Though it is hard to believe, it is time to starting thinking about Christmas and what better way than to join your fellow WGSA members in the annual JCI Whitby Santa Claus parade! This is a great opportunity to kick-start the Christmas season and re-connect with both "new and old" friends from your 2015 ball team. With 2015 being our 40th anniversary, we have the opportunity to make this Parade extra special, just like our 40 years of girls softball in Whitby
The 2015 JCI Whitby Santa Claus Parade will take place on Saturday December 5th with the theme "Christmas Around the World". Please mark your calendar and join us in this unique community event that inspires delight and wonder for the young and the young at heart. We want to get as many WGSA members out as possible showing off our great "Whitby Lightning Spirit"!
The parade will start 10:00 am at corner of Brock Street and Manning Road. It then heads south on Brock and finishes at Rotary Park. The finish time will be approx. 11:30-12:00, depending upon the number of floats and how fast we move! The dispersal and pick up location for the WGSA participants will be in the general vicinity of Rotary Park, close to the gazebo.
Our meeting place for anyone wishing to join us will be at the intersection of Bassett Blvd and Garden streets in Whitby - behind the Durham region headquarters building off Garden. Please enter from Garden, as Manning will be closed in both directions from Brock to Garden. We will walk from there to our actual float location somewhere on north side of Manning. We will have a WGSA banner on display to make it easy for you to spot us! Parents and siblings are also very welcome to walk with the players. Please dress appropriately for the weather as we sometimes stand around for quite some time before the floats actually start moving. We suggest arriving between 9:30 and 10:00am, as we need to be at our designated float location for 10 am.
For those wishing to participate, please send an email to Paul Tobin. If you would like more parade details please visit www.whitbyparade.com. Any high school students who want to participate and help us monitor the younger players, community service hours are available. Just bring your forms and a WGSA director will sign off!
We hope you enjoyed last year in WGSA and we hope to see you all again next year back on the diamonds as well as in December in the Parade!
Paul Tobin, Director, WGSA.
Congratulations to the Sinclair High School fast pitch team who won LOSSA. I think we'll recognize many faces in thi picture.
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."
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.
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.
Our latest event to celebrate our 40th anniversary is a members-only movie night!
On Sunday November 15th at 10:00 a.m. at Landmark Theatres we will be watching "A League of Their Own". The movie is free for players, parents and siblings. You should arrive by 9:30 to get processed.
RSVP by Nov. 8th to Margie Skanes in order to receive a voucher for the the concession stand. If you don't RSVP, you are still welcome to attend the movie. Parents and siblings are also welcome, although the food voucher is only for players.
Players must wear their team jersey in order to attend. See you there!
If you would like to register early for the 2016 softball season, you can do so at our Movie Day on Sunday, November 15th.
Click here to download a registration form that you can bring with you. Alternatively you can mail it in or drop it into our dropbox at Iroquois Park.
Congratulations to the Father Leo J. Austin Girls varsity fast pitch team who capped off an undefeated season by winning the LOSSA Girls "AA" Softball Championship for the 2015/16 season. The team finished the season with an overall 9 and 0 record and was made up of ten current and two former WGSA players.
Congratulations to Meagan S., Melissa P., Adrienne R., Alyssa R., Haley A., Leslie A., Hannah M., Saoirse H., Sophie M., Sarah E., Gillian M. and Maddy A.
Congratulations to Delaney, Jennifer, and Rae-Lynn, three WGSA alumni who have made the fastball team at the University of Guelph. We know you'll do great!
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.