• One Year Trial of WBSC Rules for Pitching & Strike Zone

    At the recent Softball Canada Congress a proposal to implement a one-year trial of these two new rules was discussed at several workshops and unanimously approved at the Annual General Meeting. This trial will be effective January 1, 2018!

  • Coach NB’s Competition Development courses are NOW available!

    The first round of competition development courses of 2018 are now up on the locker! Please forward this information on to all of your clubs and coaches. The calendar will continue to update with event specifics, so continue to check back on a regular basis!

  • Softball Canada Canadian Championships 2018

    Softball Canada presents 10 Canadian Championships in various locations across the country. These Championships represent the pinnacle of many athletes' careers, as they compete for the title of National Champion. To attend a Canadian Championship, teams must first contact their Provincial or Territorial Softball Association.

  • Rawlings launches 2018 Spring Catalogue

    REDEFINED • LEGENDARY • PERFECTION: The culmination of 130 years of Rawlings’ glove-making craftsmanship, the Rawlings Gold Glove® series delivers the ultimate in playability and feel, inspiring a new generation of defensive excellence.

  • 2018 SNB Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!

    Softball NB recognizes the past achievements of Athletes, Teams, Officials and Builders at its Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

  • Softball Canada LTPD

    Softball New Brunswick is committed to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and its principles.

  • Rawlings launches 2018 BAT LINE-UP

  • Softball Canada announces 2018 Junior Women’s National Team Combines

    Softball Canada has just announced the dates, locations and registration details for the 2018 Junior Women’s National Team Combines.

  • Rawlings Canada

    Rawlings is the Official Softball of Softball New Brunswick.

  • Softball New Brunswick GRANDSLAM 50/50

    All proceeds go towards funding Softball New Brunswick programs including: Scholarship Fund, Special Olympics Program, High Performance Athlete Development, Coaching Development, Slo-pitch Initiatives & Umpire Development.

SNB Memorial Awards

SOFTBALL NEW BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL AWARDS

Each year Softball New Brunswick presents two Memorial Awards in honour of Henry Kelly and Charlie O’Brien. These awards are given to the individual that best exemplifies the traits and commitment to softball that both Henry and Charlie possessed. We proudly present these awards at the SNB Hall of Fame to players, coaches, umpires and/or volunteers, thereby showing our appreciation for their contributions to the sport of softball. The criteria for these awards is available below.

THE CHARLIE O’BRIEN AWARD

The Charlie O’Brien Memorial Award has been presented annually by Softball New Brunswick since his passing in 2004. It is presented to the person that best exemplifies the traits and commitment to softball that Charlie possessed.
Charlie has been described as one of the most likeable men in sport. He was a dedicated servant to the sport of softball and a lifelong fan of sports in general. As the secretary/treasurer of Softball New Brunswick for over 30 years, Charlie was referred to by some as the “million-dollar man” for the sheer volume of financial transactions that he tracked. Charlie was a member of three sports hall of fames, inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1994, the Softball New Brunswick Hall of Fame in 1996, and The Saint John Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also named Saint John Sportsperson of the Year in 1989 and the Sport New Brunswick Volunteer of the Year in 1992.
Charlie served as the Softball New Brunswick liaison to Softball Canada at many local, provincial, and national tournaments. He was one of the founding organizers of the “Play Ball for St. Joseph’s” fundraiser and a proud member of the organizing committee that brought the 1978 Senior Men’s Nationals to Saint John. He served for many years as the President/Coordinator for the Saint John Softball Association. Charlie served on the organizing committee for The Canada Games, held in Saint John in 1985.
Charlie had the ability to communicate with anyone. He was very kind and easy going and never said a harsh word about anyone. He often took time to call and send best wishes if friends were going through hard times. He had an incredible sense of humor and could bring a smile to the face of the most serious individuals. His enthusiasm and cheerful manner was infectious. Charlie was not only a dedicated and valued volunteer, but he also demonstrated his positive traits of kindness, caring and good cheer in his role as husband, father, and grandfather.

THE HENRY KELLY AWARD

Henry Kelly, the name was synonymous with softball in Moncton, New Brunswick and even across Canada for many years as a coach, builder, official and player. Few have dedicated as much time and energy as Mr. Kelly did to the sport of softball. He was acknowledged for his contribution by being named into the Moncton Wall of Fame, Softball N.B. Hall of Fame, Sports N.B. Hall of Fame and the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame.
It is not the number of wins or championships that he is remembered for, even though there are many, it is the invaluable life lessons he taught his players. He was a man of enormous character and not only a gentleman but a gentle man. He instilled in his players fair play, dedication, commitment, work ethic, teamwork, focus, discipline and to win with class and lose without excuse. These life lessons taught by Mr. Kelly have lived on in his players long after the games were over.

Nominations for these awards must be completed by March 15th and sent via email to the SNB office for review and selection by the Awards Committee which includes: SNB President, Vice President, Executive Director, Technical Director, Minor Female, Minor Male and Adult Coordinator.
If you are unable to submit your nomination via email, please print out the application form, complete the requirements, and mail to the SNB office:

Attention: Awards Committee
Softball New Brunswick Inc.
38 Timberland Drive
Rusagonis, NB E3B 0P7


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