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2021 season UPDATE

April 2021

April 13, 2021

Thank you everyone for your patience as we have been working to clarify the many details needed to provide a softball season this spring/summer. We are now in a position to share these details (see below)

In order to move forward with planning for the upcoming season, including league scheduling, we need to ask everyone to confirm their registration (including confirmation of shirt sizing) and make payment to NLGS

Next steps to participate in 2021 softball season:\

  • Review details provided below

  • Confirm registration with this link this includes confirming the uniform shirt size (see below for more details)

  • Make payment to NLGSA by e-transfer to treasurer.nlgsa@gmail.com (See below for more details regarding fees) please be sure to indicate the player associated with the transfer by indicating the player’s initial (1st name) and full last name in the subject line of the transfer to help us with the e-transfer, please use the password: nlgsa2021

Please confirm registration by April 14th

If you have any questions, please email Tony (president.nlgsa@gmail.com) or Cory (nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com)

COVID-19 Outlook and Protocols:

COVID-19 continues to be burden in all of our lives as well as a clear and present danger which requires ongoing mitigation in order to keep ourselves and our families safe. It is also important for us all to have regular exercise and outdoor activities in order to balance our physical and mental well being. Softball stands up as a very good activity while COVID-19 is still present within our community - a) it is played outside; b) it is played over a large area and provides significant natural distancing for participants - most of the time greater than the typical 2m; c) close contact is limited and when it occurs is short in duration.

While I know this past week’s announcement by the Ontario Government feels like a big step back, if these latest stay at home orders are effective, this next month will ultimately help us be able to get back on the diamond for this summer.

Following the Ontario Government's current COVID-19 framework and our local health unit’s guidelines, our season can begin with single team practices while the Middlesex-London region is in the RED COVID-19 designation. League games can be played while under the ORANGE or better COVID-19 designation.

NLGSA will be following the Return To Play guidelines provided by the Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA). Here are some specific highlights to share:

  • One family member in attendance per player is strongly encouraged

  • Wearing face masks as PPE is expected to be a requirement for all participants and spectators before, during and after all events (practices and games)

  • Players are to supply their own COVID-19 face masks.

  • These masks should comply with good masking standards (3 layer masks including a filter layer; level 1 or higher medical grade mask - tightly fitted, etc)

  • All masks to fully cover the mouth and the nose

  • Dugouts will not be used by players - when not on the diamond, players will be seated with their attending family member, along with their personal equipment, water bottle, etc

  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be provided for sanitizing stations at the entrance area to the diamond. Players are encouraged to also bring their own hand sanitizer

  • Players and coaches will be encouraged to sanitize hands every 1/2 inning

  • No sharing of equipment

  • Game balls will be provided by each team when they are defending.

  • Game balls during play are to be handled by the defensive team only

  • Game balls will be sanitized before being put in to use each 1/2 inning and before being returned to play after fouls leaving the diamond

  • Early games will have an earlier start time - 6:15pm, and end at 7:45pm. Late games to begin at 8:30pm

  • Sanitizing of the diamond area will be completed before and after games

Season Plans/Expectations:

  • Assuming local and provincial COVID-19 conditions allow, we are planning for our season to begin with practices sometime in May and league games beginning in June.

  • A method of scheduling has been determined which will allow us to play games against other teams in our league while meeting provincial restrictions. As a result, there will be times during the season when teams will be required to play 2 games in one week. There will also be break periods during the season when no games will be scheduled for each team over a 2 week period. Team practices will be scheduled during these break periods

  • This scheduling approach also allows us to have up to 15 players on each team’s roster

  • League games will be planned from June through mid August

  • COVID-19 dependent, our hope is to be able to provide a season including 8 or more games this spring/summer

  • Practices will still be possible and will be important for providing development opportunities for the players

  • League games not able to be played are likely to be cancelled rather than re-scheduled

  • No substitute players will be allowed for league games this season

  • At this time no tournaments are planned. If conditions change which allow an end of season tournament format, this will be considered

Uniforms:

  • Each player will be provided with a uniform which includes a ball hat and team shirt.

  • When finalizing registration, you will be asked to confirm the shirt size for each player being registered.

  • If unsure of shirt size, you have two options;

  1. Choose the next larger size (to be safe)

  2. Contact Chris at Pete’s Sports (519-433-9555) to schedule a fitting

  • Personalized numbers will not be possible this season. Numbers will be applied before being assigned.

  • Pants, belt and socks will not be provided as part of the uniform this season. Players who already have these items are welcome to wear them for games and practices this season.

