Congratulations to the Midget Select team who won Gold in the Ontario Select Softball Tournament Association (OSSTA) Provincial Championships in Brampton on Aug 22nd and 23rd. After a tough first game loss to Brampton, the team went undefeated in their final five games beating Belleville, Brantford, Martingrove, Kitchener and, finally, Topham Park with a score of 5 to 2 in the Gold Medal game, to clinch the OSSTA Championships for 2015.
Is your daughter having fun this season? Does she wish she could continue with all of her friends past the end of the season? The opportunity is here! Workouts will begin in October at the Home Run Baseball Academy in Ajax. It will be a fun atmosphere to keep the girls skills sharp while having fun. If you are interested, or would like more details, please contact Corey Little at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2015.
Please note that this workout is conducted outside of the WGSA umbrella with Corey acting independently.
2015 represents the 40th Anniversary of the Whitby Girls Softball Association. To celebrate this milestone we will be having many special events, including an enhanced Skills Day, a special WGSA Blue Jays day, and many more. As you can see we have also added a banner to our logo commemorating our anniversary.
We look forward to a memorable year.
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.
Canada and the US played a close game on Sunday July 26th, forcing an extra inning to break the 0-0 tie. The game featured many exciting plays to maintain this stalemate, including a diving catch in the outfield and a jumping catch at the fence, both by the centrefielder, a leaping catch at First Base to end the inning and save a run and a few pick-offs at the bases. The pitcher, Sarah Groenewegen was on her game, pitching all 8 innings, as was her team.
Congratulations on an exciting and well-deserved gold medal.
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.
Due to the Jays' recent surge in their push for the pennant, demand for tickets has increased significantly, creating a delay in that organization processing tickets for our event. We've had a fantastic response with approximately 60 players and over 225 people attending as part of WGSA. We've been advised our tickets will be ready shortly. Tickets will be available for pick up at McKinney Arena in the lobby on Wednesday September 2nd and Thursday September 3rd from 6-8 pm each evening. Those who have placed orders have been sent an email directly with this information. If you have not received it please contact Rob Mackay, our Board member in charge of this event, to confirm.
If you are not able to attend either of those nights, please contact Rob to make alternate arrangements. We'll make sure everyone gets their tickets. Also, please note the game on Sept 19th begins at 4:07pm, not 1:07 as originally scheduled. Players are encouraged to wear their WGSA 40th anniversary caps and bring posters, etc to cheer on the Jays.
The Squirt White team made the trip to Richmond Hill after a great week of practice and with all the confidence in the world.
In our first game of the tournament, we were matched up with the host Richmond Hill Rebels who had just come off a tough loss in their first game. The Rebels shut down the top of the order in the first inning with some a couple of nice defensive plays and then proceeded to take the lead in their first at bat. However, the girls did not panic and appeared to make the adjustments from the previous tournament. They briefly took the lead in the top of the second on some timely hitting. The Rebels however would not give up, scoring at least 1 run in each of the first 3 innings. With our team down by one run and time quickly running out, the bats came alive with 3 hits in our final inning. No hit larger than an opposite field 2 run home run that took two hops to hit the fence in right field by Grace C. to give us a one run lead. We scored one more run to go up 7 – 5. Defensively, Kylee B. came to shine in the bottom of the fourth inning. Playing first base, she had all 3 put outs in the inning. The final out was a ground ball to her with the runners on second and third that she calmly fielded and touched the bag to end the game.More...
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."
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.