Softball Program Info

September 26, 2022

NEZ Softball held their AGM on Monday, September 12, 2022 and it was disappointing to have only one parent attend.

We will continue with the Softball program under the supervision of the NEZ Sports Council.

Registrations for 2023 will open in January and softball players will register online.  For 2023, we will continue to run the program as we did in 2022.  The U5, U7 & U9 teams will play in a league with the same age baseball teams and softball teams from Northwest Zone.  All players will continue to enjoy events like the Rally Cap Days, the Machine Pitch Tournament, the MLB Pitch & Hit & Run competition.

Teams in U11, U13, U15 & U17 will continue to play in the GEMSA League.  It was unfortunate that the NEZ Tournament on the Father’s Day weekend was rained out.  We hope to continue with this tournament in 2023.

The Warriors are looking at hosting some skill development events for teams and players.

Looking to the future…..we will work to increase player numbers.  We plan to hold a semi-annual general meeting in March.  Even if you don’t want to hold an executive position it would be nice to have parents attend so we can talk about the program.  What is going well, what needs inprovement.

An of course we will try to fill these Executive positions:

  • Softball Director –  2 year term
  • Assistant Director – 1 year term
  • Secretary – 2 year term
  • Commissioner- 1 year term
  • Registrar – 2 year term
  • Scheduler – 1 year term
  • Tournament Director – 2 year term
  • Public Relations – 1 year term
  • Player Development – 2 year term
  • Clinic Director – 1 year term
  • Category Director – one 1 year term and one 2 year term
  • Umpire Director – appointed by the Blue Crew currently David Dron)
  • AA Rep – appointed by the Warriors

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Northeast Zone Softball offers programs for boys and girls from 4 to 19 years old.  We offer grassroots softball for children of all skill levels and more competitive softball through the Edmonton Warriors Athletic Club.

The season starts are the end of April/beginning of May – depending on the weather and goes to the end of June.  Teams from U11 to U19 conclude their season with the GEMSA City Finals in June.  Some teams then go on to Softball Alberta Provincial Championship play in July.

We are members in good standing with Greater Edmonton Minor Softball Association, Softball Alberta and Softball Canada.

Northeast Zone Softballs’ focus is on fun, fair play and sportsmanship.  Softball equipment and uniforms are supplied.  U5 players require running shoes and a helmet (softball and bike helmets are both fine).  All other categories require a softball glove and runners.  Players are encouraged to have their own helmet but these are also supplied as part of the team equipment.

The U5 program is for 4 year old girls and boys and is an introduction to the game.  Games are played once a week on Thursday evenings.  Nerf equipment is used.  At this level players learn the basics of the game – running the bases, throwing and catching the ball, hitting and basic rules of the game.

U7 is for 5 & 6 year old boys and girls.  Teams are mixed and games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays with some occasional practices on other days.  Players hit off a batting T &/or a hand operated pitching machine.

U9 is for 7 & 8 year old boys and girls.  Once again teams are mixed and skill development is the emphasis.  At this level pitching is with the hand operated machine.  Early in the season some hitting is off the T.  Games are played on Mondays and Wednesdays with practices on other days.

Most U5, U7 and U9 games are played within northeast Edmonton.  All teams participate in the two Rally Cap Skill Development days and the Machine Pitch Tournament.  U7 & U9 also participate in the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition.  There is no extra charge for any of these events.  At the tournament all players will receive a participation medal and goodies.  They can also compete for some extra awards that are presented to each team.

U11 program is for 9 & 10 year olds and is the category where players start to pitch.  Teams are still mixed with both boys and girls on each team.  Teams play in the citywide softball program governed by GEMSA.  Games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays with practices on other days of the week.

Play continues in leagues under the governance of GEMSA in the U13, U15, U17 and U19 categories.  U13 and U17 play Mondays and Wednesdays and U15 and U19 play on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Teams practice on other than game nights.  All categories from U11 to U19 play in citywide leagues against teams from outside of Northeast Zone.

Teams from U11 to U19 are invited to play in the “NEZ SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT” on the Father’s Day weekend in mid June.  This is an open tournament with teams from across the city and around the province participating.  This fun packed weekend is a great warm-up for the Softball City Finals.  Categories offered at this tournament are determined by the team entries received.

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