MHMSA Awards - Coach and Merit


Sep. 11, 2018


MEDICINE HAT MINOR SOFTBALL submitted to Softball Alberta, 1 nomination for Minor Coach of the Year, Coach SCOTT KELLY.

MHMSA is super proud to announce Scott WAS CHOSEN as the 2018 Softball Alberta Male Minor Coach of the Year.

Scott Kelly has been coaching with MHMSA since 2014.  He coached 3 years in our combined U12/U14 house division, 1 year in U14 house  and 1 year in High School.  He has coached a Provincial Rep team for 4 years (since 2015) and has taken the girls to 3 Provincial games. Each year he simultaneously coaches a house league team and the Provincial team, and MHMSA recognizes the dedication and time involved in doing so. 

This is noteworthy as MHMSA has been building their house league programs for years, trying to create interest and Scott's commitment to both the house and Rep programs kept athletes coming back year after yaer.  A strong house program is instrumental in the creation of more elite, competitive teams.  Scott is directly responsible for helping grow that.  Scott was instrumental to MHMSA splitting our JV division into the 2 proper U12 and U14 divisions.  With his coaching and commitment to softball over the years, we were able to not only grow the game, but retain many kids who often we lose when they begin a new sport with low skill level. 

This past season he registered the U16B Provincial team with the Girls Prairie Softball League, where they had fabulous success!  Record: 4-1, 4-1, 3-1, ranking 2nd  They competed in U16B Provincials in Calahoo, and while they were shy on the success they are capable of, they had a great season - grew again as players and represented MHMSA fabulously.  Record: 1W, 2L, 1T.

In addition to coaching directly with MHMSA, this year Scott Kelly was named the ASG Head Coach, where he put in the extra commitment and took that team to competition in Grand Prairie.  The ASG Zone 1 team placed 5th.

He is not only a coach, but a member of MHMSA that we can rely on.  He handles a promo event for us, Demo Dayz for the past 2 years - in the fall, to help showcase the programs we offer.  He mentored our 3 new rep team coaches this past season. And was one of only 4 members who sat on the Facility Development Plan Committee that MHMSA organized to devise a plan to upgrade and build new facilites.

He is the first to begin organizing tryouts and starting conversations in the spring and the last to leave the diamond each game.  He is dedicated and calm while being knowledgeable and passionate.  Scott is worthy of the Coach of the Year Award.
 

 

MEDICINE HAT MINOR SOFTBALL submitted 3 nominations, for the Softball Alberta Merit Award.
All 3 were accepted at a Zone 1 level, and will now be determined how many can stand for nomination at a Provincial level.
UPDATE: Alisha Dennison was chosen as a Softball Alberta Provincial Merit Award Recipient!  Congrats Alisha!

WE ARE SO PROUD TO HAVE THESE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS ON OUR EXECUTIVE.

NOMINEE #1 - ALISHA DENNISON

Alisha joined our executive in 2013 in our Registration position.  For a few years prior, this position had been filled by the very limited board members all pitching in.  Alisha has successfully ran registration for the past 6 seasons, starting the process early January with booking facilities to hold in person registration nights.  She not only organizes the volunteers to help with these days but also works them.   As we do not currently have an online registration system, she has made sure we have all the photo copies, all the brochures and information packages for clinics, season, rep ball and assessments organized well in advance.  She manintains our relationship with a local sporting company who is a registration drop off for MHMSA.  Alisha doles out completed registration forms to division directors, she manages our Softball Alberta Affiliation and runs a pre-registration contest every year.  She hand writes and  mails out all receipts and manages the credit card/tablet process. 
Her extreme organization has started our season on the right foot every year for the past 6! 

In 2017 Alisha added to her plate the U8 Parent Pitch director position.  For the past 2 seasons she has managed that division: schedules, coaches, team creation and wind up.  Director positions are busy and she does a fabulous job!

Other volunteer projects to note: Alisha has coached 4 years previously with our association:  2 years in Blastball (U4) and 2 years in Tball (U6), plus took on managing the U10 rep THUNDER team this 2018 season.  

