Learn to Play Softball


Let's Make Learning Fun!

Learn to Play Softball is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of Softball to children. Activities are included which foster the involvement of ALL players, including players with high and low skill levels. The child will experience excitement, enjoyment and success. Activities and lead-up games are patterned after informal playground games that promise an hour of FUN and LOTS OF ACTION. Participants will go home at the end of the day happy and tired, while improving their fitness level.

Learn to Play Softball Makes Learning Fun!

The Learn to Play Softball program is designed to be a young person's introduction to the sport of Softball. The emphasis is on FUN, ACTION, and a POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE, with a gradual introduction to non- stressful competition. Learn to Play Softball provides children aged 5-10 with maximum opportunity to practice the skills necessary to successfully take part in the (adult) game of Softball. Learn to Play Softball allows children of all skill levels to achieve the same number of skills repetitions. The drills also offer a high success rate for every child, which improves every player's self confidence.

Coaching has never been this easy!

Learn to Play is also designed to be easily administered. Traditionally, at the 5-9 year old level, coaches are Moms and Dads with little or no coaching experience. Learn to Play Softball is designed to be easily implemented by a volunteer coach! The Learn to Play Softball Manual contains: lesson plans, easy to follow instructions, a letter to parents about the program, progressions for teaching basic skills, and lead up games. 

Suggested Program Structure

  • Level 1 
    9 weeks with 2 sessions per week
    1 hour per session (max.)
  • Level 2
    9 weeks with 2 sessions per week
    1 hour and 30 minutes (max.)
    45 minutes using the lesson plans and 45 minutes of a scrimmage
  • Level 3
    9 weeks with 2 sessions per week
    1 hour and 30 minutes (max.)
    30 minutes using the lesson plans and 1 hour scrimmage 

Learn to Play Orientation

This program is the first exposure to our sport for both our parents and players. We want to prepare our parents and coaches as best we can by providing them with a free parent/coach clinic.  At this clinic you will be taken through the program and the manual, which includes lesson plans and how to teach skills, and you will participate in a mini skills clinic to show you how to teach the skills. After taking our orientation, you will be equipped to run an organized, fun, active practice, and modified games that focuses on skill development.

To have an orientation in your community, please submit a Bid to Host Form found HERE and contact Jacqueline at 780-9235 or at jac@softball.sk.ca. The clinics listed below are for parent and coaches ONLY (Please do not bring any children) and open to those outside of the location. 


April 24

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Martensville Athletic Pavilion

200 Mike Sands Boulevard

Martesville, SK

Heather Chatfield3



April 22

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gordie Howe Spots Complex

1303 Avenue P South

Saskatoon, SK

Noreen Murphy



April 23

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gordie Howe Spots Complex

1303 Avenue P South

Saskatoon, SK

Noreen Murphy



April 25

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Fox Community Highschool

321 4 ST

Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

Paige Strandlund



April 23


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Melfort Curling Club

110 Crawford Ave W

Melfort, SK

Jessica Yaworski



May 1

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dr. Brass Academy

19 Darlington St W

Yorkton, SK

Jana Martinuk



Learn to Play Softball Resources

Learn to Play Manual

Free digital copy through Softball Canada HERE.

We also have the Softball Mobile App that will make coaching our U5, U7 and U9's even easier!!  We have partnered with Athlete’s Era, a Saskatchewan based company, to build the app and import the Timbits Softball manual & video’s into it.  This will be an electronic version of the Timbits Softball manuals that we have been using. For more information click HERE. 

Inside the Timbits Softball Manual you will find:

  • Prepared lesson plans
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Progressions for teaching basic skills
  • Lead up games designed to simulate the real game of softball

Learn to Play Softball allows coaches and children to explore the wonderful sport of Softball. Participants will go home happy and will look forward to the next Learn to Pay Softball session.

School Resources

Looking for some softball resources for your classroom? Take a look at our Timbits Softball program or below for resources where Softball Canada has partnered with organizations to develop softball specific lessons plans for teachers!

Move, Think, Learn: PHE Canada 

This resource uses a Teaching Games for Understanding approach to work students through tactical gameplay problems, think through options and skills, and learn how to apply this learning to broader gameplay situations. The series explores archery, badminton, canoe-kayak, cycling, ringette, softball, squash, soccer and team handball. Targeted to educators working with children and youth approximately 8-14 years of age (grades 4-9), the goal of the series is to increase student knowledge, confidence, and competence to become further engaged in physical activity and/or sport.

Active at Schools: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic School Program has partnered with Canadian Tire’s ACTIVE AT SCHOOL movement to launch the Canadian Olympic Activity Challenge, with the aim of getting kids across the country active for 60 minutes a day through new classroom resources.

Students will be introduced to various sports including softball and learn about their history and develop an understanding of the Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect.

To download this program and use the Softball based resource in your classroom check HERE!

Other Resources


Learn to Play T-Shirts

Contact us at info@softball.sk.ca for more information on t-shirts before March 11, 2024. 

Learn to Play E-Learning

The Learn to Play E-learning Clinic is free of charge and participants will learn the following.

  1. Learn program basics.
  2. Learn why volunteers are important.
  3. Learn long term player development at a glance.
  4. Learn 5 fundamental softball skills.
  5. Learn where to find more support. 

To take the e-clinic you can visit: https://softballcanada.respectgroupinc.com/koala_mpp/course/program.jsp 


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