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GCAA Girls Softball trains with 3 time USA softball Olympic gold medalist (May 3, 2018 edition)

GCAA Girls Softball trains with 3 time USA softball Olympic gold medalist

 

By wpeditor | on May 03, 2018May 3, 2018

Leah Amico, 3 time USA Softball Olympic Gold Medalist, pictured with GCAA softball players. Left to right : MaryKate Logler, Ryan Sievers, Sophia Makrinos, Avery Hearon, Margot Hearon, Olympian Leah Amico, Amelia DiChiara, Emily Iudica, and Kaitlyn VanEtten. Not pictured: Natalie Greiner, Tiffany Rubi

Leah Amico, 3 time USA Softball Olympic Gold Medalist, pictured with GCAA softball players. Left to right : MaryKate Logler, Ryan Sievers, Sophia Makrinos, Avery Hearon, Margot Hearon, Olympian Leah Amico, Amelia DiChiara, Emily Iudica, and Kaitlyn VanEtten. Not pictured: Natalie Greiner, Tiffany Rubi

“I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest, but I always worked hard at being the best I could be, at whatever position my team needed me, and I have three Olympic gold medals for that reason.” – Leah Amico
Girls practicing baseline drills.

Girls practicing baseline drills.

The GCAA Girls Softball majors team trained with 3 time USA Softball Olympic Gold Medalist Leah Amico, last Saturday. The girls learned strategic skills in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. The clinic was a fun experience for all involved. During the clinic, girls were told by Leah Amico, “Fundamentals matter at every age… Even when I was 27, my Olympic coach was constantly rolling me grounders.”

The event was an opportunity to interact with over 30 players in the league. Teams from all over Long Island practiced together for the day. GCAA Girls Softball has been working to connect with the wider community to assist in the development of young athletes. 

The GCAA Girls Majors Team with Olympian Leah Amico

The GCAA Girls Majors Team with Olympian Leah Amico

Prior events have brought together local teams to train with Adelphi College and the Mashers Inc. program. Each experience is a new opportunity to interact with higher level athletes in the sport.

As Ryan Sievers said; “It was amazing to meet an Olympian. She had real enthusiasm for the game and taught us a lot. We even got to wear her three gold medals!”

The program was sponsored by Manhasset PAL Softball. GCAA Girls Softball is open to all youth in Garden City, grades kindergarten through 8th.

GCAA will be hosting “Softball-APalooza” on the weekend of Saturday June 23rd (with a June 24th rain day) at Garden City Community Park Fields and Pavilion.

All details about the program, clinics, and fundraisers can be found at: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome. asp?url=gcaasoftball 

GCAA Spring Softball begins season (April 19, 2018 edition)

GCAA Spring Softball begins season

 

By wpeditor | on April 19, 2018April 19, 2018

Coaches Mike and Ted with team ready to go

Coaches Mike and Ted with team ready to go

Once again, GCAA Softball set a new 10 year record for registrations for the spring season! This year, we’ve had particularly strong growth from St. Anne’s school, nearly outpacing the Stratford and Stewart Schools. The league also has record number of volunteer coaches which helps us ensure a special and exciting season is in store. GCAA Softball CEO Tim Gewert would like to thank all parents for their continued involvement in our youth program, and extend a special thanks to Coach and K-1 Director Michael Bennett for instituting a terrific newly improved K-1 Clinic.

GCAA Softball kicked off the season last Saturday on a day that started off absolutely gorgeous, but dropped a stunning 15 degrees towards the end. All 16 GCAA youth teams kicked off the season by facing each other before intertown play begins next week. While the K-3rd teams play a full season in-town Garden City, our 4th grade and up teams play other neighboring towns such as East Williston, Manhasset, Williston Park, and Port Washington. Travel is just far enough to be fun, but not so far that it’s problematic! 

Coach Frank’s team is eager to get the season started

Coach Frank’s team is eager to get the season started

All games over the weekend took place on the Garden City Middle School field, which is our home field for older players on weekends. This year, GCAA players Tiffany Rubio, Sophia Makrinos, Natalie Greiner, Mary Kate Logler, Emily Iudica, and Avery Hearon will make up the bulk of the Middle School 8th Grade team; GCAA players Ryan Sievers, Amanda DiChiara, Mackenzie Wehrum, Cate Rovelli, Ava Vicari, Maddy Hickis, and Rebecca Barry will make a strong showing on a terrific 7th Grade Middle School Team as well.
Coach Rob instructs team

Coach Rob instructs team

GCAA will also be hosting “SoftBalla Palooza” on the weekend of Saturday June 23rd (with a June 24th rain day) at Garden City Community Park Fields and Pavilion.

