Rain rain go away – Softball on another day.

Sorry softball fans.  The weather just didn’t agree with our plans for games today.  The Sluggers started out well at the 10:30 game even though it was drizzling before the game ever got going.

Even though the girls didn’t have a choice on whether or not they stayed dry some of our faithful fans found new and interesting ways of keeping out of the rain.

The Soggy Sluggers were doing well enough to convince our catcher to show a little enthusiasm while getting ready for her chance at bat.

But even good things must come to an end and the rain caused our good game to be cut short.  When the rain really started to fall it caused all of our Saturday games be cut short and postponed to another day.

Because there are only a few days the league doesn’t have regularly scheduled games the postponed games will be played on the next two Wednesdays.

If you have a game that has been postponed you can check your game calendar for the next two Wednesdays.

Remember that you can see all of our photos by clicking on any of the photos in this post or visiting our Sluggers Gallery.

If you have any photos of your softball player we’d love to see them.  Send them in and we’ll post them.

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Some Sluggers team photo fun

 

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RGSA Big5 Rebate – 28th thru the 6th

Softball fans, it is finally March 28th, and you know what that means.

It’s time for the RGSA Big 5 Rebate!!!

Go to Big 5 Sports and present this rebate coupon and the RGSA will receive a 5% rebate on anything you purchase. It doesn’t even have to be softball equipment. You can buy some fishing gear or soccer cleats – whatever. You don’t even have to have the coupon with you. Just show them the coupon on your smartphone or tell them you would like your purchase to benefit the Roswell Girls Softball Association, and you’re good.
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You have to get in there sometime between Friday, March 28th and Sunday, April 6th. So, anything in the store and anytime in those ten days.

Share this post with all your friends. Copy the coupon to your facebook page, email it to your grandma. Just get the word out and let everyone know.

Remember to thank the manager and staff of BIG 5 for the league. This isn’t something that they have to do for us.  BIG 5 does this out of generosity and a willingness to support our community and kids which is always appreciated.

 

 

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RGSA Opening Day Drawing

Attention all you softball fans.  Every year the RGSA has an opening day prize drawing as a fund-raiser to help off-set some of the regular season costs.  The tickets for our drawing were handed out to the coaches at our last meeting and should have already been handed out to all the players by now.  Each player has been given 20 tickets to sell before the next coach’s meeting this Thursday.  The league must have all the tickets sold so we can cover the drawing prizes and regular operating costs, like umps and end of season trophies.

We have had a few questions on what the prizes will be, so here is a list of what will be given away.

Coaches remember, we need the ticket money and stubs turned in at this Thursday’s coach’s meeting.  So you may want to get your players to turn in all their stuff before that.

Coach’s Meeting:
Location – 401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Time - 7:00pm

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USSSA Bat Rule

Coaches and parents, I know everyone is excited to get out on the field and start swinging those brand new bats but there is something you need to keep in mind.  The bat you own or have in your wish-list may not be certified for USSSA play.  If you plan on dropping a load of cash to pickup a new bat, and I do mean “load”, you need to check the stamp.  Bats aren’t cheap and you could be making a costly mistake.

The new USSSA 2014 Rules state:

“The new bat standards will go into effect 1/1/14 instead of 9/1/13.  Beginning January 1, 2014, Bats must have the New USSSA 1.20  BPF Mark.”

If you have an older bat or one that doesn’t have the 1.20 stamp it’s still ok for practice but the umpires will be checking before all games start so they won’t be used in league play.  I know this comes as a shock and a real kick in the “wallet”.  The Sluggers feel your pain.  We just got new bats at the end of last season and when we heard the news we were less than happy.

So, before you go out and spend all your hard-earned money on a brand new beautiful bat make sure to check the barrel for the new USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp.  If it doesn’t have the stamp, you just spent a lot for a piece of practice only equipment.

Coaches, bring your bats to the meeting this Thursday if you have one that you would like checked.  The coaches will also receive their new rosters and player contact information this Thursday at the scheduled coaches meeting.(Check your age division Calendar.)

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8U Draft and the girls are ready.

