Tuesday, October 25th
McKinney Arena, Dryland Room
McKinney Arena is located on McKinney Dr. off of Taunton Rd between Garden and Brock St.
Come out and hear a summary of the season just past. It is also a great time to put your name forward to participate on the Board. Come out and help make your association great.
The WGSA will again be participating in the Whitby JCI Santa Claus Parade! Please join fellow WGSA members if you can. It will be a great opportunity to kick-start the Christmas season and see teammates and friends. This year's parade will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. It's always a fun event, and we're hoping that our players from this past summer will wish to participate. If you are interested, please send a note to Paul Tobin.
Back in mid-August, WGSA squirt player Paige Rhodes had the opportunity to go to the 2016 World Children's Baseball Fair (WCBF) in Toyama, Japan. She was one of five children selected to represent Canada at the WCBF.
While in Japan, Paige met other 10 and 11-year-old children from around the world including Japan, United States, Brazil, South Africa, Netherlands, Korea, China, Russia, New Caledonia, and Australia to name a few.
A typical day at the WCBF started with morning skill clinics such as hitting, fielding, catching, pitching, and sliding. Sliding was one of Paige's favourite drills. The sliding drill was done on wet blue tarp and the children would slide on the wet tarp into the base. After a successful slide, one of the hosts would then soak the children with a water hose! The water felt so good since it was really hot in Japan back in August. The mornings would end with a game of baseball!
In the afternoons, the WCBF participants would enjoy Japanese cultural experiences. The children would visit places like an old, ancient Japanese village, a Japanese fishery, and Japanese racing ships!
The theme of the WCBF was to "catch your dream". Paige was not only able to catch her dream, but she was able to bring back to Canada a lifetime of memories.
The Squirt White team trained hard, persevered and were tenacious this summer playing up to 5 games a tournament.
During the OSSTA Championships, the team posted a 5-2 record, including a 6 run inning in a 1-0 win over Milton Purple. The team moment of the weekend occurred when all the players rushed out to the center fielder and hugged her after she caught a sky high pop fly for the 3rd out to preserve the 1-0 lead. The Squirt girls made highly skilled plays all weekend that are too numerous to mention. They were rewarded for their strong defence by finishing third out of eighteen teams. In the Bronze medal game, the team defeated Brampton 4-2 in 7 innings. The highlight of the game was a 5-3-6 double play to end an inning. (more...)
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.
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.
With the help of our WGSA Junior Board, we are happy to invite players to our inaugural "WGSA Halloween Night", taking place on Saturday, October 29th. The event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the gymnasium at the Brooklin Library and Community Centre. This is a free event put on by our Junior Board, and will give players a chance to enjoy Halloween while reconnecting with teammates and friends after the past season. There will be a number of Halloween - Softball related activities for players to enjoy, along with some treats for those attending. Costumes are not mandatory, but if your daughter wishes to dress up then please do (no masks, though)! If your daughter would like to attend, please send a note to Paul Tobin, to help us with our planning.
During the evening of the WGSA Halloween Night, we'll also have a table set up for player registration, in case you wish to sign up your daughter early for 2017. And why would you want to sign up early? Once reason is that players who register early will qualify for participation in our winter skills clinics - pitching and general/advanced skills. These clinics will start in early January 2017 and only those girls who have pre-registered for 2017 are eligible to participate. In addition, for any early registration, our fees remain the same as this past year, guarding against possible fee increases. For more information on registration or winter clinics, please send a note to Stacy Novack.
The WGSA is committed to continue making softball affordable for all interested girls living in Whitby. Towards that goal, the WGSA partners with local businesses and organizations in the community with the intent to keep registration fees as low as possible. As you might imagine, the WGSA is always looking for new sponsors. The cost of sponsoring one house-league team for the season is currently $325, which pays for team jerseys with the sponsor's name and logo crested on them. If you are aware of any local business or organization who might be willing to participate, please send a note to Stacy Novack.
The SpinMaster Pitchers School (fastball instruction) opens up for its 14th year of operation on Monday November 7, 2016. SpinMaster is open to all female and male pitchers who have a burning desire to learn and further refine their skill at this special defensive position.
Under the guidance of Jason, Matthew and Ryan Swift, Brian Mather and Scott Perry registered students will further their skills to make them future stars in fastball and keep the game alive and growing for years to come.
Pitchers will be instructed on proper mechanics, legal pitching, ball spin grips and the defensive positioning without the ball. Analysis and constructive criticism will help to make all pitchers better. There will be many drills to develop strength, speed and accuracy. Pitchers will be tested on accuracy and speed throughout the SpinMaster classes.
PITCHERS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN CATCHERS (This can be a parent, no equipment required). Instructor to student ratio will be: 1 to 3 for pitchers.
There will be limited spots open for registrants so please register as early as possible. The cost of the school is $300.00/player. Last year was super successful.
MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO " Mal Swift ". You may also pay by e-transfer or cash.
Please register early, we can't repeat this enough, with your payment and info required. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. We have had several commitment communications already so timing is of the essence to secure your spot. Last year there was a waiting list for SpinMaster instructional classes.
Payment as soon as possible will guarantee your registration. These fees also cover insurance. There is a family rate available for two or more students. Please register early to secure you spot in the school. Don't miss out. Registration info should include: students name, date of birth, phone numbers, parents names and address, email and time requested. We would prefer that the older students come to the second class and to keep the age groups together. To register contact administrator:
600 Stewart Street
Whitby, ON L1N 3V4
905-668-1156 (H), 289-928-7841 (C) or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mite/Squirt/Novice (6 to 7 pm)
- Bantam/Midget/Other (7 to 8 pm)
(or per your choice).
Registrants dates to place on your calendar are:
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 / Dec. 5, 2016
Jan. 9, 16, 23,30 / Feb. 6, 13, 27 / Mar. 6, 20,27 / Apr. 3, 10, 2017
(Some of these classes may be cancelled if the school decides to have an event that night.)
All classes will be at David Bouchard PS on Wilson Ave. in Oshawa.
SpinMaster Pitchers School - Administrator (13th yr)
Durham Region Umpire Membership (25th yr)
Softball Ontario Umpire (38th yr)
International Softball Congress - Game Controller (14 yr)
Congratulations to the Midget Select team on their Bronze medal win in the OSSTA Select Provincial Championships hosted by the WGSA on August 27/28. Whitby dominated their pool games on Saturday beating Newmarket, North Bay and Kitchener outscoring the opposition 60-19. On Sunday in the elimination game, Whitby started strong beating Oshawa 15-0. In the semi-final, Whitby lost a tough close game by a score of 8-4 to Topham Park who ended up winning the Gold medal. In the Bronze medal game, Whitby bounced back with another strong game beating Mallorytown 13-4. (more...)
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!
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.