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Change Team: 
Stanford Cardinal first practice
by posted 04/10/2021

 

Hello Softballers!

 

Thanks to  everyone for  responding to our initial email and the practice poll.  Unfortunately, we could not find a single time slot that would work for everyone, so we did our best to choose a time that worked for most families.  Our practices will be on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30, at Emerson playground in Newton Upper Falls.   We will hold our first practice next Thursday, 4/15.  At the conclusion of the first practice, we’ll have a quick 10-minute parent meeting. Please plan to attend.    

 

Our practice and game schedules are now updated on the Newton Girls Softball website.  For convenience, you may also want to install the Sports Sign Up Play app to your phone.  I will be sending out invitations for you to join our team in the app.  It’s not necessary, but it can be a convenient way to keep track of the schedule..  

 

We can’t wait to get out there and play some softball!  In the meantime, please reach out if you have any questions.  Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

 

Peter

 


 
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Welcome to Newton Girls Softball!
by posted 03/31/2021

Dear families,

 

Welcome to the 1st/ 2nd grade Stanford Cardinal softball team! That’s right, we’re the Cardinal, as in the color of the bird, but not the bird itself.  Our mascot is actually a tree, but if the girls want to think that it’s a bird, that’s ok too! 

 

We will be your coaches, Ellie Axe (mom of first-grader Maren) and Peter Hamel (dad of second-grader Leah). We are looking forward to a terrific season of softball! 

 

We know that reading long emails is no fun, so please bear with us as we try to get you the most important introductory info.  Please take time to read this email and complete this quick practice poll form to confirm that you received it.

 

The girls on the team are:

Maren Axe

Leah Hamel

Alana Lappen

Shoshana Orenstein

Emmy Ovadia

Eliana Rowan

Audrey St. Martin

Piper Stuart

Rory Wallach

 

Newton Girls Softball emphasizes skills development, teamwork, great sportsmanship and having lots of FUN playing softball. Our team will have three main rules, which we will emphasize to the girls at every game and practice:

 

  1. Be safe!

  2. Support your teammates!

  3. Try your best!

 

We will expand on the meaning of each of these team rules over the course of the season, but we find that keeping it simple tends to keep it memorable.  If you can help reinforce these three rules when you talk to your girls about softball, we would greatly appreciate it!

 

Our opening day is Sunday, April 25th. We play one game per week on Sundays at 1:00 pm. We will also hold a practice once per week on an evening to be determined based on field availability and families’ responses to the practice poll form.

 

We hope to have a first practice to get to know each other and distribute uniforms before Opening Day, depending on field conditions (fingers crossed).  At the end of the first practice, we’ll have a required 10-minute parent meeting. Please plan to attend. (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you when we schedule the first practice.) 

 

Most of the info you need about the team can be found at the NGS website (www.newtongirlssoftball.org). 

  • To access the roster with contact info, which is only available to our team, you must log in to the site at, click the “Teams” tab and proceed to our team page. From there, click “Roster” on the left-hand menu.  

  • While you’re on the site, please make sure that your contact info is correct.  From the menu on the left, you can select “Edit my Account” to add phone numbers and email addresses for us to best reach you and your family. Please review and please keep the information current. We are also able to send you reminders for practices and games by text or email, so be sure to select your individual preferences on the website.

  • Eventually, the team schedule will also be available on the team page.

  • If you can't find what you're looking for there, let one of us know and we'll try and help you figure it out. 

 

Newton Girls Softball is 100% volunteer run. We are always looking for new ideas and energy. Please send an email to if you can contribute in any way.

 

Thank you for reading! Please be sure to complete the practice poll form so that we know you got the email and can start planning for practice times. We're looking forward to meeting you and your daughters! 

 

Thank you! 

 

Coach Peter and Coach Ellie

 

 
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