On behalf of the Milton Girls Softball Association of 2018, I would like to thank all the Coaches, Assistant Coaches as well as parent volunteers who, without you, we wouldn’t have a season. I want to also express my sincere “Thank You” to the 2018 Board who donated their time throughout the year for attending meetings and helping out with special events over the course of the winter and summer. Lots of work done prior to the 2018 season to get the league off the ground and running.
From T’Ball (U6), Minor Mite (U8), Mite (U10), Squirt (U12), Novice (U14) and Bantam (U16), the season was had its fair share of heat and rain. For the U6 and U8, finals were celebrated with a Champs day at the end of July. The U10 had their Champs day early Sept. Many team medals as well as individual medals were handed out along with trophies for all.
The older divisions, (U12, U14 and U16) had an aggressive 22 game schedule which incorporated traveling to various parks in Mississauga as well as Etobicoke where their playoffs ended in mid-Sept. The Board decision to go with the Mississauga league was two-fold: to give our daughters more games and to increase their skills & development which was missing when we were in the Halton League. It certainly had its challenges for both players and coaches as well as parents, but I think overall, it was a huge learning curve for everyone on the positive side. Our girls certainly stepped up “to the plate” and challenge and overall, I’m pleased that they developed fast to maintain their competitive edge. It will be the responsibility of the 2019 Board to decide to stay or not with the Mississauga League.
On another note, we also had 4 Select Teams (girls that play both House League as well as “All-Star” Team, from Mite, Squirt and Novice). This also gave the house league girls extra practice and Tournaments on the weekend, again stepping up their game.
As well, we also had 7 Rep Teams (Milton Bats) from Mite, Squirt, Novice and Bantam who practiced during the week and played in Tournaments nearly every weekend. These teams were also comprised of volunteer coaches and parents.
MGSA is also proud of our daughters who took the “Junior” and “Senior” Umpiring courses. Not only did these girls play during the week on their own House League Teams, they also worked as either Plate or Base Umpire for all House League games, continually learning the game but from a different point of view.
The 2018 Season is now at an end as our last Board Meeting was last week. We will be posting the AGM (Annual General Meeting) set for Oct 18th whereby we open the doors for anyone that is interested in volunteering for numerous positions, to come to this meeting. Again, we can only continue with MGSA as long as we have volunteers.
I want to personally thank you, to all the players, parents, coaching staff and everyone else who made the 2018 a successful year.
Lucie Brosseau, President, MGSA 2018