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Spring Newsletter

02/26/2020, 7:30pm PST
By NadiaM

Spring Newsletter 2020

Welcome to our Spring News letter packed with information and updates to help prepare for the upcoming season!

Over the past few months, our RGSA Executive have been hard at work scheduling tryouts, running skills clinics, preparing schedules and getting ready for another successful season of softball.  

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the park for another fun season of softball!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


President


Al Groff

It's hard to believe softball season is just around the corner!

Season Start Dates

Our Rep A and B leagues will start March 30, and U10 / House leagues will start April 6.

Field Clean Up Day!

Field Clean Up will be on Saturday 14 March from 9am to 1pm (or 21 March if rained out). Each team will be assigned a field that they will be responsible for getting into shape in preparation for the season. 

Coaches, Team Managers & Adult Volunteers

A reminder all coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and any adult volunteer helpers must register with RGSA and complete the applicable online forms.  Registration is free - click here to access online.

All coaches, assistant coaches and adult volunteers supervising minors must also have a valid Criminal Record Check (CRC) completed for the upcoming season.  CRC is valid for 3 years - click here to access online (contact al.groff@shaw.ca for access code.

Deadline for completion is March 31, 2020.

NCCP Clinics

All teams must have an appropriate NCCP level coach on their roster and on the field of play at a Provincial Championship or District Playoff (https://softball.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Softball-BC-Handbook-revised-January-24-2020.pdf):

  • U12A, U12B, U14B, U14C, U16C and U19C minimum:
    • New coaches only - FOCS Part 1
    • NCCP Community Sport Ongoing Participation
    • Successful completion of Making Ethical Decisions
  • U14A, U16A, U16B, U19A, U19B minimum:
    • New coaches only - FOCS Part 1 and 2
    • NCCP Introduction to Competition training (attendance at clinics 1 and 2)
    • Successful completion of Making Ethical Decisions

Clinics are available in locations around the Lower Mainland: https://softball.bc.ca/coach/upcoming-coaching-clinics/

RGSA Scholarships

RGSA awards up to six scholarships per year to qualified applicants entering post-secondary education. Completed applications are due by June 1. For more information and to download an application form, please visit the Scholarships page.

Volunteers

The successful operation of RGSA is dependent on our many volunteers. We sincerely thank all the hard working volunteers that allow the RGSA to be one of the premier softball organizations in BC.

We will have a full schedule of tournaments this year and we will need your help to make them all possible. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to make it happen. Last year was fantastic so let’s do a repeat for 2020.

Concession Crew

We have a fantastic Concession at our Steveston-London and McNair parks, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for new talent to help out.  If you are over 14 years old, a member of RGSA, hard-working, not afraid of cleaning and have a desire to work with food please consider applying.

Please contact karen@rgsa.ca for more information.

Schedule

Please check the calendar for important upcoming events.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me al.groff@shaw.ca.


1st Vice President


Barry Riva

Many of you know me already, as I have been involved with RGSA for about 20 years. I am 1st Vice President, Scheduler, Rep Uniform Coordinator, Assistant Tournament Director and a member of the Rep Committee.  

I am a coach with the 2001B Islanders and the Senior B Islanders Women’s team. I sit on Richmond City Sports Council and the Lower Mainland Softball Committee as a rep for RGSA. 

This year we are hosting 18 tournaments, the 16B Lower Mainland Cup, the 12C Regional and 5 Provincial championships. It should be a fun and exciting season!


2nd Vice President


Michelle Akizuki

I've been the 2nd Vice President for RGSA for the past couple of years and I am also the coach of the Islanders 2005B team and help with the Islanders 2008B team.

I have been involved with the RGSA for over 10 years as a coach and a member of the executive.

I’m looking forward to another great season for all the players, coaches, parents and fans of RGSA!


Treasurer


Ralph Golecki

When I am not calling balls and strikes, safes and outs, I am keeping track of the pennies that come into the association and the pennies that go out of the association.  I have been an umpire for the association since 2000 and treasurer since 2016. 

The association is healthy, financially, but like any association faces rising fixed costs which eventual cause fee increases.  Thank you to the parents who continue to invest in the association so that your daughters can learn softball skills, and life skills, from coaches and competing with others in this game.  Thank you to the adult players that invest in the association to allow women’s teams to exist and for working with the minor aged players. 

This year I will continue to provide the executive with accurate, clearly documented, numbers so we can strive for making good decisions with the money you entrust to us. 

See you at the park and the Annual General Meeting in September 2020. 


Registrar


Nadia Marchant

Registrations for the upcoming 2020 season are currently going strong.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the park this spring and to welcoming new players to the association!

We encourage all players, coaches, managers and volunteers to complete their registrations online by February 29.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Team rosters for younger players and U12-U19 house teams will be reviewed with the division coordinators and coaches in early March based on completed registrations.  Teams will be submitted to the Lower Mainland Softball Committee for scheduling, to enable schedules to be available in early April.

Registration will remain open until April 15 and players will be assigned to teams, as space permits.

Our tournament registrations have been very active over the past couple of months and we have sold out most of the Rep tourneys for the upcoming season.  We expect tournament registration activity to pick up for house teams when rosters are finalized in mid to late March.


Rep Committee Chair


Kelly Sagert

This season we are fielding 7 Islanders Rep teams:

A special welcome to new Islanders Rep Head Coaches David Yam and Mark David.  And welcome back to the returning head coaches: Bobbie Nishi, Dave MacNeil, Michelle Akizuki, Tyler Gibson, and Eric Gee. 

If there are any questions about the RGSA Rep program please contact me: k.sagert@telus.net

Our Islanders Rep Committee consists of Kelly Sagert (Chair), Barry Riva, Victoria Groff and Kenny Tse.  
 
