CORRECTION FOR TEAMS PLAYING AT RACCOON VALLEY (September 18th, 2014)
I've been told that it is the western part of Park Avenue that is closed off due to construction. You can not get to the Raccoon Valley complex from 63rd street. Instead, you will need to come down Park Avenue from Fleur Drive (west on Park Avenue from Fleur). Sorry for the mis-information.
CHANGES/INFO FOR TEAMS PLAYING AT RACCOON VALLEY (September 17th, 2014)
I've been told that fields have changed for 12U and 8U for this coming weekend. I'll put the changes on the schedules, but what is happening is that the 12U games that were going to be held on Field RV-7 are actually going to be played on Field RV-5. This then means that the 8U games that were going to be played on Field RV-5 are now on RV-7.
I've also been told that there is construction on Park Avenue East of Raccoon Valley park. If you are going to be playing at Raccoon Valley this coming weekend, you'll want to come from 63rd Street (west onto Park Avenue). This is also known as Highway 28. If you get lost or are having troubles finding the Raccoon Valley complex, you can reach Jim Reese (The RV coordinator) on his cell phone at (515)867-9125.
SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE NOW UP (August 31st,
For September 21st, some of you will see RV for the location of your games instead of SDM. Raccoon Valley will be handling games that would be played on the 21st at South Des Moines. Please make sure that if you see an RV by your game on the last date that you head to Raccoon Valley.
Now that we have all (or almost all) of the scores from the games played, the MIGS board will be sitting down within a day or two and going over all of the games. Once that is done, the fun task of scheduling the September games gets to be completed. The goal is to have the September schedule up on the website early this weekend (I'd like to enjoy part of the 3-day weekend as well, trust me). Just a reminder, there are no games played over the Labor Day weekend. Please enjoy the long weekend with your families! :)
TODAY'S GAMES (August 23rd,
As you all know by now, all of the 9AM games were cancelled due to rain and standing water. I've been told that the Ankeny and North Des Moines games will be played as normal for the 1PM set. South Des Moines has cancelled 1PM games due to the water on the fields.
SCORES UPDATES, NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS, AND SEPTEMBER
SCHEDULE (August 19th,
I've updated all of the schedules to
show the winners of each game in the right-hand column. If you notice an error,
please do let us know. If we have the winner wrong, more than likely the scores
I received might be wrong as well. Please do let us know the correct scores as
well if you notice a mistake.
I've added a new e-mail address for MIGS (so my personal
address won't receive everything). Our new address for all of your questions,
requests or comments is now email@example.com. The good
thing is that the mail won't come to just me (as I'm on the road a lot) but also
to Keith as well.
Last but not
least, for anyone that might have missed the message about the September
schedules from the August 5th section, here it is again. "Before anyone asks why the August games are the only ones
listed, as in years past after the first half of the season is completed the
MIGS board will sit down and go over all of the games played. If needed, we'll
make adjustments then. Then we will schedule the September half of the season
and put that schedule up on the website."
FULL 8U SCHEDULE NOW (August 12th, 2014)
received the news that the Eastside Starfires 8U team is now in the schedule for
the season, so there is now not a single open slot in 8U. I've updated the 8U
schedules which you can find below (I've moved them up from August 5th).
CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULES FOR 10U AND 8U... ALSO RULES
CHANGE (August 10th,
We have had another 10U team added to
fill out the 10U schedule, so there are no longer any teams off on any of the
play dates. Unfortunately, we have lost one 8U team since the schedules were put
out so now we have one 8U team each day off. I believe all of the 10U teams have
been notified, and the 8U teams should be getting e-mails/phone calls if they
are affected by this. I've uploaded the newest schedules which you can download
by clicking on the original links down below in the August 5th section.
The rules have been updated to
show that a rover (10th player) can be used if both teams agree. Please be sure
to download the latest rules page HERE or at the menu on the left. You will find the
change under A5, which states:
A5) For the 10U and 10U Rookie
Division, the Rover position or fourth outfield position is allowed if both
teams agree and have more than 9 players to employ this on defense.
FIRST HALF SCHEDULES FOR ALL DIVISIONS (August 5th, 2014)
Below you will find the schedules for all divisions in both
Word Document and PDF format. I save the document in an older style of Word
format just in case people are still using old Word, so if you can't open it
please do try the PDF link.
Before anyone asks why the August games are the only ones
listed, as in years past after the first half of the season is completed the
MIGS board will sit down and go over all of the games played. If needed, we'll
make adjustments then. Then we will schedule the September half of the season
and put that schedule up on the website.
As a reminder, we do not play over the Labor Day weekend.
Enjoy your holiday with your families!
(YET ONE MORE
UPDATE) TEAM ENTRY FORMS AND PAYMENTS RECEIVED (AND NEW RAINOUT NUMBER)
(August 3rd, 2014)
There is a new number for the Fall season. The new number
is (515)777-7777. During the
week it will be set to accept messages, but during the weekend will be set to
Below you will
find the list of teams that have sent in team entry forms and payments (at least
that I have been notified about).
