SOFTBALL ID CAMPS / EVALUATIONS / TRY-OUTS

ID Camps / Evaluations / Try-outs

Parkland Softball will be holding ID Camps for U15A and U17A teams for the 2024 season.

These camps will be used to identify talent level interested in playing for Parkland Softball. If athletes are interested in playing more competitive ball this is their opportunity to show what they have. We will then identify girls that show interest and potential to play at a higher level. These girls will then have an opportunity for additional training for the winter and be the starting point for the our REP teams. Final tryouts will be help in early 2024.

This camp will also give us as an association the opportunity to assess the talent and decide if we for sure have the depth for a “A” team.


 ID CAMP INFO


🥎 U15 ID Camp 1: Thursday September 14, Sandhills Community League – Diamond 1

o Main Camp - 5:00pm - 7:00 pm

o Pitchers and Catchers 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

🥎 U15 ID Camp 2 - Thursday September 28, TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre

o Main Session - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

o Pitchers and Catchers 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

🥎 U17 ID Camp 1 - Friday September 15, Sandhills Community League – Diamond 1

o Main Camp - 5:00pm - 7:00 pm

o Pitchers and Catchers 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

🥎 U17 ID Camp 2 - Friday September 29, TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre

o Main Session - 7:00 pm -9:00 pm

o Pitchers and Catchers 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please fill out the Camp ID Registration Form ASAP - ID Camp Registration Form

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Athlete development and love of the game is our number one goal at all levels!

Why Parkland Softball?

Parkland Softball has experienced continued growth since its inception, as a community recreational association. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our players, parents, volunteers, coaches, and community members, we now feel that we are ready to pursue A level softball in our area. As such, Parkland will be applying for A level status with Softball Alberta for the 2024 season, in the U15 and U17 age categories.

Parkland Softball has a competitive advantage in this region. The Parkland Minor Baseball Academy offers high performance training to softball and baseball athletes. Most of the athletes they work with attend the Parkland Student Athlete Academy for their academic and athletic pursuits. However, the Academy has offered Parkland Softball a training program opportunity after school, twice a week, from September - January, to prepare our athletes for the next level of competition. We are thrilled to provide this amazing opportunity to any softball athlete that is interested in competing at the U15A or U17A level. The professional coaches have also offered to facilitate a player ID clinic to help us determine rosters, positions, and any potential gaps so we can recruit other players, if necessary.

Here is more information on the Parkland Minor Baseball Academy and the "A" program for your consideration.

Coaches

Shane Dawson is the head coach for the Parkland Twins Baseball Academy and the Technical Director for Parkland Minor Ball. He played high school baseball in Spruce Grove before attending Lethbridge College to play post-secondary baseball. From there, Shane was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and played seven years in their organization. During that time, he played for Team Canada twice, winning a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2015. Since the end of his playing career, Shane has been coaching at different academies throughout the province. This will be his 4th year at the Parkland Twins Baseball Academy.

Mike Johnson is the Director of the Parkland Twins Baseball Academy. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and played parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos. Mike's playing career spanned over 15 years and saw him play for Team Canada multiple times, winning a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2011. Since then, Mike has been a coach on Baseball Canada's Junior National Team and Senior National Team. Mike is currently our bantam AAA head coach and this will be his 3rd year at the Parkland Twins Baseball Academy.

We have three part-time coaches that work with our program. Brandon Hill played college baseball at Okanagan College and has coached at multiple levels throughout our association. Zach Yuzda played college baseball at Vancouver Island University and is currently our midget BAEL (Baseball Alberta Elite League) head coach. Carrie Jespersen played college softball at Cedarville University in Ohio, and played on Baseball Canada's women's national team. 

Strength & Conditioning

  • Parkland Softball will be offering Strength and Conditioning programs for Rep Team athletes.

Results

In the past three years, we have moved 16 athletes to post-secondary programs. We believe that our softball athletes should and will have similar opportunities to pursue post-secondary options, and playing at the competitive A level will help get them there. We are confident that the softball athletes who choose to work with us will be ready to compete by the Spring of 2024.

Have more questions?

Please contact our Softball Coordinator @ softballcoordinator@parklandminorball.com

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