  • For any players who would like to acquire these items individually for this season, they will be available to purchase at Pete’s Sports (649 Oxford Street East). Please contact Chris (519-433-9555) for more details

Equipment:

  • As mentioned during our pre-registration process, each player is encouraged to provide their own bat and batting helmet (with attached protective cage). For those players that do not have a bat or batting helmet, NLGSA will supply them for the season

  • During the season bats and batting helmets will not be shared

  • Fielding masks are required for anyone pitching, and strongly encouraged for all players while playing an infield defensive position

  • Fielding masks are not to be shared and will not be supplied by NLGSA this season

Registration Costs:

DIVISON FEES

Mite (u10) $250

Squirt (u12) $255

Novice (u14) $260

Bantam (u16) $265

Midget/Jr (u20) $270


  • If COVID-19 affects our ability to play this summer such that the season is significantly reduced or cancelled, a partial or full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

  • Make payment to NLGSA by e-transfer to treasurer.nlgsa@gmail.com

  • Please be sure to indicate the player associated with the transfer by including the player’s initial (1st name) and full last name in the subject line of the transfer

  • To help us with the e-transfer, please use the password: nlgsa2021

If other payment arrangements are needed, please email: nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

2021 season registration and coaching opportunities

March 2021

What a first couple of weeks we have experienced with pre-registration. Not knowing exactly what sentiment might be like, you have certainly all shown us that you are keen for fastball in 2021.

We too are very hopeful that the circumstances will provide us with a great platform to have a fun and safe season. We continue to work with provincial, municipal, league and regulatory bodies to build a framework that is safe and adaptable to changing conditions. We commit to being transparent with you as we work through our return to play plan and expect to have more information to share in the coming weeks.

Uncertainty about the season aside, we felt it might be beneficial to share an update on registration to give you a sense of where we are and where we want to be.

In general (during regular seasons), we can take up to 15 players per team. Due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, this number is now expected to be capped at 12 players per team.


Mite (U10):

We currently have 6 players registered – 6 additional players needed to field one team.

With Mite(U10) being an important age to introduce players to softball, we could use your help in promoting with friends and family the opportunity to play U10 girls’ softball with North. Feel free to share our Facebook page, Website with anyone that you feel might benefit from our program.


Squirt (U12):

We currently have 13 players registered. Traditionally we have been able to field two squirt teams and will strive for this again in 2021. We need an additional 11 players to make two full teams and will also require another coach as well (more on that below). There is still time to build this 2nd team, but we need your help. If you have not yet registered, please do. And, if you have friends who may be interested, please spread the word about and help get some more girls having fun playing softball this year

Novice (U14):

We currently have 16 players registered and are hopeful to field two teams. We require at least 24 players to make two teams. We need an additional 8 players to make two full teams, and will also require another coach as well (more on that below). There is still time to build this 2nd team, but we need your help. If you have not yet registered, please do. And, if you have friends who may be interested, please spread the word about and help get some more girls having fun playing softball this year

Bantam (U16):

24 players have now registered for Bantam (U16). Registration for this age group is now closed. If you are still interested, we can place you on a waiting list as spots can open up. The waiting list also allows us to work with other organizations in the city to find you a placement on a team within the league. Please e-mail nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

Midget/Junior (U21):

We currently have 10 players registered (2 spots remaining) and expect to field one team.

Coaching:

We have vacancy in a few areas for anyone interested in coaching. These age groups currently need coaching support:

Mite (U10)

Squirt (U12)

Novice (U14)

Requirements for NLGSA coaches:

1. Valid Police background check (no older than 3 years)

2. Passion to coach kids

3. Desire to learn

4. Formal coaching training is an asset, but not a requirement at the house-league level.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to sharing more news with you in the coming weeks.

Tony Mara - NLGSA President - president.nlgsa@gmail.com

Cory Claypole - NLGSA Convenor - nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

2021 season registration Is NOW OPEN

March 2021

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2021 softball season with North London Girls Softball Association is now open!!

This is really more of a pre-registration as there still remain details to work out regarding a starting point and length of the season. As a result, no payment is required at this time. Further notice will be provided in the coming weeks with these details, at that time you will be asked to confirm registration along with payment. Please note that NLGSA’s registration remains a first come first served approach. Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

We will be following a set of COVID-19 return to play protocols which will allow us to participate in a safe manner. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our players, volunteers and their families while facilitating a positive, fun season. Additional details to follow soon.

Continue to have warm, sunny thoughts - spring is just around the corner!

