UMSA Celebrates 50 Seasons!
The volunteers at Unionville Minor Softball are excited to announce that the association is about to celebrate our 50th season! Yes, for the past 50 years community volunteers have provided fast pitch softball to the youth of our community. As we move into spring/summer 2018 we will be celebrating this milestone with various events. We would like the members to be a part of this!
Parents of the 2017 members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting which will take place at 7pm on Monday November 6, 2017 at Unionville Train Station Community Centre, 7 Station Lane (Off Unionville Main street). This is for ADULTS ONLY and as space is limited please advise firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Finally, we would like to thank all of the sponsors, coaches, and other volunteers that made the 2017 season possible!
Results of the 2017 final games are as follows:
Coach Pitch Champions – Hunter’s Sports Photography
Coach Pitch Finalists – Markham Fair
Five Pitch Champions – Travel Insurance Office Inc.
Five Pitch Finalists – Jakes on Main
Mite Girls Champions – Travel Insurance Office Inc.
Mite Girls Finalists – BGI Benchmark
Mite Boys Champions – Dr. Gary Lau Optometry
Mite Boys Finalists – Winds of Change Counselling
Mite Boys Consolation Champs – Smash Kitchen and Bar
Mite Boys Consolation Finalists – Ward 2 Councillor Alan Ho
Squirt Girls Champions – Cesaroni Technology
Squirt Girls Finalists – Orange Crush
Squirt Boys Champions – Hunter’s Sports Photography
Squirt Boys Finalists – South Unionville Oral Surgery
Squirt Boys Consolation Champs – IronKids
Squirt Boys Consolation Finalists – Chameleon Consultants
Novice Girls Champions – Meehan Wealth Management
Novice Girls Finalists – Winds of Change Counselling
Peewee Boys Champions – Taurus Mortgage Capital
Peewee Boys Finalists – Jolera Inc.
Peewee Boys Consolation Champs – IRP Rubber
Peewee Boys Consolation Finalists – Action Honda
Bantam Midget Girls Champions – Town and Country Volkswagon
Bantam Midget Girls Finalists – Next Door
Congratulations Unionville Spartans Mite Girls Gold Medal OSSTA Provincial Championships
*** Congratulations on our Select Spartan victories! ***
# CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 MITE GIRLS PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
# Mite Girls win Silver in Etobicoke
#Squirt Girls win BRONZE in Whitby!
Aug 5, 2017 – The coaches got a little wet as the Squirt girls celebrated another Bronze Medal win in Whitby on Aug 5th. After losing a close game in the morning, the girls ramped up the defence to win 3 straight for a second bronze medal victory. The coaches are very proud of all of our players. Looking forward to the Provincials!
#Mite Girls win their 5th GOLD!
What a season so far.Even after losing half of our Spartan Mite girls who moved up to play Squirt , the Mite girls are undefeated this year with an unbelievable 18-0 record.Gold medal games such as an extra inning victory over Etobicoke and two gold medal victories against Barrie top this seasons wins.Accompanying these are gold medal wins in Milton and Brampton.
Keys to our success have been superb pitching by Thalia and Carys (who rarely give up any runs) , exceptional catching by Avery who has been as solid as a rock behind the plate.Amazing fielding by Megan , Kaitlyn , Lucy along with great plays in the outfield by Leyla , Olivia , Miya , Sofia , Brooke & Emma.And a special thanks to Caitlyn and Rachel for filling in when we have been short players.
Hitting seems to be paramount in many of our wins as well. Weather it be a mammoth home run , an key two out single or a timely walk the girls ALWAYS seems to come through.A perfect example of this was in Erindale when we outscored our opponents 69-1.
No matter how the season ends up it has truly been a pleasure for the coaches to be apart of this team…..GO SPARTANS!!
#Squirt Boys win BRONZE in Bradford!
July 29th, 2017 – Sometimes, you have nowhere to go but up! The Squirt Boys Spartans did just that this weekend in Bradford earning a bronze medal. The players turned in epic performances that solidified three out of four wins. Thank you to Jacob for overall great pitching, Paolo “the closer” Tremonti for closing the Topham win 2 crucial final strikeouts (and loaded bases), Gordon “pop-fly” Huang who dominated short stop, Sam “nothing gets by me” Dai on back catcher, David “always gets on base” Mak, and finally, thanks to the critical batting contribution by Riley, Niko, ZachN, ZachT and ConnorT. Well done to the entire team for winning but more importantly, having great winning attitudes.
#Peewee Boys win GOLD in Jordan…and complete the trifecta medal collection (G/S/B)!
July 29th, 2017 – Peewee boys finally struck GOLD in the last tournament before provincials to be held at home in Unionville. Key to victories were home runs by Stewart, Dhruv and Eric with more extra base hits (doubles and triples) from Jaden and Chad. The 4 man pitching rotation of Nicholas, Zach, Phillip and Eric held the opposing batters to minimal damage and nothing worse than one double the entire day. Included in the great pitching were three mid-inning relief appearances to cool off opposing rallies; highlighted by a Zachary bases loaded catch of a liner and throw to 2nd to Aidan for the inning ending double play. The outfield was excellent in making important catches from Ethan, Aidan, Caleb and Eric with zero drops. Sometimes even taking catches away from teammates; but we will not mention names. Let’s just say it was E.Smith. No, wait, that’s too obvious, let’s call him Eric. S. On a scorching hot day we also had amazing back-catching from the duo of Stewart and Julian including a pick-off at first base of a wandering Jordan base-runner. Kudos lads!
