Jill Russell of Canada tags Japan's Maki Furuta for an out at third base, ending the third inning of the game during the 2011 Team Canada versus Team Japan tournament.  Rob Newell photo.

Jill Russell of Canada tags Japan's Maki Furuta for an out at third base, ending the third inning of the game during the 2011 Team Canada versus Team Japan tournament. Rob Newell photo.

Volunteers needed for Canada’s largest fastpitch event

The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship runs June 30 to July 9.

The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, one of the top three Fastpitch tournaments in the world, is looking for committed volunteers to help support this exciting community event. From June 30 to July 9, 2012, more than 80 teams from around the world will compete in Surrey at Softball City, Cloverdale Athletic Park, and Sunnyside Park, providing a unique opportunity to volunteer with a high-profile sporting event within the community.

“Last year’s tournament would have been impossible without the 400-plus dedicated volunteers who helped make the event a success,” says Greg Timm, chairman, Canadian Open Fastpitch Society.

“Volunteering at the tournament is a perfect opportunity for teens looking to log community service hours, retirees or the family who likes to get involved.”

Volunteers of any age or background can take part in this event in areas such as: scorekeeping, security and parking, transportation, tickets and gates, field crew, and more. Any youth born between 1998 and 2001 who is a member of Softball BC will have the opportunity to volunteer as an official Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Batgirl and work closely with an elite fastpitch team throughout the tournament.

More details will be available at the next volunteer information meeting on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Langley at 8828 201 St.

Interested volunteers can also complete a volunteer application form located online at http://canadianopenfastpitch.com/volunteers/new. Each volunteer must commit to working a minimum of 20 hours during the event. In exchange for their time, each volunteer will receive free admission to all playing venues, one complimentary item of event apparel, and one complimentary meal per volunteer shift worked.

The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is operated by the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society, a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to advocating and encouraging the development of the sport of softball by staging a first-class, family oriented elite international fastpitch event.

The event is devoted to providing young, high-caliber female athletes the opportunity to expand their potential and ability by fielding elite level fastpitch teams, offer exposure to potential university and college scholarships, provide a source of inspiration and mentorship to the youth of the sport and provide an entertaining, fun-filled sporting experience for the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch spectator.