Mother Nature is certainly not anxious to hit the diamonds with the long winter, but we certainly are! The Whitby Girls Softball Association has been hard at work both training & preparing for a successful & fun 2019 season! Between off-season clinics and fun events, it’s been a busy few months off the diamonds.
After the holidays, we were back to work with our off-season skills clinics, running two 6-week Winter & Spring sessions. We offered skills & agility training for Mite-Midget divisions for all skill levels. Specialized clinics for both pitching & catching were also offered, to give these players the opportunity to try out these in-demand positions & develop current skills before the season begins. We had a record number of over 200 players attend the Winter & Spring clinics, so our players loved to keep their softball gloves on this winter!
We had the privilege of having a special Guest Coach during one of our clinic sessions. Jenna Caira, a Softball Pitcher on Team Canada joined us to help coach! She not only provided great feedback & tips to help our players improve, but also was a great role model for our girls sharing great advice about teamwork & working hard to achieve great success! Jenna is such an inspirational softball player, so having this opportunity for our players was priceless! Special thanks to one of Jenna’s sponsors, Rawlings Canada, who provided some great Rawlings swag that we gave to girls in these clinics.
The results of the increased attendance at our off-season clinics, was evident in our Select Tryouts in April. The skill level was impressive & made for some tough competition. The WGSA is very proud of our Select program, which offers softball at an advanced, competitive level. Players attend tryouts in April and vie for the opportunity to make the Select team in their division. These girls continue to be part of their individual House League teams, playing & practicing weekly, but they also receive extra weekly practices and the opportunity to play in weekend tournaments against Select teams from other softball organizations across Ontario.
The Whitby Girls Softball Association offers softball programs for girls from ages 5 to 24, including a fun atmosphere for girls ages 5-8 in our Learn to Play & Advanced Learn to Play programs.
The focus is on fun while the girls rotate throughout skills centres teaching them different softball skills, and maintain the girls focus with the rotations.
At the end of the centres, the teams play a one-inning game so that they may practice the skills they are learning. This program has been very successful in both of their goals, to teach softball more effectively to young girls and to have fun doing so!
We are busy preparing our teams & always grateful for all our volunteer coaches that are a big part of a successful season.
We are looking forward to many of our senior players that will be Assistant Coaches & mentors for our younger players. The girls gain leadership skills, earn volunteer community hours, and are great mentors to our younger players. It’s a win-win for both players!
2019 is going to be another fun season! Stay up to date with all the fun on social media @whitbylightning!