Assalamu Alaikum SSL!
These past week has humbled all of us into appreciating our blessings and showing patience during a challenging time. With the constant changing landscape around us, it’s been difficult for our board to plan for Season 5.
This time of year is usually buzzing with SSL preparation and planning with all our pre-season events and activities. However, in light of the current circumstances with COVID-19, we wanted to provide an update from our end regarding the upcoming season.
Our board is closely monitoring public health recommendations to adjust our plans for the summer. For the time being we have postponed:
1. New player assessment
2. Draft day
Insha’Allah as things clear up and social restrictions are reduced, we will continue to keep all of you updated with new dates related to the coming season.
In the mean time, we’re praying that all our SSL friends and family are safe during this time. May Allah protect all our homes and grant health to all those inflicted.
Stay safe everyone.
SSL Board of Directors
We organized a leadership training session for our valued captains and co-captains of the 2020 season, led by the qualified, talented and engaging Hassan Wadi.
Our leaders busted out into some impromptu public speaking and learned how to communicate with different personalities. We were reminded of Prophetic leadership qualities and were explained the importance of mindset when giving or receiving feedback, among other important topics.
These women didn't just squat around. Our caps and co-caps zipped, zapped and zoomed (though some zimmed and zammed...) their way into receiving their certification by the end of the night! You can rest assured that our league members are in great hands!
Thanks again to Hassan Wadi for a great session!
We’re so overwhelmed by the interest shown by all you awesome ladies as our spots have filled up for the 2020 season!
Didn’t get on this season’s roster? Things happen. So make sure you sign up to be on our waiting list for your chance at a spot this season!
Dear Community Member,
We would like to invite you for an opportunity to collaborate with Canada’s first ever Muslim Women’s Softball league!
With the changing face of the sports stage, it’s time for us to empower all women to reach their best potential. Come and be part of this new chapter in true Canadian spirit, where everyone is given an opportunity to do what they love, without limitations.
Sisterhood Softball League (SSL) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing Muslim women the opportunity to play softball. This growing group of diverse and dynamic women, come together for the love of the game, and they need your help to make this season possible.
Founded in 2016, SSL will be celebrating its 5th anniversary with the upcoming 2020 season, and we would love for you to be a part of the commemorations.
Last year, with the help of our valued sponsors, we were able to double our league from 4 teams to 8 teams, and provide a memorable season for 112 women. Sponsor support is critical to the success of the league to ensure SSL maintains a high standard of quality softball with the growing number of players.
Your sponsorship will help us provide:
- clinics and assessment to our players, a large percent who have never played softball before
- leadership training to empower our Captains, to develop as leaders and improve the playing experience for our women.
- certified umps who not only facilitate our games, but help improve playing experience
- quality jerseys that are both modest, and lightweight
- dedicated team bats and softballs
We are very excited to provide more Muslim women the chance to participate, however, the financial pressures on the league have increased significantly. You can help make a difference to the community with your contribution!
Please find our sponsorship packages attached, and don’t hesitate to email us to discuss more ways our organizations can collaborate. Your sponsorship will help this incredible group of women write history in a way it’s never been done before.
We look forward to your positive response.
With sincere gratitude,
Chair, Sisterhood Softball
We present to you the 2019 season’s Most Improved Player award winners. This is given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season, as selected by their captain and co-captain.
Congratulations to this extraordinary group of resilient and hard-working players!
We present to you the Most Valuable Player award winners. This is given to the player that is considered to be the team’s top player and is recognized for her outstanding performance, as voted by her teammates.
Congratulations to this remarkable group of driven, skilled and talented softballers‼️
We present to you the winners of the 2019 season’s Sisterhood Award. This award is given to the player that demonstrates a positive attitude, encourages her team members and depicts the most team spirit, as voted by her teammates.
A huge shout-out to all the captains and co-captains that have stepped up for SSL Season 4. These women have sacrificed time from their busy schedules to help lead their teams, a diverse group of softballers. They have made a huge effort, some stepping out of their comfort zones, to help grow, mentor and support their teammates throughout the season. They have coordinated attendance, set-up lineups, dealt with roster changes, strategized, lugged equipment to the field, purchased extra equipment, set-up practices outside of Sundays, arrived early and left late to ensure our players’ experience is seamless. The success of this season was dependant on this wonderful group of dedicated women. Thank you to all our wonderful caps and co-caps!
