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THE END





A message from Will and Keith


Mid Iowa Girls Softball (MIGS) was born in 2000. At the time it was viewed that there could coexist two organizations providing two fall softball programs. At the time Central Iowa Girls Softball League, (CIGSL) operated by Ray Keating was winding down and the upstart, MIGS was starting to attract attention.

At the time North Des Moines Girls Softball stayed with CIGLS one more year but in 2001 joined with SDMGSA, WDMGSA, RVGSA, and URGA to form a loose confederation. AGSA came along a couple years later as did Indianola. At the height of the program there were seven complexes with 34 fields that afforded 136 teams the opportunity to extend the softball season! When you add up the teams that played over the fifteen year history of MIGS and total them together it was an astounding 1424 teams that played in MIGS over the years. If you take an average of 11 girls per team, that totals 15,664 participants! Add in the umpires, the volunteers at the Host Complexes, the visitors with each team and you have a very large number of people that have been involved in Softball in the Fall.

Over time the complexes have come and gone. 'Club' teams and Tournament Teams have become more prevalent. The original concept of providing a schedule and umpires for teams interested has begun to shift. Now there is a bit more of a competitive landscape. The standard for MIGS Fall Ball has been about teaching and affording players the opportunity to experience new positions and try new things. It wasn't about the 'W'.

Over the years many people from the Host parks have helped in bracketing the teams and also opening up their complexes to the teams. Will and I have enjoyed putting the schedules together after the board (representatives from each host park) worked their magic in pairing teams as best we could in the first half of the season. Then at the Labor Day break the board took the time to review how the teams did in the first half. It never was an exact science but we would take a look at win/loss, Runs Given Up/Runs Scored, who were the opponents and our own personal observation of watching the teams and games. Armed with all this information we made our best attempt to “balance” it out for the teams for the second half. All in all I think the teams appreciated the effort and in the second half they thought they were playing teams on their own level.

It has been a labor of love.

And like many things there is a beginning, a middle and an end.

With that, we are writing the last chapter in the book and hanging up the clipboards and spreadsheets!

Thank you to all of you that have participated over the many years.





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