The Toronto Fastpitch Club 19U team is pleased to announce the 2020/2021 season try out details below. Are you a dedicated, energetic, positive and competitive softball player? If this is you, please don’t hesitate to contact our coaches for more information regarding our program. The coaching staff includes Head Coach Alan Spohn, Assistant Coaches Robyn Draper, Mike Smuk, Lauren Ferreira as well as special appearances by previous players that have graduated our program and gone on to succeed at the collegiate and national level.

Toronto Fastpitch Club offers: 

  • Elite Level Coaching & Training with National, NCAA, and Canadian Intercollegiate Experienced backgrounds.
  • In House: Hitting, Defensive Positions, Pitching, Catching, Strategies, Mental Prep, Strength Training – You are not parcelled off to paid coaches for training.
  • All coaches are unpaid volunteers and Toronto Fastpitch is a not-for-profit Club.
  • Our own dedicated training facility.
  • Fall/ Winter Weekly Indoor Dome Practices.
  • Admission to the top US Invitational Tournaments – Fall & Summer.
  • We pride ourselves on building “TEAMS” that work as a unit to improve individually to reach our goals.
  • Year-round training with appropriate breaks.
  • A fall & winter tour with college and university games.
  • We are committed to Softball Canada Nationals, and the Team Ontario Program. 
  • Affordable fees as compared to most programs in the province.
  • Twenty Five Year Proven record of success.

We are on the hunt for the Player:

  • That sticks to a Commitment
  • That exudes Confidence
  • That are Relentless Competitors
  • That have Unchallengeable Character

*The coaching staff is open to 16U players that feel they can excel in our program. We currently have three starting 2023 (grad year) players, as well as an exceptional 2022 (grad year).

2020/2021 Tryout Dates:

Monday September 7 @ Noon: Pitchers & Catchers The TFC Warehouse, 224 North Queen St, Toronto *Please bring a face mask to wear for the entire try-out as well as running shoes for our indoor facility*

Monday September 7 @ 2:00PM: All Other Positions The TFC Warehouse, 224 North Queen St, Toronto

Tuesday September 8 @ 7:00PM:  Full Squad @ Paul Coffey Park, 3430 Derry RD E Mississauga

Thursday September 10 @ 7:00PM: Full Squad @ Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd. Mississauga

We will follow PWSA/Softball Canada Protocols once they are announced. We will adjust the number of players at each tryout and adjust times as required. As we have our own private training facility, this flexibility is no inconvenience.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions please sign up for tryouts on our website www.torontofastpitchclub.com or email Alan Spohn @alanspohn@rogers.com  or call 416-684-4931, indicate Name, DOB, & Position(s).

If you intend to register for our try-out. Please fill out the form below so that we can track attendance for Covid protocols. Thank you!

2019/2020 Season Recap

The 2019/2020 season has been challenging to say the least. When our training abruptly ended for shut down in March, we knew we had to keep the group together. With the emergence of Zoom, our weekly group sessions continued with at home physical work outs with a virtual trainer, as well as team challenges that really helped keep everyone connected through the shut down period. We utilized turf fields as well as our training facility by splitting players into smaller groups as per Provincial guidelines when we were able to.

This season has been a unique experience that really highlighted the importance of communication and goal setting as a team and as individuals. Our players and staff refused to just give up on all the work we had put in from September to March. The coaching staff is incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our players during this crazy time in history. By maintaining our goals and fitness, we were able to jump onto the field as soon as we were permitted to joining a playing pod with Brampton, Ajax and Vaughan to continue to challenge ourselves as a unit. We consider ourselves pretty fortunate to have had the opportunity to get 10 games in this summer while demonstrating the ability to stay safe and healthy as a team.

Continuing in the TFC tradition of furthering education through sport, RHP Devan Ryan (2020) committed to attend Indian River State College (NJCAA DI) in Fort Pierce, Florida. RHP Chantal Tripp (2020) is committed to attend Barry University (NCAA DII) in Miami Shores, Florida. Centerfielder Caileigh Burgess (2020) will attend Queens University (OUA) in Kingston, Ontario. LHP Maddie Male (2021) gave a verbal commitment to Stony Brook University (NCAA D1) in Stony Brook, New York. Deanna Grahek (2022) is an uncommitted player that earned a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan Am Championship for the Canadian U17 Junior Women’s National Team in Barranquilla, Colombia last October.

And just as fast as our season came, it has passed. The coaching staff of the Toronto Fastpitch Club is very excited to announce our try-outs for the fall 2020/spring 2021 season. We have laid a solid foundation through one of the most difficult time periods for amateur sports in recent history, and we’d like to continue to face these challenges moving forward.

The Toronto Fastpitch Club prides itself on having athletes that set an example both in the classroom and on the field. Our team GPA didn’t dip below a 3.5 this year, and it was certainly challenging given the online nature of the second semester or continued terms. The professionalism and determination of our athletes are part a set of goals we set as a coaching staff and as a team.

