High Performance Program

Standards

To take a look at the performance standards for National Team consideration and Saskatchewan's current standards, click here.

 Player Registration Now Open

  We are now accepting application for players interested in trying out for the 2018-2019 HP 
  Program.

  Applications will be acceped from players in the U14 (2005, 2006), U16 (2003, 2004) & U19
  (2000, 2001, 2002) age groups.

  The deadline to apply is July 31, 2018. Click here for more details and the registration form.

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 North Coaches: TBD

  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 Assistant
Coach 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 

U19 South Coaches: TBD


 

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