16 February NZ Girls Development Team Named
The NZ Girls Development Team to attend the International Friendship Games in Sydney in July 2014 has been named, we congratulate all those that have been selected - Aizaya Anderson, Taylah McDonald (Hutt Valley), Chelsea Brunner, Lisei Leáupepe, Marcelle Parkes, Wanaka Noanoa (Wellington), Jaimee-Anne Dick, Nik-Cole Paea, Makayla Mave, Tyler Morrison, Aíeesha Setefano (Auckland), Shinae Hearne (W.A, Australia), Teegan Irving (Qld, Australia), Lucy McIntyre (Southland), Sharnaee Walsh (Canterbury)
16 February Junior White Sox Team to attend Canada Cup 2014
The Junior White Sox team to attend the Canada Cup has been named, we congratulate all those that have been selected - Mikayla Werahiko [Captain], Amy Begg, Bohemian Quinn (Canterbury); Mereana Makea (Wellington); Emily Rauhihi (Hutt Valley); Emma Houkamau, Courtney Gettins, Brooke Eden (Hawkes Bay); Pania Monk, Aria Tawha, Kanyon Paul (Waikato); Allison Mohi, Zoe Tolhopf, Tereapii Tourangi, Deaven Tavalu (Auckland).
14 February SNZ Takes Proactive Steps to Keep Sport Clean
Softball New Zealand have confirmed that an incident occurred during the Black Sox training camp held at Trentham Army Camp December 13-15, 2014, which has been reported by some media organisations...more
5 February Black Sox To Take On Australia In Series To Be Aired Live On Sky TV
Softball in New Zealand will be receiving a huge boost in March this year with confirmation of a three-test series between the world champion New Zealand Black Sox and the Australian Steelers will be shown live on Sky Sport in New Zealand.
Rosedale Park, the scene of the Black Sox world championships win last year will be the venue for the series with a Friday night game and then a Saturday double-header.
"This is a significant milestone for our game and of course the Black Sox brand. Other than hosting the world championships in 2013, these tests represent the first time the Black Sox have been involved in an international game on home soil since 2008,." said Tony Giles, Chief Executive Softball New Zealand "Having live coverage on Sky gives the sport an ideal opportunity to profile our sport and just how talented the Black Sox really are."
The series is likely to feature a powerful Black Sox team with Australia also intending to send a team with all of their stars in a bid to avenge their quarterfinal loss to the Black Sox in the 2013 world championships.
Meanwhile Mark Sorenson the Black Sox coach believes it is a huge bonus in so many ways to have this series on the calendar and on TV.
"It's exciting for the Black Sox and for softball. The games which were televised last year at the world champs were well received," says Sorensen.
"There's no better team to play than the Aussies. In the last probably six to seven years there has been real competition between the two countries which is to their credit - they've raised their game. We will select the best team available from the players in New Zealand. We want to reward the
domestic based players."
The New Zealand Black Sox will host the Australian Steelers over the weekend of March 28-30 at Rosedale Park, North Harbour.
On our Way to Oklahoma
The "On our way to Oklahoma" Junior Women's 2015 World Championships campaign kicks off this week as Junior White Sox head coach Kevin Gettins names his 2014 Squad.
19 January NZ Junior Black Sox Team is Named
The 2014 Junior Black Sox team was announced at the U19 Boys National Championships. Coach Thomas Makea, Asst Coach Jarrad Martin, and Manager Wayne Small were present to name the 17 players who will contest the World Championships in Canada in July. The team is (in alphabetical order);
Tiwana Aranui (Hawkes Bay)
Bradley Bennett (Auckland)
Te Kahui Bishop (Wellington)
Luke Bowers (Nelson)
Eruera Drage (Auckland)
Callum Elson (Auckland)
Cole Evans (Auckland)
Vincent Harris (Waikato)
Lewis Gerrard (Auckland)
Ethan Johnston (Canterbury)
Dante Matakatea (Wellington)
Fraser McClaren (Wellington)
Conor Peden (North Harbour)
Blake Radford (North Harbour)
Maddix Rice (Auckland)
Nopera Stockford (Canterbury)
Jackson Watt (Canterbury)
Congratulations to all the players who made the team. The team will play in the Dean Schick in February, and then head to Vancouver at the end of June for warm up games before the World Championships start in July.
Black Sox Road to Rosedale
Follow the New Zealand Black Sox as they prepare for their 6th world title at the Tradestaff ISF Softball World Championships at Rosedale Park this March. Broadcast Arts Film & Video Unit come to the fore once again capturing the insights into the Black Sox as they build to their opening game against Mexico, 1 March. Check out the series of video at Vimeo
The "Sport of Champions"
The Sport of Champions video highlights the strengths of previous World Series winning teams and the difficulties they overcame to be victorious. The video covers off 8 world titles in total featuring World Champion coaches and captains; Dave Sorenson -- 1976, Lower Hutt, New Zealand; Naomi Shaw -- 1982, Taiwan; Mike Walsh -- 1984, USA, Dale Eager -- 1985, Canada / 1989, USA; Mike Walsh -- 1996, USA; Don Tricker -- 2000, South Africa / 2004, Christchurch, New Zealand - Click here.
24 Feb Te Atatu Clean Up Dean Schick Memorial Softball Tournament
The Te Atatu Roosters won their first Dean Schick Memorial softball title when they cleaned up seven of the other best club teams from around the country, plus the Junior Black at Rosedale Park, North Harbour over the weekend...more
23 Feb National softball club title up for grabs
It’s a close competition so far as seven of the top softball teams from around the country compete for the men's softball club title with the Junior Black Sox making up the eighth side in the Dean Schick Memorial tournament at Rosedale Park, North Harbour this weekend...more
23 Feb Coaching continuity critical to softball's success
Plans are already under way to make sure Canterbury softball's record season isn't a flash in the pan...more
16 Feb National Fastpitch Finals Day:
Today the finals day in Christchurch for the NFC. The Womens Final will be played at 12pm, and the Mens Final at 2pm. Click here to go to the livestreaming website to view the games live.
Footage courtesy of John McNicholas
7 December SNZ and EBOS SPORTS
SNZ welcomes EBOS SPORTS on board as our official sports medical partner. We look forward to working with EBOS SPORTS and are appreciative of their support towards our game.
EBOS Healthcare is a proudly New Zealand owned business which distributes the widest range of medical, healthcare and daily consumable products in New Zealand.
EBOS Sport was developed with the training needs and general health of our top New Zealand Athletes in mind. EBOS Sport has a large selection of products and stocks brands such as Nature's Kiss Anti-Flamme, Deep Heat, ICE, d3, IsoWhey & BioCeuticals.
16 January CSA 75th Jubilee Celebrations
The Canterbury Softball Association is proud to be celebrating another milestone in our long and proud history with our 75th Jubilee Celebrations to be held throughout the month of February; And we hope you can join us for what promises to be a brilliant birthday bash!
Our 75th Jubilee Celebrations will comprise a number of events which will be scheduled in the days leading up to, during, and following the SNZ National Fastpitch Championships. We think this is a great way to acknowledge our past and present accomplishments and to provide the out-of-towners a jam packed visit to Christchurch.
Go to our website for more info or comment/message us with your email address and we can send you more detail.
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Trans Tasman Series, 28-29 March
Tickets to the grandstand for the three match Trans Tasman Test Series between the NZ Black Sox and Australian Steelers are now live and open for sales on iTICKET.
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