All details about the program, clinics, and fundraisers can be found on our website: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gcaasoftball

Grace Power throws team opening pitch to Emily Ingersoll

Grace Power throws team opening pitch to Emily Ingersoll

GCAA has run baseball in Garden City since 1955 and softball shortly thereafter (anybody with information on the origin of the softball program please email gardencity.ny.softball@gmail.com). 
Katy Grimpel faces Grace Power for opening pitch

Katy Grimpel faces Grace Power for opening pitch

Coach Mike and his team are ready!

Coach Mike and his team are ready!

Zella Coons throws teams opening pitch to Kaitlyn Santopietro

Zella Coons throws teams opening pitch to Kaitlyn Santopietro

Juliana Clyne kicks off the season with a great hit, Emily Ingersoll pitching

Juliana Clyne kicks off the season with a great hit, Emily Ingersoll pitching

Garden City HS Varsity Softball players host GCAA Clinic for youth players (April 5, 2018 edition)

Garden City HS Varsity Softball players host GCAA Clinic for youth players

 

By wpeditor | on April 05, 2018April 5, 2018

Group fun…. Let’s play ball!

Group fun…. Let’s play ball!

Garden City High School Softball players have been instrumental in assisting with GCAA Softball with a new series of Spring Clinics to kick off this season. This year GCAA Softball set about scheduling a broad series of skills clinics and with an overwhelming attendance. High School varsity coach Marissa Reichman, who has been continually helpful to the community program, set about to assist and she tapped the garden city High School varsity players to run the drills. GCAA players in Kindergarten, 1rst Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd grade worked with Varsity players on their fielding, throwing and working together on the field. GCAA youth players clinics will continue in the Spring specifically for all ages focusing on Pitchers and catchers. One of the prime directives of GCAA program is to introduce you players to proper softball skills, as the sport of softball had evolved so dramatically over the past few years. GCAA Board Member Tim Gewert shares that “as an organization, we really do our best to pull together and volunteer everywhere we can, and we have. When it comes to skills, we want to ensure they are given the opportunity to learn them properly.”
Kindergarten and first-grade players work with HS Varsity players.

Kindergarten and first-grade players work with HS Varsity players.

As a sport, Softball has caught fire of late, and is experiencing renewed energy and growth for several reasons. As anyone will agree who has watched NCAA World Series now broadcast regularly on national TV, it has evolved into a dramatically different game than baseball. This recent national coverage has provided a spark at the right time, as parents and families are seeking sports that aren’t as overwhelming as other sport cultures and pre-requirements have become; it is also sport with minimal concussion concerns. Coach Drew mentions that it’s a Sport he can enjoy playing with his daughters together, with the simplicity of having a catch in the side yard.
Garden City High School players work with youth participants

Garden City High School players work with youth participants

The official season begins April 7th. GCAA will be hosting “SoftBalla Palooza” weekend of Saturday June 23rd (June 24 rain day) fun at Garden City Community Park Fields and Pavilion. Registration for Spring is open for one more week and there are a few more slots available for each age group.
Second and third-grade players work with HS Varsity players.

Second and third-grade players work with HS Varsity players.

All details about the program, clinics and fundraisers to be found on our website: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gcaasoftball

GCAA has run baseball in Garden City since 1955 and Softball shortly thereafter (anybody with information on the origin of the softball program please email gardencity.ny.softball@gmail.com

Adelphi softball players work with GCAA youth 9November 22, 2017 edition)

Adelphi softball players work with GCAA youth

 

By wpeditor | on November 22, 2017November 22, 2017

Adelphi team with all players

Adelphi team with all players

Adelphi University Softball teamed up with the local community youth for an amazing 3 hour long softball clinic, thankfully right before area temperatures plunged. The AU Panthers had just completed their fall season with a 0-0 tie against crosstown rival Hofstra. The following weekend, AU players led the youth clinic at Garden City Community park fields and pavilion. GCAA has been working toward finding ways to connect with the wider community to help teach young players proper skills for modern softball as the game has evolved considerably the past decade. High School players Jenna Ward and Abby Cox volunteered their time to assist as well. Fastpitch softball is an exciting alternative to other sports and is experiencing renewed growth both locally and on wider area. 
Warming up

Warming up

Adelphi Coaches Ophir Sadeh and Monique “Mo” Roberge, designed 3 hours of action packed activity. The clinic was designed to be an advanced workshop covering specific skills like batting, throwing, and catching. Players had an opportunity to interact with college student athletes that specialized in areas of their greatest interest. While it was intensive, it was most definitely fun. Many kids like, 4th grade player Emily Ingersoll were originally scheduled to leave early, but insisted on clearing up plans to stay the full 3 hours. Youth were also given opportunities to ask college players about their experience as student athletes and the clinic closed with hot dogs and pizza for the kids, to which special thanks is directed to Garden City’s Town Meat Market and Garden City’s Novita. 
 