8&U - Iowa Dirt Devils - Teddy Cockerham 8&U - DCG 8U Red - Lance Burke 8&U - Knoxville Panthers - Scott Karr 8&U - Jasper County United - Tammy Steenhoek 8&U - Chariton Crushers - Jamie Buckalew 8&U - Crush - Justin Dehmer 8&U - WAC Purple - Kevin Christensen 8&U - Little Warriors - Brad Welch 8&U - NDM Lil Rookies - Mike McKay 8&U - NDM Dynamite Divas - Mike Ross 8&U - Cremators - Matthew Rauen 8&U - Lightning - MaryBeth Stockton
10&U - Blackjax - Andy
Dunkin 10&U - Fusion - Kevin Steenhoek 10&U - Bussey Bombers - Jade Mockenhaupt 10&U - ADM Tigers - Shelley Boorn 10&U - Winterset Husky Dogs - Matt Young 10&U - Carlisle Red Tigers - Darren Sievers 10&U - Knoxville Panthers - Liz Finarty 10&U - Pella Heat - Jay Rhoten 10&U - Carlisle Her-icanes - Mark Hoffman 10&U - WDM Tigers Orange - Jason McArtor 10&U - WDM Tigers White - Siri Long 10&U - Lil Warhawks - Justin Geisler 10&U - Misfits - Shelly Pickard 10&U - Earlham 1 - Brian Jensen 10&U - Earlham 2 - Bryan Porter 10&U - NDM Flame Orange - Matt Dobson 10&U - Jasper County United - Danel Drake 10&U - NDM Flame Yellow - Matt Dobson 10&U - Lady Yankees - Todd Cosner 10&U - Iowa Outlaws - Jim Grant 10&U - MSC Cremators White - Jeremy Akers 10&U - Chariton Smashers - Mike Spiker 10&U - WAC White - Kevin Chaloupecky
12&U - Blackjax - Dennis
Morris 12&U - Knoxville Black - Jim Uitermarkt 12&U - ADM Tigers 12U - Clay Rickert 12&U - Winterset - Randy McDonald 12&U - Ankeny Blaze - Bill Shields 12&U - SDM JT's Blue - Eric Methfessel 12&U - Central Iowa Stealth - Dan Berggren 12&U - NDMGS Explosion - Jane Osborne 12&U - Misfits - Randy O'Donnell 12&U - Saints - Sandy Krpan 12&U - Warhawks - Brent Ruble 12&U - MSC Cremators - Tim Swesey 12&U - Blue Devils - Bill Keller 12&U - EDM - Jeremy Bos 12&U - Lady Yankees - Demetreus Griffin
14&U - Blackjax - Randy
AUGUST 1 IS END OF TEAM ENTRY FORMS AND PAYMENTS (July 26th, 2014)
I just wanted to give a reminder to all teams that are
still thinking about sending in team entry forms and payments that August 1 is
still our cut-off date. Once August 1st hits, we only accept forms from teams
that are needed to even out a division. Please make sure to get those forms in
I've also received
quite a few "players looking for teams" e-mails. We actually do not have any
sort of tryouts for individual players that are wanting to get onto a team, as
this league is geared towards teams (and why we have team entry forms but no
individual forms). If you are a parent with a young lady looking for a team, I'd
be happy to take your information just in case I hear from a team that is short
a player or two. There is just no guarantee that will happen. Also, if you are a
team that suddenly has a need for a player, please do let me know. I'll put you
in touch with anyone that I've received information on. Thanks!
Last but not least, within a few
days I should be receiving a list of teams that have sent in team entry forms
and paymeents. Once I have that, I'll post that list of teams here on this
FULL 2014 SCHEDULE (June 29th, 2014)
August 16/17 - All ages August
23/24 - All ages September 6 - 8&U, 10&U and
12&U only September 7 - All ages September 14 - All ages September
21 - All ages
YES, I AM ACTUALLY CALENDAR ILLITERATE! ;) (June 29th, 2014)
Thanks to the several of you that wrote to me letting me
know I had the dates wrong below. The actual dates for August are:
August 16/17 - All ages August 23/24 - All ages
We have a board meeting this afternoon, so I'm holding off
posting the September dates until everything is confirmed. I'll post the
September play dates later tonight.
IT'S ABOUT THAT TIME AGAIN! (June 27th, 2014)
it's time for Fall Ball registrations again! As in years past, the month of July
is when we accept all team registrations and payments. I won't have updated the
names of the registration and roster files on the website to 2014 until after
this coming weekend, but rest assured that they will be the same forms as 2013.
If you have all ready printed off the 2013 forms, they will work just fine. The
P.O. Box address and costs have not changed for 2014. If you are waiting for the
forms to say 2014, they should be updated by Tuesday (July 1st). I'll work on
getting them changed by Monday night.
As for playing dates, the only ones I know for sure at this
time are the last two weekends of August (August 22/23, August 29/30). As soon
as I receive the September play dates I will post them here. As always, we do
not play games on Labor Day weekend and the Saturday of the Hawkeye/Cyclone
It looks as
though I'm having a ton of problems with the hotmail e-mail address. If you have
not received a response to any e-mail you have sent to the normal address, I
more than likely have not received your original e-mail. I'll be cutting ties
with Hotmail and moving the migsoftball e-mail to GMail Sunday or Monday. Until
then, you are welcome to use my personal address of firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be sure
to post our new address here after the weekend.
I've been receiving e-mails asking about the return of the $50 deposits, I just
wanted to let everyone know that I've been told you should have those in just a
few days. Now I just have to hope that I don't get a ton of e-mails asking how
many a "few" is! :D
RACCOON VALLEY FIELD MIXUP (September 21st, 2013)
I've been told that there was a mixup with 2 fields on the
schedules for teams playing at Raccoon Valley. I've made the change to both 12U
and 8U schedules, but if you were supposed to be playing at Field 5 you are
instead playing on Field 7. If you were scheduled for Field 7, you are now
playing on Field 5. Thanks, Will.
2ND HALF SCHEDULES, PLUS ANOTHER RULES PAGE UPDATE
(September 1st, 2013)
Happy September everyone! Below you will find the 2nd half
schedules for all divisions, as well as another updated rules section.
There are now 3 divisions (after
all the movement requests were handled) with odd numbers of teams. This means
that one team each day in those divisions will have a bye. The team with the day
off is listed in red for each day on each schedule.
For those teams in 10U-National, there are only 4 of you
left. For you 4 teams, there was no option but that some of you will have to
play another team at least twice. There was just no way around that. We also
came across the same problem in the 14U division, but tried to make sure if it
was a second time that teams had played each other that they had had semi-close
games (even splitting wins).
There is no play at the South Des Moines complex on
September 21 and 22. Those dates will be played instead at the Raccoon Valley
As for the Rules Page
update, you 4 teams in the 10U-National division will really want to read page
3. This new update came after a lot of discussion with a few coaches and almost
all board members. We hope this newest update will make a little more sense. If
not, I'm sure the e-mails will start soon.
UPDATED RESULTS (GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF)
PART FOUR - LAST ONE**** (August 27th,
Here you go, the last updated results!
Once again, please do take a peek and let me know if you see a mistake or blank
space for one of your games. Even if you've told me once, if it's still there
please let me know that as well. I'm old, cranky and sometimes make mistakes.
UPDATED RESULTS (GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF)
PART THREE (August 26th,
Here is what I have received from
tonight, both from the ball parks and from corrections from all of you. If any
more come in late tonight, I'll get them out in the morning.
