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2023 House League Registraion

Hello future Thundercats. The 2023 house league registration portal is now open. Please click on the link below  to register.  We are looking forward to another great season of softball 

 

What are the divisions and costs for the 2023 House League Season? 

Below is the tentative schedule and fees. Please note that the City of Niagara Falls does not confirm field allocations until early March so changes may be necessary. Practice nights will be determined by the individual coaches.

Rain out games will be played on Friday’s. There will also be games scheduled on the Friday night either prior to/ or the week after for the following holidays. Victoria Day, Canada Day, and the Civic Holiday. The fields are closed on holidays and city staff will not groom or line the diamonds therefore, we will need to schedule the lost game on a Friday night.

   ** Note registration is open until March 31/2023.  Late registration runs Apri 1-15th 2023 and the rate is $195 **    

Division Year of Birth Fees Game Night
Learn to Play  2018-2019  $65 Tuesday 
Mite  2014-2017 $180 Tuesday
Junior  2011-2013 $180  Monday
Intermediate  2008-2010 $180  Wednesday
 Senior  2001-2007 $180

 Thursday

 

What does my registration fee pay for ?

· Field Costs / User fees

· Lighting Costs

· Umpire Fees

· Uniform Jersey

· Equipment (softballs, bases, catchers gear, first aid supplies, etc)

· Team/Individual Picture

· Insurance

· Awards

· Year end celebration

· Administrative Costs

What equipment do I need to play?

· Glove

· Running shoes and/or cleats ( no metal spikes allowed)

· Batting helmet with a face mask ( house league only under 18 years of age)

· Bat (we will have our annual equipment sale/swap in April where we will be selling used/next to new equipment. Most bats sell for $5 to $10 dollars)

· Fielders’ masks are not mandatory but strongly recommended especially for the Junior division where players are transitioning to live pitching and a more competitive level of play.

Where/when are the games played?

All House League games are played at Palmer Park in Niagara Falls. Mite games begin at 6:00pm or 7:05pm (or a combination of both). Junior Games begin at 6:00pm or 7:50pm (or a combination of both), Intermediate games begin at 6:00pm or 7:50pm (or a combination of both) and Senior games begin at 6:30pm or 8:05pm (or a combination of both)

**Our annual house league tournament will be played one weekend in June (date to be announced) . The games will be Friday evening, Saturday during the day and Sunday during the day. These games will be played at Patrick Cummings Sports Complex in Chippawa. **

Special Requests

Requests to have siblings play on the same team are the only requests that will be guaranteed.

· Coaching requests are not permitted except under extenuating circumstances

· Team balancing is the primary concern of the league and will take precedence over special requests

The deadline to withdraw from league with a refund is April 17th.  There will be a $10 administration fee applied.

Click on the link below to register. 

https://niagaragirlssoftball.sportngin.com/register/form/914461565

2023 Select Team Tryouts

 2023 Niagara Girls Minor Softball Association

          Select Team Tryouts

 

All girls interested in trying out for a 2023 Select Team must respond to their respective coaches with their full name, birthday DD/MM/YYYY, email address, phone number and list team from last year ASAP to declare their intent to play.

See tryout times below:

Mite Select Team 2012, 2013 & 2014 - notify both leahhavill@gmail.com and jenlannan@hotmail.com

We are planning to have 2 Mite Select Teams this year.  All players will report to Palmer Park together and tryout on the following dates: 

  • Mon Sept 12 diamond #2 6:00-8:00
  • Wed Sept 14 6-8 diamond #2 6:00-8:00
  • Then by invitation players will further tryout on Mon Sept 19 or Wed Sept 21 - reserve rain date of Wed Sept 28

 

Team Coaches: Leah Havill, Jenine Rudyk & Andrew Enns and 

Team Coaches: Kristy MacGillivray & Jen Rodrigue.

 

 

Squirt Select Team 2010 & 2011 - notify cathy.brady@hotmail.com, coaches Cathy Brady & Simon Adamson.  Tryouts are at Palmer Park:

  • Mon Sept 12 diamond #1 6:00-8:00
  • Thurs Sept 15 diamond #2 6:00-8:00
  • Mon Sept 19 diamond #2 6:00-8:00, reserve rain date of Tue Sept 20.

