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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Register for 2015 Season

RegisterClick here to register online for the upcoming season.

The Midget, Bantam and Squirt divisions are now almost full and cannot be registered into online. If you would like to register for one of the final spots, or have your name placed on a waiting list, please contact our Registrar.

We are once again accepting registrations for the Novice division since we have opened two new teams. Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait.

If you would prefer to register by cheque, click here to download a registration form. Contact the Registrar to arrange payment.

The chart below shows the game nights that each division plays.


Division

Birth Year
Game
Night
Learn to Play
2009 - Apr 2010 Tue
Advanced Learn to Play
2007 - 2008 Tues
Mite
2005 - 2006 Thurs
Squirt
2003 - 2004 Wed
Novice
2001 - 2002 Mon
Bantam
1999 - 2000 Wed
Midget
1991 - 1998 Thurs

Select Tryouts

Lightning LogoWhitby Girls Softball Association has been fielding very competitive Select Teams in all divisions for a number of years and the upcoming season will be no different. Select softball is a program where teams representing their association play against teams from other towns. The games are on weekends with extra practices, travelling and expenses being involved.

All registered House League players from Mite to Midget are invited and urged to try out for a Select Team in their age group. It is a great way to play some competitive ball, meet teams from others areas surrounding the GTA and, most importantly, have FUN.

Click here to see the schedule of tryouts, all of which will take place at Ash Park.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Select program, especially if you have not indicated an interest in Select on your registration form, please contact Al Betts or Chris Leeder

Police Checks (Vulnerable Sector)

Police CheckAs part of our effort to ensure the safety of our members, your children, in all areas, the WGSA will again this year require a Police Check for all people who are involved with the children on a regular basis (the WGSA Executive, coaches and assistant coaches). If you plan on participating in one of these capacities this year, please ensure that you have a police check completed before you begin. (It's never too early to begin the process.)

To begin your process, contact Judith Herriott, the WGSA Police Check Convenor, to verify if you need a police check (we reqire a new one every other year) and to obtain a letter verifying that you will be volunteering for the current season. This letter will allow the DRPS to charge you the volunteer rate for the application. You can then take this in to the local police station (on Taunton Rd) to make the application. Be sure to have this letter in hand when you make the application or you will be charged a greater amount. Please speed up the volunteer process by applying for this before the softball season begins.

WGSA's Anniversary

Anniversary Logo

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.

WGSA's Touques

Touque

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.

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.

I've Registered, Now What?

QuestionThe next person you will hear from will be your child's coach. We are expecting that our season will begin during the second week of May, assuming that everything goes well, including diamond conditions. You can expect a call from your coach after the first weekend of May to give all of the season details and outline expectations.

If you are curious before then, log on to your parent account on the website and check out your information page. Information such as teams may show up there around the beginning of May before your coach has a chance to call.

For now, oil up your glove, warm up your pitching arm and think warm thoughts.

Click here to go to the Useful Info page and see other things to consider.

Congratulations Erin McLean

Erin McLeanThe 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 McLeanErin 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.

Share Your Memories of WGSA

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."

Congratulations to Select Coaches

ApplicationCongratulations to the following coaches who have been chosen for the WGSA Select teams:

MiteKara Hayes
SquirtCorey Little and Andy Roddau
Novice Team 1Al Betts
Novice Team 2Dave Williamson
BantamAlex Kastanis
MidgetAndy Parnham and Chris Leeder

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.

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.