Valentine’s Day was the perfect opportunity to showcase one of the main objectives in the West Nashville Sports League- “Youth Sports should be about having fun first, learning the game second and wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
This fun should include the entire family and the community. All day on Valentine’s Saturday there were halftime activities where the moms and players could win stuffed animals and even money during the halftimes of their games.
The WNSL sports believes that having fun and learning the game is instrumental in a player’s development on and off the court or field
Two Bellevue teams highlighted this week:
Boys Kindergarten Team. The Harpeth Valley Heat. Coach Melissa Smith describes her team “as the hardest working players she has been around” in her time around youth sports (which is extensive with two older boys who play all sports). She also says “these boys are first time players but you would never know it the way they play together as a team.”
Girls Third Grade Team. The Bellevue Shooting Stars. Coach McAdams describes his team as “hard workers, unselfish players and a group of girls that love to play the game of basketball.
On and off the court their friendship is inspiring.”
Registration Reminder Registration for Spring Soccer and Baseball is still open for a another week on www.wnsl.org.
Players can play on the best soccer fields and baseball fields in Nashville at the Edwin Warner Complex and enjoy the friendly environment and benefits of exercise and fun uniquely provided by their participation in the WNSL.
2014 WNSL Major League Tournament Champions
by Roger Maness
Special to BSW
With the infamous groundhog supposedly seeing his shadow, the West Nashville Sports League hopes that the prediction of six more weeks of winter does not prove to be true. In an effort to help meet the youth baseball and soccer needs for this area, WNSL staff and volunteers are working long hours to have all workings in place for upcoming spring sports.
Registration for both baseball and soccer remains open (please see our colorful ad in this edition). Go to www.wnsl.org to register. The WNSL accepts entire teams, partial teams, and individual players. Requests for teammates to be on the same team are honored as much as can be accommodated by age and open spots.
WNSL will field a number of teams in the Wookies (ages 4-6), Rookies (ages 6-8), Minors (ages 9-10), Majors (ages 11-12), and Prep (ages 13-16). There are enough teams to play 2-3 Divisions within most age groups, allowing for suitable groupings of teams to bring about more even play and provide the best experience possible. The season begins on March 21st, for all divisions except Prep, and continues until late May. The spring season concludes with an “in house” league tournament, scheduled to begin on May 15th and continue until May 25th.
At the end of the regular season, all players who hit home runs are recognized in a special ceremony. Upon completion of tournament play, individual medallions are given to all players, and some teams are given special recognition as winners of WNSL’s highest award, The Love of the Game Trophy. According to League President, Scott Tygard, “This award is what it is all about, signifying the special teams that go above and beyond to do it right, work hard, listen to coaches, show good sportsmanship in victory and defeat, and to have fun while playing the game.”
With the League Tournament finishing by Memorial Day, all players who want to have a “second-season” are given the opportunity to continue with all-stars, playing other Cal Ripken Leagues. The WNSL believes in giving all players the opportunity to play all-star baseball. As Tygard states, “It is too early to tell at age 6 through 12 who the true all-star baseball player will be, so we give all players this opportunity to improve their game.”
Since many players who play in the Prep Division (13-15 year olds) are currently playing on school teams, that season begins in early May and continues into June. According to Doug Smith, one of the organizers for WNSL Baseball, “Although the season for Prep begins last, we really need Prep players and parents to indicate their intention to participate at this time, since scheduling for this age group will be taking place from now until the end of February”.
This will be the first full season for WNSL to be able to play under-the-lights on the newer baseball fields at Edwin Warner Park, the result of new, state-of-the-art “dark sky” lighting, just completed last June in time for last year’s tournament season. “Having the lights”, said Tygard, “will not be the end of all challenges, but will certainly ease the burden of tight scheduling and re-scheduling of rainouts”. The awesome grass infield fields at Warner Park accompanied with the new lights will provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the youth baseball players in Nashville. Tygard also pointed out that the WNSL partnership with Metro Parks is a very special relationship and is very thankful for Tommy Lynch and Metro Parks in providing their leadership.
WNSL is excited to offer outdoor soccer to ages Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade. This inaugural Spring Soccer league will provide games and practices on the “multi use Fields” at Edwin Warner Park, adjacent to the new baseball fields. The size of the playing area is conducive to “smaller fields, smaller-sided” matches for younger children, a common practice to help develop proper ball skills. There will be co-ed for Pre-K thru 3rd grades. The WNSL looks forward to helping to serve the growing number of soccer players by providing great fields, free practice space for all teams registered in WNSL, complete uniforms, certified officials, clinics for players and coaches, and the lowest registration fees in the area.
You are Invited
The WNSL invites all players, recreational, advanced, or anywhere in-between to register for both spring sports. Online registration is simple by going to www.wnsl.org. If financial aid is needed, the WNSL works diligently to award scholarships in order that no one is turned away for financial reasons. Players that register for both baseball and soccer also receive a discount for playing both sports. Come March, WNSL hopes to see many players from this area on its’ baseball and soccer fields having fun and learning the game.
WNSL Hoping the Groundhog was Incorrect
Bellevue Shooting Stars 3rd Grade WNSL Team. Back Left to right: Coach CJ McAdams, Sarah McAdams, Jayden Surratt, Sadie Hart, Julia Dorssers, Kirsten Lindler, Coach Jerry Surratt Front Left to right: Abby Takahashi, Emmy Sizemore, Anne Hanna, Caroline McWhorter
2nd Grade Girls teams led by Coach Poff and Coach Larkin enjoy their stuffed animals at halftime of their WNSL game on Valentines Saturday.
Young Athletes Enjoy Sweet Valentine's Day
2014 WNSL Wookies Angels and their coaches
Soccer Team 6th grade boys team from Franklin Road Academy