April 4, 2014 Community Spotlight

Today’s children are heavier, fatter, rounder and weaker than they were a generation ago.

Only 1 in 20 kids get the recommended 60-minutes of physical activity each day. And the problem is especially bad with young girls.*

Daily activities such as walking to school, physical education classes, after school activities, chores and general playing have been replaced with a sedentary lifestyle in front of the TV or computer, eating junk food. We need to get our children active and summer is the perfect time to start!

But just running around isn’t enough. Kids have specific physiological and social needs, and their fitness activities need to match their specific stage of growth and development.

Organized team sports provide children with a great opportunity to get physically fit and active. Team sports are fun and enjoyable. And children learn better when they are with friends who are the same age, working together as a team, and learning at the same pace as their peers.

One of the best team sports is girls softball. Playing together with other girls in a safe and supportive environment and run by certified coaches, softball develops critical hand-eye coordination, which is especially important with young girls. Softball also gives a full-body exercise of running, throwing, catching, hitting, and fielding.

But it goes beyond the physical development. Softball helps girls develop their communication skills (as they coordinate their plays and positions), their socialization skills (working together on and off the field), their sense of sportsmanship and fair play with all players, and their mental strategy/acuity (when playing offense or defense).

The Oakville Girls Softball Association (OGSA) is the premiere association in the Halton region. For over 20 years, the OGSA has been providing girls aged 4 to 22 the opportunity to learn and play softball in different leagues that match their level of skill. New and experienced players can join the House League for a summer full of fun and friendship. Girls looking for additional playing time and tournament opportunities (at a more advanced level of training) can also join the Select Program. And for those players who want the highest level of fast-pitch competition in the country can try out for our Rep League.

The OGSA is the only association in the region that provides players with comprehensive development and advanced training programs for all age groups throughout the year, and we are one of only two that offers softball for girls over 16!

Best of all, softball can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are a player, a spectator, a corporate sponsor or a parent – come out this year and have a great time.

For more information on the OGSA and how to become a sponsor, visit www.oakvilleangels.com

* According to Statistics Canada, Canadian Health Measures Survey.