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DGSA Calendar & Communications
by posted 08/05/2022

Hello DGSA Families!

Here is a quick review of the calendar and communication options you have with DGSA.

Subscribe to Team Calendar(s) via the DGSA Website

Automatically receive updates and cancellations for team events without manually entering practices, games, etc.  You can subscribe through iCal, Google, or Outlook.

  1. From your mobile device, go to www.dgsasoftball.com and login

  2. Click 'Full Site' at the bottom of the screen

  3. From the 'Teams' tab, select 'Multi-Schedule'

  4. Check the box next to the team(s) you want to subscribe to and click 'Submit'

  5. In the black bar in the upper right-hand corner, click 'Options', and then 'Calendar Feed' and follow the steps for each service (you will repeat these steps each year to subscribe to a new season)

SportsSignUp Play mobile app

View schedules and rosters, RSVP for games or practices, post pictures and videos, etc.

  1. From your mobile device app store, download the 'SportsSignUp Play' app

  2. Sign in using your credentials from the DGSA website (you will need to logout and log back in each season to see the new teams)

  3. Select the team(s) to follow and notification settings

  4. You can also subscribe to the team calendar(s) under the 'more' menu

If you have multiple parents/guardians that want to get reminders and communication, please make sure all have an account on the DGSA website. We can only shoot out information if you have registered, with your email address, mobile number, and mobile service provider (i.e. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile)

We try to keep the calenders for each team as updated as possible along with up to date addresses to help you find the proper fields, but sometimes specific field numbers are not known when the event is created on the calendar. If you find an error, please let us know.  

Please email us if you have any questions!

The DGSA Board

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Board Positions
by posted 08/02/2022

The DGSA Board is seeking indications of interest to serve on the Board for a two-year term.  Board nominations are being accepted for the following positions: President, Secretary, Coach & Player Development Director, Equipment Director, and Tournament Coordinator.  Further explanation of the Roles & Responsibilities can be found in the DGSA Bylaws at www.DGSAsoftball.com in the 'About Us' Section under 'Documents'. 

If you would like to be considered for a position on the DGSA Board, please complete the application by Sunday, August 7th, 2022.  We will contact you in the coming week to discuss your potential role on the Board.

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Welcome Message
by posted 08/02/2022

Welcome to the DGSA 2022-2023 Season!  

We will hold a mandatory athlete and parent meeting on Sunday, August 21st from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the Commons at Dunlap High School.  We will review expectations for the season for coaches, parents, and athletes and size for equipment and uniforms. 

  • Limited supplies of DGSA apparel will be available to purchase at the meeting
  • Please bring a birth certificate for your athlete or email a scanned copy to dgsasoftball@gmail.com prior to the meeting
  • $100 of the player fee will be due on or before the parent meeting via Venmo @DGSA-softball, PayPal   (mark friends and family to avoid fees), or by check payable to DGSA
  • The total fee is $500 for 10U and $600 for all other age groups
  • The remaining dues can be paid upfront or monthly 
  • Athletes will receive a Fall T-shirt Jersey, sweatshirt, batting helmet, equipment backpack, two uniform jerseys, and one custom pair of pants (all athletes will be required to purchase belts and socks (color TBD) and a black pair of pants)

Practices and games will start after Labor Day.  We will have a complete Fall practice schedule at the meeting once we have worked out field availability.

Please complete this short pre-season survey by Sunday, August 7th to assist your coaches in planning for the season regarding any activities your athlete will be involved with from Labor Day through Mid-July.  Obviously, you cannot know everything, but the more we know now, the better chance we have of accommodating other sports and extra-curricular activities.  

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DGSA Calendar & Communication
by posted 08/01/2022

Hello DGSA Families!

Here is a quick review of the calendar and communication options you have with DGSA.

Subscribe to Team Calendar(s) via the DGSA Website

Automatically receive updates and cancellations for team events without manually entering practices, games, etc.  You can subscribe through iCal, Google, or Outlook.

  1. From your mobile device, go to www.dgsasoftball.com and login

  2. Click 'Full Site' at the bottom of the screen

  3. From the 'Teams' tab, select 'Multi-Schedule'

  4. Check the box next to the team(s) you want to subscribe to and click 'Submit'

  5. In the black bar in the upper right-hand corner, click 'Options', and then 'Calendar Feed' and follow the steps for each service (you will repeat these steps each year to subscribe to a new season)

SportsSignUp Play mobile app

View schedules and rosters, RSVP for games or practices, post pictures and videos, etc.

