Professional Development Points Webinar Series

 Our 2017/2018 Webinar Series lineup is here! Each webinar is 1 (one) hour in length. Those who register will be granted 1 (one) Professional Development Point per webinar.
Pricing: $15.00 per webinar

 About the Speakers:



Alison Bradley - Preparation

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 8:00pm EST

Alison Bradley is a two-time Olympian (2004-Athens & 2008- Beijing) and an eight-year veteran of Team Canada-Senior Women’s. After retiring in 2009, Alison joined the Team Canada Coaches Staff as the Team Leader. Alison is an NCCP Competition-Development, Softball Certified Coach. In 2010, Alison joined the U21 Team Canada Women’s Team as the Assistant Coach. Following the 2013 U21 Women's World Championships, Alison accepted a position with the Women’s National Team as the team’s Manager, a position she held until August 2017. Alison is currently the Dean of Students at a middle school in Boulder City, NV.


Kaleigh Rafter - Framing and Setting up Batters

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 8:00pm EST

Kaleigh Rafter was a 2008 Olympian and is a current member of the Canadian National Team. This year will mark her 12th year with the National Team program. She also spent two seasons playing in the Japanese Professional Softball league from 2013-2015.

A graduate of Florida State University, Kaleigh holds a Masters in Criminology as well as a Masters in Sports Management and Administration. She currently is an assistant coach at the University of Virginia and works with catchers, infielders, and hitters.

Jessica Mancini - Concussions and Softball Specific Injuries

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Jessica played collegiate Softball on a scholarship at Spring Arbor University in Michigan from 2001-2005. During that time, Jessica was a part of winning several regional championships and captured the 2005 National Championship. In addition to Jessica’s playing career, she was a member of the 2013 Team Ontario Training staff, Assistant Coach with University of Waterloo Women’s Fast Pitch Team as well as an instructor at several PWSA Skills Camps, Colour Your Dream development clinics and Softball Ontario’s Softball Performance Centre program. In 2017, Jessica obtained her Competition-Development, Softball Certified status and brought home the Bronze medal with Team Ontario from the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, ON. Mancini is a registered physiotherapist in Hamilton, ON with a special interest in sports injuries and concussion management.

Lesley Pipher - Respect: Coaching and Leadership in Sports

Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Pipher is an NCCP Competition-Introduction, Softball Certified Coach who currently coaches the U14 Girls Port Perry Angels. She played competitive softball within the Provincial Women’s Softball Association for over 30 years, playing on numerous teams and captured many Provincial and National Championship titles. From 1996-2006, Lesley was a member of the Great Britain National Softball team. At age 45 Lesley came out of retirement to play at the World Master Games in New Zealand, winning Gold in the competitive 45+ category. Being a truly Active4Life participant- Lesley is a Softball Canada Level V Umpire and remains involved in our great sport.


Andrea Wolf - Baserunning

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Andrea Wolf is an NCCP Competition-Development, Softball coach and is in her 3rd year with the University of Regina Cougars and was recently named the Head Coach. Andi was named the 2017 Western Colligate Softball Coach of Year in her first year as Head Coach. She led the Cougars to an overall impressive record of 32 Wins- 2 Losses- 1 Tie while capturing the Western Collegiate Softball Association Provincial Championship and the Bronze at the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association Championships. Andi had been involved in Coaching Softball for the last 15 years and now is moving more into the High-Performance stream of our great sport. Also, Andi has been a part of Team Saskatchewan Coaches Staff since 2013 as an Assistant Coach and assumed the Head Coach role in 2015, for the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. Before she transitioned into Coaching, Andrea played 4 years for Jamestown College in North Dakota, USA and spent 2 seasons in Japan playing for Seki Byion in Numazu. When not on the field, Andrea instructs softball skills clinics, facilities NCCP Coaches Clinics and currently sits on Softball Canada Board of Directors. Andrea, along with her husband Dwayne and 6 children live in Wapella, SK.

Elissa Sivel - Common Problems in Young Pitching

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Elissa Sivel is regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in Ontario, currently serving as the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pitching coach. Sivel brings an expansive background that includes representing several PWSA teams at seven National Championships earning silver and bronze medals. Named a two-time OIWFA All-Star, Sivel showed dominance on the field and in the classroom, awarded the Ottawa Award of Merit twice. Elissa is a Softball Ontario MPI, NCCP Coach Developer and a Competition-Introduction, Softball certified Coach.

Sal Gara + Susan Strafford - Rules

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Sal Gara is a Level V umpire in Fast Pitch (attained in 2010) and is also a certified international (WBSC) umpire. He has extensive experience as an instructor and evaluator at the provincial and national levels, and most recently at the international level as the DUIC at the 2017 Men’s Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, DR. Sal is very active nationally serving as a Deputy Umpire-in-Chief for Softball Canada as a member of the ODC (Officiating Development Committee) since 2014, where his current responsibilities are Rules Interpretation and joint responsibility for Learning Resources.

Susan Strafford is a Level V Softball Canada umpire (obtained in 2007) as well as a WBSC certified umpire. Susan has many years experience in both teaching and supervising at all levels. Susan has represented Canada at both the Jr. Women's and Women's World Championships as well as the Pan Am Games. Susan has also served on the Softball BC and Softball Canada Officials Development Committees. Susan keeps busy both on and off the field teaching clinics, working games and participating in any rules discussions.


Jen Yee - The Science of Swing: Physics Behind Softball

Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

A long-time member of Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team program, Jen Yee is one of the most feared hitters in the world. She competed in the Futures division of the Canada Cup in 2004 and 2005, winning the home run derby at each of those events. After joining the Senior Women’s National Team in 2007, Yee led Canada with a .348 batting average, one home run, and five RBIs in eight games at the 2008 Olympic Games. She has won a pair of silver medals from the 2007 & 2011 Pan Am Games and captured Gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, ON. Yee was a key member of the world championship teams in 2010 (bronze), 2012 and 2014. She spent part of the 2013 season playing professionally in Japan. Yee began her collegiate career at Niagara University where she earned the MAAC Rookie of the Year Award. She transferred to Georgia Tech in 2007. In her senior year, she reached base safely in all 62 games she played and led all NCAA hitters in batting average (.538), slugging percentage (1.270), on-base percentage (.732), runs scored (93) and walks (88). She also tied for first with 29 home runs. With those outstanding numbers, she was a top 3 finalist for the 2010 NCAA Player of the Year Award and was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year.

Isabelle Cayer - Women in Coaching: How to Increase the Number of Women in Coaching

Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST

Isabelle Cayer is a Senior Coaching Consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada, working with nine National Sport Organizations on coach education, and is the manager of the Women in Coaching Program. She has been working at the national level of sport for 20 years, previously with Skate Canada, managing national coaching programs and spearheading LTAD. She is a current NCCP Master Coach Developer and CAAWS Women & Leadership Program Facilitator. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, a former competitive athlete, NCCP Certified Provincial Coach in figure skating, she volunteers her time in sport as the current President of a skating club, and events such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.







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