222’s Fastpitch Wraps up Winter Training in Edmonton!

A huge thank you to the Edmonton Warriors Athletic Association for all their hard work. 222’s Fastpitch concluded their final Winter Training weekend, hosted by the Edmonton Warriors, this past weekend. There were lots of smiling faces over the course of the 3 weekend training camp.  We hope you all had fun, but at the same time, were able to learn a few things that you can take with you into your upcoming Summer Season!

Good luck to all, and hope we see you at another 222’s Fastpitch event!

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Winter Teams Wrap Up

Well we cannot believe another winter season has passed for our 222’s Fastpitch 14U, 16U, and 18U Teams. The 16’s Team Landers, and 18’s Team Shmucker wrapped up their final weekend in Las Vegas Feb 9 – 12, and the 14’s wrapped up their winter season in Phoenix, AZ Feb 17 – 20.

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Team Landers had an amazing 7th place finish in the 47 team tournament. This is the highest finish ever for a 222’s Fastpitch Team. Team Shmucker ended up in the middle of the 40 team tournament, placing 22nd. Unfortunately, the tournament had some rain, which shortened the playoff games, but overall a great weekend was had by both teams.

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The 14U Team Scorch unfortunately had their Phoenix Tournament rained out, but managed to get in a couple exhibition games before the sky opened up. Go figure…rained out in the desert!

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222’s Fastpitch would like to thank all the team members, parents, and coaches for their hard work and dedication to the program. One thing that always surprises us, is how close knit the teams become. No one ever wants to say goodbye, and we know that some fantastic friendships have blossomed through the “family” type atmosphere of our 222’s program. This feeling is captured as the 16’s said goodbye for the final time in Vegas.

 

We now look to the 2017-2018 Winter Team season, which kicks off with our tryout camp in Saskatoon, SK. August 25th – 27th, 2017. If you are at all interested in playing for one of the 222’s Fastpitch Winter Teams, please keep this weekend open, as it is your only opportunity to tryout for the upcoming winter season.

For more information and/or to register for our tryout camp, please click on this link. https://222sfastpitch.com/2015-2016-winter-tournament-teams-14u-16u-18u/

Holoien added to Men’s National Team Coaching Staff!

Congrats Coach Dean!

(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce the addition of Dean Holoien (Melfort, Sask.) to the Men’s National Team coaching staff. Holoien will serve as the team’s pitching coach on Head Coach John Stuart’s (Langley, B.C.) staff, which includes returning assistant coaches John Hill (St. John’s, N.L.) and Les Howey (Conception Bay, N.L.).

“Dean is someone I have been using as an advisor the last few years to provide information on some of the pitchers we have had in our athlete pool” stated Stuart. “He will be a valuable asset going forward with his experience and what he has accomplished in the game. His mental approach to the game and winning attitude will be a welcome addition to our staff. We are very excited to have him help us continue to progress.”

Holoien had a distinguished playing career that spanned nearly 40 years and included 12 years with the Canadian Men’s National Team program, competing in two WBSC Men’s Softball World Championships in 2004 (silver) and 2009 (bronze). Since retiring from the Men’s National Team, he has turned his focus and passion for the game towards coaching and instructing with the 222’s softball program in Saskatchewan, which he runs alongside long-time friend and teammate Keith Mackintosh, who is currently the Head Coach of the Junior Women’s National Team.

“I am as passionate about the coaching and instructing aspects of the game of softball as I used to be as a player” said Holoien. “I am very honored to be part of the National Team program again as a coach.”

 

San Diego Tournament Update

Our Goal for each of our three teams going into San Diego was to improve…get better each and every game we play. And that definitely happened for all 3 of our teams.

The 14U Team (Team Scorch), perhaps had the most competitive division with some amazing talent. Although the 14’s did not win, they definitely improved each game. In their playoff game took a 2-1 lead into the 7th inning. The result was a hard fought 4-3 loss. However, the record is not near as important as the goal of raising the bar each time on the field. The 14’s now look forward to their next tournament in Phoenix, AZ Feb 17-19, 2017.

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The 16U Team (Team Landers), went 2 and 1 in the Round Robin, which was good enough for 1st place in their division. In their playoff game, the 16’s found themselves down 5-0 after 4 innings, however, chipped away at that lead with a couple of exciting back to back homeruns! The 222’s were able to push one more run across to make the final 5-3. The 16U’s finished 5th out of the 23 16U Teams, so were extremely happy with the finish. Their next tournament is in Las Vegas, Feb 10th – 12th, 2017.

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The 18U Team (Team Shmucker) also went 2 – 1 in the round robin good enough for a 3rd place finish in their division. The 222’s were matched up against a very tough team in their Sunday playoff game, and came up short. Overall Team Shmucker placed 9th out of 16 18U Teams. Team Shmucker is also looking forward to improving in their next tournament; February 10th – 12th in Las Vegas, NV.

San Diego here we come!

222’s Fastpitch is excited to attend our 2nd Tournament this winter, in San Diego, CA. All three of our teams are in action this weekend;

14U’s Team Scorch

16U’s Team Landers

18U’s Team Shmucker

Competition will be tough down there for sure, but the teams are ready to work hard and improve each and every time on the diamond.

Good luck teams!

South Winter Training Sessions

We are excited about our first South WTS this weekend. This is the first of 10 Sessions in the South this year.We will meet at the Yara Center in Moose Jaw (10am – 2pm).

Participants from all ages should be ready to work hard and push themselves. Top notch Instructors will be pushing our players hard to try get them to that next level.

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