Press Release: AGM & Election of Officers

Press Release

Softball NL AGM & Election of Officers

Softball Newfoundland and Labrador held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at Holy Cross Elementary School, St. John’s.

Ross Crocker was re-elected as President, Paul Smith Sr. elected as Vice-President, Bill Barron elected as Finance Director, Gerald Gosse elected as Secretary, Sherry Maher re-elected as Minor Director, Lee Cose elected as Adult Director and Eddy McDonald re-elected as Eastern Canadian Director.

John Sullivan, Umpire-in-Chief, named the local umpires who will be attending the 2011 Canadian Fast-Pitch Championships. They are Floyd (Bud) Sullivan–Junior Male, Joe Devereaux–Midget Male, Keith Pender–Senior Female and John Sullivan–Senior Male.

Reports were tabled from the President, Treasurer, Minor Director and Adult Director. While all Directors felt very positive about the direction the Board has taken over the past two years, they also acknowledged that there was a long way to go to get the game to where they felt it could be.

Financially, the Board is floating around break even after paying off a large debt load since being elected in 2009. The Board indicated that affiliation and tournament fees, the only real means of disposable income to help the game grow, will have to be increased during the upcoming season. The fees currently collected pale in comparison to other Sport Governing Bodies.

The Board informed the membership that they had made contact with the Trustees of the Association that was set up to administer the profits from the 2007 National Senior Softball Championships held in St. John’s. That committee was not receptive to returning the funds to Softball NL. The members in attendance instructed the Board to proceed with legal procedures to restore the funds under the jurisdiction of Softball NL.

The new Board indicated that, among other Committees, it will be setting up a new Hall of Fame Committee that will be accepting nominations to the Softball NL Hall of Fame this year.

The 2013 Canada Games (U21 Female) and the 2013 International Cup (U21 Male) programs are up and running. Athletes across NL born between 1992-1994 who are interested in more information and evaluation should contact the Head Coaches via the SNL website.

The Softball Canada CANpitch Program is now available to all associations in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are a number of associations who want to avail of the program and any others who may wish to take part may contact Master Pitching Instructor Lee Cose at

The Board expressed their thanks to outgoing Board members John Farrell and Don Power for their contribution over the past two years.

Softball Newfoundland & Labrador