High Performance Program
To take a look at the perforamce standards for National Team consideration and Saskatchewan's current standards, click here.
Softball Saskatchewan is now accepting applications for Head Coaches for the 2019-20 Program.
The 2018-2019 High Performance Program will run:
Initial ID Camp – August 24th in both Saskatoon & Regina (if inclement weather it will be on Aug. 25th)
2nd ID Camp – September 7 & 8 for everyone in Saskatoon
All HP Coaches Meeting – either Sept. 7 & 8 in Saskatoon or in Davidson on a weeknight before the WT starts
Winter Training Team training dates that run from 10:00am-4:00pm
October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 8 & 22
For additional details, please click HERE. The deadline to apply is April 19, 2019.
2018/19 Final Teams
Softball Saskatchewan would like to thank all players who participated in our 2018/2019 High Performance Program. Thanks to the expertise and dedication from the excellent group of coaches we have involved, we have received very positive feedback on all our players' skill development. Following are the players who have been selected to the Final Teams that will attend our year end Competition in Oklahoma City at the end of March. Congratulations to you all.
|U14 North||Hometown||U14 South||Hometown|
|Avery Berezowski||Humboldt||Tehya Armstrong||Watrous|
|Katie Berg||Saskatoon||Josie Bentz||Regina|
|Kayli Cooper||North Battleford||Macy Litzenberger||Moose Jaw|
|Skye Dueck||Laird||Samantha Maerz||Holdfast|
|Thea Friesen||Saskatoon||Claire Minchuk||Regina|
|Blair Heck||Macklin||Cassia Montgomery||Moose Jaw|
|Megan Hirschfeld||Beaver Creek||Katie Newberry||Moose Jaw|
|Hailey Hunt||St. Brieux||Kennedy Newman||Regina|
|Maryn Kachmarski||Battleford||Paige Patrick||Regina|
|Jorja Kezema||Melfort||Camryn Rusu||Moose Jaw|
|Karissa Lalonde||Prince Albert||Rhyan Sigmeth||Lumsden|
|Vanessa Renz||Saskatoon||Makena Simmons||Moose Jaw|
|Hayden Seversen||Kerrobert||Zoey Thompson||Estevan|
|Avery Somers||Pierceland||Katelyn Zukewich||Estevan|
|U16 North||Hometown||U16 South||Hometown|
|Chloe Dodge||Saskatoon||Courtney Botterill||Swift Current|
|Siena Ellis||Biggar||Kay Zee Ferber||Kisbey|
|Hannah Feser||Cutknife||Janella Haas||Regina|
|Audrey Fox||Saskatoon||Teagan Horvath||White City|
|Alexis Gerski||Melfort||Tristen Horvath||White City|
|Madison Harder||Martensville||Sharma Kalanuk||Regina|
|Kalin Harrabek||Biggar||Brooklyn Lowenberger||Neudorf|
|Rees Kachmarski||Battleford||Trystan McNabb||Regina|
|Hannah Kostuk||Saskatoon||Hailey Penley||Swift Current|
|Sydney Leschinski||Biggar||Averi Selinger||Regina|
|Jaylyn Painter||Watson||Mya Waloshin||Estevan|
|Peyton Thomas||Martensville||Erin Walter||Regina|
|Brittany Allen||Kindersley||Melyna Bahler||Battleford|
|Darby Binkley||Hudson Bay||Katherine Brewer||Kindersley|
|Jenna Constant||Melfort||Sydney Cooper||North Battleford|
|Hannah Gust||Davidson||Kaibree Head||North Battleford|
|Elly Kerluke||Nipawin||Kassidy Kirchhofer||Cupar|
|Megan Laskowski||Warman||Carlie Meikle||Martensville|
|Myah Nordquist||Saskatoon||Jenna Sloman||Swift Current|
|Madison Thul||Moose Jaw|
2018-19 HP Program Coach Bios
U14 & U16 High Performance Program Coaches
U14 North Co-Head Coaches: Dana Lahti is one of our U14 North Co-Head Coaches! Dana played minor softball for the Saskatoon Hustlers for 6 years before moving on to play for Team Saskatchewan at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. In 2013, Dana was a part of the Selects team that won the U18 National Championship. She went on to attend school and play softball at the University of Western Ontario for 2 years. After her time at Western, she came to Saskatoon and played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Softball team for 3 years. Dana is a 3-time National Champion. During the summer, she plays for the Saskatoon G-Force. Softball continues to be an integral part of her life both on and off the field, so she is excited for this opportunity to give back by coaching a High Performance team. Dana has had the opportunity to help out with the High Performance program for the past 2 years as a guest coach, and she has enjoyed mentoring the younger girls, helping them build their skills, and teaching them mental preparation. She has also coached hitting clinics for U14 and U16 girls for the past 2 winters. Throughout the years, she has helped run various skills clinics through the U of S and through her summer teams as well. Outside of softball, Dana is currently in the MSc in Kinesiology program at the U of S and coordinates an exercise rehab program through the College of Kinesiology for children with congenital heart disease. She hopes to continue studying clinical exercise therapy once she graduates next year. Dana believes that
having this chance to provide these girls with high level coaching and support is a great opportunity to further advance the sport of softball in Saskatchewan. She did not have the chance to attend a program like this growing up, so she is excited to be involved with it as a coach! She loves the unique atmosphere this program creates where all the girls are willing to learn to be better and work towards a common goal.
