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November 1, 2011 > Newark Girls Softball League celebrates 40 years

Newark Girls Softball League celebrates 40 years

Submitted By Mike McHugh

Fifty years ago most girls did not participate in sports. It wasn't that they weren't motivated or athletic it was that there just were no opportunities available in organized sports. With the passage of Title IX, a federal law granting girls and women in high schools and colleges the right to equal opportunity in sports, more and more girls are participating in organized softball, soccer and various other sports.

Newark Girls Softball League, created in 1972 by a small group of parents, has grown to 240 girls in the Newark, Fremont and Union City area. The season begins in late February and finishes just before Memorial Day. During that time the girls play two games a week and have a tournament at the end of the season. Many of the girls continue to play on the league's very successful traveling teams throughout the Summer and Fall.

NGSL is not just about playing sports. Last year the league had two movie nights for the girls, the Easter Bunny brought candy to the games just before Easter, and there was a huge family picnic at the end of the season. To get the girls ready for the season there is even a sliding clinic where the girls practice sliding on cardboard with corn starch for lubricant; the girls go home looking like little "ghosts." On game nights parents can go out to eat at the league's well stocked Snack Shack.

In 2012 the league is planning a carnival and more movie nights and the Easter Bunny will probably be making an appearance again with candy for the girls.

If you would like your daughter to have lots of fun, meet new friends and get some exercise, NGSL's registration will be held at Snow Elementary, 6580 Mirabeau Drive, Newark:
* Saturday, November 12th from 10 am until 1 pm
* Wednesday, November 16th from 6 pm until 8:30 pm.
* Saturday, November 19th from 10 am until 1 pm

Bring a birth certificate and registration is $100 for a full season of fun. There are discounts for multiple siblings or if you bring a buddy with you to sign up at the same time. The league has a phone number, 510-273-9067 and website, for more information.

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