 


T-Ball / Blastball & House Committee


Bill Marchant

House Committee

Our House Committee supports and coordinates activities related to the house program. If you have concerns or questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

We have been running Fall and Winter indoor skills clinics on Sundays at Steveston-London.  The clinics have been well attended and it's great to see players coming out to sharpen their skills before the season starts!  We have two sessions left but there is still space if players would like to drop in. Check the clinic page for more information: https://www.rgsa.ca/clinics

Coaches and division coordinators will be meeting in early March to create team rosters for all house teams.  We are still accepting players for players in all divisions; if you have any friends interested in playing, please encourage them to sign up soon.

We are always looking for parent volunteers to help out; if you are interested in please contact your coordinator. 

Finally, if you have small gloves that you have outgrown and are in good condition, please let me know and we will see if we can find a good home for them.

T-Ball / Blast Ball

T-ball /Blast Ball is our program that introduces our youngest players to the sport of softball. The emphasis is on fun while developing a platform of skills that players can build on for the future. 

We will be sending more information to all registered players in the next week, including additional details on equipment for this age group.  We are working on finding a way to enable families to purchase equipment at a discounted price for interested players.

There will be an indoor gym session on April 4th at Debeck Elementary school - time is TBD. There is no charge for this and it will provide an opportunity to meet other players and parents.
 
If you are interested in coaching this year, please let me know as we can never have too many volunteers! 


Junior / Intermediate Mite Coordinator


Chris Back

It’s going to be an exciting season for the Junior Mites in 2020. Welcome to all of the new players graduating from blast ball/T-ball as well as the returning players. Registrations are looking good, but we can always use more, so encourage your friends to register. Right now, we are anticipating at least four teams in the Junior Mite division. Games will be on Saturdays at 2:00pm at McNair, with practices on Wednesday nights.

This year we will continue to work on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, and fielding. We will be removing the tee and coaches will be softly pitching the ball to the hitters. You will be amazed how quickly most of the kids pick this up and improve as the season progresses. We will have a tournament on the last weekend of the season with games, a league base-race, and lots of fun!

We should have the teams sorted out by early March and coaches can start practicing by late March. We will likely begin playing games after the Easter weekend. There are still a few skills clinics left before the season starts. They are held at Steveston-London on Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30. You can go to the RGSA website to sign-up.

I look forward to meeting you all. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me - Chris Back at cbacka12@gmail.com.


Senior Mite Coordinator


Dave Lexier

The Senior Mite Division is looking forward to a very exciting 2020 season. We are anticipating having 3 or 4 teams this year, and will also be playing games against the Intermediate Mite Division. Games will be at 12 noon on Saturdays and practices on Thursday evenings. There will also be free pitching clinics before games on Saturdays which all players are encouraged to attend.

This year, we will be continuing to work on our pitching, fielding and batting. We will be introducing a harder ball for games and practices, and the games will have umpires, stealing, and lots and lots of cheering! There will be a year-end tournament with games, base races, and lots of fun!

Many of the girls have been training since January on the Sr. Mite Travel team. They are working on improving their skill and knowledge of the sport in preparation for games against other Associations in the Lower Mainland.

In early May there will be tryouts for the SuperMite team. The team will compete in a Richmond U10 tournament in early June and will finish the season with the Squint Lake Canada Day Classic in Burnaby, which is the unofficial u10 provincial championships.


U12 / U14 Coordinator


Beston Saez Co

Registrations for our U12 / U14 division are going well! More information coming soon!


U16 / U19 Coordinator


Vacant

We are currently seeking a volunteer to act as our U16 / U19 Coordinator.  

Division coordinators are voting members of the RGSA Executive and help with:

  • registration of new and returning players and coaches
  • communication with players and coaches about activities related to their division (e.g. clinics, photo day)
  • team formation
  • monthly RGSA Executive meetings

If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a month to help the association, please let us know.

In the interim, please contact Nadia Marchant (registrar@rgsa.ca)


Adult Women's Coordinator


Tracy Sherlock

Softball does not have to end after high school! 

At RGSA, we currently have an active program for Adult Women who would like to continue playing, and will have 5 teams playing from London Park for the upcoming 2020 season.Teams play in either the New West Senior Women's Softball League based from Moody Park, or Fraser Delta Women's Leagues on the following nights:

  1. New West Senior Women's Softball League - Tuesdays and Thursdays
  2. Fraser Delta Women's League - 2 nights/week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Home games are held at London Park and typically start at 8:15pm under the lights. Away games are played at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland. Teams can opt to play in weekend tournaments and in provincial championships, which are held in July or August.

We are looking forward to hosting Women's A and B Provincial Championships in Richmond in July 2020.

Teams are often looking for additional players - if you’re an individual player interested in joining a team, please me tracy.sherlock@gmail.com for assistance.


Umpire-In-Chief

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Teresa Allen (formerly Erickson) for her support as the Umpire-in-Chief for RGSA over the past few years.  We wish both her and Nick all the best with their relocation to Victoria.

We are currently working with our fantastic Blue Crew to identify a new Umpire-in-Chief and hope to make an announcement shortly. Watch this space!


Photo Day / Ballthrow


Tyler Gibson

This year photoday and the ballthrow fundraiser will be on Saturday April 25, 2020. 

I will have the team packages ready for the March Coaches Meeting, and I will be there to start accepting time slots for your team photos. 

Coaches please give out your photo forms and pledge cards to your players and encourage them to put a lot of effort into fundraising. 

This is RGSA’s only fundraiser and the proceeds go directly to the players in the form of uniforms, great fields, batting cages, etc! 

We have a great association and we have great facilities! Let’s keep up the fantastic fundraising! 


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