West Hill Softball Pre-Season Updates (Feb 7)

Here are this week’s updates:

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(U11+) Tournament Weekend Announced:  June 17-19  –   Planning Volunteers Needed!

Great news, we have been approved by Calgary Minor and the Umpire Association to host our WHS tournament on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19.  A weekend normally reserved for City Championships in the past, it is now open to us in 2022!  Details to come on which divisions levels will be included, but initial plan is to include U11, U13, and U15.

Volunteer Call to Action:  Are you interested in being part of the Tournament Planning committee?  We need you, asap!  Please contact us at info@westhillsoftball.ca for more information.

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Parent Meeting Dates Announced (Thurs, Feb 24 for U9+)

Please mark your calendars for these online sessions.  These meetings are MANDATORY for all NEW parents to WHS including players moving from Timbits into U9 this season.  All other returning families can also attend to gain clarity on the upcoming pre-season & season.  Great time to ask us questions!  Here are the specific dates & times scheduled:

  • U9-U11 Parent Meeting – Thursday, February 24   6:00-7:15pm
  • U13+ Parent Meeting – Thursday, February 24  7:45-9:00pm
  • U7 Timbits – Monday, April 11  7:00pm

Sign-in details will be provided closer to the date.

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Evaluations are coming – U13 & U15 Start this weekend!

With our registration deadline today, we are quickly sorting out details for the upcoming evaluations and attempting to give you as much notice as possible.  Here is what you need to know prior to the Family Day long weekend (no evaluations on the long weekend):

U15 Evaluations:

  • Friday, Feb 11, 6:00 – 9:00pm (Division 3 and new players)
  • Saturday, Feb 12, 1:00 – 4:00pm  (Friday callbacks + Div 1 & 2 returning players)
  • Invites to specific time slots will be sent out shortly

U13 Evaluations:

  • Sunday, Feb 13, 12:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 16, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Invites to specific time slots will be sent out shortly

U17/U19 Evaluations Continued:

  • Sunday, Feb 13, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Please stand by for details on attendance requirements

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Pre-season Clinic Recap & What’s Next

Wow!  Nearly 150 players participated in our preseason clinics over the past two weekends, whether Rustbusters, Pitching and Catching clinics, Intro to Softball, and Selects Camps.  We are excited to see all new and familiar faces, and to be back in our home CFIS gyms for the first time in two years.  This was no simple feat to pull off, but looks like we had some eager participation, some new blisters, and lots of smiles!   Thank you to our friends at SAIT for being wonderful partners these past weekends.

Over the next few weeks, WHS will turn our focus to player evaluation sessions across all age groups U11 and above.  We may have the opportunity to host additional Pitching, Catching, or Rustbuster clinics, but none have been scheduled at this time.  Communications will be made if and when additional clinics become available for the coming weekends, please stay tuned.

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Registration Deadline Day is Today and we are breaking more new records!

We have already surpassed the 300th registration, smashing our previous deadline record total.  We have already surpassed our renewal rate from past seasons, and we say WELCOME to our 71 new player registrations!

A reminder, that we do accept U7 & U9 registrations until March!   All other age groups will accept late registrations, pending team availability.  Are your teammates and friends registered yet for Spring?  Help us help them by reaching out!

 

A special shout out to two teams:  U12 Fiery Foxes (Team 4 – Kevin Church) and U12 Ally-oops (Team 3 – Rachel Sawyer) for leading the way, each with 12 returning players this season!  Congratulations to Kevin and Rachel and their entire teams for promoting the game to the players, we are all grateful!

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In the next update, we will review some of the rule changes in 2022, how to prepare for the season, and information about coaching volunteers.  Until then, stay healthy friends!

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Your West Hill Softball Team
Contact Us:  info@westhillsoftball.ca

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