Challenger Baseball League has its final day on Saturday August 27, 2016 from 10:00am - 11:00 at Peel Park and needs your help!
What is Challenger Baseball all about?
Challenger Baseball is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities. Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. Able-bodied "Buddies" are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. These Buddies assist the Challenger players with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the base path, assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing, or providing protection for the Challenger player from a batted ball, are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball.
This league is looking for teams to volunteer to be "Buddies" for the players as well as spectators. Contact Challenger League president Norman Sheppard at email@example.com to find out more about volunteering. (Volunteer hours are available for school requirements.)
Unfortunately, some of the diamonds that we play at, notably West Lynde and Tom Edwards, have very limited parking. Sometimes this means that parents must park around the corner from a diamond and walk back to it. Please do this if you must. Respecting the posted no-parking signs and ensuring that you are parking legally is for the safety of everyone.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 many WGSA members and families will be attending a Blue Jays game to see them challenge the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, all tickets that we have booked for this day have been sold. 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.
If you have puchased tickets already, please keep an eye here on the website as information about ticket distribution will be posted soon.
Please contact Rob Mackay if you have any questions.
The Mite Select team played an outstanding tournament Saturday, July 9th in Vaughan. With only two weeks of practice and for all players their first softball tournament, the girls played extremely well. In a thrilling first game against Erindale the Whitby girls pulled off a 14-13 win. The second game against Unionville was equally as nail biting, but a tough first inning proved to be the game clincher. In the third and final game against Vaughan the girls saw some excellent pitching, but that didn't discourage the Whitby Lightning. With excellent hitting from Gillian, Isabelle and Sarah, awesome pitching from Eliana, Ryley, and Victoria, outstanding catching from Mikayla and Kayden and speedy base running from Hanna, Ella and Sydney, Whitby will sure be the team to beat next week in Erindale.
Our Skills Day on Saturday was once again a big success. The heat and humidity got to just about everyone, but it didn't seem to detract from the fun that everyone was having.
Click here to see the results by team and individual.
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.
Need a Police Record Check? Effective June 21, 2016 The Durham Regional Police Services, Police Record Check processing and finger print scanning unit has moved to the 3rd floor, 605 Rossland Road East, 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.
On August 27th and 28th, the WGSA is proud to host the OSSTA Midget Provincial Championship. Our own Whitby Midget Select team, already winners of 2 golds and 3 bronzes in other Select tournaments this summer, will be one of the favourites to capture this year's Midget Provincials.
All games will be played at Iroquois Park. Our Midget team plays at the following times:
- Saturday @ 8:30 a.m. @ Iroquois 2 vs. Newmarket
- Saturday @ 12:30 p.m. @ Iroquois 2 vs. North Bay
- Saturday @ 4:30 p.m. @ Iroquois 2 vs. Kitchener
Congratulations to the 2016 WGSA Squirt Division playoff champions, Parfield Printing, who defeated MacMillan Orchards. Both teams played a very exciting game in front of lots of family members and friends. As it turned out, the game went well over 2 hours as the teams went back and forth through two extra innings, before Parfield Printing prevailed 15 - 14, after a walk-off steal of home in the bottom of the last inning. Players and coaches from both teams should be proud of the way the game was played, as well as for each team's performance over the course of the regular season!
The Consolation match-up saw another great match up, with Dr. Semotiuk turning back the Great Clips team. Despite missing some players, Great Clips kept the game close. However, Dr. Semotiuk's balanced pitching and hitting proved to be too strong, resulting in a 10 - 6 win for the "Orange Crush". Again, congratulations to both sets of players and coaches!
Congratulations to the Novice Blue Select team on their 4th place finish in the OSSTA Provincial Championships on Aug 20 and 21. The girls played their heart out over the course of the weekend finishing with a 4 - 3 overall record. In seven games, the team outscored their opponents 48 - 29 with outstanding defence, great pitching and timely hitting by all members of the team.
Please congratulate Alex D, Ashley S, Cassie S, Ceileidh H, Elisa T, Emily C, Emma P, Kaylen U-W, Kyla W, Maddison P, Madison M-L, Mia G and Samantha K on a great run and a very successful year!
Congratulations to the Midget Select team who went undefeated in Brampton on Saturday August 6th to win the Gold Medal. After falling behind 7 to 0 in the first inning of the Gold Medal game against Unionville, the team battled back and showed great character allowing no more runs for the remainder of the game and eventually winning 12 to 7 in seven innings. The Midget Select's final tournament will be the OSSTA Provincial Championships in Whitby on August 27 and 28.
This year's Olympics will be missing something important - softball. Before the Olympics in London, softball and baseball were removed because facilities did not exist in England. Happily, the Olympic committe has reinstated these sports as of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-approves-five-new-sports-for-olympic-games-tokyo-2020
Maybe we will see a WGSA player there, are at the next one.
On July 9th both Bantam Select teams, Bantam Blue and Bantam White, took part in Brampton's tournament. Each team only lost one game during the day. Bantam Blue's loss came to Etobicoke during pool play, placing them in the Consolation game against Barrie. Bantam Blue won this game is a nail-biter right down to an out against Barrie at home plate, earning them the Bronze medal.
Bantam White was undefeated during pool play which earned them a spot in the Championship game against Etobicoke. Once again Etobicoke proved to be a strong opponent in a hard-fought game and Bantam White's only loss earned resulted in a Silver medal.
Congratulations to both teams.
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.