NWS Elite

Frequently Asked Question

 

What is NWS Elite all about?

NWS Elite is a Non Profit 501C Corporation registered in with the State of Massachusetts under ID # 043559924.

NWS Elite has been existence since 1999 and has run the most successful 16U, 18U and 23U programs in Western Massachusetts, as well as supporting Girls Fastpitch programs at the Westfield Boys & Girls Club (in Westfield Mass), in such areas as Fall / Winter Fastpitch Training Programs and Softball Skills Clinics. Over the years, NWS Elite has tried to have a full compliment of teams at 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U and 23U. This has not always been possible, however we continue to strive to maintain a complete suite of teams from 12U through College level.

NWS Elite's purpose is to provide an organization that promotes and utilizes the game of Fastpitch Softball for the development of well rounded young women, who will then be able to meet life's challenges. And to use our organization, as well as it's past and present members, to assist these young ladies as they begin their adult lives. In particular, our organization tries to focus and assist girls at risk.

  • What are NWS Elite's Short term plans?

NWS Elite's plan is to run teams at 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U and 23U Tournament Teams, and compete in the best tournaments we can find in the New England area, each year.

In addition, working with the Westfield Boys & Girls Club, it is NWS Elite's intention to run a "Fastpitch Pitching Training Program", and "Fastpitch Hitting Training Program"each year from September - April, for the purpose of developing pitchers, catchers and hitters (in the age groups on 8-23 years old), who can then compete on local and tournament level teams each year with a high degree of success.

NWS Elite hopes to maintain a complete "staircase" of Tournament Travel Level teams, from 12U - 23U, which allows fastpitch players from Western Mass and surrounding areas to advance through the age groups without having to change organizations.

NWS Elite also hopes to help the Westfield Boys & Girls Club field a team (or possibly two teams), in a local Girls Fastpitch Softball League (Age Groups of 12U, 14U or 16U), to grow local participation in the lower age groups, in the hopes of attracting girls at risk to participate and grow as players and individuals.

  • What are NWS Elite's Long term plans?

NWS Elite's Long Term Plan is to continue to solidify the NWS Elite organization into a self sustaining league with teams in 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U and 23U, and a self sustaining Softball Organization, run by former players and coaches, who's purpose is focused on the betterment of the game of Fastpitch Softball, and on all the individuals involved in our organization, past and present.

It is our intention to utilize the talent and experience of the personnel in our organization to help the "up and coming" coaches and players to experience similar life learning events and challenges as those that came before them, to grow to love and respect the game, and to then....pass it on again.

In addition, NWS Elite plans to try to bring some of the top female softball players to the area to hold clinics and training sessions, to help further raise the level of the game in the New England Area.

It should be noted that donations made to NWS Elite to support our programs, may be tax deductible

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NWS Elite
Frequently Asked Questions

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    • Does NWS Elite assist its players with College recruiting? <answer>
    • What is the NWS Elite time commitment to the team? <answer>
    • Can you play other sports while on the NWS Elite team? <answer>
    • What are the parents expected to pay for on NWS Elite? <answer>
    • I heard that NWS Elite players have curfews when they go to tournaments. Is that true? <answer>
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    • Once you make the NWS Elite team, can you get cut the next year? <answer>

What is NWS Elite all about?

For our older teams, NWS Elite is a year round program that includes a short "Fall Ball" schedule, a winter indoor game program, winter indoor skills training, and a minimum of six summer tournaments in the best PONY, NSA & ASA events available, as well as at least one National tournament.

Since NWS Elite was started in 1999, it has been the most successful 16U, 18U & 23U girls fastpitch program in Western Mass history, and attempt to have teams from 12U through college level, each year.

You can view our team achieves shows results, photos and videos at the link below:

Click here for NWS Elite Team Archives

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How much does it cost to play on NWS Elite?

NWS Elite charges its players a fee to play on the team (Determined annually). NWS Elite softball teams are operated NWS Elite Inc. of Southwick, Mass in combination with the Boy's & Girls Club of Greater Westfield. We solicit sponsorships, and donations for our teams, however these generally funds do not cover the total cost of operating our teams each year.

