Mission Statement

It is the mission of the WGSA to promote, foster and encourage growth and development of the game of softball for girls, to teach the qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play through active competition and enjoyment, and to maintain an association that will provide membership for individuals in the town of Whitby.

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Santa Arrives in Whitby on Saturday, December 3rd

Santa Claus Parade

We hope everyone who attended our first WGSA Halloween event had as much fun as the Junior board did in planning it! But now it's on to our next WGSA special event-the Whitby Santa Claus parade!

Though it is hard to believe, it is time to starting thinking about Christmas and what better way than 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 and re-connect with both "new and old" friends from your 2016 ball team.

The 2016 JCI Whitby Santa Claus Parade will take place on Saturday December 3rd with the theme "Santa's Workshop". 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 need lots of WGSA members to help us hand out 8000 candy canes!!

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 general vicinity of 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 9:30 and 10:00am, 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.whitbyparade.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.

2016 Playoff Schedules

Mite Squirt Novice Bantam Midget

Please Respect Posted No-Parking Signs

Please NoteUnfortunately, 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.

Whitby Lightning Clothing

ClothingOnce again WGSA has partnered with Roy's Enterprise to offer our logo-emblazoned clothing online!

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.

Volunteer Police Check News

Please NoteNeed 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.

Code of Conduct

Code of ConductThe 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.

Stuff a Cruiser

The Durham Regional Police (DRPS) are having a Toy and Food drive on Saturday December 17th, at two locations in Whitby, themed "Stuff A Cruiser"! The two locations are: Metro Store at Hwy 2 and Thickson (south west of the intersection) and Walmart Shopping Center at Brock and Taunton. We are hoping to have some WGSA players/board members helping out at each of the sites.

Shifts will be outside for approximately 90 minutes. High School students can earn Community Hours too. Each location will need 5 girls, per shift, bundled up and with Jerseys on if possible. The shifts will start at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. If you would like to help out, please contact Tracy Roulston at troulston@marigold.net or 905-706-4569.

We would like to encourage all WGSA members to think about less fortunate families in our community and stop by one of these two locations on December 17th and drop off a Toy, food or both to support this great cause.

WGSA Hallowe'en Night

Halloween

The WGSA hosted our inaugural Halloween Party at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library on Saturday, October 29th. Over 50 players (many in Halloween costumes), along with parents and siblings attended the event. Based on the smiles seen, everyone had a terrific time.

Thanks to the WGSA Junior Board for organizing the event - Erin, Alica, Emma, Bryanna, Jenna, Cambrie, Sydney, Abby and Sarah... and to Paul Tobin and Stacy Novack!

Next up... WGSA's participation in the Town of Whitby Santa Claus parade. Please join us for that event as well!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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.

SpinMaster Pitchers School

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:

Mal Swift
600 Stewart Street
Whitby, ON L1N 3V4
905-668-1156 (H), 289-928-7841 (C) or malswift7@gmail.com

Time slots:
- 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.

Mal Swift
SpinMaster Pitchers School - Administrator (13th yr)
Durham Region Umpire Membership (25th yr)
Softball Ontario Umpire (38th yr)
International Softball Congress - Game Controller (14 yr)

Long Term Player Development

Long Term Play Development

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.