Opening Day Parade & Ceremonies
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 - Lineup Starts at 8 am at Valley High School
Please see info below for details.
All players to dress in uniform!
8:00 - Fire truck & Trucks start lining up at Valley High School in the East side parking lot.
8:30 - Players arrive at VHS
9:00 - Parade begins at VHS
If the parade is to be cancelled the Weather Hotline will be updated, 515-830-1151. The website will be updated and an email from Team Snap will be sent.
Please remind players to bring candy to throw. No candy will be provided. The more the better...the parade route is long and kids have been known to run out of candy pretty quickly.
Feel free to decorate your vehicle with balloons, signs, streamers, etc...
There will be 1 fire truck this year. The 2 teams randomly drawn to ride on the fire truck will be informed if they were picked. Due to WDM rules, Bitty and Petite teams are not allowed to ride on the fire truck.
- Juniors: TBD
- Intermediate: TBD
All scheduled games on all fields will begin after the team introductions and opening day celebrations.
OPENING CEREMONY: Teams line up on RODISH and then file onto KIMBALL for the Opening Ceremony.
BITTY (STARTING IN RIGHT FIELD CORNER OF RODISH GOING BACK ALONG FENCE TO LEFT FIELD CORNER):
- Red Hots
PETITE (STARTING ON RIGHT FIELD FOUL LINE OF RODISH GOING BACK TOWARD LEFT FIELD FOUL LINE):
- Red Hots
- Yellow Jackets
JUNIOR (STARTING ON RIGHT FIELD FOUL LINE OF RODISH GOING BACK TOWARD LEFT FIELD FOUL LINE):
INTERMEDIATE (STARTING ON RIGHT FIELD FOUL LINE OF RODISH GOING BACK TOWARD LEFT FIELD FOUL LINE):
Starting with the Bitty Bumblees and finishing with the Intermediate Gators, teams come from the right field corner of RODISH onto KIMBALL and lineup around the infield (starting by 1st base and going around to 3rd base).
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
- Rosters & Parent Welcome
First Week of March, 2017
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.
- Submit Coaches Shirt Size
Please do this at the link below, ASAP.
- Games Begin
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Games will begin at these levels following our OPENING DAY PARADE on Saturday 4-22. 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.
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.
- Number of Games per Level
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.
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.
The Juniors will play a 12 game schedule. We are going to have four doubleheaders at this level and four single games.
The Intermediates will play a 10 game scheduled. We are going to have four doubleheaders at this level and two single games.
- Game Schedules
TBD - 2017
The schedules will run from 4-22 to late May or early June. The schedules are being worked out. You will get those details as soon as they are available.
- Coach Background Checks
We need to conduct criminal background checks on head coaches and any official assistant coaches. Download the background check PDF here.
- Coaches Clinic
TBD - 2017 - 6-7:30pm - The Tiger Cage (1985 94th Street, Clive)
VHS head softball coach Tom Bakey will conduct a clinic. All coaches are highly-encouraged to attend as many fundamentals will be covered.
- Parent/Coach/Player Meeting - Park Cleanup Day
Saturday, March 25 at 9am - Holiday Park
This year we will incorporate these 2 days into one morning. Weather permitting, that will take place on March 25th starting at 9am. at Holiday Park. The backup date will be April 1 starting at 9:00.
The plan will be to (1) have teams sit together; (2) make some general opening comments to everyone; (3) give folks a few minutes to "meet" as teams (and hopefully) distribute team shirts; and (4), after that, have everyone who can stick around to help cleanup leaves and trash to get the park "ready" to go.
- Practice Begins
After March 25, 2017
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.
- Equipment & Uniform Pickup
TBD - 2017 - Equipment bags and team t-shirt pickup should also be available at the park clean-up day.
- Picture Day
Saturday April 8 - more details to come
- Team Sponsorships
TBD - 2017
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.
Good places to buy equipment (pants, helmets, fielding masks, etc.) are Hopkins, Sports Authority, Dicks, Scheels, Target and Wal-Mart.
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.
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.
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.
More details about “picture day” will be forthcoming.
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.
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.
The forms are available for teams of 10, 11 and 12 players and can be accessed at the link below.
Rules & Coaches Manual
Give our manual a good look. There may be some special rules, depending on your age-group, to familiarize yourself with.
Coaches Background Check Forms
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.