Feel free to read up on all the Board and Committee discussions and decisions by clicking the Business Management link above. And, yes, we know the website needs to be updated with live links and more info… We’re working on it and it will be in much better shape by the time practices start!
TWYSL and the Brownsburg Girls Softball League met yesterday and agreed to continue its partnership in the 10U-and-older Divisions. The 10U and 12U season will start the week of April 24 and end by June 11th at the latest, sooner if rain-outs are avoided. 10U games will predominately be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (only 2 games per team per week). 12U games will predominately be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
TWYSL and the Danville Girls Softball Association have likewise agreed to continue our partnership in the 6U and 8U Divisions. The season start and end dates are still TBD but will likely mimic the schedule above. Saturday games for both Divisions will alternate between the diamonds at North Salem and Danville. In-week TWYSL-only games will predominately be scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (only 1 game per team per weekday plus the Saturday game).
The Skills Assessment and Draft is scheduled for Saturday, March 12. 8U players assessments will run from 9:00-10:15 and 10U/12U will run from 10:30-11:45. Coaches (and/or Assistant Coaches) will be required to assist in evaluations and attend the draft that will directly follow each session. 6U players need not attend the assessment. Efforts will be made to inform parents of team assignments the following week.
Practices (usually 2 per week during the preseason) may begin April 4th.
If you are interested in coaching or assistant coaching, please contact Matt at email@example.com. We can’t do it without you!
There are a few $200 team sponsorship packages still available (see link for details). We are also promoting $50 donors for a donor wall and, for a larger donation, an individual or company can claim naming rights to one of the three diamonds or the concession stand for the year. Appreciate your assistance in securing these donations so that we can continue to offer the lowest registration fees in the area.
We are looking to join with the Tri-West Little League to run a joint boys/girls parade this year. Should be fun for everyone. More info to come once plans are made.
And finally… Please register online if you haven’t already and encourage others to do the same. It may be cold and snowy now, but there’s no better place to spend a spring evening than at the ball diamond with your friends and family.
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Registration is open now through March 9th! Also, our next planning meeting is Monday 2/1 at 6:00p at the Pittsboro Methodist Church on SR136. The Board invites all committee members and prospective volunteers to attend these bi-weekly meetings to help get us set up for the 2016 season.
Registration for the 2016 season will open Monday, February 1st. Please do not submit any information until then. You can link to it from this homepage and submit payment via PayPal or check (see instructions on the Registration page). Fees are set at $75 for single registrants. If you are registering two siblings, the fee will be reduced to $70 each. If you are registering three or more siblings, the fee will be reduced to $65 each. There’s is also a $50 opt-out fee if you choose not to participate in the league fundraiser. If you have a play-up or play-down request with respect to age division, please detail that in the comments section.
The Skills Assessment and Draft are scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 9:00a-noon. U6 players need not attend. More information on those events later.
Time to dust off those ball gloves. Spring is just around the corner!
Tri-West Youth Softball League Divisions
6U – In the 6-and-under instructional division, players from age 3-6 are introduced to the basic fundamentals of softball. Coaches and volunteers focus on proper throwing, catching, fielding, batting and base running techniques. Players may hit from a tee or be pitched to by a coach, depending on their individual skill levels and fielders are rotated through the positions throughout the course of the season. This age division caters to a wide range of abilities and volunteers in the field actively assist and provide instruction to both offensive and defensive players. Score is not kept as the focus is on instruction and fun.
8U – In the 8-and-under division, players continue to build on their skills while being introduced to the rules of play and situational softball. Players may start to specialize in the field in preparation for advancement to the upper age group divisions. Coaches pitch to all batters, active coaching in the field is still available (but scaled back), and score is kept.
10U – In the 10-and-under division, player-pitchers are introduced and players are expected to compete increasingly independent of real time instruction and have a more complete understanding of the rules of softball.
12/14/16U – Teams in the upper age divisions play at increasing levels of speed, physicality and softball IQ.
Division assignments are based on player age as of January 1st. Parents may request that their daughters play outside of their assigned divisions. TWYSL will decide whether or not those requests may be honored after assessing the players’ abilities and potential impact to safety and fair play.
Planning for the 2016 season is officially underway, but I’d first like to thank the outgoing Board members, led by Stacy Lewis, for their efforts over the past two years. Thanks to their vision and the assistance of numerous donors and volunteers, we now have a safer facility parking area, a new ball diamond, new fencing, new dugouts, a new batting cage and much improved playing surfaces for our girls… who deserve nothing but the very best. Thank you for serving and for delivering.
A meeting was held this evening in which new volunteer Board members were elected and committees were established. In addition, the group made a number of decisions related to registration, fees, interleague plans and the upcoming calendar of events. I encourage you to visit www.twysl.com in the days ahead where we will be posting regular updates and meeting minutes as we approach spring. We’re in the process of updating many of the site documents and links, so if you’re not finding what you want, give it a day or two or email me with your questions.
Answers to the most immediate questions are as follows:
- Registration is anticipated to open February 1st. Official notification via email, announcements and social media will be initiated once the registration system has been updated and tested.
- The registration fee for single players will be $75. Fees will be discounted to $70 for the first registered sibling and to $65 for all additional registered siblings.
- Tri-West will continue its 6U/8U partnership with Danville and 10U/12U/14-16U partnership with Brownsburg as in years past.
- The Skills Assessment and Draft will likely be scheduled for late February or early March. 6U participants need not attend. Dates/times and instructions are still being coordinated.
- Based on past years, we anticipate fielding 3-4 6U teams, 4-5 8U teams, 4-5 10U teams, 2 12U teams and 1 14/16U team. Encourage your girls to reach out to their friends, especially those in the older divisions, as those registrations tend to lag. Also spread word that the 6U division offers a mix of tee-ball and coach-pitch, based on the girls’ individual abilities. We’ve had many 3 and 4-year old players consistently hit live pitching by the end of the season.
- If you’re interested in coaching or assisting, please send me a quick email with your name, contact info and age division. Just gauging interest at this point – not commitments.
Finally, let me pre-emptively thank those who have already volunteered to assist in ways large and small, and those who will answer the call when needed. I’m extremely proud to be part of this community. We have great families raising great kids and it’s our hope that TWYSL will play some small role in developing our girls into healthy, happy and confident young women.
If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.