1/19/13 We have completed our first week of winter workouts. This year the league's fourth has the most girls ever attending these sessions. Forty eight girls are participatin (edit 2 more girls joined)...50 girls now!
12/8/12 The WHASL had its third Hooker Brewery Fund Raiser. It was a great Softball Community Event. Thanks to all!!
9/9/12 The WHASL hosted a volunteer and umpire appreciation dinner at the Prospect Cafe. Lots of fun, great food provide by Nick F. :) and well attended. Thanks again!!
8/4/12 The WHASL's third summer season just completed with a record 102 girls playing summer ball. Thanks to all coaches and volunteers!
Below is a complete compiling of player comments regarding the league's third annual WINTER WORKOUTS (Two Claps for Bebe Twyman for compiling the list).
What I liked best about fielding sessions:
The practice pitching to get better as we go
Made drills fun.
Good drills, practice
Practice reinforcement even if you sucked
Drill where people rolled the ball and we had to scoop and jump
Pop fly drills
Diving for the ball drill
Learning how to throw properly
Practicing the crow hop
Pitching and crow hop
Learning the right position for my glove
What I liked best about batting sessions:
Hitting in the batting cages
Hitting in the cages
Hitting in the cages
Hitting in the cages
Hitting in the cages
Hitting in the cages and off the tee
Scrimmage and batting cage
Drills and rotating through the skills
Different workouts focused on different aspects of swing
Worked on technique
Drills I have never tried, interesting equipment
Fun bats like the parachute
Hitting the ball and running the bases
It was fun. Everything was cool.
Everything. I love batting.
When the coaches taught us how to put the bat in back of us
What I would like to do more of:
Scrimmaging and pitching
Scrimmaging and more music
Catching pop ups
Batting cages since I couldn’t make Wed. nights
Outfield Drills-not the football drills
Pitching and pop flies
Bunting and sliding
Fielding-it is fun and they have exciting routines
Catching and throwing
What I didn't like and why:
Diving. It hurt.
Batting cage offered only on one week day
Scrimmaging-different from outdoors
Stac drills because they confused me
Running-I’m not good at it
Running-it hurt my legs
Hated the parachute bat. It felt cold.
Too many exercises
Warm ups-tired me out
What I'd like coaches to know:
Coaches were great. Thanks for the fun WW.
It was fun.
It was fun.
It was always fun.
It was a fun session.
It was fun.
Glad you took time out of your schedules to do this
I had a great time.
It really benefited me.
The coaches did a great job!
I loved working with them.
Thanks for putting up with me.
I need to work more on my aim.
They’re really great,-especially my Dad.
They did an amazing job.
They are awesome, especially my Dad
Learned a lot about catching and throwing
They are really nice. Loved the WW.
What you learned that will help you in the softball season:
Bunting and talking more with team mates
Keep my bat up and move my front foot when swinging.
Doing better in softball
Dive for ball more
Hitting outside pitches
Quick throws, quick bat
Learned to throw the right way
When you’re at 3rd. and there is a foul ball, run!
When the catcher goes back, look out!
Keep your eye on the ball.
Stuff about fielding
Line the bat with the base before hitting
Keep your arm back when throwing
Turning my hips more when batting
Pitching, batting, throwing
Would you like to see more clinics during the year?
All said either yes, yes!!! Or absolutely
3/3/12 The league wrapped up its third winter workout season with pizza, music, and indoor scrimmages. Fun was had by all. Thirty six players attended the winter workouts.
2/25/12 Six league coaches attended the University of Hartford Softball coaches clinic. Coach Diana Consolmagno and her players did an excellent job.
12/3/11 Ninety four attendees enjoyed the WHASL's second Hooker Brewery Fund raiser. Fun was had by all and about $1,200 was raised.
7/17/11 Our league had its second annual Jamboree Day yesterday at Sterling Field. We had 39 players (13U, Coach Pitch, and 16U) and families compete in contests, volunteer their time (16U players), eat lunch, and celebrate each others success on the field. A huge thanks to all the coaches and volunteers and to Gary Mendal (WHGSL president) for opening up the snack bar, letting us use their grill, and donating food items. Two claps for Gary!!
6/30/11 Our league is completing its second week of practice. We have four 13U teams that will play in our summer league, two coach pitch teams, and one 16U team that will play against teams from Newington, New Britain, and Wethersfield. Over 100 girls are playing softball in the WHASL this summer. Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers that make this possible.
3/12/11 Winter Workouts finished today. GOOD LUCK this spring to those trying out for high school teams, and younger players looking to continue playing can get information on playing in the West Hartford Girls Softball League by going to www.whsoftball.com
1/9/11 Winter Workout slots have all filled. Email email@example.com if you would like to be on a waiting list.
