The WGSA is sad to inform our players and parents of the passing of Alsie Jack and our sincere condolences go out to Alsie's family and many friends.
Beyond his on-field umpiring duties, Alsie was an executive in the Durham Region Umpires Membership (DRUM), as well being the Fast Pitch Zone 8 Umpire-in-Chief for Softball Ontario. While the WGSA benefitted directly from his umpiring, even more important was Alsie's influence in helping to train and evaluate our junior umpires over the years. He was a great supporter of the WGSA and of the sport of softball in general.
His passion, commitment, and ever-present smile will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace, Alsie.
The WGSA has offered girls the opportunity to compete, improve skills, improve fitness and, most importantly, have fun, for over thirty years. In that time we have been proud of the skill level of our coaches and players evidenced by our consistently high results in Select Tournaments and by the level of play in our house league program.
As an organization we continually strive to offer our membership more value for their dollar and will continue to strive to improve ourselves. One step forward in this ongoing process may be found in this year's players packages, which will be distributed by coaches: a new Code of Conduct for players and parents. These go along with the Codes of Conduct that are being signed for the first time by coaches and umpires of WGSA. As you read these you will unlikely find anything new or revolutionary. They are simply a formal statement of everyone's commitment to the same ideals: fairness, tolerance, respect and fun. By stating everyone's intent up front, we will all maintain our commitment to these worthy goals.
Thousands of people have participated in WGSA over the past forty years - players, parents, coaches, executive members. All of them have fond memories from that time. What are your favourite memories of WGSA? Who has the oldest memory to share? Tweet your memory with the hashtag "irememberwgsa" to have it appear below.
Erin McLean: "I remember the first time I hit into the swamp area at Iroquois park playing on the back diamond and feeling like I was in the major leagues!"
Erin McLean: "I remember when the batting cages were installed down at Iroquois and realizing I had a long way to go because they were SO FAST!"
Erin McLean: "I remember heading to Dairy Queen after every game with my parents because we could always find something to celebrate."
There are still a few spots left in Learn to Play to Novice divisions. (Bantam and Midget are full.) If you would like to inquire, please contact our registrar, Margie Skanes
Announcing the WGSA’s Picture Day and 16th Annual Skills Competition taking place at Iroquois Park sports complex on Saturday May 28rd, 2016 (with a raindate of May 29th).
Click here for a schedule of when the photos will be taken for divisions Learn to Play up to Novice.
The purpose of this fun-filled day is twofold: first, to get together for your individual and TEAM picture; second a chance to join your whole team in the skills competition (hitting, running, throwing) and compete for individual and team prizes! Maybe you can even get your coaches to compete in the running drills!! (The pictures take place close to Skating board park off of Henry Street and the skills competitions will be just west of this area at Iroquois One softball diamond.)
After you have worked up an appetite competing, your team will enjoy a free pizza lunch. This fun day is open to the Learn to Play, Advanced Learn to Play, Mite, Squirt and Novice divisions.
Roy's Enterprises will also be on hand for those people who would like to order Logowear with the WGSA logo emblazoned. You can order this at any time through our website, but having Roy's on hand will allow you the opportunity to try samples on for size.
The skills competition commences right after the pictures. While our goal is always to have 100% participation in the skills events, because it really is a lot of fun, if you can only join us for pictures that’s fine too. We don’t want anyone to miss having their picture taken with their team. Team and individual pictures only take about 10 minutes.
As with everything we do, we are in need of volunteers to help out at this event. Traditionally we end up being most in need of assistance between noon and 5:00pm, so would really appreciate it if people could help during this time frame particularly. If any parents are available, we would love to have you. If any older-division players are available, this would qualify for your community hours. Please contact our Skills Day Convenor Paul Tobin.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 WGSA members and families are invited out to a Blue Jays game. We have bought a block of tickets in the 200 level and are making them available to members. Ticket prices are $31 for adults and $18 for children 14 and under.
The Blue Jays will be playing the New York Yankees. This day will be a Jr Jays day and there will be lots of fun activities outside of the Rogers Centre, beginning at 11:00am. After the game children ages 14 and under can run the bases.
Click on the links below to see the photo times for Bantam and Midget divisions. Please note that if you are in a younger division and missed your picture during Skills Day, time is scheduled during Bantam and Midget pictures for younger division retakes.
Does your child have a birthday coming up? Order some logowear. Would mom and dad like to show support for their daughter? Order some logowear. Click here to go to the clothing order form website.
If you would like to try on the clothing for sizing purposes please visit Roy's store at 1609 McEwen Dr in Whitby.
WGSA has long been concerned with the physical fitness of our community and has been committed to providing fitness opportunities for girls from ages 5 - 24. Within the last few years Canada, through its participation with sports organizations, has also become committed to formalizing this ideal. Click on the picture above to see what is happening in this area.