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.

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December 2014

Hi Everyone,

  I hope nobody got washed away with all the rain we had during the last week and that this holiday season finds everyone in good health.

The good news is that it is the middle of December and everyone knows that means it is time to start talking about softball and the spring 2015 season!!

“How can that be, Rob?” you might be asking. First, softball gear always makes a good present. Although Dick’s Sporting Goods has a good selection of gear in the spring that’s still several months off. Instead, I would like to direct you to an article on the JustBats.com website: http://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/frequently-asked-questions/fastpitch/howtoselect/ that describes how to select a bat for that special little girl in your life. Likewise, HomeRunMonkey.com has a pretty thorough discussion of selecting a new softball mitt.

Also, the Melrose Youth Softball Online Registration service is now open for your convenience. Click on this link to sign up your daughters for the Spring 2015 season: http://www.melroseyouthsoftball.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=melroseyouthsoftball.com I encourage you to sign up as early as possible to take advantage of a $5 “early bird” discount available until January 1st 2015.

As in previous years, MYS will be offering our famous Winter Skills Clinics at the Rams Complex in North Reading starting at the end of February as well as the Farm League and Minor League skills clinics at the Roosevelt school gymnasium. We will publish the dates and provide a registration link as soon as they become available.

As usual the spring season will begin around the middle of April – as soon as the city opens the fields and will run through the second week of June.

Finally, the board would be very interested in hearing any suggestions you might have to improve our league after last season. Was there anything we really botched? Anything that went especially well? If you have any helpful ideas that you would like to share, please send them to . Thanks

Likewise, we are eager to recruit additional volunteers to help with the governance of the league and would like to invite anyone who might be interested to join us. We meet once per month during the winter and as the spring approaches we may meet as much as once per week to get the season off the ground. To be included in any future meetings, please let me know at .

 

Sincerely,

Melrose Youth Softball


by posted 12/14/2014
Welcome to Spring 2014!

Melrose Youth Softball

Hi Everyone,

                Great news – this week represents the beginning of the 2014 spring season. Today (April 28th), is our league’s opening day! On the Lebanon field at 6pm the mighty Turtles will be taking on the undefeated Frogs in what promises to be the start of a classic rivalry. Likewise, at The Commons Store Side field, in the Major League (grades 5 and 6) the fierce Coyotes will be attempting to put away their first win against the mighty Panthers, a team loaded with power and speed. Please feel free to stop by and cheer on your favorite team!

                All this week every one of our teams will be getting started with their first games. Most will play a game during the week and one on Saturday. Most teams will have had a chance to get a practice or two under their belts by now, but a couple will be getting to see each other for the first time. Uniforms should be distributed by now, with the exception of the pants. I hear that some teams have distributed them while others are still getting the sizes right. Please remember to write your daughter’s name in the visor.

                IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT – Picture Day 2014 has been scheduled for May 10th! That’s less than two weeks from now, so I wanted to make sure everyone knows about it. As usual, it will be held at the Lebanon Field. Even if your daughter isn’t so excited about the pictures or you don’t plan on ordering any yourself, please encourage her to come so that the whole team can be together for the photos. We will have on-line photo registration as soon as we get a link from the photo company. We will get more info you regarding what time specifically your team should come to the field when it is determined.

                Also, I wanted to let you know that if the city closes the fields due to rain or (perish the thought) snow, we will also mark the fields as “closed” which will automatically send an email or text message to everyone who has games or practices that day. However, if the city does not close the fields we leave it up to the participating coaches to determine the playability of the facilities.

                If you want to see specific information about your daughter’s team on the website, click on “Teams” and then “Choose a team” and follow the links to find your daughter’s division and team. There you will find contact information for the coaches, the team members, the schedule and even your team’s standings in relation to other teams in the division.

                For planning purposes, I wanted to let you know that the season will go through all of May and in to the second week of June. During the second weekend of June will be the playoffs for the Seniors and Majors. After the second weekend of June we start to lose a lot of players to family vacations and end-of-the-year celebrations, so we have to cram a lot of activity in to a short season.

                Thank you to all of the coaches who have been working with the girls over the past two weeks to get ready for the beginning of the season and thank you to all of the parents who have shuttled their girls to the practices thus far. We’re just getting started so expect the excitement to ramp up as the players start to win some games, learn some skills and have some fun!

Play ball!

-Rob Solomon

PS: I am dying to get some pictures of the players on the website. Right now, the photos are all of the teams my daughter has played on and the team photos from 2013. If you come across any photos that you wouldn’t mind sharing with everyone, please send them to me and I will post them on the website. Thanks!


by posted 04/28/2014
How are the clinics organized?

Clara Martin shows off her throwing skills
At the winter skills clinics experienced coaches will help the players with all aspects of their softball skills. At the younger level (1st and 2nd grade) the league's previous president, Michelle Carson will have the help of some of the high school softball team players to teach the youngest girls the basics of how to field and how to hit. At the Rams clinic the girls will be split in to age-appropriate groups so the Rams' coaches will be able to teach specific skills to the players. They spend 10 or 15 minutes on each drill for about 2 hours. Because there is so little "standing around" time, it keeps the girls busy and focused on what they are learning. It is really very effective and is a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 
by posted 02/10/2014
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Lebanon Field - Melrose TBD (12/21) 
The Common - Firehouse - Melrose TBD (12/21) 
The Common - Store Side - Melrose TBD (12/21) 
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