Softball Alberta Awards - for ZONE 1 Coach and Merit

Sep. 13, 2019

MEDICINE HAT MINOR SOFTBALL submitted 3 nominations, for the Softball Alberta Merit Award.


Jenn’s nomination was accepted as 1 of the 3, Zone 1 nominations, put forth to Softball Alberta for a Merit Award.
Jenn was SELECTED, along side Lethbridge Beth Moulton as the Zone 1 Provincial Merit Award recipient.
Jenn Matt has been a member of Medicine Hat Minor Softball executive since 2013.  Having fulfilled 7 years of volunteer commitment, she has helped in many capacities.  For the first 3 years she organized and ran the high school division.  As it was a fairly new addition, it took a lot of planning and relationship building with the high school athletic directors and admin.  Jenn was so important in creating the success of the high school division, which to date has 4 high schools each submitting at least one team, often 2 - and rural teams joining in the play.  In 2016, she moved into the Vice President role and passed on the high school division to a new director, willing to help and guide wherever needed.  Jenn’s role with Vice President has been to be a steady voice for development. She helps us mitigate and address any issues and is a sounding board for ideas. This 2019 season, she added fundraising coordinator to her plate.  We felt it was time to track fundraisers taking place within our teams as they reflected on MHMSA. 
Jenn is a volunteer at heart. She started with the game of softball as a player - she loves the game.  She moved into coaching as a young graduated player, then onto the executive and she is now back coaching wee ones, as 2 of her boys are playing in our U4 and U6 divisions.  Jenn helps out with assessments, organized the 50/50 for our 2019 Provincials and has spent many years filling in wherever is needed.
Christina’s nomination was accepted as 1 of the 3, Zone 1 nominations, put forth to Softball Alberta for a Merit Award. While Christina was not selected for a Provincial Merit Award, we know she is deserving of this award and thank her for her years of service.
Christina has been with MHMSA since 2015; beginning her executive commitment as JV director.  We struggled with numbers in our U12 and U14 division and Christina took this division under her care.  Combining 2 age groups is difficult, trying to balance maturity and even the rules and ball size varied.  Not only did this division do very well, it grew so that we could eventually split it into 2 very successful divisions!  Christina manned the JV division in 2015 and 2016 and moved to High School director for 2017, 2018 and 2019.  This position encompasses as many teams as interested kids, building relationships with the schools and finding coaches.  Additionally, Brooks, Alberta plays within that division and Christina handles all that scheduling and is the liaison for the rural team.  The High School league runs outside of our city in Redcliff, so Christina books facility and umpires for these double header games 2x week.  We believe the success of a Rep/Provincial program is a direct result of a strong house league or local program, and Christina has directly impacted that outcome.  With now a U16B and U19B Provincial team being built out of Christina’s division. 
On top of division director, 2 years Christina was our Sponsorship Coordinator and while we desperately lack sponsors, she always managed to find a few sponsors to offset costs, whether for water in dugouts or Coach appreciation certificates. 
Christina also Coaches.  She has coached with MHMSA since her daughter played U14 (5 years) and has at some points in time, juggled coaching 2 high school teams. 
She is true volunteer of MHMSA, she is one to help whenever asked.  She shares her passion with the kids and other coaches and we know her vote on the board is never self-seeking. 
During our hosted Provincial Opening Ceremonies, Christina geared up as back catcher for ceremonial first pitch!  
There were 5 Zone nominations and while Rebecca’s was not included in one of the 3 put forth to Softball Alberta, we know she is deserving of the Merit Award!

Rebecca Jackiw joined the Medicine Hat Minor Softball board in 2015.  We were scrambling to keep our jerseys organized, collected, clean and stocked for an association that was on an upward swing for registration numbers.  Rebecca is organized and efficient - 2 things that are crucial for being part of an executive.  Since Rebecca took the position, we have less loss (nearly all uniforms were collected this season, and the ones not collected were billed!) - this makes a large financial impact on MHMSA and its members.  This is her 5th year handling Uniforms and it is amazing what a smooth process it is; the families, coaches and division directors are always thankful.  She plans ahead for growth and has brought all our Thunder Provincial teams into aligning jerseys.  Outfitting 500+ athletes and 5 Provincial teams is not a small task!
Additionally, Rebecca arranges all our executive board meetings, booking the facility and being the last out to ensure the space has been properly left.  She also helps manage our social media pages, as well as built and maintained all 3 social media threads for the 2019 provincials.  (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) During the months preluding registration, answering the never-ending stream of messages through these platforms, sometimes rivals a part time job! 
She was so important to MHMSA during our hosted provincial championships.  Rebecca helped with merchandise - which was a multi-day, multitude of boxes ordeal that generated a nice revenue for our local association.  She ‘lived’ at the diamonds over those few days, doing everything from 50/50 to cleaning bathrooms. 
Rebecca is always sound in thought, careful with her vote and forward thinking about the association and all the kids within it.  She would be very deserving of the Softball Alberta Merit Award.


2018 Softball Alberta Awards

Coach of the Year Minor - Scott Kelly 

Zone 1 Merit Award recipient - Stephanie Cram and Alisha Denisson

Merit Award nominee - Kayla Plouffe




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