News & Events:
Registration is now open!
🙂 See 2019 Registration page for details!
🙂 We will be having an IN-PERSON REGISTRATION EVENT on SUNDAY MARCH 24TH @ Unionville Meadows PS (355 South Unionville Avenue) from 9:00am-12:00pm. Come say hi!
🙂 As a community-based minor sports association, we seek the support of local businesses through team sponsorship. See our Sponsors page for details on how to get involved!
Player Development Clinics
🙂 Every season UMSA hosts player development clinics for new and returning players to get a head start on the 2019 season. This year we are offering pitching clinics, skills clinics, and NEW BACK CATCHERS clinics! See our Clinics page for more details!
🙂 The 2019 Unionville Minor Softball umpire clinic will be held on Saturday April 27th, for both junior and intermediate umpires. See our Umpires page for registration form and details!
🙂 Interested in becoming a coach? Our 2019 coaches clinics are being held on May 4th and May 5th. Please see our Coaches Clinics page for registration form and details!
🙂 Please note that UMSA does not cancel games unless the City of Markham cancels the permits. If this occurs, UMSA will contact the teams via email by 4:00pm the day of the cancellation. Please do not contact the city or UMSA about weather cancellations. Play-ability for each game is determined at the diamond 15 minutes prior to the first pitch by the umpires. Individual teams may not cancel games. If you have questions, please contact UMSA directly at email@example.com.
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