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.
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."
Congratulations to the following coaches who have been chosen for the WGSA Select teams:
|Squirt||Corey Little and Andy Roddau|
|Novice Team 1||Al Betts|
|Novice Team 2||Dave Williamson|
|Midget||Andy Parnham and Chris Leeder|
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Annual Free Skate on December 29th. The place was packed and everyone had a lot of fun. Our new WGSA touques were a big hit, but we still have a few left. If you would like to purchase one for $10, please contact Paul Tobin. Be quick, supplies are limited.
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.
Announcing the WGSA’s Picture Day and 16th Annual Skills Competition taking place at Iroquois Park sports complex on Saturday May 23rd, 2015 (with a raindate of May 24th).
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 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!!
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.
As a special 40th Anniversary bonus, we will also be featuring a wide selection of inflatable structures. It's not just bouncy castles anymore! How about jousting, bungee run, batting and radar-timed pitching? Skills Day is always fun, but this year's version promises to knock it out of the park!
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. 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. (In fact, because of all of the extras, we need more volunteers than ever.) 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.
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.
The Whitby Girls Softball Association congratulates former Canadian Womens' Softball player Erin McLean on her 2015 induction into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame! While she started her softball career playing house league and Select with the WGSA, Erin quickly progressed to elite status, starring at the Rep and University levels, and ultimately with the Canadian Olympic team in 2008.
Erin represents a wonderful role model for our younger players, not only in terms of the level achievement that is possible, but also by the dedication and sportsmanship in the way she played the game.
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.