Update: 3/2/10




The Long Way Home



The Fort Hays State University Softball team, a Division II Institution located in Hays, Kansas is looking to pick up some games either this upcoming weekend (March 5, 6, or 7) or the following weekend (March 13 or 14).  We are looking for a team or two that would be willing to possibly travel in for a doubleheader or so.  If not yourself, maybe you know of a team or two that is in the same situation of looking for games.  We have been on our field a large percentage of the winter so far and are forecasted to have high 50-low 60 degree weather.  I would even entertain the idea of going elsewhere to play either weekend if someone has openings to offer.  If you have any interest or info that would be helpful, I would really appreciate it!

Please contact the following:

Julie LeMaire
Head Softball Coach
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Office: 785-628-5885
Cell: 217-257-8098


Not only Point Loma but, also another NAIA school. Bethany University will also cancel it’s softball, baseball and track teams.  FROM A SAD BETHANY PARENT


As a tribute to honored players, much appreciated over many years by players and parents, every Wednesday SPY publishes a list of weekly conference honors.  There was a time when SPY posted a photo of every honoree, but, the many hours this took searching each conference site, and usually a great many individual college sites, is no longer an option, particularly with the increasingly diminished use of my hands (the 3-4-5 fingers on both hands are impaired by neuropathy and arthritis, which surgery did not correct).  Thus, SPY focuses on conference web sites – and SPY scans each conference site in Division I.  Some are very good; a few wouldn’t get good marks in a highschool newspaper. And, some sites have not been updated since 2009, which is vary unfair to the  players.   From time to time, the SIDs do not post the names of honorees  by the SPY deadline of Wednesday evening.  Thus, when a conference’s players are not named, the only reason is that SPY could not find the information when we published.

Case in point:  the honorees last week for the SEC:

Pitcher of the week:    Erin Arevalo, Georgia

Player of the week:     Raven Chavanne, Tennessee


Readers:  The term “Futures” seems to be causing some confusion.  Canada Cup has for many years hosted a “Futures” tournament for 19U and 16U players, and various US travel ball teams have competed, independent of USA Softball.  However, USA Softball has announced it will be forming a USA Futures Team, which will compete against the USA National Team in exhibitions and at the World Cup in OKC.  This USA Futures Team is not expected to compete in Canada.  However, the USA National Team will compete in Canada in the new Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, at the same site, during an overlapping time frame, July 7-11.  A roster for the USA Futures Team has not been announced.  However, readers should think of it being like former USA Elite teams, ie, more senior players than is implied by the term “futures.”  More, the USA Futures Team is not the USA Junior World Team which will qualify in Bogota, and play next year in South Africa at the Junior World Championship.

White Rock Renegades to Host 2010 Replacement Tournaments for Canada Cup Futures and Showcase Divisions

Canadian Open Fastpitch Futures (U19) International Championship

Canadian Open Fastpitch Showcase (16U) International Championship

To Take Place JULY 5 – 11, 2010

(Surrey, BC.)  With the recent announcement of the cancellation of the Women’s Division of the 2010 Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament, the original Host Team, the White Rock Renegades, will continue what the Canada Cup Host Committee worked so hard to achieve with their two youth divisions by forming a new committee to host the 2010 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.  This will include a Futures (U-19) Division and a Showcase (16U) Division.

The 2010 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will be held from July 5 – 11 in Surrey, British Columbia and will carry on the Canada Cup spirit of promoting the development of the great game of softball by helping young female athletes reach for their personal best.

“We decided as the Host organization that we would take on the challenge of continuing the Futures and Showcase tournaments for 2010 and give elite teams who wanted the chance to compete, the chance to do so,” stated Greg Timm, President of the White Rock Renegades and Chairman of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.

“We’re doing so because we want to help the young athletes of today as well as honor Glen Todd’s vision and tireless work towards the development of the youth of the sport.”

Todd was the Chair and Founder of the Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament and Founder of the White Rock Renegades.

Timm was also the co-chair of the Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament since its inception.

This seven (7) day event will feature many elite level youth teams vying for the title of 2010 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Champion!  These elite teams will compete on the diamonds at Softball City and Cloverdale Athletic Park showing spectators just how inspiring the future of the sport can be.

With plenty of events, continuous entertainment, and a week chock-full of high caliber fastpitch competition, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will be a fun-filled event for the whole family.

The plans for this year’s event also features a Canada/USA Women’s national team exhibition series to run Thursday, July 8 to Sunday, July 11.  Schedule and more details to be announced at a later date.

For further information on the tournament visit www.canadianopenfastpitch.com or call 604.536.9287.

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