On May 23rd we had our annual Skills Day competition. Congratulations to the first to third place LTP winners scoring the most overall points: Laura A, Abigail S and Lexie P.
On May 23rd we had our annual Skills Day competition. Congratulations to the first to fifth place Squirt winners scoring the most overall points. (There was actually a tie for the fifth spot): Grace C, Ami D, Kiera P, Katelyn A, Emily T and Riley B.
On May 23rd we had our annual Skills Day competition. Congratulations to the first to fifth place Novice winners scoring the most overall points: Sara T, Ainsley R, Emma H, Rebecca C and Bryanna G.
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.
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.
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.
Amaya H in the Advanced Learn to Play division won our Early Bird draw from among the Blue Jays ticket purchasers. The names of everyone who purchased their Blue Jays tickets early went into a draw and Amaya's name was picked. On Friday, July 24th she and her family to a Pan Am ladies softball game. As you can see, they had a lot of fun!
On May 23rd we had our annual Skills Day competition. Congratulations to the first to fifth place ALTP winners scoring the most overall points. (There was actually a tie for the fifth spot): Olivia S, Makenna L, Farah R, Amaya H, Penny C and Jazlyn F.
On May 23rd we had our annual Skills Day competition. Congratulations to the first to fifth place Mite winners scoring the most overall points: Alexis S, Alexandra S, Olivia S, Alexa A and Khasana G.
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."
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.