Dream Team (SSL) vs. The Misfits
SSL was delighted to host a group of solid softballers in our annual interleague exhibition game. The game started off strong with The Misfits getting a mercy inning offensively, wow-ing the spectators with their solid hits to the green and smart base-running. But the Dream Team wouldn’t be counted out. They improved their fielding throughout the game and even shut down the the Misfits defensively in an inning. Offensively, the Dream Team’s bats got hot as well and they tied up the game in the 6th inning. In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dream Team was down by one, but couldn’t capitalize on the home field advantage. The stellar Misfits took the win by one run! Final score 16-15.
After the game, the ladies mingled over coffee, samosas and Timbits (#socanadianeh), bonding over their love of softball, chutneys and #girlpower. The SSL ladies took the opportunity to ask for batting and fielding tips from their counterparts all in an effort to improve their game and the Misfits happily obliged.
Thanks again to the Misfits for a great way to end off our season!
Thank you to our Dream Teamers for representing!
Abeeda S, Ailya J, Fatima Q, Juwariah M, Nida S, Riley T, Sabeeha S, Samrah S, Sana S Wafa Q and Zena C.
PC - @sameera.tay
Our players along with their families and friends got together at the SSL Family Picnic at an open park a few weeks ago. It was a chance to meet and mingle over some delicious lunch, as prepared by the the Zabiha Halal food truck staff. They grilled up mild and spicy hot dogs and offered an array of different condiments and toppings (Jalapeño Crunchy Toppers FTW). With face painting, henna, sidewalk chalk art, a fun park/climbing structure and of course, some softball, it was a great day out for everyone! It was awesome to see the love and encouragement our players receive at home for their Sunday mornings with SSL!
Thank you Zabiha Halal for your sponsorship!
Presenting to you the SSL Dream Team
Abeeda, Ailya, Fatima Q., Juwariah, Nida S., Riley, Sabeeha, Samrah, Sana and Wafa will defend SSL’s honour in a friendly match-up against the women of the @mlsplladies‼️
The Blazing Sapphires!
It was a monumental set of games in the semi-finals, where the Blazing Sapphires held their lead by a thread against the Smashing Amethysts to advance to the Finals. On the other field, the Dynamic Jades came back thundering in the last inning to topple the leading Mighty Topaz.
The Final was a game of the underdogs and the spectators loved it! The Sapphires took an early lead, but the Dynamic Jades have earned a reputation of never backing down. They clawed back but the Sapphires held it together to take the win, with a final score of 12-9. A well-deserved win with humility for the Sapphires and a beautiful display of grace from the Jades.
A hearty congrats again to the Sapphires for blazing their way up to the top!
PC - @haphotography.ca
What an incredible quarter-finals! The rain was cold, but the spirit was warm as we heard lots of cheers and an amazing display of team spirit. The nerves were there, the hustle was on and the intensity was apparent.
The top-ranked Mighty Topaz took the game against the Radiant Rubies. The Dynamic Jades’ third win as a team couldn’t come at a better time, as they pulled a stunning upset over the Dazzling Diamonds. In the next set of games, the underdogs also came through as the Blazing Sapphires got the W against the Electric Emeralds. Finally, it was truly a close one with the middle-ranked teams. In the end, the Smashing Amethysts won on a walk-off against the Gritty Garnets.
The semi-final match-up is set: The Mighty Topaz take on the Dynamic Jades , while the Blazing Sapphires face the Smashing Amethysts.
There will be no rest as the winners of the semis will continue on to their first double-header of the season, playing their most important game - the championship!
After over ten weeks of exciting softball action composed of close plays, momentum shifts, comebacks, blow-outs, walk-offs, forfeits and close final scores, the playoff match-ups are set based on the regular-season standings.
All eyes turn to the quarter-finals, which promises intense action.
Follow us along our post-season journey as we work towards crowning the 2019 SSL Champions!
Are you cheering for the favourites or the underdogs?!