Tony Mara - NLGSA President - president.nlgsa@gmail.com

Cory Claypole - NLGSA Convenor - nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

2021 season registration open Soon

March 2021

Registration for the 2021 softball season with North London Girls Softball Association is opening soon!! We expect to open registration the week of March 8th - 14th.

This is really more of a pre-registration as there still remain details to work out regarding a starting point and length of the season. As a result, no payment is required at this time. Further notice will be provided in the coming weeks with these details, at that time you will be asked to confirm registration along with payment. Please note that NLGSA’s registration remains a first come first served approach. Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

We will be following a set of COVID-19 return to play protocols which will allow us to participate in a safe manner. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our players, volunteers and their families while facilitating a positive, fun season. Additional details to follow soon.

Continue to have warm, sunny thoughts - spring is just around the corner!

Tony Mara - NLGSA President - president.nlgsa@gmail.com

Cory Claypole - NLGSA Convenor - nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

private pitching lessons available

Private Pitching Lessons Flyer URL

August 2020

2020 Season cancelled

06/03/2020

It is with heavy hearts that we must communicate the decision to cancel the 2020 softball season. We have held out hope that the current COVID-19 pandemic situation would progress faster and better in order to allow us the opportunity to offer at least a reasonable, partial season. Unfortunately, this has not occurred sufficiently to make this possible. The health and safety of our players, volunteer coaches and everyone’s associated families remains our priority and we have reached the point where further progress cannot be made with the confidence needed. NLGSA is not alone in this position. Several other associations within London and Ontario have also come to the same conclusion regarding the cancellation of ball activities for this summer.

Thank you to everyone. We greatly appreciate your willingness to stick with us along this journey. We wish we could be writing with better news to share.

We will begin issuing refunds shortly. The following may help to answer some questions regarding the refund process:

    • Refunds will be provided by cheque

    • Cheques will be made out to the person who completed the registration process

    • Cheques will be mailed to or dropped at the address we have on file

    • Everyone should receive their refunds over the next few weeks.

    • The amount of the refund will be the full amount of the registration fees less $10.

      • This $10 is to cover registration and credit card processing fees which have already been paid out. We hope you can appreciate that as a not-for -profit organization, we do not have the ability to absorb these hard costs without impacting our program for the kids.

We hope you and your family continue to be healthy and safe. Wishing you a good summer and looking forward to connecting with everyone in advance of next season.

Tony Mara - NLGSA President - president.nlgsa@gmail.com

Cory Claypole - NLGSA Convenor - nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

covid-19 update

04/28/2020

Hi Everyone, we hope that you and your families continue to be well (and sane) during these challenging times.

As the weather begins to warm (at last!), you may recall that our softball season was scheduled to begin within the next two weeks. Unfortunately, due to our current COVID-19 situation, this will not be the case. We have been closely monitoring updates from our Federal and Provincial governments as well as baseball/softball governing organizations.

At this time, it appears that all in person sports activities will continue to be suspended until at least the end of May. We continue to be hopeful that the approved path back to regular activities will allow us to still have a partial season this summer. Our priority will always be a safe and positive environment for all of our players and their families. With that in mind, we will continue to monitor the situation including information from these governing bodies and provide updates on a regular basis.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we all navigate these unexpected and unusual times. We would like to ask that you continue to hang with us until we can provide more certainty about our season. If this is not possible, please reply back to Cory and I and we will be in touch to arrange a refund.

Additionally, for those that registered for the Blue Jays Camp scheduled to occur in May, you can email baseball.academy@bluejays.com to request a refund for this camp.

All our best

Tony Mara - NLGSA President - president.nlgsa@gmail.com

Cory Claypole - NLGSA Convenor - nlgsaconvenor@gmail.com

covid-19 message

03/18/2020

These are challenging times right now. We all hope you and your families are safe and with appropriate precautions, stay that way.

Our ball season does not kick off for nearly two months, and we continue to prepare for it, looking forward to warmer times and the pastime we all love. Registration is still open and we continue to welcome new and returning players. That being said, NLGSA does have some current events which are being impacted by the current COVID-19 situation


  1. Indoor clinics. Our Tuesday and Wednesday evening clinics are cancelled for the time being. We will re-assess and provide an update once schools have re-opened.

  2. Saturday’s Uniform Try On (March 21st). This try on date has been cancelled. For those that were not able to make our first try one date, we would like to offer two solutions:

      • If you played with us last season, please use the uniform you already have and estimate sizing needed for this season based on that.