UPDATED RESULTS (GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF)
PART DEUX (August 25th,
I have updated the results that I've
received so far tonight, and should hopefully receive the sheets from SDM and
Ankeny tomorrow so I can update them Monday night. I also believe I've corrected
all the mistakes I've been told about from those of you that e-mailed me with
corrections. Once again, if you see that I have something wrong, don't hesitate
to let me know (especially since that could affect where you end up and who you
play the 2nd half). If you see I'm missing your game in the 1st half, please do
let me know your scores as well pleast!
The board should be getting together around Wednesday to go
over all of the results from the first half. At that time we'll do any moving
around that we can really see needs to be done, and then work on the 2nd half
schedules the next few days after that.
UPDATED RESULTS (GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF)
(August 23rd, 2013)
If all of you coaches could please check out your games and
make sure the results are correct, it would be appreciated. Sometimes the
numbers from the ballparks can get a little jumbled, so it's always good to
recheck what I've received. If you see that the results from your game is
incorrect, please do let me know (along with the correct scores). These are what
we go by (along with the scores) in re-bracketing and rescheduling the second
half of the season. I'd hate to see your team bumped up by the results of a game
being off. You should also see this coming weekend's results Sunday night. The
board will get together Monday or Tuesday, rebracket if it's needed and start in
on the new schedule. They will be uploaded to the website as soon as I have them
in my grubby fingers. Thanks, Will
THE LONG ANTICIPATED 2013 RULES UPDATE (August 20th, 2013)
the link on the left side of the page (and including it HERE) with the changes we
finally agreed on with the 2013 season. Sorry it took longer than expected.
Please check the additions/changes in red on page 3.
Also, I heard through the grapevine that some games the
first weekend had a few interesting things going on with them. I've heard some
games had a 10th player (like a rover) in the outfield, and some games the girls
weren't allowed to lead off from the bases until the softball had reached home
plate. Just so there's no confusion the rest of the season:
We have no rover position in this Fall league. Please stick
with 9 players per team.
standard softball play, the base runners may lead off when the softball has left
the pitcher's hand.
hope that clears up all of the confusion. I'm moving the schedules up to this
MORE UPDATES FOR THE FIRST HALF (August 14th, 2013)
For those of you that have sent e-mails to
email@example.com today, you might not have heard about this but
outlook.com (Microsoft's division that owns hotmail) has been down all day. I
have only received 2 e-mails throughout the day and received errors any time I
tried to access besides that. It isn't just us, it has affected Spain, Britain,
France, Canada and many other countries. At this time, I still can't access
anything from today. Hopefully the problem will be fixed by tomorrow (Thursday)
and I can get your e-mails once again. I've given up for today though.
Two teams have changed on the
schedules, and they are listed in red on those schedules. 10U Ankeny Fire has
replaced Ankeny 10U-4 on the 10U-C (American division) and Raccoon Valley has
replaced Ankeny Fire on the Rookie division schedule.
When we were spending the hours
needed putting together the schedules for the first half, invariable mistakes do
happen. Last year 10U National was actually 10U-A, and 10U American was 10U-B.
This year we had no 10U-A division (we did have one team that said they were low
A or High B, we put them in B)... but didn't think about the Rules page. If you
are playing National, you know you are playing 10=B rules and not the normal 10A
rules. We will fix the rules page, but just have faith you are not going to be
expected to play A Rules. Please, no panicking!!
I'm still working on the problem with the 10U-National
schedule, but somehow it will be fixed tonight. The problem was that we had 2
teams playing eaching other twice in the 4 days and it wasn't caught. I thought
it would be an easy fix, but of course I was sadly mistaken (it turned into a
nightmare). The second weekend will be up sometime tonight, once I get it
figured out). *2nd weekend is
SCHEDULES FOR THE FIRST HALF, AND EVEN MORE INFORMATION
(August 11th, 2013)
Just a little heads up on a few
things before you get to the schedules below: As there
were an odd number of teams for 14U and 8U (7 in 14U, 11 in 8U) we had to set up
the schedules for both of those divisions with one team each play date getting a
bye! If you see that you aren't listed for one day in those two divisions, we
are very sorry but you will be getting the money back for that day.
Saturday, August 17th, there is an
event going on in Ankeny during the morning (just like last year). As we could
not schedule a 9AM set for Saturday, you'll notice there is a set scheduled to
start at 4:30PM just in Ankeny.
This year we only had 2 High School teams sign up to play,
so we unfortunately could not have a High School division!
I've been told there was a big
accident with checks sent in this year. We keep the $50 checks separate that you
send us, and mail them back at the end of the season (after you've shown up for
all play dates). Unfortunately, I've been told that ALL checks were accidentally deposited. I'm very sorry
to have to pass on this information, but please remember not to shoot the
If you see that your
division's DOC/PDF links aren't active yet, it means I'm still working on
getting them transferred over from a big excel file. Have faith, they will all
be up at some time tonight. My fat fingers can only work so fast!
