Yes, it’s time again to start thinking about Christmas and what better way then to join your fellow WGSA members in the annual JCI Whitby Santa Claus parade! If you can join us that would be super! This is a great opportunity to kick-start the Christmas season; re-connect again with new or old friends from your ball team.
The 2014 JCI Whitby Santa Claus Parade will take place on Saturday December 6th with the theme "Your Favourite Christmas TV Show or Movie". I am sure everyone can identify with this theme! 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"! We also have lots and lots of candy canes to hand out!!
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 Centennial 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 9:25 and 9:45am, 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.jciwhitby.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.
Sunday July 27th found our team heading to the annual Unionville tournament. Our day started off with a tough 9:00am start against a team that we hadn't seen this year - Orleans. Whitby won the coin toss for a home field advantage. Taking time to feel each other out, the hitters came alive by the 2nd inning with Orleans being first to strike. Whitby countered in the 3rd with 2 runs of their own. After a full 6 innings Whitby came out on top with a 9 to 4 upset over Orleans.
Game 2 found us matched against a fairly young team from Belleville. Whitby again won the coin toss for another home team advantage and never looked back - the sluggers came out early and the bats never dried up. Excellent fielding from the entire Whitby team showing no errors in the score book as we cruised to a 15 to 0 upset over the Belleville team.
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.
The Bantam Select team finished off a very successful season on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th by winning a Silver medal in the PWSA Provincial Championships in Brampton. The team went undefeated into the final game, but lost a close 5 to 3 decision to Erindale that was tied at 3 going into the 7th inning. The Bantam Selects went into nine tournaments this year and made it to the medal rounds in all nine tournaments. The team finished with a record of 31 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie while winning 4 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal with one fourth place finish. Congratulations to the girls on an outstanding season!
Our 4th tournament is upon us and we are looking to continue the success from the Brantford tournament where we won Silver. We were a last minute addition to the Erindale tournament as they were short a team and called Whitby looking for one of our Novice Teams to join their tournament.
Game #1 vs Milton
Milton always has a strong team and we know that they won Silver in their own tournament so we knew this would be a tough game.
We started off by losing the toss and were the visitors.
The top of the 1st inning we started off with Sara Phillips making it to first on a dropped 3rd strike and she immediately stole 2nd on the next pitch. Rebecca rich reached base on a single to 3b which was followed by Sara Tyrell double to centre field scoring both Rebecca and Sara P.
The bottom of the first saw Whitby get two quick outs that were followed by a single and a walk to the next two batters. The Milton player stole 3rd base on a wild pitch but took a little too much of a lead off of 3rd and was picked off by Mackenzie and the inning was over with Whitby up 2 - 0.
The score remained 2-0 until the 3rd inning when Sara P. singled with 2 out. She then stole 2nd and 3rd and then scored on a double by Rebecca Rich. Rebecca then scored on a single by Mackenzie making the score 4 - 0.
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.