FALL SOFTBALL AND TRAVEL SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!!!
Fall Little League Softball (Fall Ball) is a fun, recreational season that runs for about 8 weeks in the Fall and is played with surrounding towns. Fall Ball has an atmosphere of "travel" to it, but the travel is limited to local towns. Fall Ball is a less competitive league.
Travel Softball is a more competitive program and will run throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring months. We are holding tryouts this month for all girls age 8-14 that are looking for a slightly more competitive and continuous softball program. These teams will play in the surrounding towns, but they will also travel greater lengths for tournaments. The winter months include "conditioning" and skills development. If you are interested in trying out for travel softball, but still have questions, please let me know and I will direct you to the appropriate coaching staff - Terri Dusch (
). There is no cost to tryout, but we do require pre-registration so that we can plan and staff the tryouts accordingly.
Welcome to registration for 2016 Fall Little League softball. Fall Little League softball is organized by grade, and we are running programs for Grades PK/K, 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6/7 and 8/9 combined No evaluations or tryouts are required for Fall Little League softball. If your child is playing Travel softball this Fall, there is no requirement to also play Fall Little League softball. However, we strongly encourage all Travel players to also participate in our Fall Little League softball program. There is one game per week on Saturdays and one practice per week. The season is expected to begin on Saturday, September 3 and end on Saturday, October 29.
Teams are expected to be selected and announced during the week of August 29. Team practices will be scheduled by coaches once teams are selected. When registering, please note all potential conflicts in your child’s Fall schedule so that those responsible for putting teams and practice schedules together can try to avoid schedule conflicts.
**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 are working with the other towns to determine game times currently and we will note it as soon as we have more information. 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.
The registration fee for Fall softball is $185.00 for Grades 3 through 8/9, and $150.00 for Grades PK/K through 2, for those that register by August 21. After August 21, the registration fee increases to $235 for Grades 3 through 8/9 and $200 for Grades PK/K through 2. Please note that your registration is not considered complete until payment of the registration fee is made. Any registration that is not completed and paid in full within 2 hours will be deleted and your child will not be placed on a team. If you are applying for financial aid, please be sure you have completed the online registration and selected the financial aid option. Your registration will not be deleted for non-payment.
**We are always looking for youth umpires as well for AA3 games - AAA games.
Fall Softball is for girls in PK/K through 8/9 to play in inter-town leagues as follows:
Instructional League (PreK/K/1) - There will be one Saturday 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.
A2 League - 2nd Grade: There will be one Saturday game 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 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.
Travel softball teams and evaluations will be noted shortly, if you have a child interested in travel, please let me know - Terri Dusch, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will know what other towns are participating by late 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.
Refunds will be issued (less a $25 processing fee) before the announcement of team rosters. After team rosters are announced, refunds will only be issued (on a pro-rata basis) for season-ending injuries with a doctor's note.
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.
If you have any questions about our programs, please contact Terri Dusch, email@example.com, and she will direct your question to the appropriate commissioner.