TEAM REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED - LAST LIST SAYS AUGUST 5TH
(STILL WAITING ON HOST TEAM LIST) (August 6th, 2013)
8U - Knoxville Panthers - Scott Karr 8U - Waukee Wicked - Amy Llewelyn 8U - Norwalk Purple Crush - Justin Dehmer 8U - Team Storm - Terry Rivera 8U -
Johnston 8U Purple - Steve Kenney 8U - NDM Firecrackers
- Michael McKay 8U - Lady Yankees - Mark Fleming 8U - Lil Rebels - Brad Black 8U -
NDM Dynamite Divas - John Corsbie 8U - WDM Tigers -
10U - WDM Tigers
White - Dan Foudree 10U - WDM Tigers Orange - Josh
Dewes 10U - SDM JT's Blue - Eric Methfessel 10U - Chariton - Mike Spiker 10U -
Carlisle Red Tigers - Darren Sievers 10U - Lil Warhawks
10U - Blayne Hartman 10U - NDM Flame - Matt Dobson 10U - Lady Yankees - Demetreus Griffin 10U - Carlisle Wildcats 2022 - Kelly Barber 10U - Hotshots - Michelle Pickard 10U - Knoxville Panthers - Jim Uitermarkt 10U - Outlaws - Jim Grant 10U - MSC
Cremators 10U - Michael Ball 10U - Central Iowa Stealth
10U - Brian Liske 10U - WDM Tigers Silver - Ryan
Cooley 10U - Ankeny Fire - Kory Miller 10U - DCG Red - Lisa Luellen 10U -
Tigerhawks - Shannon Underwood 10U - Earlham Cardinals -
Maradith Janssen 10U - Cardinals-Earlham - Jon
12U - WDM Tigers White
- Mike Thomas 12U - DCG Fillies Red - Sonny Hall 12U - DCG Fillies White - Jeff Hanneman 12U - Winterset Huskies - Scott Stover 12U - Lil Warhawks 12U - Brent Ruble 12U - Team Xtreme - Mike Wheeler 12U - Hotshots - Randy O'Donnell 12U - Indianola Explosion - Cindy Johnson 12U - NDM Explosion - Alyshia Dobson 12U - Blue Devils - Bill Keller 12U
- Central Iowa Stealth 12U - Andrea Ehlers 12U - Seymour
Hawks - Shaun Houser 12U - M St M 12U - Todd Verwers 12U - Extreme Heat - Dave Jungers 12U - L-S Hawks - Matt Rasmusson 12U - Johnston Dragons White - Jason Meredith 12U - ADM Tigers - Christina Hlas
YET EVEN MORE INFORMATION ON THE UPCOMING 2013 FALL
BALL SEASON (July 30th,
Tomorrow, July 31st, is the day we ask
to have all team registrations in by. If you have not yet mailed your team
registration forms and checks, now would be a good time to let us know. If you
let us know, we should be able to work out a place and time to physically drop
off your information to us. The earlier the better, if that is what you need to
do. If you need to get hold of us to set up a time, please do e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll
check my e-mail several times tomorrow, and will answer them as I see them.
I did not notice that the team
registration forms and roster forms still had my old Mediacom e-mail address on
them. If you tried to send your team e-mail address to the mchsi address only to
have it kick back to you, please do resend to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Both
will get to me but the hotmail address will get there faster.
YET MORE INFORMATION ON THE UPCOMING 2013 FALL BALL
SEASON (July 14th, 2013)
Yay, I'm finally back in Urbandale!! The team entry forms
and team roster forms have not changed at all, so I have updated the year in the
menu to the left to 2013 instead of 2012. If you have all ready sent in your
team information, you have used the correct form!
INFORMATION ON THE UPCOMING 2013 FALL BALL SEASON (June 12th, 2013)
Team registrations should begin July 1st! Please watch here
for updated forms coming before the end of the month!
Dates!!! August 17 & 18 August 24 & 25 September 8 September 15 September 21 (8U, 10U
and 12U only) September 22
FIRST HALF RESULTS - UPCOMING PLAYDATES/SCHEDULE -
RAINED OUT GAMES (August 28th,
Here are the results I have from the
first half. If you see one of your games is listed incorrectly, please do let me know. Please also let
me know the correct scores to the games as well, because if win/loss was wrong
the score was probably wrong as well.
FIELD CONDITIONS FOR 8/26 (August 26th, 2012)
been told that Ankeny fields will be played at the normal times, 9am and 1pm.
South Des Moines, Raccoon Valley and North Des Moines are still working on their
fields, so the game times for those complexes will be at 11am and 3pm. So to repeat, if you play at Ankeny you will play at your
normal times (9 and 1). If you play at the other complexes, instead of 9am your
games will start at 11am & instead of 1pm your games will start at 3pm (2
hours later than normal). Thanks, and have a fun Sunday!
RAIN-OUTS FOR 8/25 (August 25th, 2012)
just been informed that we've had so much rain in such a short time that the 1pm
sets have been cancelled for today. I apologize to any teams who have driven
long distances to get to Des Moines (Seymour)... sometimes Mother Nature just
Also, for those of
you that haven't noticed the rainout number listed in the links to the left, it
MIX-UP ON TODAY'S SCHEDULE FOR 8/25 (August 25th, 2012)
been brought to my attention that there was a time mix-up on the schedule for
Saturday's 14/HS games and I didn't catch it! Every single game was listed as
being played at 9am, even the 2 sets at Raccoon Valley. Hopefully everyone read
that as the 2nd game being played at 1pm. I have changed it on the schedule. I
also fixed the game for Sunday that was listed at PAM to 9AM. Sorry about my
WHY IS THERE NO 2ND HALF SCHEDULE? AND E-MAIL CHANGE
FOR WILL (August 21st,
I've received several e-mails from
newer people asking why there is no schedule for the 2nd half yet. As we've done
in years past, once the first 2 weekends of play are done the MIGS board sits
down and looks at how all of the teams are doing. If we need to move any teams
around, this is the time we do that. Then, we put the 2nd half schedule together
and post it to the website. I hope that answers your question. :)
Please do not send any more
e-mails to email@example.com. After many internet and e-mail problems, I've
had both DSL and DirecTV installed (just yesterday as a matter of fact). I may
be able to receive e-mails for another week, but to be safe please use either
-or- both firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SCHEDULES FOR THE FIRST HALF, AND EVEN MORE INFORMATION
(*UPDATE*) (August 15th,
The links for the schedules are listed
below this information. Just so you know what all is going on, here is the info
that I have at this time:
have an opening for an 8U team and a 12U team. Because we have odd numbers in
each of these divisions, you'll notice on the schedules that the final team
listed is *OPEN*. If you are a team that would like to fill either of those
spots, we all ready have the schedule ready for it. Unfortunately, if we don't
have a team to fill those spots each of the team playing against the *OPEN* team
will have a bye (day off) that day. We are very sorry for the inconvenience to
those teams. *UPDATE* WE NOW HAVE ANOTHER 12U TEAM. I'M UPDATING THE SCHEDULE AND
WILL E-MAIL THE COACHES.
*UPDATE* WE ONLY HAVE THE Xtreme TEAM FOR AUGUST. IF YOU ARE A 12U TEAM NOT ALL
READY SIGNED UP AND YOU'D LIKE TO PLAY IN SEPTEMBER, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
Because we only
have 4 10U teams that signed up wanting to play dropped-3rd-strike and
stealing-home, the only way way to give those teams games is that we have to
make all 10U games USSSA-C rule games, mainly "no-dropped-3rd-strike" and
"no-stealing-home". I'm sorry if that causes any of those 4 teams any
inconvenience, but you are very welcome to discuss your thoughts through e-mail. I'll be sure to pass
those thoughts on.
