2018 – UMSA Celebrates our 50th Season!
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🙂 Congratulations to the 2018 UMSA members on a wonderful 50th season! Here are the results of our final games:
Peewee Bantam Boys – 1st Sharks – 2nd IRP Rubber Products – 3rd Exco Tooling – 4th Chameleon Consultants
Novice Girls – 1st Orange Crush – 2nd Hunters Sports
Squirt Boys – 1st Winds of Change Counseling – 2nd Panthers – 3rd South Unionville Oral Surgery – 4th Rebels
Squirt Girls – 1st Tower Litho – 2nd Markham Fair
Mite Boys – 1st Dr Gary Lau Optometry- 2nd Smash Kitchen – 3rd Tornadoes – 4th EIS
Mite Girls – 1st Argosy Securities – 2nd General Cable
Five Pitch – 1st Fino Fine Foods – 2nd E.W. Bower Inc. – 3rd Martin Daniel Interiors – 4th Sylvia Morris Century 21
Coach Pitch – 1st Redspires Architectural Glass – 2nd Lime Rookies
🙂 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
🙂 2018 – UMSA Celebrates their 50th Season!
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 fastpitch 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! Please volunteer by contacting the association.
🙂 Thank you to all the generous community members who have supported our players with team sponsorship this 2018 season!
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