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Here’s what families said about their child’s favourite part of the season and their coaches.
“Learning to play, interacting with the coach. The coach was engaging and made it fun!”
“She loved, loved, loved her team and coaches.”
“All coaches deserve recognition for their time and their commitment to making it a memorable experience for the kids…and also the parents”
“He loved learning the sport and playing with his team.”
“They all enjoyed opening day and the final games of the season when they received their trophies. The loudspeaker and announcer was a very nice touch. The kids especially liked hearing their nicknames.”
“She had a great coach and team so she enjoyed the whole season.”
“Both Coaches (Janine and Camille) were excellent and patient. They show up at every practice with such positive energy. We can’t wait for next year! Thank you!!!”
“Seeing old friends and making new friends.”
“Learning how to play softball and making friends.”
“His coach, his team and progressing from a non-player to skilled. His trophy and hearing his nickname on the loudspeaker at the final game.”
“Coach Darrell and Coach Dave were excellent with the kids who aren’t always easy to coach at their age.”
“Parents against kids’ games!!!”
“Improving her skills and making good friends.”
“The out of own Select team tournaments and off-season skills clinics.”
“Coach Nick and Coach Shawn did a great job. My daughter loves to go for games and practices.”
“My son enjoyed both the house league team and the select team. This was my daughter’s first year. She liked the off-season Friday night clinics and just being on a team with the other kids for the first time.”
“The camaraderie of his/hers teammates.”
“Coach Michael Bonello was very instrumental in helping my daughter feel comfortable in the game as it was her first time trying it. He is very good at coaching them new skills at their level without pushing them too much. Just the right combination of encouragement and respect for their learning levels.”
“She loves playing as a group and had a lot of fun as she has had for the past 3 years.”
“She really enjoyed his first year in softball and the encouraging atmosphere created by the team and parents.”
“Playing together as a team and not being left out.”
“She most enjoyed the camaraderie on the girl’s select team. The girls were always happy and cheering each other on despite the outcome of the game.”
Coach John Heiydt made the season fantastic for the girls. He was very supportive, understanding, motivational, and encouraged the girls to always do their best! We are going to miss having him as a coach next season as both my girls will still be in U12 and he’s moving up to U14. Thank you Coach John for all your dedication to our team…it’s volunteers like you that make a big difference in the kids experience with a sport…thank you for the positive impact you had on them!
As our softball season comes to a close, on behalf of Richmond Hill Minor Softball Association, we would like to sincerely thank you for all your support and commitment in making time so that your children could attend the weekly practices and games. We understand it’s not easy juggling work and family commitments and we greatly appreciate your efforts in finding a happy balance.
Again, our focus this season was on promoting sportsmanship, friendship as well as developing the players’ skills, knowledge of the game, its rules, and most importantly, having fun in a safe and positive environment. We hope that we have accomplished this and that you and your children look forward to returning next season to Richmond Hill Rebels Softball!
The U14 Rebels Select Team, AKA The White Diamonds had diamond fever this season! It was a rollercoaster ride of emotion, summer of fun with lots of heart and many new skills put into play. The girls played with passion, drive and representative Richmond Hill with the utmost honor. Although the team did not come home with the win at Provincials where 28 teams competed from all over the province, they had a fantastic year learning, making new friends and playing lots of Softball!
Special thanks to a wonderful young lady who volunteered her time and shared her expertise to help the team learn and grow. Thank you Kyla for a special year!
The Green Clover U14 House League team, coached by Steve and Tonia Sarkissian, had a fantastic year! They held 2nd place throughout the season within the York North Loop competing with teams from Aurora, Stouffville and Newmarket. They also captured the Golden Glove Trophy at the Richmond Hill Championship U14 House League game. With new players who have never played ball to experienced veterans, the girls played with the best intention in mind that was to have fun and to play competitively. They even wrapped up the year by pulled off an amazing triple play in their last game of the season! Fantastic job ladies!
The Richmond Hill Rebels U14 Rep softball team climbed their way to the podium at the PWSA Provincial Championships, qualifying the team for the Eastern Canadian Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Representing Ontario at the Easterns, this team came out firing, mercying three teams and only dropping one game to PEI who they faced in the semi-finals the following day. With a changed in strategy and along with impressive pitching, strong bats and solid defence, the Rebels came out on top against PEI, winning 14-9.
In the championship game with Head Coach James Bland at the helm, Richmond Hill faced the Kitchener Klassics. The Klassics got off to an early lead with a score of 5-2 and the Rebels continued to trail by 3 runs through five innings. In the 6th inning, with a pitching change, the Rebels held their opponents, rallied at bat and scored 3 runs to tie the game.
In the top of the 7th, the Rebels shut down their opponents again and the home team had a chance to win the game in regulation innings. With one out and a runner on 2nd base, the clean up batter hit a rocket walk-off single to centre field, driving in the winning run. The Rebels came from behind to win the championship because they never stopped believing that they could.
This was a wonderful opportunity and experience for the team to be exposed to competitive softball from other provinces. The memories created will last a lifetime and will fuel the girls to continue playing softball for years to come. Congratulations to the Province of Ontario, the Town of Richmond Hill and the Richmond Hill Rebels, the 2018 Eastern Canadian Champions!