Ankeny has a
morning town parade Saturday, August 18th. This Saturday, we can't have morning
games at Ankeny so the games will instead be played at 1PM and 4:30PM. This is
just in Ankeny, and just for this Saturday. To fix a mistake in scheduling 2 10U teams for games in the
morning during the parade, those games have been fixed on the 10U schedule
Due to a lack of
14U and High School teams signing up this year, we have a total of 6 teams
between the two age groups. Due to the ages of the players that are actually
playing for both divisions, we've combined the two into one division (14/HS).
THE 2012 SEASON IS COMING UP FAST (part 3) -- NEW START
TIMES AND UPDATED RULES! (July 30th,
Just a few things that all of you might
want to take a look at. The rules page has been updated to try and make some of
the items that many people were having trouble understanding more
understandable. A lot of the questions I received had to do with coach pitching
for younger teams, so I hope this helps. As always, if you have any questions
about anything in the rules, please do e-mail them to me and I'll pass them on
to the appropriate people. The new PDF file can be downloaded HERE or on the left side of the page.
Start times have been changed for
this year. Normally we've got 11AM and 3PM, but have received many comments
about players getting done for the day late on a school night. So, the start
times of the doubleheaders have been changed to 9AM and 1PM. Hopefully this will
allow all of the players to get home at a decent time to be ready for a
productive day at school! :) Thanks, Will
THE 2012 SEASON IS COMING UP FAST (part deux) (July 13th, 2012)
Please take no notice that this is being posted on Friday
the 13th - lol. As we are getting closer to August, I wanted to remind all of
the teams that wanted to play in the league this year that team entry forms and
payments need to be in by August 1st for a guarantee of making it in. After
August 1st, it comes down to whether we have room (or a second team, as we need
to keep divisions even). As for the team roster, even though we like to have
them in early as well I do understand that some teams are still trying to find a
few players. If you can send in the roster early, that can be very helpful. If
not, please do have them in before the season starts mid-August. Thanks,
THE 2012 SEASON IS COMING UP FAST (June 12th, 2012)
all ready received several e-mails asking about the schedule for the 2012 season
(as well as updated forms). The schedule is listed below, and will follow the
same format as years past. We always play the last 2 weekends in August and
finish up the season in September. As far as forms, I'm working on updating the
links. If you've all ready filled out a team entry form and sent it in, you
don't need to worry. In all honesty, the form will be staying the same. I'll
just be changing the link to show 2012. All team entry
forms need to be into us before August 1st to make sure your team is included
for the season. Anything after August 1st will depend on how many teams are
needed to even out an age division. Thanks, Will
PLAY DATES FOR 2012 August 18 -
All Ages August 19 - All Ages August 25 - All Ages August 26 -
All Ages September 9 - All Ages September 15 - 8&U, 10&U and 12&U only September 16 - All Ages September
23 - All Ages
FINAL RESULTS THAT I'VE RECEIVED (October 17th, 2011)
WE NEED ANY MISSING SCORES, AND A DIRECTIONS UPDATE
(August 29th, 2011)
If your team played at the Ankeny Softball complex the
second weekend, please do send the scores to your games to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, addresses have been added to the FIELD DIRECTIONS page
for those of you that want to program them into your GPS.
THE END OF THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS OF PLAY (August 28th, 2011)
The MIGS board will be meeting Wednesday night to go over
the results of the first 2 weekends of play. They'll look and see if anyone
needs to be moved around a little bit, make those changes and then get working
on the schedule for the 2nd half of the season. Please look Monday and Tuesday
evening at the results listed for your team's games. If you notice a mistake in
who won each game, please do let me know at email@example.com as
soon as possible (before Wednesday for sure) with the correction(s) that I need
to make. Also sending the correct scores for your games will help as well, since
we also take the scores of the games into consideration. I do not have all the
results from every single complex yet, but the ones I do have are listed. The
rest should be added sometime Monday evening. Thanks, Will.
NEWEST RULES UPDATE (August 18th, 2011)
rules have been updated so please do make sure to take a quick read through the
Word document or the PDF file.
know there are still several other teams to add to the list, but I forgot to
write them down at the board meeting today. I'll add the rest as soon as I get
the newest list by e-mail. Also, HERE (PDF) / HERE (DOC) is the newest rules page for 2011 that I
have received. 8andUnder will now be using the hard softball instead of the soft
softball. Please make sure to read the newest rules.
LIST OF TEAMS (August 2nd, 2011)
are the list of teams that I've received as of the middle of the day on
Wednesday. If you don't see your team listed, it doesn't mean that we haven't
received your team entry form and check. If you aren't listed and are a little
worried, feel free to e-mail and ask. More than likely, it will be on the next
day's list if you did send it in. P.S. I've also been
told that many of the host park teams have not been added to the list yet.
*MOVED UP ABOVE*
As for the schedules that I keep
getting e-mails asking about, the MIGS board will be meeting this weekend to go
over the list of teams and work on the scheduling. I don't have an exact
timeline of when that will be finished yet, but as soon as I receive the
schedules they will be up on the website. Thanks, Will.
BACK AT IT (July 26, 2011)
being part of a 3-day cancer fundraiser, I'm finally back and reading e-mails
again. I'll get responses to the latest e-mails out throughout the day. I've
also added 8U to the playdates in the July 19th section to hopefully clear up
any confusion about 8U being part of MIGS this year. Thanks, Will.
CHANGE OF E-MAIL ADDRESS, MORE INFORMATION (July 19, 2011)
For those of you who have sent e-mails to my mchsi.com
e-mail account, I've found out that many e-mails have not been getting to me.
I've answered what I have received, so if you didn't get a response from me
could you please e-mail me at the new e-mail address I've set up? Please send
any future e-mails concerning MIGS to firstname.lastname@example.org. I
apologize in advance if you did not receive a response from me.
