals of the game of softball, and to foster the growth of honesty, integrity, self‑esteem, teamwork, and the belief of service to our community. SSWRMSA is a volunteer managed association that is affiliated with Softball BC and Softball Canada. SSWRMSA offers fastpitch softball programs for girls and boys* ages 5-22. The association offers two levels of play; House League ("C" Division) which combines beginner and experienced players and the Rep League ("Thunder") division for which players go through a September tryout and selection process.
Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Honesty, Fair Play & FUN
The SSWMSA program focuses on teaching basic softball, fastpitch techniques and principles, promoting sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, fair play and fun in a structured and supervised environment. Kids that play say they love it for the fun of the game, meeting new friends, cheering and being supportive of one another.
To Register for a 2016 South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association tournament please visit the following:
TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION PAGE
Congratulations to Thunder 04 for winning bronze at the Lower Mainland Cup on June 28, 2015!
Way to go THUNDER !!
USA Fastpitch Teams will play in more TOURNAMENTS in South Surrey CANADA in 2015 because:
1. Low Canadian Dollar
2. Five minutes from the border
3. Nice parks!
4. Competitive teams
To register for a tournament fill out the form below:
South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association will be holding "in person" registration on January 17th and 18th at:
Walmart (Grandview Corners)
2355 160 Street
Time 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Online registration is also available at:
South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association's
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