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Sports Poetry

Full Count

A  Poem by Daniel Romo

Her pitches loop over home plate
like exhausted planets
fatigued from the weight of gravity.

I pace the dugout back and forth,
more concerned father
than assistant coach.
Worrying more for her performance
than our team box score.

With each pitch I become the ball:
starry-eyed sphere waiting to be belted
into the outfield,
where teammates give chase:
the beginning of lives relying
on the hands of others to get them out of jams,
hands designed to commit errors
through no fault of their own.

Every time a batter misses,
overzealous swings slicing air—
a reprieve,
each strike equaling living another day.
And every time she strikes out another man’s daughter,
I smile.

Now I understand why my father was never to be found
during the last inning of my games,
reappearing just in time to watch the coach
hand out game balls.

Every baseball idiom was created
when a man’s child was on the mound:

Behind in the count.
One base at a time.
It ain’t over till it’s over.

My baby-girl struggles to throw strikes.
The umpire must not have kids.
Everything in life
is hit,
or miss.

 

© by Daniel Romo. Used with the author’s permission.

A big thanks to Daniel for allowing us to repost his work here. He has lots of other great work and you should check it out – http://www.danielromo.net/.

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Teams Abound, but We Need Help!

Softball fans, as you know our 2014 spring registration has come to an end.  With that, we are very exited to announce that for the first time in some years our 14U age division is alive and well.  Enough 13 year old and 14 year old players registered for us to create a few teams which means we can now fill the gap between youth league softball and high school softball.

Of course all of our other age divisions are extremely healthy also.

So much so that we are in need of coaches for our 8U and 10U age divisions.  We even had to place a few girls on waiting lists because of the high numbers.
If you or someone you know is willing to coach, the RGSA is in need.  Please come help out.  It is a shame to have these young ladies wanting to play ball but not be allowed to do so.  We have been provided this beautiful softball complex just waiting to be used but no coaches to take the reins.

If you are willing to lead one of these great groups of girls, fill out the application and let’s make this happen. -RGSA Coaches App  Player draft is this Saturday and you can still build the team you want.

If you are willing to help or have any questions please fill free to contact us.

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RGSA Player Draft Schedule

Saturday, March 15th at the

Charlie McVay Softball Complex

Please don’t forget to bring your own softball glove-

14U
10:30am – 10:45am   Check In
10:45am – 11:30am    Skills

10U
11:30am – 12:00pm   Check In
12:15pm – 1:15pm    Skills

12U
12:45pm – 1:15pm   Check In
1:30pm – 2:30pm   Skills

8U
2:30pm   Check In
2:45 – 3:45pm    Skills

All girls who are not on an established team from the 2013 season or want to be in the draft must be present. If not, the player cannot be picked up on a team until all draftees in attendance have been selected.

If you need further information or have questions throughout the season please feel free to contact the RGSA @ 575-317-6502 or 575-637-9462.
All calls will be responded to promptly.

Practice can begin March 20th, 2014 (Pending League Insurance & coaches preference)

Season will run from April 12th thru June 5th.

**All Dates subject to change**

*Once teams are established on or by March 18th, 2014 Raffle Tickets will be distributed to your prospect coach.
You will be responsible to sell your tickets prior to April 5th, 2014. 

**Raffle ticket drawing on Opening day.

Opening Ceremony Saturday, April 12th

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Big 5 Time!!!

It’s time for the Big 5 Rebate!!!

Go to Big 5 Sports and present this rebate coupon and the RGSA will receive a 5% rebate on anything you purchase.  It doesn’t even have to be softball equipment.  You can buy some fishing gear or soccer cleats – whatever.  You don’t even have to have the coupon with you.  Just show them the coupon on your smartphone or tell them you would like your purchase to benefit the Roswell Girls Softball Association, and you’re good.
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You have to get in there sometime between Friday, March 28th and Monday, April 7th.  So, anything in the store and anytime in those ten days.

Share this post with all your friends.  Copy the coupon to your facebook page, email it to your grandma.  Just get the word out and let everyone know.

Remember to thank the manager and staff of BIG 5 for the league.  This isn’t something that they have to do for us.  BIG 5 does this out of generosity and a willingness to support our community and kids which is always appreciated.

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