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Update on GALS 2020 Softball Season
March 19, 2020
The GALS Board would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented pandemic. We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and are taking proactive measures to mitigate the potential impact of the virus. When it comes to our decision-making, our commitment is this: protect the health and safety of our athletes, their families, our volunteers, our officials, and our community.
GALS Board of Directors met with local representatives from Middleton, Emmett, and Homedale, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after having been in communication with USA Softball and the Caldwell Mayor’s Office regarding public parks and school facilities that are used for GALS games and practices. As you are aware each new day has brought challenges and changes including a number of extraordinary announcements by our local government, so we want to share some significant updates; all of these grounded in our firm commitment to protect health and safety.
The GALS Board has been taking our directives from USA Softball in conjunction with the CDC and statewide governmental entities. We will move forward continuing to responsibly follow these directives and re-evaluations in conjunction with these officials.
In difficult times come difficult decisions. As of today, March 19, 2020 both protocols require us to participate in social distancing with no more than 10 people gathering together, at any one time, following the six-foot recommendation for 8 weeks. Effective immediately, there are to be no team practices, scrimmages, team bonding events, workouts, etc. until further notice. The City of Caldwell and USA Softball have both indicated that currently their plan is to re-evaluate their policies April 6, 2020.
As we all know this situation is fluid and we are monitoring it day by day. We are cautiously optimistic that by following these mandates and practicing social distancing we will be able to resume our season sooner rather than later. In full consideration of the unfortunate circumstances we are all dealing with, we have currently decided to POSTPONE the 8U season (scheduled to start on March 31), the 10U and 12U seasons (scheduled to start May 4), and the 14U and 16U seasons (scheduled to start on May 18) with the hope that we will still play.
The GALS Board of Directors and community representatives have unanimously agreed to work to formulate plans and hold our season as soon as deemed safe by the CDC and local governmental agencies. We will continue to actively monitor events and communicate with coaches and players alike at the appropriate time regarding these matters. We are working to ensure the safety and health of our softball community and will post updates to the GALS website and on our Facebook page as the situation changes. We encourage any parent with additional questions or concerns to reach out to your local organization.
Thank you for your patience and understanding; we can’t wait to see you all on the fields soon!
Wishing you good health,
President OF GALS
GALS Softball History and Background
Caldwell Girls’ Athletic League Softball, Inc. (GALS) is a non-profit organization created in 1983 to develop a summer softball program for Caldwell’s female youth. The purpose of GALS is to encourage the development of citizenship, friendship, sportsmanship, and leadership in the community through organized, safely equipped, and properly coached softball activities for female youth. GALS began as a cooperative effort between concerned parents and the Caldwell Parks and Recreation Department. Initially, the City of Caldwell subsidized the program financially and provided facilities for GALS use. GALS began play in 1983 with six teams under a slow pitch format. In 1998, the format was changed to a fast pitch game under Amateur Softball Association rules to keep pace with the changes in the game which were occurring across the country. In 2002, Parma Softball joined with GALS bringing the total teams to 19. News about the league spread and we have been growing ever since. Since 2011 to present day, GALS has had on average seventy (70) Idaho and eastern Oregon fast pitch teams per year participate in the GALS summer league under A.S.A. rules of play.
Over the past few years with more competition the GALS Board, coaches, umpires, and parents have noticed significant improvement in softball skills at all age levels, great teamwork developing, friendships developing between girls from different cities, and better sportsmanship throughout the league.
GALS is currently and has been for over 20 years a self sufficient program that utilizes city owned facilities but receives no public funding for its activities. All GALS Board members and coaches are volunteers. Games are scheduled at facilities in Caldwell, with games occasionally being played in Nampa, Homedale, or other outside facilities. Fields utilized by GALS include the Caldwell High School’s softball facility, Sage Valley Middle School, and the GALS Quad on Smeed Parkway. The Quad was created by a partnership between GALS, the City of Caldwell, and Major League Baseball’s charitable trust, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The GALS Quad has been in use since 2004.
GALS is organized into A.S.A. age groups – 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, and 16 & Under. League scheduled games are played Monday through Thursday evenings from early May through the middle of July (depending on age group), with a double elimination championship tournament at season’s end. In 2012, GALS added an 8 & Under age group. Teams in this age group play machine-pitch. Games are primarily played on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. GALS also hosts a week-end invitational tournament sometime during the season. In addition to league play and an invitational tournament, GALS is on a rotation system to host one of the Idaho State JO Tournaments in July.
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