Closing Day and the finals of the 2013 Playoffs are this Saturday, June 8. Here’s the schedule:
#1 Light Blue Lightening v. #4 Piedmont Purple Pony Express — 9 a.m. Beach South
#2 Blue Dolphins v. # 3 Piedmont Mini-Extreme — 9 a.m. Beach North
Championship game at 11 a.m. — Beach
#1 Royal Blue Flames v. #4 Jalapenos — 10:30 a.m. Curt Flood Field
#3 Sky Blue Jets v. #7 Piedmont Flaming Mustaches 8:30 a.m. Curt Flood Field
Championship game at 12:30 p.m. — Curt Flood Field
#1 Bulldogs v. #4 Piedmont Dragons — Noon — Owen Jones Field
#2 Thieves v. #6 Thunder — 9 a.m. — Owen Jones Field
12/14U CHAMPIONSHIP: at 3 p.m. — Owen Jones Field (5000 Redwood Road)
Closing Day Ceremonies & Presentation of First Arnold Kelly Scholarships:
Immediately following 12/14U Championship at Owen Jones Field. All 6U, 8U and 10U players will receive medals, or trophies for runners-up and champions. At 12/14U, runners up and champions receive trophies, and other teams will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this year.
We will also introduce the 2013 Vipers, and award the first recipients of the Arnold Kelly Memorial Scholarship. Please attend the championship game, bring some food or drink, and join us in the outfield. Players will be announced, and we’ll have a great time celebrating (sadly) the end of another wonderful season of fastpitch softball in Oakland (and Piedmont).
Don’t forget to sign-up for our Fall Ball Season — which starts at the end of September. Only $35 per player for 6 weeks if you register before June 15!!! Go to www.sportability.com to register.
Join OGSL Alumnus Rachel Sanders in Striking out Hunger!
Long-time OGSL player Rachel Sanders (former youth umpire and OGSL/Vipers player) has begun a drive to raise funds for reducing hunger and to support shelters that will provide food, living space and skills training to homeless youth in the Bay Area. She has named this fund-raising effort Strikeout Hunger!
This mission was gained from an experience while participating in required community work encouraged from her high school, Holy Names High School. Rachel was disturbed that there are homeless and hungry teenagers in shelters and on the streets, as well as being her same age. As a result, she decided to do something to help. She arranged a tour of the Bay Area Rescue Mission http://www.bayarearescue.org/ in Richmond, and was very impressed. http://rachelsanders2014.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/bay-area-rescue-mission-tour/
Please read her goals, mission and objective for this project at this link http://rachelsanders2014.wordpress.com/strikeout-hunger/
Rachel’s project was also featured in the April 11, 2013 San Jose Mercury News publications — read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23004408/holy-names-high-pitchers-mission-strikeout-hunger?source=rss_emailed
Check out this 1998 SF Chronicle article about OGSL’s own Loredana (misspelled int he article) Croda
Prior to being affiliated with the American Softball Association, OGSL was called the “Bobby Sox.”
Arnold Kelly Scholarship Fund
In December, 2012, OGSL lost one of its most devoted supporters and volunteers. Arnold Kelly was an inspiration to hundreds of OGSL kids and parents, and volunteered his services to OGSL for over 12 years as parent, coach, Umpire coordinator, Fields coordinator, announcer, and all-around great guy.
An education fund has been established for Claire Kelly, Arnold’s youngest daughter. Donations can be made to the Claire Kelly Fund, c/o the Foster Family, 6841 Estates Drive, Oakland 94611.
OGSL has also announced the creation of the Arnold Kelly Scholarship Fund, which will provide two $1,000 college scholarships each year for OGSL players in the current 12/14U division. These scholarships will be paid upon registration for college. Access the application HERE – Arnold-Kelly-Scholars-Application-2013
Applications must include a recommendation by the 2013 player’s head coach, and a recommendation from someone in the community (not a parent/guardian) who can attest to the player’s commitment to community involvement, teamwork and leadership qualities, and/or academic effort. Applications MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 1, 2013.
Thank YOU for a wonderful 2013 Opening Day!
Our 2013 Opening Day was our most successful to date! Our over 240 OGSL players enjoyed a wonderful day of introductions, games, food, merchandise and a great raffle! Thank you for all your help in starting our season in such a wonderful way. We will shortly be posting additional information about the Arnold Kelly Memorial Field and the Arnold Kelly 2013 Scholarship opportunities available to our 12/14U players!
We can take orders for OGSL merchandise (t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts) — Our Order form is HERE — OGSL Merchandise Order Form
Click here to read our 2013 Revised Interleague Rules, and click here for a short summary of the SOFTBALL RULES BY AGE GROUP. Please note — the interleague rules supplement the ASA-approved softball rules, which are the default rules if not otherwise specified.
The Oakland Girls Softball League (OGSL) mission is to provide organized fast pitch softball to girls between the ages of 5-14 in the Oakland, CA community with the overall goal of promoting sportsmanship, developing individual skills, encouraging friendship, and providing leadership opportunities via a fun and positive athletic experience. Self-funded through member registration and sponsorship donations, OGSL is a volunteer run, non-profit, equal opportunity organization affiliated with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA).
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