Her optimism, willingness to pitch in and ability  to efficiently multi task has made her a staple to the success of MHMSA.  We are an association experiencing constant growth and we know we could not continue to offer softball to Medicine Hat and area without fabulous volunteers like Alisha Dennison
 
 
 
 

MEDICINE HAT MINOR SOFTBALL submitted 3 nominations, for the Softball Alberta Merit Award.
All 3 were accepted at a Zone 1 level, and will now be determined how many can stand for nomination at a Provincial level.
UPDATE: Stephanie Cram was chosen as a Softball Alberta Provincial Merit Award Recipient! Congrats Steph!

WE ARE SO PROUD TO HAVE THESE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS ON OUR EXECUTIVE.

NOMINEE #2 - STEPHANIE CRAM

Stephanie Cram joined our MHMSA board as our Equipment Coordinator, in 2014.  This positiion was long filled by 2 people, so to move to a 1 person system was a large undertaking.  Each year Stephanie has to aquire additional equipment, often on very short notice, as our association has been on a registration up-swing for years.  The year she began, was also the year we introduced Jr umpires, having all the umpire equipment collection and doling out to her.  She coordinates the pick up and re-collection of  equipment nights for all coaches - roughly 60 teams through our U4, LTP teams, High school teams and REP.  Stephanie also manages the purchasing and ordering of all equipment, as well as diamond equipment (bases, rubbers, spreaders) and location gear (locks, chains, storage bins etc). 
In addition to the HUGE job of maintaining our equipment inventory, the management of our only property, lock up -lands to her as well. 

She has also held the position of CASINO chair since 2015, and has navigated the association through 3 casinos to date - which are our sole fundraising endeveor.  Casino chair is very important as without those funds we could not remain an affordable option for families. Our relationship with the AGLC is kept in good standing by Steph.

In 2017, Stephanie took on the role of U8 Parent Pitch Co-director and has also coached U4 Blastball (2 years) and U6 Tball (1 year).

Having Steph on the MHMSA for these 5 years has been one of the reasons we could continue to grow without too many growing pains.  Her system keeps us organized.  Besides all the hours she spends volunteering for MHMSA, she is kind and helpful, willing to make situations work and always good for a laugh!  

It seems Stephanie is always ON CALL during playing season - when lime runs out, locks jam, bins are broke into and equipment strewn - when gear does not fit quite right or the scorebooks are full, she is always there to save the GAME. 
 
 
 
 

MEDICINE HAT MINOR SOFTBALL submitted 3 nominations, for the Softball Alberta Merit Award.
All 3 were accepted at a Zone 1 level, and will now be determined how many can stand for nomination at a Provincial level.

WE ARE SO PROUD TO HAVE THESE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS ON OUR EXECUTIVE.

NOMINEE #3 - KAYLA PLOUFFE

Secretaries do not always get the recognition they deserve. 

Kayla joined our board in 2013 and has managed to keep a continual growing executive and a tonne of correspondence organized.  She has attended nearly every single meeting in the past 6 years, the option of continual skipping out, is not an option for the member who documents all the decisions made and conversations had.  Kayla mans our general corespondence email - during registration replying to the mass amount of inquiries could be considered a full time job! 
Kayla not only keeps our minutes, attendance and provides agendas but she is a team player.  She has been known to help at diamond clean ups, and lock up purges, she books our AGM location each year, has delivered coach disciplinary letters and volunteers to man registration tables and work casino shifts.   This year her attetion to our association diamond maintenace needs is noted due to her writing up a bid on a closed auction for a new tractor.  MHMSA secured that tractor equipment because of Kayla!  You can see her on game sidelines scorekeeping and cheering. 

As a board we are thankful for Kayla's continued commitment to the association.
 

Highschool Tournament Sponsors

WANT TO
GET IN THE GAME?

Tell your Team Manager to turn
RAMP Team on!

RAMP Ads

Do you want to reach thousands of users across hundreds of Minor Sports Association websites? Advertising with RAMP has never been easier! Get in touch with us now to discuss your needs.