To make up the difference, a player fee is charged. However, the teams are allowed and encourage to fund raise as much as they wish to mitigate / eliminate the player fee. Our most common fund raising method in the past has been a team "Program Guide". (However, other fund raising methods have also been employed). We try to minize fees as much as possible to keep our programs minimize no all players. If a player cannot afford to pay the fee, NWS Elite will work with the player / family to resolve this issue to the best of our ability.

The Program Guide mentioned above, is designed to highlight each player via a "Player Profile" with a photograph, basic information, academic and athletic achievements, as well as goals.

Players raise money by securing sponsors for the Program Guide, which are listed adjacent the player's profile.

The guide is distributed to college coaches at tournaments and NWS Elite events, is available to each player for college recruiting purposes, and is available to the general public. This basic information is most often provided on line via the NWS Elite web site to allow college coaches to review potential player information for recruiting purposes. The site also provides secure E Mail addresses to allow coaches to easily contact potential student athletes, to help facilitate the recruiting process.

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Is NWS Elite a non-profit organization?

Yes. NWS Elite is a qualified non-profit organization. This means that donations to NWS Elite for it's Softball program may be deductible as charitable donations.

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Does NWS Elite accept tax-deductible donations from the general public or businesses for the team?

Yes we do. If the donor wishes, we can match a donor with a player and list the donor/business in the NWS Elite Program Guide, explained above. However, anonymous donations are also welcomed. All donations help defer the costs of the program. If you wish to sponsor a player please click here. General team donations can be made sent to "NWS Elite, Inc. 24 South View Dr., Southwick, Ma. 01077". Please note "NWS Elite Softball" on the memo section of your check. Thanks to all our donors for all your support!

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Does NWS Elite assist its players with College recruiting?

Yes. NWS Elite has a solid record of placing its players in college, and in college softball programs. (See the "Hall of Fame" section of the NWS Elite Web site).

Over the years, the NWS Elite coaching staff has developed a recruiting process and procedure that involves the players, parents and coaches. All NWS Elite players are exposed to the process and procedure each year, as an integral part of the NWS Elite softball program.

As mentioned above, in the past, player information is also provided to college coaches via our "Program Guide" and on line via the NWS Elite web site. This allows college coaches to review potential player information for recruiting purposes. The site also provides secure E Mail addresses that allow coaches to easily contact potential student athletes, to help facilitate the recruiting process.

Players that wish to pursue college and college softball are assisted to the maximum extent possible.

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What is the NWS Elite time commitment to the team?

For the most part, NWS Elite is a year round softball program that believes in instruction, proper training and practice to achieve success.

The NWS Elite season begins in the fall with tryouts that last for several weeks, followed by a short fall ball season through approximately mid October. Saturday and Sunday are typically the days utilized for practice/games in the fall.

Our winter indoor season begins in November and includes both indoor training sessions and indoor games / tournaments.

Because of association with the Westfield Buy & Girls Club, we have access to safe and modern practice facility (including a 12,000 sq .ft. gym and indoor hitting cage).

Our winter season typically runs through early March, and coincides with the start of the High School season.

For our older teams, our summer season begins in early June and runs through the end of July/early August, and typically includes a minimum if (6) competitive tournaments.

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Can you play other sports while on an NWS Elite team?

Yes. NWS Elite defers team commitment for several legitimate reasons. These include family commitments, academics, school sports, religious activities, or any other player responsibility. All we ask is that players communicate with us, to allow us to plan around their obligations.

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What are the parents expected to pay for participation on a NWS Elite team?

NWS Elite parents are expected to cover the costs of lodging and food for their family and their players for our summer tournament season, with the exception of the trip to the national tournament, where NWS Elite assists in covering the costs for players (via fund raising) for the families.

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I heard that NWS Elite players have curfews when they go to tournaments. Is that true?

NWS Elite believes that you cannot perform your best without a good nights sleep. For this reason, NWS Elite usually travels to the tournament sites the night before our first game, and players are required to be in their rooms at a reasonable time (set by the coaching staff) to insure they get enough rest to play at the top of their game.

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Does NWS Elite promise playing time to players?

No. NWS Elite believes in putting the "best nine" on the field for each game. No promises are made to players for playing time, positions, etc.

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Once you make an NWS Elite team, can you get cut the next year?

NWS Elite general policy is to be loyal to players that have made the team. Therefore, we generally do not cut players from the team that participated the previous year, provided that they continue to participate within the policies of the team.

This is not, however, a promise of playing time.

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