1/6/11 We are already up to 38 players (19 in each session) for the winter workouts. We are capping the sessions at 24 players each, so sign up right away as there is a real possibility of having to turn players away.
12/26/10 Sign up for winter workouts at our open house on January 1st between 4:30-6PM at Kingswood Oxford Auxiliary Gym on 32 Highland Street, West Hartford (just down the street from Bristow Middle School. More info on Winter workout page.
10/31/10 The Winter Workout registration form is now available for download on the Winter workouts page.
9/25/10 The WHASL had their first ever fund raiser at the Hooker Brewery. It was a huge success and a lot of fun as 86 people attended the event!
9/5/10 We have an instructional video on YouTube. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHPt5ExwR9g
8/27/10 Check out our all new web site pages. They include "Meeting Minutes", "Fund Raiser", "Wish List", "Jamboree pics", and "Tournament pics" pages.
7/26/10 History was made this past weekend. The WHASL played its first game ever Friday night at the indoor field at Fastpitch Nation. On Saturday players, coaches and family went to see the Stratford Brakettes. Thanks to Amy Pinette for setting this trip up. Check out the pictures on the web site.
7/17/10 Jamboree Day was a lot of fun. Twenty six players and many of their families participated in, or watched skills development in the areas of catching, pitching, batting, and fielding. Players competed in distance throw, team accuracy throw, and road runner events. Special thanks to the 16U players and coaches that assisted. Very special thanks to Board Member Bill Hackett for providing the propane, Board Members Paula Ardel and Brian Booth for purchasing lunch for everyone, and WHGSL President Gary Mandel for opening up the snack bar for our league to use for the day.
Join WHASL at the record-breaking, history-making
Stratford Brakettes vs. the Lady Gators
on 24 July 2010!!
How much fun will we have - > WHASL girls will lead the national anthem from the field, have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch of each game, and serve as bat girls for the Brakettes and the Lady Gators! There is a full concession stand available at the stadium.
What time does the fun begin - > 7 pm game start for a double header but arrival time to be confirmed as WHASL players will be able to watch batting practice and join the Brakettes on the field for team pictures!
Where do we go for the fun - > Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford, CT
How much does the fun cost - > Players and Coaches are FREE! Family and friends are $6 each and parking is free!
What should we wear for the fun - > WHASL players should wear their team t-shirts of course!
How do we sign up for the fun - > Send an email to Amy and David Pinette (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message at 860-521-6991 with the number of people attending (including your player(s) and coach). Further information regarding payment will be provided upon receipt of your reservation. Reservations requested by 15 July 2010!
Check out the Stratford Brakettes website (www.brakettes.com)
for history, information, and directions!
6/30/10 Lots of good news. Amy Pinette is doing a wonderful job
organizing WHASL Day at the Stratford Brakettes (professional
softball at its best). Circle the date July 24th on your calender.
More info to follow. Skills and Drills was attended by 11 girls
last night. There was tremendous energy and hustle by all. I can
guarentee you there was no walking on the UCONN softball field last
6/26 Nine 12U players participated in the leagues first clinic with Tom Eastman at Fastpitch Nation. There was lots of enthusiasm and hard work by the pitchers. Tom has upcoming clinics with spots available. Check their web site at http://www.fastpitchnation.net/camps-clinics/summer_softball_pitching.php
Rosters are out and teams are set! The 12U league will have its own page on the web site tomorrow.
6/23/10 All team practices have begun with lots of positive feedback. There are presently 90 players that are playing in the WHASL's first season. Thanks to all the volunteer and parent support. The players and the league need your involvement, and you are coming through!... Big time!
6/16/10 The first ever WHASL open house was extremely well attended last night. Around 25 WHASL families were represented. Information was available on poster boards and handouts with sponsor information and a coaching contract were available. We have enough players to form 3 teams for the 12U recreation league. There will be two travel teams as we combine the 16U and 14U teams. We have 8 players and growing at the Skills and Drills level. We have more spots available and will extend registration until the end of the week. Tell your friends they need to get those registrations in, pronto. Right now we have 65 players registered for our first season and expect to go well over 70 by the end of the week.
12U group practices will start on Monday (6/21) at 5:30 at the UCONN softball field (middle field) at the corner of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Ave.
Email updates will be sent to each group in the next couple of days.
Those interested in coaching at the 12U level should meet me at 9AM at the Softball Field at UConn. I bring the box of Joe. You bring energy and creativity.
6/11/10 All team equipment was purchased and paid for from Herbs. All new equipment will be picked up next Saturday and we will be ready to play ball on the week of June 21st. Buy your equipment from Herbs, tell them at checkout that you play in the West Hartford Amateur Softball Leagu and receive a 10% discount!!