U14 North Co-Head Coaches: Michelle Kukurudza is another one of our U14 North Co-Head Coaches! Michelle has a total of 14 years of experience playing softball under her belt where she has learned different techniques and strategies from a wide range of coaches and players. She has played the majority of her softball career in Saskatoon. She played her Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam years with the Raiders` Zone and her Midget years with the Selects. Currently, Michelle plays for the Women`s A Diamondbacks during the summer and for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Softball team during the school year. Michelle has had the opportunity to play ball all over the United States and Canada. After graduating high school, she received a softball scholarship from Garden City Community College in Kansas. Here, she got to travel around the United States playing ball and learning a lot of diverse ways of the game from her college coaches. For the past few years, Michelle has helped out with the High Performance program in the North. Last year, she was one of the Assistant Coaches for the U16 North High Performance team, and during the winter of 2017-2018, she coached a U16 girls team in the JQFP indoor league. Michelle has helped coach and plan various skills camps for young athletes through JQFP, Softball Saskatchewan, and private sessions. She has lots of fun getting to know young athletes and helping them out with their mental and physical game.
U16 North Head Coach: Nevada Smith is our U16 North Head Coach! She is a two-time Provincial Champion, winning the 2013 U18 ‘C’ Provincials with the North East Rebelz and the 2014 U18 ‘C’ Provincials with the Hudson Bay Lazers. Nevada came to Regina in 2014 to attend the University of Regina and play for the U of R Cougars Softball team. With the Cougars, Nevada was a WCSA silver medalist in 2014 and 2016 and a National bronze medalist in 2014 and 2016. During her 2015 season, Nevada helped her team secure a gold medal at the WCSA league championships. She also received the Player’s Choice Award in 2015 and 2016. Nevada has enjoyed coaching over the years as well. In 2015, Nevada was the Head Coach for Hudson Bay Minor Softball, and this year she is an Assistant Coach for the U16A Twin City Angels. She also served as the Regina Minor Softball League Learn to Play Coordinator from 2016-2018. Nevada even came out to a few U14 South High Performance Winter Training practices last season as a guest coach. She is a highly motivated and hardworking individual, who has extensive experience in the sport of softball. Nevada completed her Certificate in Public Relations in December 2017 and her Certificate in Non-Profit leadership and Innovation in April 2018. She graduated this past April with her Bachelor of
Arts in psychology. Nevada is a smart lady with a lot to offer on and off the field!
U16 North Assistant Coaches: Kent Kostuk & Mike Thomas
U19 Coach: Marla Laskowski
U14 South Head Coach: Karen Thull is our U14 South Head Coach! She has gained a wealth of softball knowledge and experience throughout her softball career. Back in 1992, Karen was a part of Team Saskatchewan; they attended the Western Canada Summer Games and won the gold medal. In 1993, Karen travelled with Team Saskatchewan to the Jeux Du Canada Summer Games and came home with a silver medal. She went on to attend school and play ball for Simon Fraser University from 1993-1997.While playing for SFU, Karen claimed a Regional Championship, had the opportunity to compete with her team in their first appearance at the NAIA World Series, and served 2 season as the Team Captain. Her team came out on top once again in 1997 when they won their Regional and Conference Championships. Karen was also a member of the Canadian National Training Team Pool from 1996-2002 and competed in the Canada Cup in 1996, 1998, and 2001. In her first appearance at the Canada Cup, Karen and her team captured the gold medal. Karen was inducted into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. Not only has she put together an impressive softball resume as a player, but she has also given back to the sport in so many ways. From 2014-2016, she was one of our Coach Mentors with Softball Saskatchewan. She has coached for the Regina Minor Softball League for many years, and she was an AssistantCoach for the Jeux Du Canada Games Team Saskatchewan in 2013 and 2017. Karen started coaching for the Martin Collegiate Academy Softball Program in 2014 and continues to do so today. She is an experienced softball coach who is able to provide leadership in a team environment in order to engage athletes in sport training. She seeks to empower athletes to achieve their goals and uplift others.
U16 South Head Coach: Mikaila Etheredge is our U16 South Head Coach! Mikaila attended and played softball at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee where she made it onto the TCCAA All-Academic Team in 2009 and 2010. She went on to play at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. Here, Mikaila won two Mid-South Conference championships with her team and made it onto the All-Academic Team in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, she came to Regina to pursue her Master’s in Kinesiology and to play for the University of Regina Cougars softball team. During her first year with the Cougars, Mikaila led the league in BA, OBP, RBIs, hits, and doubles and was named the WSCA First Team All-Conference Catcher, League Top Hitter, and League MVP. Her success continued into the next season where she picked up awards for the WSCA First Team All-Conference Catcher and League Top Hitter. In 2016, Mikaila was named the National Tournament All-Star Team Catcher. She took home two National bronze medals with the Cougars in 2014 and 2016, and she convocated from the University of Regina in August 2017 with her Master’s in Kinesiology and an Emphasis in Sport Psychology. Mikaila also had the opportunity to play professionally around the world. In the summer of 2015, she played for the Witches Linz in Linz, Austria. Here, Mikaila was awarded as an Austrian Softball League All-Star Player and won the Austrian Softball League Golden Glove Award. From October 2016 to April 2017, Mikaila travelled overseas again to play for the Hutt Valley Dodgers in Lower Hutt, New Zealand where her team ended their season with a silver medal at the New Zealand Softball National Championships. Mikaila is one of our Clinic Instructors here at Softball Saskatchewan. She was also an Assistant Coach for last year’s U16 South High Performance team. In 2016, Mikaila took on the role as Co-Head Coach for the Cougars. She is currently this year’s Co-Head Coach for the Cougars as well and is the Assistant Coach for the 2018-2019 Western Canada Summer Games Team.
U16 South Assistant Coaches: Brad Walter & Leslie Miller