Dear WCGS Family,
My name is Cary Edwards, and I am President of the WCGS Board of Directors. I am excited to begin my 5th year as President and look forward to continuing to build on the legacy that has been created by my predecessors.
Since coming to the park in 2007, I have watched three of our daughters play through their high school years and graduate from the program. Additionally, I have twin 13-year-olds currently participating in the travel program and my only son umpired in the park for several years during high school. I say that to say this, West Cobb Girls Softball has become very important to our family and I, along with our current Board, will work as hard as we can to continue to provide the best experience and league possible for our girls.
The mission for WCGS is to promote love of the game, skill development, self-esteem, teamwork, respect and good sportsmanship through a fun, safe and positive playing environment. Our #1 goal however, is to have your daughter play softball with us long term and be eligible for our scholarship program when she graduates high school. Obviously, for many various reasons this will not happen with every girl but regardless we will endeavor to achieve this objective with every one of them.
My all time favorite responsibility as President is to read through the scholarship applications and I can tell you unequivocally that the number one word used in all the essays was "FAMILY" and second was "FRIENDSHIPS". Unlike some sports, a girl can play at West Cobb from the time they are 4 until they graduate high school, and because of this our park has always had a real community and family feel to it. One of our goals every year is to continue to foster the family atmosphere of the park and create some events that will bring us even closer as a community. I hope when you see these events come across your email or Facebook that you will take part in them. Past events have included Olympic viewing parties, WCGS day at the Braves game and Fall Festival, just to name a few. Not only would I love to hear your feedback on these ideas but would also welcome suggestions for other things and events we can do within our park to serve our community.
One of the things we ask from out parents is to help out for one shift per season in the concession stand. Many will opt out but I hope you will not look at this as a negative or a burden but as doing your part to serve the community, to help maintain affordability and most importantly to get to know your fellow WCGS family members….who knows you might just meet your next best friend while serving a cheeseburger combo.
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for registering your daughter in our league. We know there are a lot of options for her recreation, and we are grateful that you have entrusted WCGS. These girls mean the world to us, and we will do the best we can to give them a wonderful experience. Will there be some tough decisions along the way? Of course there will, but we will always attempt to make the decision we think is in the best interest of the girls and the league. It is not always easy but the road is littered with dead squirrels who couldn't make a decision- so we will make the decisions and keep moving forward. I urge you to go to our website and make yourself familiar with all of our rules so you can be informed as best you can. If you have an issue please present your problem first to your daughter's coach in a considerate and respectful way. Please remember these coaches are 100% volunteer, are a part of our community and are doing the best they can to serve our girls. Should your conversation with the coach not resolve your issue, please identify your league director and speak with them next. Should the board need to intervene at that time we will do so. We all want what we deem best for our kids but I can promise you from reading the scholarship essays that what sticks with these girls are the friendships, relationships and memories they make through the years. I would ask that we not lose sight of this when things don't go exactly the way we would like. Two things you will never regret are showing kindness and helping others.
I hope you all have a great fall season, I look forward to meeting those of you I don't know and visiting with all that I do!
July 18, 2022