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Great weekend of softball!
by posted 05/03/2021

Hi Cardinal families,

What a game yesterday!  Our players deserve a lot of praise for their enthusiasm, their hustle, and their willingness to try new things.  We were excited that all of them chose to try to hit some pitches despite having never even practiced it before.  I especially loved seeing how well they respond to coaching.  Each player we asked to make an adjustment immediately reacted on the next play.  I hope that they are all excited to get back out there!  


Star of the Game:

Each week, I plan to spotlight one or two players for their outstanding contributions to the game.  There were so many candidates, but this week's Star of the Game goes to (drum roll) . . . Audrey!  Audrey showed incredible awareness in the field and made several putouts at first base. (Apologies to all the stunned Bruins players she kept off the bases).  She added some solid hitting as our lone lefty in the lineup. Most importantly, at the end of the game, she just wanted to keep playing.  We love to see that attitude! Virtual high-five, Audrey!


Practice this week:

The early forecast for Thursday looks good - here's hoping it stays that way.  This Thursday, we will actually be sharing our practice field (Emerson playground) with a grade 3/4 game that had to be relocated due to a field conflict.  We will stay in the outfield away from the action and work on some basic skills - catching, throwing, fielding, and hitting.  You may notice that on the official schedule, our practice is listed as being only 15 minutes long (5:30-5:45).  That's because the system won't let us officially schedule two events in the same location at the same time.  We will still plan to practice until 6:30, with some breaks to watch what the game looks like at the next level.  

A heads-up about parking at Emerson: There is a lot, but we are only allowed to park in the front part of it.  There are signs and a speed bump marking off the back section, which is reserved for residents.  If our section of the lot fills up, please try to find a spot on the street, because NGS wants to be a good neighbor :-)

Have a great week, and we’ll see you on Thursday!



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Change of venue (again)
by posted 05/01/2021

Hi Cardinal families!

Looks like we finally have a beautiful day for softball!  The one problem is that Emerson field is still too wet to play on.  So our 3:00 game has been moved to Davis Playground in West Newton.  Please try to arrive by 2:45.  We will have a mini-practice followed by a few innings of T-ball.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.



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Change of venue
by posted 04/29/2021


Hi families!


Well, it’s pretty clear at this point that the weather does not want to cooperate with us to have practice tonight.  But I would like to get the chance to meet the team, and I have uniforms to hand out.  So I’m going to move our practice to Ward School, where there is a tent on the field.  Instead of practicing, we will plan to meet briefly with the team, answer any questions families have, and distribute uniforms.  Each player will receive:

  • A maroon NGS T-shirt

  • A pair of white softball pants (If your player doesn’t have any white underwear, you will want to get some.) 

  • A pair of socks with a maroon stripe

  • A NGS visor

  • An NGS sticker (great for emblazoning a water bottle)


We have limited supplies in each size, so we kind of just cross our fingers and hope that we can get a good fit on the shirts, pants, and socks.  


I look forward to seeing you all at Ward School at 5:30!




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make-up for yesterday's game
by posted 04/26/2021

Hi Cardinal Families,

We have scheduled a make-up for yesterday's game on Saturday, 5/1, at 3pm.  The game will be played at Emerson playground (our practice field). I realize that this time won't fit into everyone's schedules, but I hope that most of our players will be able to make it.  

In the meantime, please use all your psychic energy to try to keep the rain away so that we can have a good practice on Thursday.  I'm determined to meet up this time unless we have absolute downpours or thunderstorms!


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