Greater Altoona Girls Softball AssociationAltoona, IA

by posted 09/27/2020



2021 Projects and Improvements: 

-This year nets were added to all four batting cages.  The nets are intended to keep balls inside the cages and prevent balls from deflecting off the top of the cage.  A new Jugs BP1 softball pitching machine was purchased along with new pitching machine balls. 

-Through a continued partnership with Coke and Atlantic Bottling, new refrigeration equipment was installed to replace aging equipment in the concession stand.  Further improvements are planned this year utilizing grants from Coke and EPIC as well as capital improvement matching funds. 

-Members of the Southeast Polk Construction Class built a new shed near field 1.  The shed pad was designed to also accomidate a portable restroom. 

-GAGSA will be purchasing new catching gear for each of our league team equipmet bags. New equipment will be distributed to teams throughout the year.   

-Field 6 dugout roof was replaced after being ripped off by the Derecho storm in 2020.  Repairs were also made to field 4 backstop from damage sustained during the same storm. 

-New air conditioning was purchased and installed in the concession stand to replace a damaged system. 

-A portable AED (automatic emergency defibrillator) was purchasd and installed at the Sam Wise softball complex. 

-The City of Altoona has approved funding to renovate four fields at the Sam Wise complex.  Work is expected to begin on two baseball and two softball fields in July.  The city will also be making improvements to storm water drainage and retention at the complex as well as repairs to hard surfaces.  GAGSA plans to fund the resurfacing of 2 additional game fields is summer.  Addtional improvements are also being made to improve playability of the fields thoughout the season.  


Website & GAGSA App: You will notice some changes to the look and feel of our website. We have made these changes to help improve online capabilities, including registration and payments, field, cage, and pitching lane reservations/scheduling, game scheduling as well as home pages for each team that will include notifications sent directly to parents when changes to schedules occur or reminders of upcoming events. 

Coaches and parents can also download the SportsSignUp Play App and link to their teams.  The app can be used to view upcoming team schedule, league standings, and team roster. 


Registration Process:  You may have noticed that there were some increases in cost for registration. These increases were added to both our Tournament and League programs equally. For the 2020 Spring/Summer season, the board has elected to not do a fundraiser, but instead will charge a $15 capital improvement fee. This change is not only in response to survey suggestions, but also based on the performance of the fundraiser the past few years. This money will go directly back into the complex to provide more opportunities for the members (complex additions are highlighted below). 

The board also passed a change with the volunteer process. There is a $40 volunteer deposit included with the registration this year.  This money will not be kept by GAGSA, but will be used to pay for volunteer shifts.  Each member will have the opportunity to work a shift (4 hours) and will receive the $40 back. If the member chooses to not work a shift, this $40 will be used to pay for a volunteer to cover that shift. We have added our volunteer schedule to our website and members are able to sign-up for shifts that work for their schedule. This is a change from years past, where entire teams were assigned shifts to cover. This also comes from recommendations received from our surveys this past year. 

Our organization is entirely volunteer based. We generate the majority of our revenue to maintain and improve the complex from hosting not only league nights, but tournaments during the weekend. We are asking each family to work a total of 4 hours to help during the season. If members would like to volunteer for additional shifts, we of course would appreciate that too!

2021 Hosted Tournaments at Sam Wise Softball Complex (TBD)