Since I've received several
matching questions in the e-mails that I DID receive, I'm going to try and
answer a few here that will hopefully clear up some confusion.
the play dates that you have listed, do we play Saturday or Sunday (or can we
pick which day we want to play)? Answer: We have 8 play dates for 10U and 12U, and 7 for
14U and 16U/HS. As each date is a doubleheader, that means that 10U and 12U play
16 games total, 14U and 16U/HS play 14 games. To hopefully clear up the
confusion with that, here is the schedule broken down day by day:
August 20 (Saturday) - all ages play August 21 (Sunday) - all ages play August 27 (Saturday) - all ages play August 28 (Sunday) - all ages play Labor Day weekend we do not play September 11 (Sunday) - all ages play September 17 (Saturday) - 8U, 10U and 12U only September 18 (Sunday) - all ages play September 25 (Sunday) - all ages play
Question: I have a daughter who isn't on a team but
would like to play Fall Softball. Can you help her to get placed on a team?
(Also we've been asked if we hold tryouts for teams). Answer: Mid-Iowa Girls Softball (MIGS) does not
actually hold tryouts or set up teams. What MIGS tries to do is bring several
local softball parks together to give teams a place to play against other teams
of a similar skill level. It's not a place to try and beat up on other teams,
but a time to work on skills that you feel your players actually need to work on
to better themselves for the next softball season. If
you have a young lady who would like to play but doesn't have a team, we will do
our best to find a team that needs a few players for the Fall season (but we can
make no promises). If you do have a player who needs a team, please send me a
little bit of information about her (age, positions she has played, etc.) and I
will send your e-mail to the person this year who will be keeping track of these
players. Also, if you are a team who is a player or two short and could use
another young lady on your team, please do let us know that as well. Once again,
please e-mail either to email@example.com and I
will forward your e-mail on to the correct person (I actually don't know who
that is yet).
Thanks, Will Reifert
INFORMATION ON THE 2011 SEASON (June 15, 2011)
received several e-mails asking about the new Fall Ball season, so I wanted to
pass on the information that I do have. The MIGS board will be meeting sometime
soon in June. Team entry forms and player lists will be accepted the month of
July with the cutoff being August 1st. I will be working on getting the entry
form and other documents updated, but if you've all ready downloaded and filled
them out then there's no need to fill them out again. The only thing that should
be changing is the year listed on the form. From what I've been told, the costs
will be the same as before.
play dates should be: August 20 & 21 (Saturday and
Sunday) - all ages August 27 & 28 (Saturday and
Sunday) - all ages September 3 & 4 (Saturday and
Sunday) - No Games, enjoy your Labor Day weekend September 11 (Sunday) - all ages September 17 (Saturday) - 10U and 12U only September 18 (Sunday) - all ages September 25 (Sunday) - all ages
If I've messed any of the dates
up, I'm sure I'll hear about it and will fix it then. Also, there will be no
games at Holiday Park (West Des Moines) this season. Thanks, Will Reifert
THE END TO ANOTHER FUN FALL BALL SEASON (MINUS THE
RAIN) (October 12, 2010)
I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to finally get a
message up on the website (I know, it's hard to believe we have work and lives
away from the ball fields - lol). I'd like to thank all of the teams who
participated in Fall Ball this season. I hope you had as much fun playing as I
did getting out to watch some of the games (and eating way too much food).
I've been asked about refund money
from the rainout dates (especially since deposit checks have been showing up in
mailboxes). We had a board meeting Wednesday night (last week), and during that
meeting the representatives from the parks went through the list to figure out
what teams had rainouts and what teams didn't. Money for the teams that had
rainouts wouldn't be going out until probably sometime this week. The reason you
received deposit checks back all ready is that those were mailed out before the
I've also been
asked about results from the games of the 2nd half. I'm adding all the updated
sheets right now, but you'll notice as you check out the divisions that I'm
missing a lot of results. If you see one of your sets are missing, feel free to
send them over to me and I'll still get them updated.
I'll be sending the same information out in a blast e-mail
to as many 8's, 10's and 12's that I can, but I also wanted to post this here.
After working on trying to reschedule all of the games from last Saturday's
rainouts to this coming Saturday, we are giving up trying to make it all work
out. After receiving e-mails from 25% of the teams, and many of those being that
the teams couldn't play that day or couldn't play at the original times, it has
turned into a logistical nightmare. Just when it would seem that everything was
falling into place, something else would come to light that would throw it all
for a loop. As well as looking like we're supposed to receive more rain on
Saturday, umpires being tied up with a USSSA tournament at Raccoon River Park
and a rec tourney at Ankeny.... it just can't work.
I apologize to all teams who were looking forward to
playing more games this Saturday. And to make sure that all teams know, you will
be getting refunds for the games that you do not play. Will Reifert
RESCHEDULED GAMES (SATURDAY) (September 22, 2010)
going through all of the e-mails that were sent to me from teams letting me know
whether they can or can't play this Saturday (along with some saying they can't
play at 11am or 3pm). Because of the teams who can't play, we may have to do a
little moving around of some of the games (who you play). If you end up playing
someone you've played before, I do apologize. Right now we're just trying to
make sure that everyone who wants to play, gets to play. This will be up on the
website yet today.
Also, we are
only making up the Saturday rainouts. Any games cancelled on Sunday will not be
made up (we don't want the schedule to run into October).
GAMES FOR SUNDAY... SOME ON, SOME CANCELLED (part 2)
(September 19, 2010)
It's 2PM, and I've just been told that the 3PM set has just
been cancelled at the Urbandale complex as it keeps raining and the fields have
gotten too sloppy.
GAMES FOR SUNDAY... SOME ON, SOME CANCELLED (September 19, 2010)
As per the hotline, I've been told that games at the West
Des Moines and South Des Moines are all cancelled. They could not recover from
the rain last night and this morning. Games at Ankeny, Raccoon Valley, Urbandale
and North Des Moines are all still on.
To all the people who e-mailed me this morning, I do
apologize. For some reason, power is out for me, and I ended up over-sleeping.
So much for that idea working well. Here are a few tips though:
1. If the rainout hotline tells
you that the games at a certain complex are cancelled for that day, you probably
don't need to e-mail asking if that is correct. 2. If
the rainout hotline hasn't been updated yet... I don't know either. At 7:30 in
the morning, the complexes probably haven't decided yet. 3. I have no idea what model/equipment North Des Moines
uses for the messages. I also don't know why, at 8AM or so, all it said was
"message box full" and didn't play the message.
Thanks, and have a great Sunday.
