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.
Just a short message that even though we’re looking at 8” of snow, its only a temporary situation and we will be fielding teams in no time. Spring is right around the corner (the groundhog said so) so the league is getting ready for our annual winter skills clinics. We’re making sure our coaches are lined up and that we have all our facilities ready to roll when the teams start practicing in April.
In about a month ( March 6th )will be the first skills clinic up at the Rams Athletic Complex in North Reading. It’s a great facility – it is a vast space sectioned off by nets so our group can be separated by activities and age. Their coaches will lead the girls in drills designed to improve their mechanics and understanding of the game. There is enough space for outfield work to be happening along-side multiple batting instructional sessions. It’s a good opportunity at a great price $30 for all three sessions (3/6, 3/13 and 3/20 from 4pm to 6pm). http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:180176
Because pitching skills are singularly important and difficult to find, we also hold a series of pitching clinics to introduce new pitchers to the position and to hone the skills of players who already have some expertise. Both clinics are $50 for four sessions (a great deal!). All are held at the Roosevelt elementary school on 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/6:
Please keep in mind that we need to restrict the clinics to 20 players each to preserve safety for everyone involved. Also, each pitcher MUST bring their own catcher (family member, friend or casual acquaintance are all fine as long as they promise to throw the ball back!)
Finally, in an effort to introduce our youngest members to softball and freshen skills from the previous year we will be having a FREE skills clinic for the farm league. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best, Michelle Carson. She is a Melrose mom who has an infectious passion for softball and for teaching the sport. It’s a great series of events and the girls always finish the hour having had a lot of fun and being tired. It’s a great way to spend a Wednesday evening. They all take place at the Roosevelt elementary school on 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/6 at 6pm. So sign up your daughter and have her bring a friend! http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:180175
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, please remember to sign up for the spring season in one of our leagues.
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 2nd 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.
Great news! Registration for spring 2016 is open! Click on the link to the left of this article to go sign up right away! The season will begin in the middle of April, assuming the weather cooperates. We had a great spring and summer season last year and we're looking forward to a lot of exciting games this year.
Great news! Our annual Winter Skills Clinic for girls in grades 3 through 9 is scheduled to start this coming Sunday, March 1st at 4pm at the Rams Athletic Complex in North Reading. We have reserved half of their interior facility for our girls. There will be a series of “stations” set up that will enable their professional instructors to help our girls improve different aspects of offensive and defensive skills. Typically the girls are divided up by age and put through drills that focus on the fundamentals like batting, catching, throwing, etc. It’s a great program and every year I am pleased with the results and I hope the girls are too.
Besides, after all this terrible weather my daughter is READY to get out and do something active for a little while! The clinics will be held on Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm on March 1st, 8th and 22nd. It only costs $30 for all three clinics and we hope your daughter can take advantage of it.
Girls who are in 1st and 2nd grade will get their own skills clinics on Wednesday evenings (3/18, 3/25, 4/1 and 4/8) at 6pm. They last about an hour and will be run by Michelle Carson – I can think of nobody better to introduce them to the joy and excitement of softball. The clinics will focus on the basic rules and skills that will help them to enjoy the upcoming seasons. She’s great with the girls and I’m sure she will inspire them to look forward to the spring. There is no fee for these workshops so there is no reason not to bring your daughter (and her friend?) to the Roosevelt gym!
On those same nights, at 7pm there will be a pitching clinic for girls in grades 4, 5 and 6 at the Roosevelt gym. For that hour they will receive professional instruction on the art and science of softball pitching techniques and skills. We thought the instructors from last year were so good that we asked them to come back for a second year. Although it doesn’t start for a couple more weeks, we can only accept 15 players for this clinic, so please sign up right away!
On those same nights at 8pm will be the final clinic of the evening: Pitching clinic for girls in grades 7, 8 and 9. Again, we can only accept 15 players for these workshops and hope your daughter can join us.
Incidentally, we have seven players registered for each of the pitching workshops – so sign up right away!
Finally, I hope you will take a few minutes to sign your daughter up for the spring 2015 season. We have great coaches who are committed to teaching the girls the best athletic and sportsmanship skills possible. They all have daughters on the teams and are a pleasure to work with. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to sign your daughter up for the new season here: https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=melroseyouthsoftball.com
In conclusion, this winter can’t last forever so start looking forward to the brisk morning games and hot afternoon playoffs!