Whitchurch-Stouffville Softball Association: Rep & Select Program
Stouffville Storm Peewee Boys
In their fourth year as a rep team, the Stouffville Storm Peewee Boys are hard at work getting ready for the 2017 season. The boys have a busy summer planned with five or six tournaments planned, including two in town -- an earlybird tournament May 27-28 and the OASA Peewee Provincials July 29-30 -- as well as a trip to Saginaw, MI, for the inaugural ISC Development Championships July 21-23! While training hard all winter and competing next summer, the team is preparing for the potential to host the U14 National Championships in August of 2018.
Stouffville Storm Bantam Girls
The Stouffville Storm will also be fielding a Bantam Girls rep team in 2017. The team will play in the North York Women's Softball League and will compete in numerous weekend tournaments throughout Ontario beginning in early May. The Stouffville Storm Bantam Girls will also be competing against some of the best teams in the mid-west portion of the United States when they attend the PGF Firecracker Showcase in Westfield, Indiana, from June 29-July 2. The team has already begun training indoors and are looking forward to an exciting season of rep softball in Stouffville.
The Bantam Girls Storm will also be hosting a Tier 2 Bantam Girls Rep tournament the weekend of June 23 - 25. There will be four games guaranteed (weather permitting), with gold medal and bronze medal matches for those who qualify in the top four. For more information or to reserve a spot for your team, contact Coach Jeremy Freeze.
Coaches Needed for the 2017 Season
Stouffville Storm Rep and Stouffville Sharks Select coaching positions are available for the 2017 season at all levels. All teams are dependent on finding qualified coaches, satisfactory tryout numbers, and adequate talent. Check the Rep Team FAQs below for more information. Be aware that coaching Rep/Select teams requires courses to be taken to meet minimum requirements.
If you're interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please indicate what level you'd like to coach, any co/assistant coaches you'd like to coach with, and provide a short paragraph on why you should be selected as a coach. The WSSA will contact you with an application and to set up a time for an interview.
Rep Team FAQs
1. What is the time commitment to play on a Rep team?
Most teams will be on the diamond once or twice a week. This will be decided by each individual team.
2. When does the season begin and end?
The playing season begins in early May and runs until the middle of August.
Practices may begin one night a week (as player’s schedules allow and as gym space permits) after the new year. Many teams like to give the opportunity for pitchers to work out starting in the new year with some team practices after March Break. Again, decided by each individual team.
3. How many nights a week will it take?
One or two nights a week with the odd third night depending on the game schedule. This includes practices and games.
4. How many weekends?
Most teams will do a couple of Saturday only or weekend tournaments plus two Provincial tournaments.
5. What is the cost?
In addition to the cost of playing in the WSSA (approx. $130), the Rep team costs are determined based on the number of tournaments, sponsorship, equipment, and uniform needs. As an example, the total cost for the entire Peewee Boys Rep team for 2013 was approximately $400.
6. How far will we have to travel?
Most tournaments are within a 1.5 hour drive of Stouffville. Most league play was within an hour last season.
7. What is required to commit to the team?
Full payment is required to commit to the team. No refunds once the team has been chosen. Full refund if your player is not selected for the team.
8. Will all players get equal playing time on the Rep team?
While player development is of the highest priority, equal play may not occur. Many coaches will promote equal play during loop games in order to help every player develop. During tournament play it is coaches’ choice.
9. Why are Rep team selected in the fall not the spring?
Playing on a Rep team means playing at the highest level available in Ontario. It is an opportunity to play against the best the Province and the country has to offer. This requires much preparation and practice. We want our teams to represent Stouffville with the best we can. Selecting teams in the fall gives teams a time to build into a team together and begin practicing long before the snow has melted.
10. If my player does not get selected for a Rep team, is there another level higher than house league for them to be a part of?
Yes, we offer a Select team at many age levels in the WSSA. Select means just that; players are selected from the teams in the house league to play on a team that joins in several tournaments throughout the summer including Select Provincials. Select players play on a house league team as well as the Select team.