OPEN HOUSE AT THE ECC - Come and meet the Coaches and Board Members of the WHASL. This will take place at the Elmwood Community Center on June 15th (Tues.) from 6:30-8PM. This will also provide a last chance to register for one of the leagues summer programs.
Free mouth guards for all WHASL League players!!! Rosenberg Orthodontics has set up a time on July 10th 12-2 to make mouth guards for anyone that is interested. This will take place at their West Hartford office at 928 Farmington Ave. Parking is in the back and the office is on the second floor.
Thanks to our Publicity Director! We have made the West Hartford News. Here's the link. http://www.westhartfordnews.com/articles/2010/04/29/sports/doc4bd76eb740ebb685308692.txt
The Challenger Schedule is now listed below. Please check your email as Ronit will be looking for volunteers. Thanks for your help. It will be rewarding and greatly appreciated.
Challenger Schedule Spring 2010
Sunday- April 25th – Practice at KP 2:00pm
Thursday- April 29th- Practice at KP 5:30pm
Sunday- May 2nd- Opening Day- 11:00 am at Hall High School
Game at home KP Middle School against Bristol at 2:00pm
Saturday - May 8th- Game- Away - West Hartford in Manchester 2:00pm
Sunday- May 16th- - Game -Home at KP against Newington 2:00 pm
Saturday- May 22nd- WHLL at the Rock Cats
Sunday- May 23rd- Game – Home at KP against Simsbury 2:00pm
Monday- May 31st- Memorial Day Parade
Sunday- June 6th- Game – Home at KP against Manchester 2:00pm
Sunday- June 13st- Game- Home at KP against East Hartford 2:00pm
Saturday- June 19th- Fun Day in Bristol
Sunday- June 20th- Champions Game – Home against South Windsor 12 (noon) at the Uconn Field
The Summer Registration Form is now available.
Below is an email alert to the WHASL players who are volunteering to help in the Challenger Division.
Thank you so much for volunteering to be a buddy on the Challenger team. You will make a very big difference in our children's lives and their families.
I am sending you a tentative schedule (time and fields still need to be determined) so you will have an idea of what the season will look like.
You don't have to commit to every game and practice, just e-mail me when you can't be there (I will communicate with you before each time we meet).
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to e-mail me.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you
I really appreciate your willingness to help
West Hartford Little League
The survey results for the WHASL winter workouts:
16 players returned evaluation forms
The players had a choice to "agree", or "disagree" with the below statements.
1. The workouts helped prepare me for the spring season: 16 agreed
2. I learned some skills that I hadn't previously learned: 14 agreed, 2 unsure
3. The workouts were fun: 16 agreed
4. I would like to participate next winter: 16 agreed
My favorite drills/activities were:
The batting game, obstacle course (x4), batting stations (x5), infield practice with Mr. Sanford, 2 base game (x4), outfield drills (x2), diving drills on mat, batting cage game (x7), throwing activities, infield drills (2x), ladder drills
My least favorite drills/activities were:
ground ball drills (2x), throwing hands at ball drills, base running (x3), anything with running, difficult T's (IE Muel T), obstacle course, short bat drill, diving drill, simple throwing drills
Other comments, new ideas, things you want to spend more time on:
none-had a great time, more game situations, more ground ball repetitions and more swings, knowledge of base work (where to throw for certain plays), I think we should run more, I think we should spend more time on situations (IE knowing where to throw the ball), it was a lot of fun, and I looked forward to going every week, could split drills more evenly between infield/outfield, it was fun,
Interest checklist results/giving back to the community: The WHASL is very excited about your responses below. Thank you for your interest. We will be sending you information about these volunteer opportunities, as well as summer playing opportunities.
18 players are interested in becoming buddies for the challenger division, 13 players are interested in coaching 7-10 year olds, 7 players are interested in coaching a team in the 12U league
The WHASL (Where The "Player" Comes First, Inc.) received notification in the mail today that we are a public charity, and tax exempt under section 501 (C) (3). We are now qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code. A special thanks to Scott Franklin for making this possible.
The WHASL volunteers discussed a range of topics at the league meeting tonight.
1. By the end of the month a registration form for programs serving girls from ages 7-17 will be available for distribution. A copy will appear on this web site at that time.
Exciting plans continue for players who want to play in the first ever 12U summer softball league. Also, a team will be forming at both the 14U, and 16U level. These teams will play games against area teams, and play in both a home and away tournament. Summer play will start in June and end the first week in August.
Seven to ten year olds will have the opportunity to receive instruction from WHASL coaches and high school players.
2. In other important news the Board of Directors was chosen. See the "Board of Directors page" for a complete list of Directors. Also, notice we are still looking to fill volunteer positions.