Opening Day Parade & Ceremonies

Around the 3rd week of April WDMGS has their opening day parade and ceremonies from Valley highschool to our softball fields. Stay tuned for the 2018 details.


Whether you're coaching your first team in our program, or if you're an old pro, here are some resources to get you started and guide you through the season.

Season Details & Dates

  1. Rosters & Parent Welcome
    First Week of March, 2018
    You should each have your rosters and email contact information.  If you have not already done so, you should in very short order contact the families on your team to introduce yourself.
  2. Submit Coaches Shirt Size
    TBD 2018

    Please do this at the link below, ASAP.
    http://goo.gl/forms/aeD3zrBsxj
  3. Games Begin
    Saturday, April 2018
    Games will begin at these levels following our OPENING DAY PARADE on Saturday TBD.  The parade starts at 9:00. The line-up is in the parking lot at VHS next to the baseball and softball diamonds. Although some of the older girls may get to ride on firetrucks, the fire department does not allow the younger girls to do that and, in any event, we do not know how many firetrucks, if any, we will have access to.  As such, you will need to line up a vehicle for your team to ride in the parade.  Pickups work fine.  You and the families on your team are also responsible for any candy the girls want to throw.  Decorating the vehicles is HIGHLY encouraged.  Have fun.

  4. Rules
    At our next board meeting in early April we will finalize the rules of play for this year.  These will be posted to our website, around the time practice begins.

  5. Number of Games per Level
    1. Bitties
      The Bitties will play a 10 game schedule.  Although we are trying (gradually) doubleheaders at the older levels, with girls this young we did not think doubleheaders would work so you will have 10 individual games.  
    2. Petites
      The Petites will play a 12 game schedule.  We are going to try one doubleheader at this level to see how it works.  In addition to that, you will have 10 single games.
    3. Juniors
      The Juniors will play a 12 game schedule.  We are going to have four doubleheaders at this level and four single games.
    4. Intermediates
      The Intermediates will play a 10 game scheduled.  We are going to have four doubleheaders at this level and two single games.

  6. Game Schedules
    TBD - 2017
    The schedules will run from late April to late May or early June.

  7. Coach Background Checks
    We need to conduct criminal background checks on head coaches and any official assistant coaches.  Download the background check PDF here.

  8. Coaches Clinic - TBD - 2018

  9. Parent/Coach/Player Meeting - Park Cleanup Day
    TBD - Holiday Park

  10. Practice Begins
    After park clean up day 2018
    The City does not allow us to “open” the fields at Holiday Park until after the park clean-up day.  If you want to practice before then, you can do so on other fields around the city.  At the park-clean-up day, we will explain to the coaches the system that exists for booking field time at Holiday Park for practice.

  11. Equipment & Uniform Pickup
    Equipment bags and team t-shirt pickup should also be available at the park clean-up day.

  12. Picture Day - more details to come

  13. Team Sponsorships
    TBD - 2018
    If someone on your team wants to sponsor the team, or any other team, it costs $200.00 to get the name of a company on the back of the team t-shirt.  PLEASE INFORM YOUR TEAM FAMILIES OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.  IF THEY WANT TO SPONSOR A TEAM, HAVE THEM CONTACT Siri Long via the contact form in the upper-right corner of this page.

Additional Notes

  1. Equipment Purchases
    Good places to buy equipment (pants, helmets, fielding masks, etc.) are Hopkins, Sports Authority, Dicks, Scheels, Target and Wal-Mart.

  2. Cleats
    Girls at all ages can wear cleats.  However, at the younger ages, please make sure families understand that that girls will be fine playing in sneakers/tennis shoes–they are NOT required.  No metal cleats are allowed at any age.

  3. Fielding Masks
    Starting this year, a fielding mask is REQUIRED equipment for any girl playing “on the dirt” – which at the Rec level would likely include every player.  We adopted this rule to mirror the Iowa High School and to do what we can to help foster the safety of the girls in our program.  The “fielding masks” can be found at any of the above-noted places or, I am sure, at numerous places on line.  One of the most popular brands are called “RIP IT” and can be found at RIP-IT Fielder's Masks

  4. Batting Helmets & Chin Straps
    Our rules require that girls have their own batting helmets and chin straps.  The sharing of helmets is discouraged due to sanitary considerations. 

  5. Picture Day
    More details about “picture day” will be forthcoming. 

  6. Equipment Assistance
    If there are families with concerns about the costs of equipment, we do have a fair amount of used equipment in our shed that has been donated over the years that we allow people to simply have (if they want it and if it is otherwise still in good shape and safe). Please explain to families that are interested that they can check that stuff out at park clean up day.

Post Game Results (Junior, Intermediate & Senior only)

Please update your scores, after each game, at the link below. You'll need to select the appropriate Division: Junior, Intermediate, or Senior, from the bottom of the sheet.

WDMGS_Rec_Results_-_Google_Sheets

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rKuyZP2S06uHq6Ozi9oUvfLlKQcbwvRqeLUkjoxP3NE/edit?usp=sharing

Coaches Manual & Form Downloads

Player Rotation & Batting Lineup

For the Bitty (pre-K - K) and Petite (1st & 2nd) levels, coaches must rotate players equally, both at positions and through their lineups, so long as there isn't a safety issue with putting someone at a position or if a girl is simply terrified of playing catcher or something of that sort.

For these purposes, WDMGS offers a form that can either be downloaded for each game or simply Copied as a Google Doc to input the team lineup. It's easiest to fill your entire season in one sitting, by simply duplicating the Spreadsheet 12 times and then just Copy/Pasting the lineup and shifting each girl down one spot in the order for each game. This makes things much easier for games and you just have to refer to your sheet to know where girls should be positioned and you don't have to listen to Sally ask to play 1st Base every inning.

Player_Rotation___Batting_Lineup_-_10_Players_-_Google_Sheets

The forms are available for teams of 10, 11 and 12 players and can be accessed at the link below.

Bitty & Petite Player Rotation Chart - 10 Players

Bitty & Petite Player Rotation Chart - 11 Players

Bitty & Petite Player Rotation Chart - 12 Players

Rules & Coaches Manual

Give our manual a good look. There may be some special rules, depending on your age-group, to familiarize yourself with.

2017 Parent and Coaches Manualual

Coaches Background Check Forms

Coaches Background Check Form

Sponsor A Softball Team

Put your name in front over 400 families, all season long. Team Sponsorships are just $200. Contact our sponsorship coordinator, below.

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