Softball Ontario announces CANpitch Master Pitching Instructors
Softball Ontario – Softball Ontario is pleased to introduce Erin Mills and Todd Winkworth as Softball Ontario’s newest Master Pitching Instructor’s!
Erin (Napanee, ON) played softball for almost twenty-five years and has been involved as a CANpitch Master Pitch Instructor for the past three years. As a child through to young adulthood, she played with Napanee Express softball teams bringing home two (2) Provincial Women’s Softball Assocation Grand Championships. She was a five-year member of the Queen’s University Fast Pitch team travelling across for Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fast Pitch Association games. She has since become an elementary school teacher and mother. She recently returned as a player in her local ladies’ league helping her team to finish at the top in this year’s play-offs. As one of Softball Ontario’s Master Pitching Instructor, her main focus is on ensuring pitchers have the proper mechanics to maximize their performance and minimize their chances of sustaining injuries in the future.
Todd (Springfield, ON) started pitching at the age of 7 and fell in love with our great sport. Since that first pitch, he has seized Ontario Amateur Softball Association’s U21 Provincials Champion status in 1997, 2002 North American Fastball Association “AA” Champions and was named 1st to the All World Team and numerous Pitching awards. Todd has played on numerous Teams who faced: New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan and Virgin Islands. Todd focus of the game has now switched to coaching his children for Springfield Minor Fastball Association. Todd is a NCCP Competition-Introduction, Softball Certified Coach. In 2013, Todd was named Coach of the Year for his local softball association and in 2014 claimed the U10 Provincial B OASA Championship title. Todd playing and pitching experience combined with his coaching knowledge will make him an asset to Softball Ontario’s CANpitch Program and Committee.
Softball Ontario is excited to have Erin and Todd join our team!
As part of Softball’s Long Term Player Development Plans under the category of Excellence, Softball Ontario in partnership with Softball Canada and its Fast Pitch Member Associations (Ontario Amateur Association-male; Provincial Women’s Softball Association-female; and Ontario Rural Softball Association –rural) plans to launch the newly developed national pitching program CANpitch. CANpitch is developed using Softball’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Model as the framework for effective teaching at each level. The program identifies key drills that reinforce the proper mechanics and teach the fundamental skills of pitching.
For more information on the CANpitch Program and Training Sessions, click here!