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Our goal for this league was for us to grow beyond the borders of Forney. However, we knew that for us to have the financial resources and flexibility to accomplish that goal we would have to form a separate organization for girls' softball. Metro East Softball Association, also known as MESA Softball, was created on November 15, 2004 with the filing of its Articles of Incorporation with the State of Texas.
MESA has grown rapidly since its inception. We have experienced growth in excess of 100% since 2008. In 2017 we had 70 teams from sixteen cities in Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, and Van Zandt Counties. We hope to set another record in 2018. We have the largest girls' softball league in north Texas for the simple reason that we have the best girls' softball league. Teams that join MESA want to stay here.
In 2009, the City of Forney gave us the keys to Forney's' new Community Park Softball Complex. Forney's Community Park Softball complex is the best youth softball facility in the State of Texas. If you haven't seen it yet, please drive out to Forney to take a look at it. You will want your daughters playing here.
In addition to league play, MESA hosts numerous VTD tournaments throughout the year. Our tournaments have become very popular because we offer the players, coaches and spectators the best tournament experience. We treat our tournament teams like they are part of MESA. We believe that as word gets out about our first-class facility and how well our tournaments are run, MESA will become the top tournament destination in north Texas.
Please don't let the low cost of our league fees cause you concern. MESA offers more for it's teams than leagues that charge three times what we charge. Your fee gets you an 12 game spring season, 8 game summer and fall seasons (and rain-outs will be made up). We have paid field workers, paid score keepers, and we have two umpires per game for 10U and up (one umpire for 6U and 8U). Our coaches don't have to mark the field, pick up the bases, or do any other field-related task. Our coaches don't have to do anything but coach the game.
Our fees are low for two reasons. We are very careful with MESA's money and the revenue generated from our tournaments subsidizes our league fees. At the end of the year if we have accumulated more money than we need, we don't think of ways to spend it. We have lowered our registration fees for the past 3 years. Isn't that the way a youth sports organization should be run?
Our 2016 Fall League fees are will be posted this week. There are no hidden fees and we do not have fund-raisers.
We know you will enjoy being a part of MESA.
Michelle Whitsell, Chief Executive Officer/President
Metro East Softball Association, d/b/a MESA Softball
MESA Board of Directors
President/CEO - Michelle Whitsell
Vice President - Tracie Moseley
Treasurer - Stacey Kretz