Depending on numbers, we plan on following the age breakout from the Spring:
A2: 1st & 2nd grades
A3: 3rd grade
AAA: 4th & 5th grades
Majors: 6th & 7th grades
Juniors: 8th & 9th grades
As in the past, Instructional, A2, and A3 will practice once a week, with a game on Saturday (or occasionally Sunday afternoons), and AAA, Majors & Juniors will practice once a week with 1-2 games per week, generally on Saturday, and occasionally Friday nights or Sunday afternoons. Practices will be scheduled on a team by team basis, based on player and coach availability. More specific game times will be communicated at the end of the month; in the Fall we generally play other town teams, and our Organizational Meeting isn’t until later in the month. We do our best to schedule games so as not to conflict with traditional Fall sports, so you can sign up without worrying about scheduling issues!
Please register your daughter at by clicking on "Register Now" on the left-hand bar. Be sure to indicate any friend requests, as well as your coaching availability, in the "comments" section. All of our Little League teams are parent-coached, and without you we would not have a softball program!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, or
, VP - Softball.
Registration for 10U Westport Travel Softball is Now Open
Attention Girls in Grades 3, 4 & 5
Similar to years past, Westport will be fielding softball teams at the 10U level that travel and compete against other local town and club level softball programs. The program runs from the Fall through the Spring seasons and player commitment at the 10U level is typically one practice per week and 1-2 games on the weekend (most of which are on Sundays). In other words, commitment to other sports programs does not preclude your daughter(s) from also playing travel softball.
10U softball is open to any girl with a birthdate in 2008, 2009 or 2010, which should include most girls that will be going into 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
Evaluations for 10U travel softball will be held on Wednesday, August 29th and Thursday, August 30th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Meyer Field (participants only need to attend one of the sessions). Depending upon how many girls are interested in playing, we may be able to field multiple Westport travel teams at the 10U level, so all age and experience levels are encouraged to at least participate in the evaluations.
More information will follow as the evaluation dates get closer, but we encourage everyone interested in 10U travel softball to please sign-up by clicking on "Register Now" on the lefthand side bar. Please register even if you cannot make the dates, and let us know via email -- we will arrange something else for you.
In the interim, if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Rob directly.
Ever wonder where the name “the Wreckers” came from?
According to the Wreckers Football website: "Prior to the 1920's, Staples High School teams were known as the Minutemen. A logical name for a town known for it's part in the Revolutionary War. However, all of that changed in the 1920’s.
At that time, Norwalk High School was having a great undefeated season on the gridiron. They specifically chose Staples to play during their Homecoming game, knowing that Staples was an 'easy' win. Unfortunately for Norwalk, the Staples football team came in and crushed the undefeated team. Headlines the following day read, "Staples High Wrecks Norwalk's Homecoming!”
Since that time, Staples High School teams have been known as THE WRECKERS!"
Just an interesting bit of trivia to pull out at your next party.... Oh, and in case anyone is looking to dress up as the mascot, the "wrecker" is a caricature of a construction worker wearing a hard hat, who has arms as big as trees and a chin to match. He holds a wrecking bar in his left hand and a sledgehammer in his right, and was designed by Staples graduate Tom Wall in 1980.
Many of you may know Ellie Doran, a Staples junior and member of the Staples Softball Team. She’s been playing softball in town since she was 9 years old.
Ellie’s older sister, Rachel, a 2015 Staples graduate, was recently diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS ) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS), a rare reaction to common medications that has resulted in severe burns to 95% of her body. She was treated at Bridgeport Hospital’s Connecticut Burn Center for two weeks before being transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for the treatment of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS ), another rare and life-threatening syndrome. Rachel is currently in the ICU on a special lung protocol called ECMO and dialysis.
Rachel and Ellie’s parents, Lisa and Alan, have been at their daughter’s side for weeks, unable to go to work. Friends of the family recently started a GoFundMe page to help them through this difficult time; please click here if you would like to contribute. You can also read more about Rachel’s story on Dan Woog’s blog, 06880.
A2 Ballies...pictured top to bottom, left to right: Keaton L., Rachel Y., Julianne P., Nathalie B., Pheobe N., Hadley M. Not pictured: Alina K., Morgan and Molly S., Abigail Z., and coaches John Nunziato and Bill Spencer.