Novice Select Team 2008 & 2009 - notify wendybats36@yahoo.ca, coaches Wendy Bateman & Chuck Crocker. Tryouts are at Palmer Park:

  • Thurs Sept 22 diamond #2 6:00 - 8:00
  • Sat Sept 24 diamond #2 10am-12pm
  • Sun Sept 25 diamond #2 10am-12pm, reserve rain date of Wed Sept 28

Bantam Select Team 2006 & 2007 - notify stefanie934@hotmail.com, coaches Stef & Sean Irish. Tryouts are at Palmer Park:

  • Tue Sept 13 diamond #1 6:00-8:00
  • Wed Sept 14 diamond #1 6:00-8:00
  • Thurs Sept 15 diamond #1 6:00-8:00, reserve rain date of Mon Sept 19

Midget Select Team 2005 & older - notify bretbiamonte@gmail.com, coach Bret Biamonte.

Players must email their intent to play Summer 2023 with their availability for possible Sept tryouts/practices and Feb-April indoor training availability, as he understands some players are away at school and then he can plan for the upcoming season.

 

Thank you, 

NGMSA Executive

 

 
 

 

 

2022 NGMSA Select Teams

We could not be prouder of our Niagara Falls Thundercats. 2022 has been an incredible year for these teams who brought home many medals throughout the tournament season. Niagara Falls had a team entered in each division .  The Provincial Championships were played throughout Ontario and our teams finished it top spots.

Niagara Falls Mite Thundercats brought home Bronze

Niagara Falls Squirt Thundercats brought home Gold

Niagara Falls Novice Thundercats brought home Gold

Niagara Falls Bantam Thundercats brought home Gold

Niagara Falls Midget Thundercats brought home Gold.

We are so proud of these coaches and players for their determination and commitment to the sport of fastball and for also being  wonderful ambassadors or not only the league but of the City of Niagara Falls. 

Looking forward to next season !

2022 House League Playoff Results

What a Season !!

Over the past few weeks our house league teams battled hard during playoffs.  The bleachers and at Palmer Park were packed and there was not a bare spot of grass with parents, siblings, grandparents and friends cheering on our players. We are very proud of our coaches and players for the successful season that we had and send out Congrats  to those teams that placed in the top 3 for each division

Mite 

Gold- Legion Branch 479

Silver- Optimist

Bronze - Niagara Falls Lions Club

Junior

Gold - Kara Bishop Real Estate

Silver - The Jacket Cellar

Bronze - Evans Heating and Cooling

 

Intermediate

Gold - Buckners Source for Sports

Silver - Brock Ford

Bronze - Astro Transmission

Senior

Gold - Plan It Travel

Silver - Biamonte Chiropractic

Bronze - Jiffy Lube

Enjoy the rest of your summer and hope to see you all back next season for another fantastic year of Softball.

 

2022 Sponsors

It was a great season this year. The NGMSA fielded 19 teams in our House league Division.  This was possible due to our generous Sponsors

 Please consider supporting these organizations who are true community leaders.

  • Stamford Centre Volunteer Fireman’s Association 
  • Biamonte Chiropractic Centre
  • Enercare
  • Kara Bishop Real Estate
  • Plan it Travel
  • The Jacket Cellar
  • Magnum Signs & Awards
  • Optimist Club of Niagara Falls
  • Astro Transmission
  • Evans Heating and Cooling
  • Buckner's Source for Sports
  • Niagara Falls Lions Club
  • The Knights of Columbus
  • Legion Branch 479
  • Ultra-Financial

2022 NGMSA Scholarship

The NGMSA Scholarship Application is open to any current player in the NGMSA attending post secondary education in the 2022/2023 school year and who has not received this award in the past. The Winner of the $500.00 Scholarship  is Claudia Mauriello.

Congratulations Claudia !!

We wish you continued success with your post secondary education at Brock University.

2022 Falls Classic Select Tournament Results for Saturday July 2, 2022

The Niagara Girls Minor Softball Association hosted teams from around Ontario in the Annual Falls Classic Select Tournament July 2nd.

Patrick Cummings Park was filled with teams and spectators having a fun filled day . The games were exciting with great hits and fantastic defensive plays and the aroma from the various bbq’s that were sparked up at lunch would make anyone hungry.

Thank you to all the teams that travelled on the holiday weekend to play in our tournament .

We hope to see you again next year !!

Congratulations to the winning teams .

Squirt Division

1st Place - Niagara Falls

2nd Place- Milton

3rd Place - North London

4th Place - Topham Park

Bantam Division

1st Place - Niagara Falls

2nd Place - Whitby

3rd Place - Burlington

4th Place- Londesborough

Good luck with the rest of your season to all teams.

We will see you next month at Provincials !

medal

Tournament Update:

Last night at Palmer Park we were able to complete our House League Tournament for the Intermediate Division.

Over the course of 4 games being played in 2 locations one thing is for sure . Softball is back in full force in Niagara !!. We had numerous fans watching and cheering these players and it was

So great to have our whole NGMSA community out.

