Melrose Youth Softball is a recreational softball program that runs in the Spring and Summer. MYS is dedicated to teaching girls the sport of softball as well as teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship and self-respect.
Spring is in full swing here and that means the softball season is underway! By now you should have heard from your coach and probably attended a practice or two. The league's opening day is Saturday, April 30th. Everyone should have a game that day. Its an exciting time!
First, please note that our annual photo-day is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th at the Lebanon field. The photographers always do a nice job with the team and individual photos. I encourage everyone to come, even if you choose not to get any pictures - its good to have the whole team represented in the pictures. There will be more messages in the coming weeks about the schedule and when your team should show up. You can buy the photo packages you want online here:
Quick note on pants: the league will not be distributing pants to the players, but if you're interested in buying some for your player, feel free to get black or white. Personally, I like black. Baseball/Softball pants can be useful in the majors and senior divisions because the players will be sliding and the pants can help prevent scratches and scrapes.
Finally, our friends at Melrose High School softball are having a fundraiser by recycling home electronics and we hope you'll find some gear at home to recycle. Its good for the planet, good for the town and good for Melrose Softball. Thanks.
Melrose Girls Softball
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING FUNDRAISER
Clean out and responsibly dispose of your old, unwanted equipment…all for a great cause!
Saturday – April 30 9:00-1:00
Rain or Shine
MHS – rear parking lot (Melrose Street)
Your monetary donations will be used to safely dispose of the following (see attached for list of fees):
We have four divisions:
Farm League grades 1 and 2
Minor League grades 3 and 4
Major League grades 5 and 6
Senior League grades 7, 8 and 9
Each league is made up of four to six teams, depending on participation. We try to keep the teams to 10-15 players each. While the season is going on there are usually two games scheduled per week: one on the weekend and one during the week. It is up to the coaches if they choose to have a practice as well.
The Farm League and Minor League share the Lebanon field on Lebanon St near the cemetery while the Major and Senior leagues share the fields at the Melrose Commons.
In order to help the girls prepare for the season and sharpen their skills we are offering some winter skills clinics as well. We will hold the farm league clinic at the Roosevelt elementary school gym on Wednesday evenings at 6pm on March 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th. It’s a great way to introduce players to the game and help returning players build on the skills they might have previously picked up. This event is free – MYS is picking up the tab for this. Please come and bring your player’s friends. The event is led by Michelle Carson. The kids really pick up on her enthusiasm for the game and everyone has a great time. Sign up here: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:180175
For players in grades 3 – 9 MYS has arranged for our annual winter skills clinic to be held at the Rams Athletic Complex in North Reading. It’s an expansive facility with plenty of indoor space to have a wide range of drills happening simultaneously. We leverage their professional coaches to help our players learn the best mechanics and techniques for throwing, catching and batting. They spend about an hour on offense and an hour on defense. It’s a serious workout and a fun event during March. It is scheduled for march 6th, 13th and 20th from 4pm to 6pm. Its an amazing value at only $30 for all three sessions. Sign up here: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:180176
Also, softball pitching is a critical skill for a team and good pitching talent is a challenge at every level. We are eager to get players interested in practicing good pitching technique as early as possible. Its an exciting position allowing the girls to really contribute to the success of the team. Please consider enrolling your daughter in one of our pitching clinics. We’ve recruited the help of Jackie Collier, a Top Gun pitching instructor and pitching coach at Bishop Fenwick high school to teach MYS players the correct form and mechanics. The same drills that high school pitchers use to hone their skills will help our players build a solid foundation. Its an important skill that needs focused attention and practice and these pitching clinics are an incredible value at $50 for four sessions on Wednesday evenings, March 16th, March 23rd, March 30th and April 6th. Grades 4,5 and 6 will happen from 7pm to 8pm while grades 7,8 and 9 will run from 8pm to 9pm at the Roosevelt elementary school gym. Space is limited to only 20 players so sign up today! https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=melroseyouthsoftball.com
Finally, on April 3rd there will be a skills assessment event held at the Rams Athletic Complex for players in the major and senior leagues. This gives the coaches a chance to review the skills of the players prior to the draft. It is imperative that all major and senior league players plan on attending this event. Anyone not attending will be randomly assigned to a team after the rest of team selections are completed. Major league will run through their skills from 3pm to 4:30pm while the Seniors will run from 4:30pm to 6pm on April 2nd. Thanks.
As always, thank you for being a member of the Melrose Youth Softball community! If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rob Solomon at email@example.com!
So here we are, ten days in to the new year with rain coming down in buckets and snow on the ground. The Patriots, Celtics and Bruins are all playing and I’m sure the last thing on your mind is spring-time softball. Actually, the season is right around the corner and the time to prepare is now.
Every winter MYS sponsors a winter clinic run by the professional coaches at the Rams Athletic complex in North Reading. For three consecutive Sundays they will help your daughter warm up after a cold winter of other activities. The clinics will be offered on Sunday the following Sunday afternoons:
March 6th 4pm – 6pm
March 13th 4pm – 6pm
March 20th 4pm – 6pm
These are professional coaches who can improve your daughter’s game by teaching good mechanics and techniques that will serve her well during the spring, summer and following seasons. They use batting tunnels made from athletic netting and pitching machines to ensure the player can focus on their hitting mechanics and not worry so much about whether or not the pitch is a strike. They typically spend an hour on offense instruction and an hour on defense. They teach good fielding posture and how to react to plays. They have an enormous facility that allows them to teach throwing and catching no matter what the weather is like outside. They also group the girls by age to better aim their instruction.
This is a great opportunity for your daughter to start getting involved in the spring season. No prior softball experience is necessary so if this is your player’s first time it might be a good introduction to the basic skills of the game.
For only $30 it’s a great deal and we hope you will take advantage of it and sign up right away!
We also offer a winter clinic opportunity that is JUST for 1st and 2nd graders and is free! Yes, you got us. We are trying to instill a love of the game early and this is a great age to start learning the fundamentals. Michelle Carson will be running these clinics in the Roosevelt gym from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday evenings, March 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th. She has a great enthusiasm for the game and love for teaching that makes everyone excited about playing and the upcoming season. Please sign up here to give us an idea of how many to expect: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:180175
Likewise we are now accepting registrations for the spring season at all levels. Get a $5 discount if you sign up before March 15th 2016.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get in touch with Rob Solomon at
PS: I just saw that the “Play It Again Sports” on Montvale Ave in Stoneham is having a Going-Out-Of-Business sale. So if you’re in the market for used sporting goods, be quick! I’m sure their stock will go fast.