Information on off season clinics can be found at www.mashersinc.com Additionally, GCAA Fall Softball includes Winter Batting cage clinics. All details about the program, clinics and fundraisers to be found on our website: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gcaasoftball

GCAA has run baseball in Garden City since 1955 and Softball shortly thereafter (anybody with information on the origin of the softball program please email gardencity.ny.softball@gmail.com

Garden City Varsity Softball players work with GCAA youth (November 9, 2017)

Garden City Varsity Softball players work with GCAA youth

 

By wpeditor | on November 09, 2017November 9, 2017

High School players work with youth participants

High School players work with youth participants

Garden City High School Softball players have been instrumental in assisting with GCAA Softballs Fall skills clinics this season. This year, GCAA Softball set about scheduling a broad series of team building skills clinics, and so far it’s been met with an overwhelming attendance. High School varsity coach Marissa Reichman, who has been continually helpful to the community program, set about to assist, and she tapped 11th grade softball players Emily Moody Butler and Jeanne Butler to help. So when Emily and Jeanne showed up to help, it was deeply appreciated. Over the weeks, the duo has worked with players on their fielding and throwing, and have also helped them develop their teamwork skills. It’s not an easy commitment, as clinics run weekly, and young players are serious about working on their skills.
Getting ready to hit

Getting ready to hit

One of the prime directives of GCAA program is to help young players develop proper softball skills, as the sport of softball has evolved so dramatically over the past few years. GCAA board member Tim Gewert shares that “as an organization, we really do our best to pull together and volunteer everywhere we can, and we have. When it comes to skills, we want to ensure they are given the opportunity to learn them properly.”

As a sport, softball has caught fire of late, and is experiencing renewed energy and growth for several reasons. As anyone who has watched the NCAA World Series (now regularly broadcast on national TV) will agree, it has evolved into a dramatically different game than baseball. This recent national coverage has provided a spark at the right time, as parents and families are seeking sports that don’t have as overwhelming a culture or as rigid a set of pre-requirements. It’s also sport with minimal concussion concerns. Coach Drew mentions that it’s a sport he can enjoy playing together with his daughters as simply as having a catch in the side yard.

Players work with HS Varsity players

Players work with HS Varsity players

GCAA will be hosting a series of additional Youth Softball Clinics for the community, administered by the Adelphi Softball Coaches and Team, with the next clinic on Saturday, November 4. It’s community wide, and will take place at the Garden City Community Park fields from 3-6 PM on November 4th. Additionally, GCAA Fall Softball season this year includes Winter Batting cage clinics.
Participants learned news skills

Participants learned news skills

All details about the program, clinics, and fundraisers to be found on our website: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gcaasoftball

GCAA has run baseball in Garden City since 1955 and Softball shortly thereafter (anybody with information on the origin of the softball program please email gardencity.ny.softball@gmail.com

GCAA Softball Fall Ball 2017 (September 29, 2017 edition)

GCAA Softball Fall Ball 2017

 

By Staff | on September 29, 2017September 29, 2017

Fast-Pitch Pitchers Ryan and Avery with Coach Drew

Fast-Pitch Pitchers Ryan and Avery with Coach Drew

GCAA Softball wrapped up the Summer with a three day summer camp to roll into the Fall Season. The Fall Season is a non-competitive season focusing on having fun while building up skills. Players scrimmage on weekends, and attend optional skills clinics during the week, led by Coaches that were former local Collegiate All- Stars. This seasons clinics will heighten the focus on “all-around play” rather than position specific skill sets, in an effort to keep both teams and players well rounded. While rain has been a somewhat disruptive to our schedule, players and coaches have endured the weather.

This year, the Fall season also includes Winter Batting cage clinics. New for this Season, GCAA Softball is working closely with Adelphi Softball and will be hosting a series of Youth Softball Clinics for the community, administered by the Adelphi Softball Coaches and Team. This will also include supporting and patronizing an Adelphi fund raiser on Sunday October 1rst, for “Unite for Her” cause. Additionally on November 4th, GCAA will host the Adelphi Softball Team and Coaches running a Community wide Clinic at Garden City Community Park fields from 3-6 PM.

Players wait out the rain

Players wait out the rain

All details about the program, clinics and fundraisers to be found on our website: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gcaasoftball

GCAA has run baseball in Garden City since 1955 and Softball shortly thereafter (anybody with information on the origin of the softball program please email gardencity.ny.softball@gmail.com

Saturday Scrimmages

Saturday Scrimmages