|To 2022 WHS Participants,
Hope everyone has been enjoying their summers so far. Like most of you, we took the opportunity to unwind following the season, and are once again starting to ramp up league activities as we move into the fall season. Here is a quick recap and link to our 2022 season Survey for you.
Congratulations to our 35 total Spring teams for a fantastic season! Whether your daughter was just trying out Timbits u7 for the first time, or she was a veteran playing in her final seasons of high school level ball, West Hill’s spring season was a tremendous success! It was great to get back out onto the fields for our first regular spring season since 2019. Although the weather this spring was “iffy at best”, at least we didn’t run into any snow or heat/smoke warnings!
We here at the West Hill Softball board are very proud of our organization’s ability to persevere through the Pandemic and come out stronger on the other side. Registrations have increased nearly 40% since our last full season in 2019, and specifically up 18% just this year. We surpassed 400 total players for the first time! It was great to see the growth in our younger age groups, as we had over 30 registrations for every birth year from 2007 all the way to 2014! In fact, our u11 group reached a record high 98 players on its own.
Thank you to all our volunteers across the entire organization. Special shout outs to all our board members for their dedication to the game this season. Thank you to all our Coaches, Umpires, Managers, Field Prep Managers, Equipment Managers, Scorekeepers, and Chauffeurs! We could not have a successful season without our parent volunteers, and we appreciate you all! Please see our survey below for your opportunity to nominate your favourite volunteers for our yearly awards.
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SEASON SURVEY (Access Survey here!)
Have your say, our annual survey is now active!
- What did you like and not like about this season?
- What are your ideas / requests for the offseason or 2023?
- Nominate your favourite Coach or Umpire/Team volunteer this year!
SURVEY LINK Open until Wednesday, August 31.
Please take roughly 10 minutes to fill out the survey. You may submit your survey anonymously, or use your name.
PRIZES: TWO $50 credits to future registrations will be given to completed surveys randomly. The first prize will be drawn from all Surveys completed by Wednesday (August 17). The second prize will be drawn from all submissions made by August 31. If you are not returning to WHS, you may request a $25 refund for the past season as an alternative.
West Hill also had plenty of successes on the field this season. We played over 500 league regular season games, and had over 250 wins. In total, our teams scored over 5800 runs (and that doesn’t include the playoffs). That’s a lot of runs!
West Hill came away with 2 GOLD & 7 SILVER this season at Cities! In addition, we had 4 third place finishes for teams who were just one win away from the finals in their playoff group. Here is a full list… congratulations to all our teams!
- Division Champions
U9 Division Red = GOLD – West Hill Leier and SILVER – West Hill Sparrey
U15 Division 2A = GOLD – West Hill Antaya
U9 Division Red = SILVER – West Hill Sparrey
U11 Division 1 = SILVER – West Hill Joy
U11 Division 2 = SILVER – West Hill Hayward
U13 Division 3B = SILVER = West Hill Carter
U15 Division 1 = SILVER – West Hill Redl
U15 Division 2B = SILVER – West Hill Casey
U15 Division 3B = SILVER – West Hill Schroh
- Honourable Mentions (lost in semi-finals):
U11 Division 2 = 3rd Place – West Hill Grant
U13 Division 1 = 3rd Place – West Hill Bond
U13 Division 2A = 3rd Place – West Hill Mannas
U13 Division 3B = 3rd Place – West Hill Stuart
In total, West Hill Softball had 5 teams make it through to provincials weekends as follows:
- U11 (Lloydminster): West Hill Fireballs (Hayward), West Hill Wildfire (Joy) and West Hill (Grant) competed hard just coming up short.
- U13B (Crossfield): West Hill Wild finished the round robin at 4-0 and advanced to the final round, finishing 4th overall!
- U17D (Leduc): West Hill Red (Springman) won a key play-down game to make it to provincial weekend, but ultimately came up short.
Father’s Day weekend brought together 34 teams and over 200 players from across Alberta for our second ever tournament! For a full recap of our tournament, please read our Tournament Recap on our website. Once again, thank you to our core tournament organizers: Brian & Cathy Antaya, Jennifer & Jason Lewis, Marnie Doig, and Craig McDowell! West Hill walked away with 6 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) from the 5 divisions plus 2 Ice Cream Cup & 2 Slushie Cup champions! Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to hosting again in 2023.
OFF-SEASON PROGRAM & 2023 PLANNING
Your WHS Board will be reviewing the past season in detail at their board meeting tonight (August 15) while we work to finalize our fall outdoor program, and build our Indoor off-season training program (starting in October!).
WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE ASSOCIATION?
Interested in extending your involvement in the league? We would love to have more hands helping us out with the board or several of our key league volunteer positions. Reach out to us by email to coordinate a quick chat! We also are working on re-establishing our AGM and moving it to early fall. Stay tuned for more information.
WHS FALL PROGRAM – Need to Register ASAP this week!
Our original deadline is TODAY, but we will allow sign-ups until the end of the week (Friday, August 19).
For more details about the program, please visit our Fall Program webpage or REGISTER TODAY!
On behalf of the entire WHS Board, thank you!
Brian Antaya, President
West Hill Softball