2023 Online Registration is Live Feb 1 to Feb 14, News (Goderich Minor Baseball)

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Jan 31, 2023 | Jeff Squire | 3208 views
2023 Online Registration is Live Feb 1 to Feb 14
2023 Online Registration is Live and FAQ:

Hello Seahawks! 2023 season registration is now open for Goderich Minor Baseball Association (GMBA).  You can register and pay fees on this website using the registration tab at the top of the page February 1 to February 14 to secure your roster spot and take advantage of early bird registration pricing. After Feb 14th, late fees will apply and you might on a wait list if rosters are full.

What is Rally Cap?
Rally cap is a learn to play baseball program for the 2018 birth year.  Rally Cap is a Baseball Canada program which the Toronto Blue Jays partner with.  There are no games and no travel in Rally Cap.  Rally Cap is a skills based program that runs 1 time per week for 8 weeks starting in early June.
What is U9 Development Girls Softball?
Similar to Rally Cap, it is a skills development program for girls who want to play softball.  It is an 8 week program, 1 time per week starting in early June.  No games, no travel.
Do you offer T-Ball?
No.  Rally Cap replaced traditional T-Ball many years ago.  Rally Cap is designed to keep all players engaged with little idle time compared to T-Ball which usually has a lot of waiting for young players.
When is the Season?
Our outdoor season typically starts with on field practices early May, with games starting late May.  End of year tournaments wrap up the season in early to mid- August typically.   This excludes Rally Cap and U9 girls fastball programs which are learn to play baseball/fastball programs which typically start early June and run for 8 weeks.  
Describe your baseball program?
We offer baseball programs from U7 to U18 age groups for girls and boys.  Our teams play league games in the Western Ontario Baseball Association (WOBA).  All teams travel.  Baseball is like what the Blue Jays play.  (overhand pitching, lead offs, longer base distances, etc).  For those interested in more competitive OBA (rep) level play, you can indicate your interest on the registration form. At U7, a pitching machine is used by a coach.  If the batter has not hit the ball into play after 5 pitches, a tee is set out until the player bats the ball in play.  There are no strikeouts. At U9, a pitching machine is used by a coach.  After 5 pitches, if the batter has not hit the ball into play, the batter strikes out. At U11, players start pitching to batters (no more pitching machines).  Stealing and other baseball elements are introduced into the games.  
Describe your Girls Softball program?
Softball uses a larger ball than baseball and the pitching is under hand (ie. windmill) with shorter base distances than baseball.  Our teams play in the Huron-Perth Fastball League.  We offer teams from U11 to U21 age groups.  All teams travel.  Our girls fastball program has been quickly growing in popularity for the past few seasons.  We are hoping to field our first ever U15 team this year.
How do I apply to be a Coach or Volunteer?
Coaches and helpers are key to minor sports.  All teams require a head coach.  Please consider filling out the coach application or volunteering through our coach application on our website.  You can also contact our GMBA coach mentor, Darren Scholl through our website contact information if you are interested or have any questions regarding coaching.
How do I become a member of the Executive? If you are interested in joining the executive or finding out what it is all about, please email [email protected]
It is vitally important for the future of our organization that add new members to the executive for the long term health of the organization.  GMBA has strong registrations numbers and good financial health.  The future of the organization is really dependent on new executive members for the longer term.
Who are the 2023 GMBA Executive?  
Jeff Squire – President and WOBA rep
Steve Hewitt – Past President and Treasurer
Dan Ridsdale – Vice President Softball, Umpire in Chief, Huron-Perth Fastball League Rep
Sherri Coleman – Secretary
Darren Scholl – Coach Mentor and Webmaster/Social Media
Matt McPhee – Diamond Scheduler
Brett Ginn – Equipment Manager
Stacey Popp – Uniforms
Sharilyn Goy – Registrar
Haley Stoll – Member at Large
Jon Collins – Member at Large
Fundraising – Vacant
Tournament Chair – Vacant  

Juliet Middlekamp retired from our executive after the 2022 season.  Juliet was our uniform and fundraising chair for many years.  Juliet organized the uniforms at the start of each season and also fundraised a lot of money each season which was used to purchase new equipment and help keep our registration fees low.  She will be missed from the executive.  As you can see from the list above, we still have a couple of executive openings to fill.   

Looking forward to a fun 2023 season.