#Mite Boys win 3rd consecutive BRONZE in Brantford!
The Mite Boys celebrate after winning their third Bronze Medal in a row with a come from behind victory. The game was tied after 6 innings when the opposition scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning. The Spartans then rallied to score 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, including a walk off home run!
#Squirt Girls win BRONZE in Brampton!
Our squirt girls had an awesome tournament this weekend. Here’s a not-so short summary.
On July 15th, the Squirt girl Spartans played in their second tournament of the year. We started the day early against the Milton Tournament winning Barrie Red team. With excellent fielding and solid pitching, our girls shut down their hitting in this back and forth game to finish with a close loss. On to the next game, our mighty 10 battled through injury to put on a defensive clinic against Topham Park. Fire ball pitching and great tracking of fly balls lead to an 18-2 victory. A little fatigued, but fired up, we played our third game against Oakville. Once again our defence was solid and the bats came alive to propel us to a 19-0 victory. This secured a spot in the semi’s.
Once again we found ourselves playing Barrie Red. After comments from the Barrie coach of “we had under-estimated you”, “most improved team from last year”, and “Our semi-final should have been the Gold medal game”, our girls rose to the challenge of Barrie Red. With great pitching, amazing fielding, including 4 fly ball outs, a double play, and 3 tag-outs at home, we forced a tie breaker 7th inning. Holding them to 3 runs, we came up to the plate to finish off the game. After scoring two runs on an offensive stealing play, we came up one run short of victory.
Feeling the sting of the loss, our girls rallied together, supported each other and regrouped for the bronze medal game against Kenmore. Tired and injured, our girls battled through in true Spartan fashion. Again our pitching was solid, and defence was amazing. The golden glove award could have been given to anyone on the team, whether it was one of the fly ball catches, the line drive outs or the ground balls that our girls made look routine. The girls earned their bronze medal with a decisive 10-2 victory.
The coaches and parents couldn’t be more proud of the girls, not only for their efforts on the field but also for the way they rallied around each other, to pump each other up, support each other and show what a true team looks like. We may have brought home a bronze but it certainly felt like gold.
#Squirt Boys are Consolation Finalists in Brantford!
#Peewee Boys still have the most charming coaching staff!
- MVP players from Lake Simcoe Peewee Tournament: Philip, Dhruv, Zachary
Please visit the Spartans Tournaments page for more information
For my kids, it was love at first bat
With other sports, my kids beg for time off, or begin limping from phantom injuries. But not with softball.
Sports bore me to tears, even when my own kids are playing. But when softball entered our lives, something felt different. My kids play for the Unionville Minor Softball Association (www.umsa.ca), which has been around for over 45 years, and is run by a herd of hard working volunteers.
Their first day, my boys nervously eyed the diamond. They had never played before, not even during gym. Eager to show off my basic understanding of the game, I grabbed a stick and sketched three bases and home plate in the sand. “You hit the ball with a bat, and then you run as hard as you can to first base,” I say, channelling my elementary school experience. “After that, you’ll figure out the rest.” They are mystified, but obediently follow the coach to practice. Their teams start off like baby animals — a bit unsteady and unco-ordinated, but wildly enthusiastic. I worry about the other parents and kids, but I shouldn’t have bothered. Kids are nicer today. As the season progresses, they cheer for each other, egg one another on, and after striking out or a bad catch, pat each other on the head. The parents are a cheerful group too. “Good eye! Wait for a good one!” when the kids don’t swing. “Nice swing! Just like that!” when the bat fails to connect. Loud cheering when the bat thwacks against the softball. Home runs and clever fielding elicit loud shrieks of excitement. Even I get into it — my marking never makes it out of my bag. About halfway through the season, I start to recognize the signs: I look forward to each game, to setting up my black camping chair beside the bleachers. I take out my sunglasses and stretch out my legs. The sun warms us on hot days, and the kids doggedly play through rain and wind. My husband hurries home from work on game days, and asks for the play by play when he can’t make it. I cheer and chat with the other parents, and we complain about umpire calls, or laugh at the antics of a few aggressive coaches and parents.
Usually a few months into other sports, my kids beg for time off, or begin limping from phantom injuries. But not with softball. That’s how I know it’s love at first bat. I kind of get team sports now. Like a favourite hobby, or a lifelong friendship, you just need to find The One. By the end of the second season, my 10-year old is a solid player. The greatest compliment he received was when the opposing coach told his team to “move back!” when he went up to bat. This year he was voted MVP. My 7-year-old jumps up to bat every time, and shows promise as a pitcher. His team won the championships his first year and were undefeated until playoffs in his second.
But my favourite part of softball isn’t winning or the medals. My favourite part happens at the end of every game, when both teams run off the diamond and straight to the playground. They play “grounders” and hang off the monkey bars and swings, savouring every last second of summer’s sweetest sport, until their parents drag them home.
For more information about Unionville Minor Softball Association, please contact us by phone or email:
4261-A14 Hwy 7, Suite 102
Unionville ON L3R 9W6