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Learn to Play

The Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program (LTP) is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of softball to 4-10 year olds children. Activities are included which foster the involvement of all players, including players with high and low skill levels.

It uses activities and lead-up games that are patterned after informal playground games that promise fun and lots of action. Participants will go home at the end of the night happy and tired while improving their fitness level and softball skills.

Learn to Play provides 4-10 year olds with maximum opportunity to practice the progressions necessary to successfully take part in the game of softball.

Blast Ball

Born in 2012, 2013 and 2014
Fees: $55
Monday and Wednesday – 6:30 pm(May-June)

  • Blast Ball is the introductory level of softball, which uses a softer bat and ball as well as a “honking base”
  • Teams are co-ed
  • Sessions last approx 1 hour – 30 minutes warm up/practice and 30 minutes game play
  • Saskatoon Minor Softball Fun Night (TBD)

Born in 2010, 2011
Fees: $65
Tuesday and Thursday – 6:30 pm (May-June)

  • Rookie Ball is a slightly modified game where they use a pitching machine and provide extra opportunity to hit the ball
  • Everyone bats each inning
  • Gloves and helmets are required. Jerseys are provided and must be returned at end of season.
  • Teams will be split between boys and girls
  • Sessions last approx. 75 min. – 30 minutes warm up/practice and 45 minutes game play
  • End of season tournament, date TBD

Born in 2008, 2009
Note: Mites born in 2007 have the option to try out for the Raiders U12 Squirt. More information.
Fees: $75
Monday and Wednesdays – 6:30 pm (May-June)

  • Mites is where the game begins to develop for the pitchers, batters and fielders
  • They now alternate innings between player pitching and pitching machines
  • The emphasis is on fun, skill development and learning the game
  • Teams will be split between boys and girls.
  • Gloves, helmets, pants, socks and belt required. Jerseys are provided and must be returned at end of season.
  • Have an 8 p.m. curfew. Sessions last approx. 90 min. – 30 minutes warm up/practice and 60 minutes game play
  • End of season tournament, date TBD

Mites born in 2008 have the option to try out for U12 Squirt. Please contact the Zone Executive to apply for this.


Teams will be formed around mid-April, with the league games normally starting the first week of May. Parents will be notified as soon as game schedules are released by SMSL.


Refund Policy

  • All refunds prior to the start of the season will be reduced by a $15 processing fee.  
  • No refunds will be issued once the season has commenced with exception of medical reasons, which is at the discretion of the Zone.  


A $75 jersey deposit is required before receiving your uniform and will be collected when you receive your jersey from the coach. The cheque should be postdated August 1 of the current year and made out to Zone 2 Softball.

The uniform must be returned in the same condition you received it. If the uniform is not returned by August 1 of the current year, the cheque will be cashed.


Saskatoon Minor Softball League (SMSL)

SMSL is pleased to have the U of S Softball team coached by Cory Volk run our Learn to Play Softball Clinics this year.

Dates: Saturday, April 21st & Saturday, April 28th
Time: 1:30-5:30 pm
Location: Elite Proformance Sports Centre, 335 68th Street East

1:30-2:30 pm Blastball
2:30-3: 30 pm Rookie Fielding and Hitting
3:30-3: 45 pm Break
3:45-4: 30 pm Rookie and Mites Pitching (pitchers must provide their own catcher e.g. parent)
4:30-5: 30 pm Mites Fielding and Hitting

Cost: $20 per session or $25 for Fielding, Hitting and Pitching. Players can attend either session, but due to limited spots available please only sign up for one of the weekends.  

Registration: Link will be posted soon.


Saskatoon Selects (Rookie, Mites & Squirts)

Saskatoon Selects Midget A girls and boys teams are hosting a skills clinic for Rookie, Mite and Squirt aged girls and boys (born 2005-2012). The clinic will take place at the Elite Performance,

Dates: April 14 (1.30-7.30 pm and April 29 (12-6 pm)
Length: 2-hour session
Location: Elite Proformance Sports Centre, 335 68th Street East
Cost: $30 per session

What to Bring 

  • Water bottle
  • Running shoes
  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Helmet

Each player will be registered for a 2 hour sessions which will be posted on their website, saskatoonselects.ca, once registration is complete. Registration/payment is also on our website but payment can also be before the clinic.

Arrive 15 minutes before your session to register. 

If you are not paying by cheque please make sure you have a PayPal account or a credit card number ready and there is an additional 2% processing fee.

If you are unable to register please contact Gwen at gwen.bourque@sasktel.net.


Coaching applications are now open
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Traditionally, at the 4-10 year level, coaches are moms and dads with little or no coaching experience at all. This program is designed to make it easy to implement for the volunteer coach who knows a great deal about softball or who does not. It includes:

  • prepared lesson plans
  • easy to follow instructions
  • a letter to give to parents about the program
  • progressions for teaching basic skills
  • lead up games designed to simulate the real game of softball

Coaching Clinic

Coaches are required to attend one of the following clinics.

Dates: May 2nd and May 3rd
Location: Bishop Murray High School, 615 Wiggins Ave.
Cost: Free

6-7: 15 pm Blastball
7:30-8: 45 pm Rookie ball
9-10 pm Mites ball

About the program

The Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program ensures children of all skill levels have FUN while improving their fitness levels and developing their Fundamental Movement Skills.

  • ensures children have fun while improving their fitness and developing their skills
  • is action-packed
  • fosters success for all ability levels
  • has easy-to-follow lesson plans for new and experienced coaches
  • contains activities and lead up games that are patterned after informal playground games
  • gives every child more opportunities to develop softball skills because everyone is active for every minute of every season
  • is nationally recognized and approved

More Information

If you have any questions please contact LTP Coordinator: saskatoonraidersltp@gmail.com

For more information about the Tim Hortons Learn to play program visit the Softball Canada Website.