WWAA - WHO WE ARE

 

The Westgate-Westside Athletic Association (WWAA) is a non-profit organization that has been sponsoring baseball and softball leagues for youths since at least 1962. In addition to serving youths from the Westside neighborhoods and surrounding areas, youths from throughout Omaha play at WWAA. WWAA’s goal is to provide an enjoyable experience where players learn sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play and develop their baseball and softball skills.

WWAA plays its home games on fields located south of Interstate 80 at 84th Street (You can see them from the interstate). These fields are owned and operated by the West Omaha Baseball Foundation and are also used by the Bellevue University baseball team and the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team.

Provided below is some additional information regarding our league:

· Recreational level baseball and softball for players ages 4 to 18 (See League Descriptions below)

· WWAA plays on some of the best fields in the Omaha area
    -Conveniently located with easy access from Interstate-80 and 84th Street
    -Professionally maintained and set-up for games
    -Agra-lime infields, which provide a smooth playing surface and minimizes rain-outs

· Professional umpires from the Metro Area Umpires Association are utilized for all competitive league games

· Season runs from late April until the end of June (practices typically start in early April)

· All-Star tournaments typically begin around July 4th

·PONY Baseball rules utilized (Baseball sanctioned by PONY)
    -Age appropriate lead-off and stealing allowed in the competitive leagues

· Scholarship program available

· WWAA has a long standing tradition of having an opening day parade that begins at Westgate Elementary School and ends at the ball fields and the opening day ceremonies.


LEAGUE DESCRIPTIONS

Little Slugger Tee-Ball is for young boys and girls (4-year olds) and provides their first exposure to baseball. The intent is to have team of 6 to 9 players, if enough parents sign up to coach. This keeps the game moving and kids involved. Each team will play about 6 games from mid-May through late-June on Sunday afternoons. Every player present bats each inning and also plays in the field. Coaches are in the field with the children to guide play.

Shetland Baseball is designed for both boys and girls as a noncompetitive introduction/instructional league. Players start the season using batting tees and transition to coach pitch as the season progresses. Every player present bats each inning and also plays in the field. Coaches are in the field with the children introducing them to the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and base running. No score is kept, so there is never an emphasis on winning or losing. The games are 1 hour long and are a great way to introduce kids to “America’s Game”.

Pinto Baseball/Farm Girls Softball are noncompetitive instructional leagues that focus on more of the fundamentals. Children are introduced to ‘live’ hitting and pitching by having a combination of both coach pitch and kid pitch. No score is kept, so there is never an emphasis on winning or losing. Games are about an hour and fifteen minutes long and begin developing the children for future “regular” baseball and softball rules.

Mustang Baseball/Minor Girls Softball are the first introduction to regular baseball and softball rules and competitive play. Games are entirely kid pitch and age appropriate base stealing is introduced, while fundamentals continue to be taught. Score is kept and an inter-league tournament is held at the end of the regular season. All-Star teams are also formed for tournament play that begins after the regular season.

Bronco/Pony/Colt/Palomino Baseball and Major/Junior/Senior Girls Softball are the leagues for older players with the goal of moving to more advanced aspects of the game.