THE RAINOUT HOTLINE (part 2) (September 18, 2010)
I've been getting e-mails telling me that the mailbox is
full on the MIGS hotline. This is due to the fact that for some reason people
feel they need to leave a response after the outgoing message plays. Here's the
deal... please listen to the message telling you that games are on or off, and
if you feel you need to leave a message please don't do it on the hotline. If
you feel you need to tell someone what you think about the games being cancelled
or a problem that you're having, please do it in an e-mail. In fact, ONLY for
times like this, you can e-mail me directly on my cell phone at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the urgent message you need passed on. Please do not abuse this, as it's
for urgent messages only. By the way, even if the mailbox is full you still get
to listen to the games on/off message to know if games are being played.
As for the cancellations today,
I've been told that we are planning on moving today's schedule to next Saturday.
If you can or can't play next Saturday (September 25th), please do send me an
e-mail either way at email@example.com (not at the
blackbery address) and I will pass all e-mails on. Thanks, Will
THE RAINOUT HOTLINE (September 18, 2010)
Due to the fact that we might have some rain all weekend, I
wanted to remind everyone that if any games are cancelled at any of the
complexes then the rain-out hotline is updated to show that. That number is
515-280-8620 (it's also listed
on the "FIELD CONDITIONS" link at the left of this page). The message at that
number is updated as soon as the complex gets the information to Keith
Fraser. Thanks, Will.
A MESSAGE FROM MIGS (September 9, 2010)
A message to coaches,
parents, players and fans. Fall Ball by design is
intended to be an extension of the softball season giving players and coaches an
opportunity to continue to hone skills or try new positions. It is also an opportunity for players that will be moving
into the next older division next spring to stretch and "move up" early to get
used to a 12" ball or dropped third strike or any other condition that is
different. With all that said it is important to also
understand that with violations of the rules there are consequences. Mid Iowa Girls Softball uses a variety of rules including
High School, ASA, USSSA and some from the individual association's league
rules. We want to be as consistent as we can in
operating at six different softball complexes so we have decided that our
position with respect to an umpire's decision to eject a coach that the
following consequence will apply.
If the coach is ejected during the first game of the double
header they will NOT be allowed to finish that game and will serve a one game
penalty which will be the second game of the double header. They will not be
allowed in the complex and will be asked to leave if necessary. If the coach is ejected during the second game of the
double header they will NOT be allowed to finish that game and will serve a one
game penalty which will be the first game of the next playing date. In the event a coach is ejected a second time in the season
they will be removed as a coach for the remainder of the fall season with a
suggestion that they not be a coach next fall without some mentoring by someone
in their association and their conduct in the fall program will be monitored. We feel this policy is consistent and in keeping with
generally accepted practices. The point we are making is this is still a game
and it is for the kids.
2ND HALF SCHEDULE COMPLETED (September 8, 2010)
Here are the links to the schedules with the rest of the
dates on them:
2ND HALF SCHEDULE (September 6, 2010)
to a few technical difficulties, part of the second half of the schedule hasn't
been completed yet. What's listed in the following links are the games scheduled
for the 1st play date of the 2nd half (September 12th). I apologize for the
hassle, and the rest of the schedule will be up some time Wednesday night.
*MOVED UP TO THE FIRST SECTION*
RULES PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED (August 27, 2010)
Changes to the page are that it lists that a legal slide
can be feet first or head first, as well as reiterating that metal cleats are
only allowed in the High School division in Fall Ball.
BALLFIELD ADDRESSES, AND FIELD CHANGES (August 24, 2010)
For anyone playing at Raccoon Valley on Sunday, the games
from field 5 have been moved to field 6, and the games from field 8 have been
moved to field 5. Schedules have been updated.
For those of you looking to add the addresses of the
complexes to your GPS devices, here you go:
TURNING IN SCORES QUESTION, AND MOVED SCHEDULES (August 23, 2010)
I've had a few questions on what scores teams need to turn
in, and what scores they don't need to turn in. After each weekend of play, the
complexes turn the scores from every game played into me, and I log those
scores. So technically, you shouldn't have to send me scores from your games. However, if you look Tuesday morning and see a blank
after your game (meaning I haven't received those scores), please do send me the
scores for your games at that time. As I do receive a ton of e-mail every day,
I'm trying to cut some of it down (and keep you from having to e-mail me).
And here are the
schedules, updated and moved up a little higher on the page. Yes, I will still
be moving them to their own page, I'm just running behind:
Raccoon Valley 10&Under-C team is desperately in need of extra players.
Contact for more information is Jim
Reese, or feel free to contact me for a telephone number you can call.
UPDATES OF THE SCHEDULES PART 2 (August 16, 2010)
to the changes that had to be made... please please please, everyone please
recheck the newest schedules that are up. Please pay attention to any lines with
green, as they are the ones I had to change due to the 3 fields that came to be
available at West Des Moines. Plus, we did find a few other errors out there
(partly thanks to my fat fingers). So please do check the schedules again. I'll
start e-mailing teams that this affects tomorrow (Tuesday). Thanks!
UPDATES OF THE SCHEDULES, AND CLEARING UP ONE
MISCONCEPTION (August 16, 2010)
Due to a tournament that was going to happen
at West Des Moines on August 28th and 29th, many of you might have noticed that
there were three sets of games scheduled for Urbandale. These were going to be
at 10AM, 2PM and 5:30PM. Due to flooding that Holiday Park had over the past
week or two, their tournament was cancelled. I've been asked to change the
schedules around tonight so that the teams playing the late set at Urbandale
will be moved to Holiday Park fields. It may also change a few other 10U games,
but I won't know for sure until I get home tonight and work on the changes. I
apologize for the hassle, but please do look for changes for the SECOND weekend
of play late tonight. The FIRST weekend of play should not be affected. Thanks,
Now for the
misconception: I'm sorry that some people thought that each team plays one game
each day. Each set of games on each play date are actually double-headers. This
is the reason why you might have noticed the wording on each schedule that says
"Team listed first is Home team first game, Visitors second game". Also, if
you'll please take the time to read the "Rules & Regs" page, rule #8 states
"The break between doubleheader games will be 20 minutes, unless both teams
coaches agree to make it shorter (such as if games are running long)" I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands that
you're playing 2 games each day instead of 1.
