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TRYOUTS! --- STING
The Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League (ABGSL) is delighted to announce its first open tryout for its 14U “A “ softball “Sting” travel team. The tryout will occur at Cougar Field, behind the Albany Middle School, from 2pm-4 pm, on Saturday December 7th.
The team will play together from late May until early August 2014. The team will practice three to four times a week, at Cougar Field in Albany, and play six or seven tournaments, all sanctioned by USSSA, TCS or ASA. Most of the tournaments will occur in Northern California although we will likely travel once or twice to regional and national events.
The team will be coached by Valerie Arioto. Arioto played for the University of California Berkeley-- where she was a First Team All- American-- and is currently a member of Team USA.
All positions are open. All players are welcome, so long as they are 14 years old or younger on December 31st of this year.
Thanks Volunteers for a Fantastic 30th ABGSL Season!
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Our league reached in incredible milestone this year - our 30th year of girls recreational softball! We marked our anniversary with a gala event in April at the Brazil Room and a league video that celebrates our founders, philosophy and community.
To the families, I want to thank you all for contributing to a fabulous season. As an all-volunteer organization (president included), the league relies heavily on you to power the amazing experience we deliver to our girls.
I has been my honor to serve as ABGSL president for the past two years. It has been an extraordinary experience for me because of the support and guidance of my wife, Lori Saaf, past president, Walt Gill, incoming president, Drew Steckler and our Board of Directors. ABGSL is such a strong, fun, supportive community. I highly recommend getting more involved!
With the end of our 30th season, I want to say a big thanks to all the league volunteers!
Our Coaches and Managers - 100+ strong! You know who you are : )
Our Commissioners - Drew Steckler (League), Brad Whitaker (Older), Dee Owens (Middle), Mark Hennig (Younger), Jane Hammond (Micro) and Michael Lewis (Sting)
Our Coach Consultant, Coach Bo (aka, Karen Bonini)
Our Coordinators - Lee Kempf (Bat-A-Que), Negar Souza (Managers), Justin Thewlis (Registrar), Walt Gill (Treasurer), Debbie Hayakawa-Wing (Equipment), Mark Shafer (Equipment), Patty Harper (Equipment), Jonathan Knight (Equipment), David Wampler (Fields), Matt Rasband (Fields), Sean Gallagher (Umpires), Maureen Sullivan (Merchandise), Drennen Shelton (Reporting), Gayle Chen (Photos), Katherine Edwards (Trophies), Stacey Owens (Hot line), Elaine Davenport (Sponsors), Linda Moran (Parade/Promotions), Dara Pond (Web Site), Gwyneth Galbraith (Mailing List), Steven Tiffin (Bookkeeping)
Our Sponsors - Jane Hammond, Autumn Press, Berkeley Children's Dentistry, On the Beam Remodeling, Hot Studio, Michael Lewis, Alliance Graphics, JCC East Bay, Berkeley Design Build, Prins Chiropractic, Zonta Club, Strategic Economics, Friedman Bruggemeyer, Koff and Associates, Almost Everything Communications, Five Little Monkeys, Dr. Brehnan, Title Nine, North Berkeley Investments, Red Oak Realty, WooHoo Fit, Bistro Liaison, Precision People's Car Repair, Brushstrokes
Our Board of Directors - John Cain, Walt Gill, Jane Hammond, Mark Hennig, Jason Kaneko, Bruce Keilin, Lee Kempf, Michael Lewis, Ed Murray, Dee Owens, Matt Rasband, Negar Souza, Drew Steckler, Justin Thewlis, Jim Thomsen, David Wampler, Brad Whitaker, Meridi Williams
Thank you for being such great stewards of the great tradition that is the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League. Our leadership will be looking for parents to step up and take on these and other volunteer roles for next season, so please look for a way to get more involved.
Thanks again to all of you for a great 30th season! Enjoy your summer!
Welcome New ABGSL President for 2013-14 Season - Drew Steckler
It is my pleasure to announce that the ABSGL Board of Directors has elected Drew Steckler as the League's President for the 2013-2014 season. As President, Drew will act as the Chair of the Board of Directors, beginning in September, 2013.
Drew has played a critical role leading the league's on-field activities as League Commissioner for the past two years. Drew has done a fabulous job supporting division commissioners, over-seeing team formation and improving the overall experience for our players and coaches.
Drew brings tremendous experience and commitment to the role. We are in good hands and the league is well-positioned for the future.
Please join me in congratulating Drew and thanking him for his commitment to keeping our softball community vibrant and strong!
At our wonderful 30th anniversary party last month, we debuted a video celebrating our league over the years. The video highlights our history, our founders and the motivation behind our philosophy. We can all be proud of the spirit that makes the ABGSL such an amazing community. Thanks to the thousands of families that have keep the league strong since 1983!
Much of the genius of our founders' philosophy and approach was the focus on the player experience. They felt that competition on the field should come from the girls, not the adults. Cheer for all players. Celebrate both teams. Let the girls compete and make sure the adults cheer. Remember, coaches coach, players play, parents cheer and umpires rule.