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Montesano Girls Softball Association changes leagues

The Montesano Girls Softball Association (MGSA) has announced changes for the 2014 season that may affect its teams’ local play.

At its October meeting, the organization’s board of directors voted to drop out of the American Softball Association (ASA) and move over to the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). The board made the decision based on the flexibility of playing options, increased player development, lower fees and superior support offered by the USSSA state staff.

“Most of our older teams were participating in USSSA tournaments on the weekends and had to purchase additional insurance in order to do so because the insurance we had did not cover non-ASA sanctioned events,” stated Lynsi Polanco, MGSA board president. “Making this move will ultimately save time for our volunteer coaches and money for the players’ parents,” added Polanco. “The move will also open up additional opportunities to play different local teams, as well as the prospect for younger teams to participate in tournaments.”

The move to the USSSA, however, will cease MGSA’s membership of the Coastal Fastpitch League, a league operated through the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department. That league included Montesano, Elma, Aberdeen, Westport, Grayland and Raymond/South Bend in 2013.

“We are hoping we can still play some of the other local associations, but that remains to be seen at this point in time,” Polanco stated.

The Montesano organization is working on lining up the 2014 season schedule and will be announcing more in the coming months.

“We will have a better idea of how the new USSSA season will look in February after we have all players registered and the teams determined,” Polanco stated.

The next MGSA board meeting is set for Nov. 10. If any parents or coaches are interested in attending and/or have questions about the USSSA move, please email president@montegsa.org.

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