TOURNAMENTS-CAMPS-TRAINING (August 12, 2010)
I do have the TOURNAMENTS -
CAMPS - TRAINING page back up. If you have something that needs to go on one of
those sections, please let me know.
UPDATED LIST OF TEAMS (August 5, 2010)
what I have up to this point. If you sent in a team entry form and don't see
your team listed here, please send an e-mail.
8U WAC 8U Gold - Ben Woodworth 8U WAC 8U Purple - Steve Wheeler 8U
DCG Fillies - Jeff Vandekieft 8U Urbandale
10U Johnston Jaguars Black - Tim
Ford 10U Johnston Jaguars Purple - Jason Olson 10U Johnston Jaguars - Rich Heil 10U ATK Attack - Arnie Mercer 10U
Johnston Crush - Dennis Hackman 10U Johnston Panthers -
Mark Morris 10U Altoona Rams Blue - Craig Ruhl 10U EDM Red - Jim Randolph 10U
Altoona Rams - Clint Edwards 10U Indianola Heat - Dan
Thomas 10U WAC 10U Gold Jrs - Jeremy Kroll 10U WAC 10U Purple - Laurie Mardis 10U WAC 10U Black - Chris Costa 10U
WAC 10U White - Doug Glade 10U Winterset Huskies - Terry
McNamara 10U Winterset Sharks - Scott Stover 10U NDM Flame - Matt Dobson 10U
Pella Pride 10U White - Shawn DeWaard 10U Pelle Pride
10U Black - Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg 10U DCG Fillies -
Clark Lundy 10U Newton Cardinals - Pete Jenkins 10U EDM Extreme - Kevin Kelly 10U
Central Iowa Explosion - Mark Sherwood 10U MSA Black -
Dan Twelmeyer 10U Beaverdale Panthers - Jim
Weatherall 10U Lady Warhawks - Troy May 10U Aftershock - Shawn Essex 10U
WDM Panthers - Kevin Kellner 10U Carlisle Wildcats -
Chad Parsen 10U Urbandale 10U
Urbandale 10U Urbandale 10U
Urbandale 10U Urbandale
12U Mystique - Tom Gish 12U
Johnston Jets - Marc Maresca 12U MSA Black - Brad
Moriarty 12U Dirt Divas - Chuck Polke 12U Norwalk Purple Aces - Joe Hoch 12U Diamond Dirt Devils - Kandace Sage-Ellis 12U WAC 12U Gold - Nancy Shepard 12U WAC 12U Purple - Gary Schaefer 12U WCV Wildcats - Angie Beane 12U
Rams - Joel Fini 12U SEW Warhawks - Todd Johnston 12U Winterset Huskies - Eric Johnson 12U NDM Liberty - Greg Barton 12U
Pella Pride 12U White - Dean Dingeman 12U Pella Pride
12U Black - Jason Arkema 12U Pella Pride 12U Green - Joe
VanHemert 12U DCG Fillies White - Kathy Fistler 12U DCG Fillies Red - Dan Endicott 12U Thunder Softball - Karl Ekstam 12U Indianola Indians Purple - Cory Kralik 12U Sharks - David Lawyer 12U
Raccoon Valley Roughriders 12U Denison Gold - Steve
Mahlberg 12U Urbandale 12U
Urbandale 12U Urbandale 12U
14U NDM Glaciers -
David Ash 14U Sully Stars - Matt Rasmusson 14U Indianola Crush - Allan Keller 14U Pleasantville Heat - Kim Friday 14U Johnston - Kevin Dotseth 14U
Indianola Strikers - Tina Talbot 14U WAC 14U - Bryan
Schleisman 14U Martensdale St Marys - Todd Verwers 14U Pella Pride - Tracy Rozenberg 14U Iowa Impact 14U Twisted - Jeff
Rodman 14U Urbandale
High School Newton Cardinals - Doug Smith High School Martensdale St Marys - Mike Gerdes High School Pella Green - Krista DeMeulenaere High School Pella White - Krista DeMeulenaere High School Des Moines Christian - Don Borcherding
UPDATE OF FORMS (July 16, 2010)
updated the team roster and team entry forms to show 8U. If you've all ready
sent in the old form, please just let me know when you get a chance that you are
an 8U team. Thanks.
TIME FOR A FEW UPDATES (July 7, 2010)
have been a few questions about having an 8&U division, as well as what the
pitching distances are going to be this year. It does look like there will be an
8&U division, so please do let us know if you have an 8&U team that you
want to play. As for the pitching distances, from what I've been told they will
be the following:
10&U - 35 feet (even though it looks like 8U would be coach pitch) 12&U - 40 feet 14&U through
HS - 43 feet
I've also uploaded the newest 2010 rules as a pdf file. You
can either click the link to the left, or click HERE.
Wow! It's that time all ready!! (June 14, 2010)
I can't believe
it's June of 2010 all ready. It's time to start sending in team entry forms and
payments if you would like to have a team play in the Fall league this season.
The play dates for this year look like they will be:
August 21 & 22 (all age groups) August 28 & 29 (all age groups) Sunday September 12 (all age groups) Saturday September 18 (10U and 12U only) Sunday September 19 (all age groups) Sunday September 26 (all age groups)
I don't have a cutoff
date for the team entry forms yet, but last year was right near August 1st. I'm
betting it will be the same sort of time frame again this year.
As far as I know at this time, the
rates will be the same as last year. I'm working on updating the team entry
forms and team roster forms at this time, but if you've all ready downloaded the
old ones they should work just fine. Just in case the forms have the very old
address on them, any forms filled out and mailed in need to go to:
Mid-Iowa Girls Softball PO
Box 65074 West Des Moines, IA 50265
NEW RULES LIST
(August 19, 2009)
You can download it HERE or by using the link
to the left.
(August 17, 2009)
8 and Under Division (trying again for July 24th, 2009)
If you have a team of younger players and you might be
interested in an 8&U division, please let Jim Reese or me know as soon as
possible. A little bit of info about the possible division:
Q. Will there be an 8U Division
this season? A. There can be if there is enough
interest. And most likely they would be single games rather than double headers.
Possibly a five game format on Sunday’s only.
Rainout Hotline Number - 515-280-8620
Questions, comments, complaints and ideas on items
you'd like to see on this site should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org