Our pillars of excellence follow the Seven Traits of Super-Elite Athletes ** Excerpts from: The NeuroTracker Team

  1. Supreme Concentration – Total Focus

Sports psychologist Dr. Daniel Brown, “People get distracted very easily by things and fail to be in the moment. Life slips through their fingers because they’re too busy on games consoles or social media. To concentrate on being a champion, your mind has to be developed to such an extent that you can really stay very tuned in to what you’re doing.”

  1. Commitment to Excellence – a relentless and dedication to perfecting their training.

          Manchester United’s Coach Mick Clegg “The great thing that Ronaldo realized is that to really train successfully,,there must be a good percentage of your skill and speed training done with no pressure.”

  1. Desire and Motivation – desire never wanes and the motivation to excel is ingrained.

    NFL football player and coach Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

  1. Goal SettingChampions set the bar high and never stop aiming for it.

Michael Jordan said, “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

  1. Positive Mind-state and Optimisman awareness of areas in which they most need to improve and a inherent need to work on those deficiencies.

Soccer god Pelé summed it up eloquently, “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

  1. Confidence and Self-BeliefSome professionals in athletics refer to it as ‘grit’, but what it comes down to is a steely inner strength and an unshakeable faith in numero uno. 

   NFL star Ronnie Lott, “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”

  1. High-Quality Relationships and Support emotional support from friends and family, or the deep camaraderie from training partners or teammates. 

  Los Angeles Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”

Recognize yourself? Want to be apart of something bigger than yourself? If so, the Toronto Fastpitch Club U19 would like to invite you to our 2020/2021 Tryouts. 

Nationals is our No.1 Goal. Recruitment is just a product of our training, networks and athlete dedication.

2019 Fall College Tour Announcement

The Toronto Fastpitch Club 19U squad is excited to announce the 2019 Fall College Tour. With our network of coaching associates throughout North America, this year’s schedule will be both challenging and dynamic for our squad. Check back for more details in the coming week!

Wednesday, September 25 @ Kutztown University Golden Bears (PSAC DII)

Thursday, September 26 @ University at Albany Great Danes (AEC DI)

Friday, September 27 @ University of New Haven Charges (NE10 DII)

Saturday, September 28 – Day off @ New York Mets

Sunday, September 29 @ Wilmington University Wildcats (CACC DII)


Farewell to the 2019 Summer Season

2019 was a landmark year for the Toronto Fastpitch Club 19U team. Earning a program-first bid to compete August 13-18 in Kitchener for the National Championships. The TFC battled through the round robin, finished 6-2 to earn a life in the play-offs. Making the pool of 12 lit a fire so to speak, as the team fought to eliminate both Saskatchewan entries on Play-off Saturday. Waking up Sunday morning as a contender after the long week was a memory the girls will cherish and use to motivate them for years to come. Unfortunately, the TFC was knocked out Sunday morning by the BC1 Whiterock squad. The coaching staff, fans and parents are so proud of the effort the team showed all of National Week.

All-Star Infielder announcement went to a deserving Shelby Miller who can (but won’t) boast an electric bat with hands like a young Jeter.  Congrats!

Shelby Miller celebrating her award with coaches Alan Spohn, Mike Smuk and Robyn Draper.

The tournament was bittersweet for four of our 2019 graduates. Dorm move-ins and orientations are happening as I type up this article. Catcher/UT Becky Hodder heads to Detroit to attend Wayne State this fall. She’s been looking forward to wearing the green and yellow since last fall. Pitcher Jordanna Hartley has packed up all her bathing suits and sunscreen as she moves to Miami to attend Barry University. (although she won’t have much time for the beach, soon!) Outfielder Quinn Danniels will start towards her goal as a sports broadcaster at Ryerson after Labour Day. Centerfielder Molly Edge had a hard time fitting all of her Chuck Taylor’s in her suitcase, but her gold glove would never be relegated to her bags. She’s on her way to adjusting to life at Adelphi University, a school our team has had the honour of playing for the last 3 falls during our annual College Tours. Check back this afternoon for an update on our 2020 Fall College Tour schedule. The TFC have been invited to challenge 4 university and colleges at the end of September!

senior final pic

A special shout out has to be given to Nicole Rivait (Bucknell University) ! The team missed her at Nationals, but she helped the Canadian Women’s Junior Team bring home bronze at the World’s!

Canada Earns Bronze!

Jordanna Hartley Commits to Barry University

With a high school graduating class of 7 players for the 2019 season, the TFC is proud to announce that pitcher Jordanna Hartley has committed to attend Barry University next fall to complete our 2019 US recruiting class. Barry University (DII- Sunshine State Conference) is located in Miami Shores, Florida. As a Buccaneer, Jordy will reap the benefits of hard work with plenty of tough competition and lots of sunshine.

“I could not be more excited to be committing to Barry U! Without the amazing support of my family, team mates and Toronto Fastpitch coaches, this dream could not have become a reality. The TFC program has not only improved my softball skills, but it has taught me valuable skills such as leadership and resilience. I will be able to take these skills and lessons with me to Barry and far beyond softball!”- Jordy

Jordanna Hartley, Pitcher, 2019

With college and university acceptances rolling in daily, we’re excited for Quinn Danniels, Brooke Dundass and Julie Kostuch to announce and accept their post-secondary offers as well before the season begins!!!