What started off as a humble target of $5,000 to build two water wells has resulted in a thunder of generosity! You may have heard that we launched a friendly competition to spread the goodness: The SSL team that raised the most would get to present the large cheque of funds raised thus far to our amazing charity partner, Human Concern International. And if you were at the All-Star Game, you would know that the Gritty Garnets had that tremendous honour, with an astounding team total of just over $2,200! Congratulations to the Garnets❗️
With our All-Star Charity Game all wrapped up, we are pleased to tally up our LaunchGood campaign, online donations, our ticket sales and the proceeds from the event. We are SO pleased to announce that we raised $12,000! Yes, you read that right - we are now able to fund FOUR water wells through Human Concern International. May your open hearts result in an open door to Paradise. The success of this fundraising event would not be possible without your presence, your generosity and our amazing sponsors.
Congratulations to these talented softballers for being selected into the SSL All-Star teams, as voted by their teammates! They put on a great show, highlighted by heavy hits, jaw-dropping catches and of course, wicked plays. The score rocked back-and-forth, giving spectators a gripping game.
By no means did the Blackhawks make it easy. But in the end, it was the Red Sox that tied it up and came through with a great hit to let in the winning run in the bottom of the last inning. After the customary handshake and celebratory hugs, the Red Sox were awarded with the winning medal! Congratulations to the Red Sox!!
SSL was honored to participate in the MLSE LaunchPad Girls Summer Leadership Camp. This camp has an overarching outcome/goal to enhance and/or increase awareness of leadership and self-esteem within the girls attending. SSL representatives met with a group of 60, ages 11-14. These girls learned about SSL's story, and heard personal stories of how sports has been a positive factor in building confidence and leadership skills.
This was followed by a fun breakout session of softball skill sessions, where the girls got to try their hand at pitching, throwing, catching, base running and hitting. The girls then came together for a good old fashioned game of kickball. Our SSL reps were blown away by the awesome facility and program MLSE Launchpad has to offer, not to mention the incredible positive energy brought to the camp by the amazing staff and girls.
Thank you MLSE LaunchPad! Looking forward to returning next year.
In order to help provide access to clean water to those in need, SSL is hosting an All Star game with the league’s finest players! Tickets can be purchased here: https://forms.gle/u48xH3SCbi83zuxk7
Our goal is to raise $5,000 to build two water wells. We truly appreciate your generosity on our LaunchGood page to provide vulnerable children and poverty-stricken families with access to clean water.
You can contribute to our campaign by:
- Donating online - www.launchgood.com/sisterhoodsoftball
- Sending an EMT* - email@example.com
- Mailing a cheque* - (made payable to Human Concern International) to 1110 Finch Ave West, North York, ON M3J3J4
* Please indicate "SSL" in the notes section of your EMT/cheque
When physically exerting ourselves on Sunday mornings playing softball , we can appreciate the importance and satisfaction of hydration when we guzzle down fresh water 💦. But did you know that 700 million people live without clean water ❌💦 ? Some of the most vulnerable children and families around the world can contract water-borne diseases, resulting in illness or death.
Here's how we can help❗️You are cordially invited to join us for SSL's first ever 💫All-Star Charity Softball Game💫 benefiting the “Help Us Build Water Wells” campaign! You'll get to see the top players of our league in a game full of fun 😃, skill and of course, competition! All ticket 🎫 sales and proceeds 💵 from the day will go to our amazing charity of choice @hcicanada - working to improve the health and well-being of children around the world by providing access to clean water.
Here is what you need to know:
🗓 Saturday, August 24, 2019
⏰ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
📍Birchwood Park, Field 1 (Parking space available at 1547 Lakeshore Road West or off of Clarkson Rd N)
💵 $5/spectator aged 3+ (https://forms.gle/u48xH3SCbi83zuxk7)
✳️ Important notes:
-This is a family 👨👩👧👦 event! We encourage you all to bring your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, children, grandparents and friends for this unique event!
-For your comfort, bring foldable chairs as bleacher seating is limited.
Want to help, but won’t be able to come to the All-Star game? Help us reach our target 🎯 by donating to our campaign online 📱
🔗 - www.launchgood.com/sisterhoodsoftball
Together, we can do this - let’s hit this one out of the ballpark! 🙌🏽
SSL was honored to participate in the Hijabi Ballers' Sports Festival last week. Our reps ran a basic demo for young, aspiring girls, giving them tips on batting, catching and throwing. Congrats to Hijabi Ballers on another successful event!
Check out our highlights from our Opening Day Ceremony!
SSL's Hina Mirza joined CBC Radio's Matt Galloway of Metro Morning to discuss the recent growth and interest of the league. Season 4 kicks off this Sunday.