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Parent Involvement

Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

2019 - A Motion to Study Fitness and Physical Activity Levels of Canadian Youth

The NMSA is an organization that can be used as a viable model, and one who shares the same pillars of focus as the key areas of M-206 (A Motion to Study Fitness and Physical Activity Levels of Canadian Youth) namely: (a) strategies to increase the level of fitness and physical activity for youth; (b) the economic, social, cultural, and physical and mental health benefits associated with increased fitness and physical activity among youth; (c) the impact of increased fitness and physical activity in relation to anti-bullying.

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Newmarket Develops Softball Ontario Registered Youth Umpires

Benefits of Being a Softball Ontario Registered Umpire:

  • Opportunity to Officiate at a regional, provincial or national tournament
  • Affiliation with Softball Canada
  • Liability and Accident Insurance coverage
  • Game assignments through local associations
  • On-Field Evaluations by qualified Softball Ontario Instructor/Evaluators to assess your performance FP Umpires E-Newsletter, SP Umpires E-Newsletter, SO E-Newsletter, SO News Release

NMSA is proud to offer Softball Canada's Quality Timbits Program

Timbits Softball is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of Softball to children aged 4-6. Activities are included which foster the involvement of ALL players, including players with high and low skill levels. The child will experience excitement, enjoyment and success. Activities and lead-up games are patterned after informal playground games that promise an hour of FUN and LOTS OF ACTION. Participants will go home at the end of the day happy and tired while improving their fitness level.

Newmarket is proud to offer the CanPitch Program

What is the Canpitch Program?

Canpitch was created to introduce and develop the fundamental skills of windmill pitching to Canada’s children and youth. Canpitch instructors in each province teach a nationally standardized curriculum founded in Long Term Player Development (LTPD) principles that reflects an athlete-centered approach to learning.

The benefits of a nationally standardized pitching program like Canpitch are:

  • All athletes across Canada will have the opportunity to learn how to pitch from experts.
  • Improved skills will improve competitiveness at the local, provincial and national levels.
  • Canpitch Instructors are part of a national network of pitching coaches that are trained through Softball Canada's NCCP Pitching. They participate in professional development sessions, which fosters a sense of community and the sharing of best practices.

Newmarket Minor Softball Association is a proud recipient of an Ontario Trillium Fund Grant

Our Goal for Seed Funding from the Trillium Fund:

The need is to provide better trained coaches and officials. By improving current coaches and providing targeted training to
15-18 year-old players to become coaches, we will create succession planning for continued high quality programming. As a
league, we also recognize "participants with an untrained coach have an attrition rate of 26% compared to 5% for children
coached by trained individuals." A grant will fund training our coaches, who in turn will provide better programming &
resources and grow our player numbers to over 300 in the next 2 years. We want to promote our league as offering the best
houseleague coaching in the region and engage more children into the sport of softball from ages 5 to 18. We are targeting
female players to provide them with an inclusive, safe environment, active lifestyle and ability to learn coaching skills. We want to live up to the expectations of the community-based sport potential in the Newmarket community. Coaching Clinics will
include; Learn to Coach, Community Softball Coach, Drills Drills Drills and CanPitch. Accredited Clinics are administered by
Softball Ontario and/or Softball Canada. We will track training progress, attrition rates and number of female players/coaches
who receive accredited training.


Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Newmarket Minor Softball experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

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Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.


Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This list of articles will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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