All the teams battled hard and made great plays. Congratulations to them all.

Added congratulations go out to our finalists !!

Intermediate Division  

1st Place - Buckner’s Source for Sports

2nd Place - SCVFA

3rd Place - Brock Ford.

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Junior Division 

Congratulations all teams and the results are as follows:

1st Place - Kara Bishop Real Estate

2nd Place- Ultra Financial

3rd Place - Evans Heating and Cooling

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Senior Division 

Our Senior Division teams battled hard on July 17th at Palmer Park for their house league tournament.

Congratulations to all of the teams on a great day . The results are as follows:

1st Place - Biamonte Chiropractic 

2nd Place - Plan It Travel

3rd Place - Jiffy Lube

 

 

Thank you
NGMSA

 

 

 

 


Private one on one Pitching Lessons

Volunteers Needed for the Canada Summer Games for the Softball/Baseball Competitions

 

Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games are looking for youth U16 volunteers to be batboys and batgirls. The date for this event is Aug 6 - 21, 2022. Each team would be  assigned a batboy/batgirl and they would attend all games that the team plays during the week. .  All games will be at Southward Park in Grimsby. 

 

Below is a link for the schedule.

https://cg2022.gems.pro/Result/Event_List.aspx?Sport_GUID=c8f19df1-6f7a-4b94-a357-4f77c1ee295d&SetLanguage=en-CA  

 

The women's competition will be from August 6 - August 12, 2022 .   Teams participating are Alberta (AB), British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique (BC), Manitoba (MB), New Brunswick / Nouveau-Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland & Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse (NS), Ontario (ON), Prince Edward Island / Île du Prince-Édouard (PE), Québec / Québec (QC), Saskatchewan (SK).

 

The men's competition will be August 15 - 21, 2022. Teams participating are  Alberta (AB), British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique (BC), Manitoba (MB), New Brunswick / Nouveau-Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland & Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse (NS), Ontario (ON), Quebec / Québec (QC), Saskatchewan (SK)

For more information or to volunteer contact Mary Murphy at: softballlead@2022canadagames.ca 

 

 

Niagara Falls Thundercats Spirit Wear on Sale now!!

Click on the red banner below to get to our store website.

Our Teamwear Store is now open.  Get your Niagara Falls Thundercats apparel and accessories right here.

Great gift ideas for players , coaches, sibling and parents.

Just click on the link to see the cool items we have to offer.

Thank you for supporting our players and our  league.

 

Niagara Falls Thundercat Teamwear Store

Our Team wear Store is now open. Get your Niagara Falls Thundercats apparel by clicking on the arrow above.

2021-2022 Executive Board

2021-2022 Niagara Girls Minor Softball  Association

Executive Board Members

President:  Gregg Fortushniok

Vice President:  Jim Thompson

Secretary:  Wendy Bateman

Treasurer:  Tina Marchese

Board Member:  Kara Bishop

Board Member:  David Dec

Board Member:  Cathy Brady

Committee Members

Equipment Manager:  David Dec

Scheduler:  Gregg Fortushniok

Jr Umpire Scheduler:  Wendy Batemen

Jr Umpire Development/Training:  David Dec

Park /Gym Permits:  Tina Marchese

Insurance:  Tina Marchese

2022 Select Convenor:  Cathy Brady

Registration:  Tina Marchese 

Sponsors: Wendy Bateman

Website:  Tina Marchese

Social Media - Facebook - Tina Marchese

                                 Instagram & Twitter - Emily Fortushniok

Practice Diamond Assignments:  

Tournament Coordinators :  Gregg Fortushniok /Tina Marchese

House League Uniforms:  Jim Thompson/Tina Marchese

Fundraising: Full Executive

Player Development/Pitching Clinics: Wendy Bateman

Photos: Tina Marchese

Awards: Tina Marchese

End of the Season Celebration:  Gregg Fortushniok /Kara Bishop

Bingo Coordinators:  Tina Marchese

Spirit Wear: Simon Adamson/Gregg Fortushniok

Coaching Clinics:  ( Mite ) Jim Thompson

(Junior/Intermediate/Senior) - Gregg Fortushniok

Learn to Play Convenor:  

Mite Convenor: Karen Bishop

Junior Convenor: Simon Adamson

Intermediate Convenor: Simon Adamson

Senior Convenor: Jim Thompson

 

Contact Us: 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 22030, Riall Heights Plaza, Niagara Falls, ON L2J 4J3

Phone:  9052-374-8493 (Voice Mail)

Email:  niagarafallsthundercats@live.com