Register Today & Play!
WDMGS will participate in our ANNUAL "SUBURB" 7U Softball Tourney with teams from Johnston (and possibly Altoona and Urbandale). This is a 1-day, Saturday tournament, schedule TBD (likely the final weekend of June, 2019), at Holiday Park or one of the other noted venues. There is no cost to participate and all players will receive a FREE Uniform tee shirt.
Registration is open through June 10(12pm), 2019.
We have limited space available, but will likely close out registration around 40 total players – which would be AWESOME!
Players must be 8 years old, or YOUNGER, on Jan 1, 2020.
We will do our best to organize players with other girls from their current Rec teams, so they will be able to play with their friends.
The goal of this would be for girls who would fall into the USSSA 8U division this fall to be able to experience a tournament with the USSSA 8U rules but in a more relaxed environment. This would allow them to experience a tournament and provide them with a glimpse of what tournament ball would be like.
Spread the word!
WDMGS Families, please spread the word to any Rec Players who were 7(or younger, as of 1/1/2019 – eligible to play 8U this Fall), and direct them to this page. Once registration is closed, we'll break up teams, and assign coaches so they can coordinate a few practices before the tourney, and order shirts. After that, we’ll determine what suburb organizations have teams and figure out where we’re playing and how many fields will be needed – and whether it’s a 1-day (which is likely) and assign PARENT “umpires” for each game. EACH time needs to provide ONE (or more) PARENT UMPIRE & the home team will ump BEHIND THE PLATE based on coin flip. The visitor could then provide the BASE umpire.
General USSSA rules:
Specific Iowa USSSA rule exceptions:
We will play using the standard Iowa USSSA 8u rules. Since these girls haven't played competitive ball before the 1 exception we will use for this tournament is instead of the pitcher needing to control the ball in the circle for play to stop she will only need to touch the ball while in the pitching circle.
Coaches: Please review these rules. Each team will need a minimum of 3 coaches present at the game with 4 being ideal (pitcher, 3rd base coach, first base coach and dugout).
Uniforms & Equipment
We’ll plan to distribute equipment (particularly catchers equipment and a few balls) sometime between June 15-20. Ideally, we’d meet up at Holiday Park, possibly at around 5pm, with the coaches and maybe each team could conduct a practice following that, around 5:30. This is just a thought (that probably would make sense).
The games will be played with regular 11" softballs, not Softie "training balls."
Uniform tees, will likely deliver the week leading up to the tourney.
Book a Field
Coaches can book a field at this link. http://www.wdmsoftball.org/book-practice-field-or-facility/
What’s about pants?
Our general rule of thumb on pants for this type of thing, or for rec, has been “wear what you have”. That said, if you want to be in WDMGS “uniform” you could get a pair of black pants, as this is what all of our tourney teams currently wear.
What’s the schedule?
We are planning to play the final weekend of June, but we will inform coaches and post the schedule to this page, once it becomes available, probably about a week before the tourney.