RECREATION SEASON INFORMATION
Fall Opening Night
September 10th, 2018 WDMGS will have their opening night ceremonies at Holiday Park.
Below are some resources to get you started and guide you through the season. Our current plan is to have a brief opening ceremony, at Holiday Park, and introduce all 19 of our Rec teams, and have most teams play one game that evening, following the ceremony.
We will not conduct a city-wide parade, as has been done in the Spring, but may participate in Valley High School's Homecoming parade, in late September.
Season Details & Dates
- Rosters & Parent Welcome
Week of August 20, 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.
- Submit Coaches Shirt Size
Please do this at the link below, ASAP.
- Games Begin
Monday, September 10, 2018
Games will begin following our OPENING CEREMONIES on Monday, September 10. Games will be played on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.Complete Schedules should be posted and available around September 1.
Rules can be seen here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nZKECbXDxzwck4EsI5eYNS-Z0q_Fa3swlq48jD_LFqo/edit?usp=sharing
- Number of Games per Level
The Bitties will play an 8 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 individual games.
The Petites will play a 10 game schedule. We are going to try one doubleheader at this level to see how it works. In addition to that, the rest are single games.
The Juniors will play a 10 game schedule. We are going to have four doubleheaders at this level and four single games.
- Game Schedules
TBD - 2018
The schedules will run from early September to mid October.
- Coach Background Checks
We need to conduct criminal background checks on head coaches and ONE "official" assistant coach, per team. This person would be the other person wearing the WDMGS uniform and representing the organization in an official manner. Information will be sent to coaches in order to complete this process.
- Coaches Clinic - TBD - 2018
- Parent/Coach/Player Meeting - Park Cleanup Day
- Practice Begins
Coaches may begin booking practices immediately
You may register, login & book, at this link. https://www.wdmsoftball.org/book-practice-field-or-facility/
- Equipment Pickup
Our Equipment Coordinator will be available 5:00PM-6:30PM August 20th distributing bags for the coaches to be picked up. Please come to the garage in the back of the concessions stand.If this time frame will not work for you, he will be there Tuesday as well from 5:30PM-6:30PM.
- Uniform Pickup
Uniforms will be made available the week leading up to play.
- Picture Day
Team pictures will be conducted on game nights – TBD.
- Team Sponsorships
If someone on your team wants to sponsor the team, or any other team, costs begin at $250.00 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 Kari Scully 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.
Team pictures will be spread out into 3 separate nights this year to not have to take up a whole Saturday. Pictures will be taken April 23, 24 or 26 at the fields on a night before you are scheduled to play a game.
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.
Equipment Swap Site
We've also created a softball equipment swap site on Facebook. You can visit the site and post items you're looking for, or wanting to get rid of. At this point in time, it's only for WDMGS members. Visit the site here!
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: You will be contacted via email.
Sponsor A Softball Team
Put your name in front over 400 families, all season long. Team Sponsorships begin at $250 Contact our sponsorship coordinator, below.