  1. From your mobile device app store, download the 'SportsSignUp Play' app

  2. Sign in using your credentials from the DGSA website (you will need to logout and log back in each season to see the new teams)

  3. Select the team(s) to follow and notification settings

  4. You can also subscribe to the team calendar(s) under the 'more' menu

If you have multiple parents/guardians that want to get reminders and communication, please make sure all have an account on the DGSA website. We can only shoot out information if you have registered, with your email address, mobile number, and mobile service provider (i.e. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile)

We try to keep the calenders for each team as updated as possible along with up to date addresses to help you find the proper fields, but sometimes specific field numbers are not known when the event is created on the calendar. If you find an error, please let us know.  

Please email us if you have any questions!

The DGSA Board

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Top Ten Misconceptions about Dunlap Travel Softball
by posted 06/01/2022

Top 10 Misconceptions of Dunlap Travel Softball

1. If my daughter is in travel softball, my social life is over

We are not a regional softball program; we are a Dunlap and surrounding communities softball program that will develop player skills without requiring you to spend every weekend travelling across the country to softball games. Our teams play 8-12 doubleheaders (half of which are home games) 1-2 Fall Tournaments, an occasional Winter Tournament for our more advanced teams and 4-6 Spring/Summer tournaments, mostly within 50 miles of Dunlap. There are plenty of worthy opponents nearby (i.e. Peoria, Limestone, Washington, Pekin, Canton, Morton, etc.) and many of these communities host tournaments. Typically, only 1-2 tournaments per season are overnight (i.e. Springfield, Wisconsin Dells, some teams have gone the College World Series in OKC, etc.) which provide an exciting opportunity for kids to stay in a hotel and swim while the parents spend time getting to know each other while sharing a few beverages.

 

2. My daughter cannot be involved in any other extra-curricular activities


We do not believe young athletes should focus on only one sport or activity. The evidence suggests that athletes that play multiple sports are healthier, more engaged, and become better softball players if they play multiple sports. We work hard to adjust the schedules to accommodate other recreational or travel sports when possible.


3. My daughter will burn out


We typically have a short Fall Season September to October, then Winter practices begin in November and run through March, however the only expectation is one Sunday afternoon practice, one weeknight practice for skills development (i.e. hitting, pitching, catching), optional opportunities for strength, speed and agility training, and occasional tournaments for our more advanced teams. We incorporate a lot of competitions and fun activities in the off season to guard against burnout. We want them to love the sport and stay in softball shape.


4. My daughter can be involved in multiple sports during softball season


Not really. While we fully endorse multiple sport athletes and will work with families to accommodate out of season activities, we do expect softball to be a priority April to Mid July. Anything else would be disrespectful to the families that are committed.


5. I will not be able to plan any Summer vacations or other activities during softball season


Each coach is responsible for planning their own season with the assistance of our Teams Director and are strongly encouraged to provide a complete schedule for the Spring/Summer softball season (April to Mid July) by late January to early February.


6. Travel Softball is too expensive


Compared to other activities your daughter may be involved in, the hourly cost of 3-4 dedicated volunteer coaches over 9 months is an incredible value. All equipment and uniforms are included in the annual fee and the cost of playing in tournaments is covered by corporate sponsorship with minimal fundraising. Payment plans are available for the required fees.


7. Everybody that wants to play travel softball should make a team


Our tryouts are very competitive so not everyone that attends a tryout will make a team. The number of teams at each level are determined by the quality and quantity of athletes who attend tryouts. We hope players who do not make a team continue on in recreational leagues and can attempt to make a team each year as they develop in size, skill, and strength. Fortunately, Dunlap Recreational Association is a well-run organization and an essential partner to Dunlap Travel Softball.


8. If my daughter does not start she will not get any playing time


We strongly encourage our coaches to play every player every game, however they may not play as much as they want or in the positions they want. Doubleheaders are a great opportunity to bat all players and move them around to different positions. Sometimes in tournaments the coaches will elect to only bat nine players and move players around less frequently, but rarely would expect any player to sit for an entire game.


9. My daughter will be a competitive pitcher if she joins a Dunlap travel team


There is not enough time during regular practices for a pitcher to fully develop to compete at this level. We will provide the fundamental instruction in practice to develop pitchers to determine if a player has an aptitude for pitching and actively coach pitchers during games, but pitchers need to spend time pitching outside of practice if they are to be competitive. Most pitchers will seek a private pitching coach at some point if they are to progress to the next level.


10. My daughter will become a Division I athlete


Probably not.  Our primary goal is to provide fun, high quality instruction that will develop women of character and inspire a love for the game we are so passionate about.  As our athletes progress to our more advanced teams, we provide a heightened focus on playing at the next level through programs developed and implemented by former Division 1 college coaches and athletes and some of the top private coaches in the area.  If your athlete has the rare skill and discipline necessary to play at the highest levels of the game, it will be cultivated through DGSA and its partners.

 

 

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