North Des Moines Girls Softball
North Des Moines Girls Softball League, Inc. (NDMGS) is located at 4750 NW Morningstar Drive. Take 12th Street North, when you get past Aurora it turns into Morningstar Drive. Continue North and the road curves to the left, after the curve the ball fields are on the right. Go to the second gate (the first gate is Highland Park Little League).
NDMGS is a 501 3(c) non-profit organization that began in 1969 as a part of Junior Miss Softball and was located near the Firestone tire plant. A short time after that a loan for the 18 acres at our current location was approved and has since been paid off. In addition, the affiliation has changed from the Amateur Softball Association to USSSA softball.
We have six ASA/USSSA regulation softball fields, including one with lights. All of the fields have sprinklers for the infields. We also have two batting cages with Jugs pitching machines.
The Park has 20 volunteer Board Members plus many volunteer coaches that dedicate countless hours to provide the players a stellar program and complex.
This year we are hosting three tournaments. The 14, 16, 18 & under Flower Power Tournament occuring the first weekend in May. The Memorial Day Match-Up for 12 & Under, and finally the 8/10 & Under Flower Power occurring in June. WE have also guest hosted several tournaments for the state director as we have well-groomed fields and one of the state's best concession stands out there.
Bam Bam League boys & girls ages 3-4 This League is designed to give the children an opportunity to get the feel for the game of softball. Parents are encouraged to be with their children while at bat and on the field.
Pee-Wee Divison for 5 & 6 year olds. This is a fairly new division that allows the furthering of softball knowledge while incorporating the safety necessary for this age division. This is your typical "tee ball" division.
Pixie Division girls ages7-8 . The batter is pitched to by the coach or parent. It’s this age that the real basic fundamentals of the game are taught. Hitting, running, fielding (and knowing where to throw it) are worked on at this level. The concept of the team and working together as a team is taught.
Petite Division girls ages 9-10 This is the next step up from Pixie. This division is still a learning division where the fundamentals are reinforced and additional concepts like bunting and base stealing are also taught. Regular ASA/USSSA rules are enforced in this age group with some minor modifications to keep the game moving along. Again the foundation of a team is teamwork and sportsmanship.
Junior/Intermediate Divisionsgirls ages 11-18. We used to split this division into 11 & 12 and 13 & up, but due to many girls playing travel softball we find that keeping this division together allows to continue teaching the girls the game and remaining competitive at the same time. Since not all girls go out for high school ball it still allows those who love the sport the opportunity to continue to play.