Our amazing league needs a key player. LJ Kolek has been our excellent scheduler for two years. He is stepping down and we need someone to step in. LJ is willing to train you. We need the right person to join our team and you will become part of the leadership team in Westport Softball. Let me know!
The Westport 9-10 All Stars are your State Champions! With a gutty 3-1 win over Waterford's version of Murderers Row who had been undefeated in the tournament until we beat them twice in a row our girls took the banner. In a taut battle Westport's excellent pitching, heady defense and crafty base running led to a true TEAM victory with every girl contributing!
**Westport works hard to balance Fall Ball with soccer, LAX and Field Hockey. We will do everything we can to ensure that we do not compete with those sports in Westport. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that a game against another town (in an "away" situation) won't conflict as they also have town sports that they need to work around. We encourage all girls to play, have fun, and enjoy as many sports as possible.
**Please allow flexibility to potentially play on Sunday afternoons if opposing town has conflicts on Saturday with our time.
**Westport leagues will play with surrounding towns - Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Weston, Wilton, (and more) if they are able to field a team at each level - it will be a great season.
Fall Softball is for girls in PK/K through 10th to play in inter-town leagues as follows:
Instructional League (PreK/K/1) - There will be one Saturday morning game with one practice as determined by the coach. Games have a 1 hour time limit. This is an instructional league. Coaches will pitch and if necessary, pull out the "t" for new batters. Coaches will also "catch" and assist on the field during the play to instruct and support each player through the play. All girls bat and all girls play the field. The Instructional league is to learn the basics of hitting, throwing and catching. Outs do not count but are praised when they are made! There will be travel to other local towns during the Fall season. (Pre-K girls must be 5 during the playing season).
A2 League - 2nd Grade: There will be one Saturday game (early afternoon) with one practice as determined by the coach. Games have a 1.5 hour time limit. Coaches pitch. No official score is kept. Outs are recorded. Innings end with 3 outs or once through the lineup. One base on a hit, or possibly two if the ball goes into the outfield untouched. Girls catch. All players in the field are required to wear a face mask. There will be travel to other local towns during the Fall season.
A3 League - 3rd Grade: There will be one Saturday afternoon game with one practice as determined by the coach. Games have a 1.5 hour time limit. This league begins your girls first real experience with the full game. Girls learn to pitch (but coaches assist, after the pitcher has throw one walk, on every 3rd ball). Two steals per inning, third base is gated. One base on overthrows. Inning ends with 3 outs or 4 runs scored. Balanced playing time requirement - all girls must be given a chance to play both the infield and outfield. Score is kept. Girls catch and all players in the field must wear a face mask. If you sign up to play, your team will be counting on you to be there most of the time. There will be travel to other local towns during the Fall season.
AAA League - 4th & 5th Grades: There will one game per weekend on Saturday with one practice as determined by the coach. No new inning can start after 90 minutes.) Coaches may schedule 2-3 additional games ad hoc if the girls are interested and available. Unlimited stealing except home is gated. Balanced playing/pitching time requirement. All girls on the field must wear a face mask. Teams will not be aligned by school affiliation/friends any longer. All teams will be built with equal strength for balanced play. Girls pitch from 35'. After 2 walks a coach will come in to pitch on 3 ball counts. Scores/standings are kept. There will be travel to other local towns during the Fall season.
Majors League - 6th & 7th Grade: There will be one game per weekend on Saturday with one practice as determined by the coach. Coaches may schedule 2-3 additional games ad hoc if the girls are interested and available. Some playing/pitching time requirements. Girls pitch from 40'. Runners can lead on the pitch and stealing now includes home. The catcher is vital and outfielders see the ball regularly. There will be travel to other local towns during the Fall season.
Juniors League - 8th & 9th Grades: There will be one game per weekend on Saturday with one practice which is determined by the coach. Coaches may schedule 2-3 additional games ad hoc if the girls are interested and available. Pitching is from 43'. Coaches try to schedule around travel tournament commitments of players. There will be travel to local towns during the Fall season.
Cost of season is $175
Financial Aid is available - please see registration form for more information
League assignments will be based on evaluations from the Spring 2015 season by coaches and commissioners.
Season begins Labor Day weekend: weekend of September 5th with Westport teams playing in town.
Inter-town play begins weekend of September 12th.
We need parents to volunteer their time to coach little league softball this fall. The league commissioners will choose a pair of coaches for each team from among those who have volunteered to be the lead coaches and draft teams. Once teams are drafted, each team can add another (league-approved) assistant coach from its roster. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help run our programs, please check the appropriate box when registering.
We will know what other towns are participating bylate August - all towns are in the process of opening their registration and we all will know better numbers in a few weeks. The earlier you register, the more we will know about team options at each level.
Westport 12U All-Stars Win Districts in Dramatic Fashion
For the third time in five days, the Westport 12U All-Stars faced Fairfield in what became the District Championship game, with the winner moving on and the loser having their season end. It was a hot summer's day at the backend of 4th of July weekend, but that didn't stop Westport from battling relentlessly until they lifted the trophy following a dramatic 2-1 9-inning win. The road to Westport's memorable victory began in the second inning, when Ellie Doran scorched an RBI double that put Westport on the board with a 1-0 lead. Westport's star pitcher Sophia Alfero continued to display utter dominance throughout the day, as she took a perfect game into the fifth inning. However, a well-hit RBI double by Fairfield's Kylee Holderied tied the game at 1 late in the fifth, which set up an epic battle which would last another hour. When both teams failed to score in the sixth inning, the game was sent into very suspenseful extra innings. The drama began in the bottom of the seventh, as Westport had the bases loaded with nobody out yet failed to score a run. The sun was beating down on the players, and as tensions rose, energy drained. Westport somehow found a way to overcome these obstacles in the bottom of ninth, when with runners on the corners Maisie Dembski crushed a ground ball that Fairfield was unable to field cleanly, which allowed Jennifer Westphal to score from third. After an amazing 9-inning, 1-run performance, Sophia Alfero lead the team as they ran to right field and back while hoisting their District Champion pennant. Westport now moves onto the Divisional tournament, which begins in Darien next week.