      • Please note your sizing and then send your daughter’s name and sizing information (shirt and pants) to:

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and promise to provide further updates as more information is available or the situation changes.

We wish everyone continued good health.

Tony Mara, President, NLGSA

Cory Claypole, Convenor, NLGSA

Free skills clinic for Mite (Under 10) & Squirt (Under 12)

02/24/2020

North London would like to welcome your Mite (under 10) and/or Squirt (under 12) athlete to participant in all skills clinics.

The curriculum being instructed will be progressive in nature and consistent with Batter's Box programs.

Instruction will cover the fundamentals of: hitting, throwing, base running, infield and outfield play.

In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of rules that will help enhance their game play.


These clinics are best for mite and squirt players at no cost.

Any squirt players that are interested in participating in a tournament select team are encouraged to participate in these clinics.

Scheduled dates and times:

      • March 11 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • Match 25 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • April 1 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • April 15 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • April 22 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • April 29 6:00pm-7:30pm

      • May 6 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location:

Hillcrest Public School, 1231 Fuller St, London, ON N5Y 4P1 (map)

Please text Isaac if you plan to participate at (226) 236-9897

uniform try-on - March 7th & 21st

02/24/2020

This is your opportunity to try on your uniform for 2020 and meet some NLGSA volunteers, coaches and players.

Note: As a non-profit, we do not keep uniforms in stock. It is very important you come out and ensure your uniform fits you comfortably, as there may not be any quick exchanges available at the start of the season.

When: Saturday March 7th and Saturday March 21st - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Pete's Sports - http://petessports.com/ - 649 Oxford Street East, London, ON, N5Y 3J2 (map)

spring - off season skills clinics continue

02/17/2020

Our pilot off season skills clinics continue to be a success! Thank you to all who have participated in these free clinics so far.

Due to their success we will be continuing to offer them to anyone who's interested.

Where: Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School - 365 Belfield St. London (Map)

When: 6:00pm to 7:30pm, starting Tuesday January 7th (7:30pm - 8:00pm will be dedicated to pitching)

Costs: All costs will be covered by the organizations fundraising efforts from 2019

Instruction will be provided by Greg Woodsit but volunteers are welcome.

Please contact Greg via email (address is hyperlinked above) if you have any questions.

practise & learn With The western mustang women's softball team

02/17/2020

Beginning March 4th your daughter can practise and learn from the Western Mustangs Women's Softball team for 5 weeks

When: Wednesday March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: The Batter's Box - 1480 Dundas Street, London, ON N5W 3B9 (Map)

Cost: $125 per person

Click Here for More Information

SPring "batter's box" skills clinics

02/17/2020

Beginning March 28th the Batter's Box will be conducting Pitching, Catching and All Skills clinics.

When: Saturday March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: The Batter's Box - 1480 Dundas Street, London, ON N5W 3B9 (Map)

Price: $135 per person

More Information:

Pitching Clinic

Catching Clinic

All Skills Clinic

view our new 2020 brochure

Click HERE to view our new 2020 brochure

winter 2020 - off season skills clinics continue

Our pilot off season skills clinics have been a success! Thank you to all who have participated in these free clinics so far.

Due to their success we will be continuing to offer them to anyone who's interested.

Where: Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School - 365 Belfield St. London (Map)

When: 6:00pm to 7:30pm, starting Tuesday January 7th (7:30pm - 8:00pm will be dedicated to pitching)

Costs: All costs will be covered by the organizations fundraising efforts from 2019

Instruction will be provided by Greg Woodsit but volunteers are welcome.

Please contact Greg via email (address is hyperlinked above) if you have any questions.

Fall 2019 - Off Season Skills Clinics

NLGSA is excited to announce the opportunity to build some fundamentals in the off season. Our goals are to have fun and to help develop your young athlete's knowledge of the game in an informal environment.

We will enhance skills, ability and knowledge in each of the following domains: running, throwing, hitting and fielding awareness.

Our pilot program will be running Monday nights

Where: Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School - 365 Belfield St. London (Map)

When: 6:00pm to 8:00pm, starting October 28, 2019

Costs: No costs (Cost will be covered by the organizations fundraising efforts of 2019)

Instruction will be provided by Greg Woodsit and Isaac Pereira but volunteers are welcome.

Please contact Greg or Isaac via email (addresses are hyperlinked above) if you have any questions.

Thank you for a great 2019 season

On behalf of the NLGSA we want to thank everyone who contributed to yet another successful baseball season.

We hope to see you all next year!