Learn to Play & Blastball

Softball Ontario is encouraging softball associations across Ontario to adopt the Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program developed by Softball Canada and provincial softball associations throughout the country.   Learn to Play, along with BlastBall, is a great way to make the beginner levels of softball more fun and active for all participants.

What is the Learn to Play Program?



The Tim Horton’s Learn To Play Program is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of softball to children.  Activities are included which foster the involvement of all players, including players with high and low skill levels.

Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program 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.

Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program provides 5-10 year olds with maximum opportunity to practice the progressions necessary to successfully take part in the game of softball with a reasonable amount of skill.

Traditionally, at the 5-10 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

The Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program is designed to be a young person’s introduction to the sport of softball.  The emphasis in on FUN, ACTION, and a POSITIVE ATOMSPHERE, with a gradual introduction to non-stressful competition.  The kids will have FUN, and they will want to come back for more!