Victorian Softball Awards

The 2019 Victorian Softball Awards will be held on Saturday the 18th May 2019 at the Manningham Club Gala Ballroom, Thompsons Road, Bulleen.

Following a review of the State Team Dinner, Softball Victoria have listened to feedback and implemented a range of changes to reflect the wishes of the Victorian softball community.

Key changes include:

  • Introduction of five new awards to recognise the outstanding contribution of Associations, Clubs and individuals in the Victorian softball community (see below for nomination process and criteria).
  • A new format that will increase the amount of time for attendees to HAVE FUN AND INTERACT on the night, including a recommendation to NOT wear State team apparel.
  • Replacement of the guest speaker with a live band, with Softball Victoria lucky to secure the amazing Gary Eastwood for the evening.

To register and purchase tickets for the event please click on the link below:

Tickets link HERE

For State team Officials and Athletes – The cost of your ticket was included in the State team levy, however you are required to register on TeamApp for a free ticket.

For Association and Club representatives, friends, family, guests – Click the link below and purchase a ticket from the Softball Victoria TeamApp page (There is a limited number of tickets available for purchase so be quick!)

Tickets link HERE

NEW AWARDS:

Softball Victoria Emerging Junior Male Athlete

Victorian junior athletes who have demonstrated their skill and passion for softball through consistently high performances at club/association/State level, have demonstrated leadership qualities by being a positive influence on those around them and show the potential to be outstanding softballers in the future.

This award recognises the most promising junior male athletes in Victoria, taking in to account – talent, commitment and dedication, the ability to positively influence team culture and to perform consistently.

Nominees DO NOT have to have represented their Association or State to be eligible.

To download the nomination form, click here.

Softball Victoria Emerging Junior Female Athlete:

Victorian junior athletes who have demonstrated their skill and passion for softball through consistently high performances at club/association/State level, have demonstrated leadership qualities by being a positive influence on those around them and show the potential to be outstanding softballers in the future. This award recognises the most promising junior female athletes in Victoria, taking in to account talent, commitment and dedication, the ability to positively influence team culture and to perform consistently.

Nominees DO NOT have to have represented their Association or State to be eligible.

To download the nomination form, click here.

Community Coach of the Year:

Victorian softball coaches who have made a significant contribution to their team, club, association and/or State. This award recognises the exceptional contribution made by a Victorian community softball coach during 2018/19, with a focus on improving community softball through encouraging participation, development, integrity and making softball more welcoming, safe and inclusive.

To download the nomination form, click here.

Victorian Rising Scorer of the Year:

Victorian softball scorers who have demonstrated their skill and passion for softball scoring through their contribution to their team, club, Association and / State program. The award recognizes the most promising rising scorer, taking into account talent, commitment and dedication to improving their scoring knowledge and skills.

To download the nomination form, click here.

Victorian Statistican of the Year – The Lorraine Davies Award

Victorian softball statisticians who have made a significant contribution to their team, club, Association, State and / or National program. The award recognizes the exceptional contribution made by a community softball statistician during 2018/19, with a focus on improving community / Association / State / National softball through encouraging participation, development, integrity and making softball more welcoming, safe and inclusive.

To download the nomination form, click here.

Association of the Year:

The Association of the Year will be announced on the night based on the criteria set out in the Softball Australia HomePlate program. For information on the program click the link HERE

Club of the Year:

The Club of the Year will be announced on the night based on the criteria set out in the Softball Australia HomePlate program. For information on the program click the link HERE

For more information please contact Softball Victoria CEO Nick Frayne at eo@softballvic.org.au or call 9415 1745

Margo Koskelainen Victorian Umpire of the Year Award

This award is named in honour of Softball Victoria and Softball Australia Life Member Margo Koskelainen for her contribution to the Victorian and Australian Umpiring program over many years.  Margo’s illustrious career and achievements within the umpiring community are indicative of the qualities required of the recipients of this award.

The award is a perpetual shield and individual trophy and is awarded to the most outstanding Victorian umpire of the year.

Click here for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on 12th April 2019. Please forward nominations to angela@softballvic.org.au

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here:

John Larter Umpire Scholarship

The John Larter Development Scholarship was introduced in 2006 in honour of one of Victoria’s senior umpires John Larter. John has been a major contributor to the Victorian Umpiring Program over many years and his commitment and achievements are recognised by Softball Victoria and the Victorian Umpiring Committee in the naming of this award. The award is presented to a current Level 1 umpire.

To be eligible to win the John Larter Development Scholarship: 

  • The nominee being a competent umpire within the season the award is presented in
  • The umpire demonstrates an enthusiasm for umpiring
  • The umpire consistently demonstrates an above average level of officiating skill
  • The umpire demonstrates commitment to work towards their obtaining their level 2

Click below for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on the 12th April 2019.
John Larter Umpire Scholarship nomination link

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here

Marjorie Nora Dwyer Memorial Umpire Scholarship

In 1990 Trustees were appointed by Softball Victoria Inc. to establish this Scholarship trust dedicated to the memory of a great ambassador of softball.

Marj’s involvement in softball spanned over 30 years, during which time she was involved as a coach, administrator but more particularly an umpire, having gained her Victoria badge (level 3) and then her Australian badge (level 5) in 1955. Her commitment to umpiring saw her involved on state, national and international diamonds.

Within Victoria Marj was President of the Victorian Softball Umpires Association for three decades and was awarded Life Membership of Softball Victoria in 1975.

Her other involvements during this time saw Marj as a member of Softball Victoria Council and a coach of numerous Melbourne Association teams at Victorian championships.

At a national level Marj was Victoria’s delegate to the Federation for many years, was Australian Umpire in Chief for over two decades, was awarded Life Membership in 1966 and inducted into Softball Australia’s Hall of Fame in 1987.

Marj passed away on May 3rd, 1990 and was posthumously appointed to the newly established Softball Victoria Hall of Fame in 1993.

The purpose for which the Trust is established is to provide a fund for the benefit of the members from time to time of Softball Victoria Inc. for the education, training and advancement of softball umpires, being members of Softball Victoria who satisfy the prescribed requirements.

Click below for the nomination form, noting that nominations close on the 12th April 2019.
Marj Dwyer Umpire Scholarship nomination link

For more information and to view past winners of this award follow this link here: