Why a Middle School Softball Program?
Loudoun County has a number of recreation, travel softball, and high school softball programs providing opportunities for female athletes and the middle school program was created to work like those in neighboring counties and the boys’ baseball program currently in place in Loudoun. Additionally, youth sports organizations sponsor other middle school programs (basketball, volleyball, wrestling, etc.)
What Leagues/Schools are participating in the Program?
Ashburn Girls Softball League schools – Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Trailside
Leesburg Girls Softball League schools – Harper Park, Simpson, Smarts Mill
Dulles Youth Sports – Brambleton, Lunsford, Mercer, Stone Hill, Willard
WLGSL - Harmony and Blue Ridge
LLGSL – Riverbend, Sterling, Seneca Ridge
What is the benefit of the Middle School Softball Program?
The middle school program provides young ladies at participating middle schools the opportunity to represent their school, enhance school spirit, develop camaraderie, encourage teamwork, and to further develop their softball skills while developing relationships with the girls they will play with in high school. The program will also provide an opportunity to encourage participation in their high school programs as the middle school players practice and play together before they try out for their respective high school teams.
How does the Middle School Softball Program differ from House League and Travel Team Softball?
The middle school softball program provides interested players an opportunity to play a more competitive level of softball, but not with the full commitment of a travel program. However, this is not a developmental program. Therefore, it is required that each girl be actively playing in either a house or travel program during the spring. Teams will be encouraged to make sure players get playing time, however there are no guaranteed playing time minimums. Rosters will be staffed to accommodate different skills levels and potential schedule conflicts.
How will the Middle School Softball Program work?
Tryouts will be held in February. Announcements will be made through the league websites. The season will run from late March through the end of May with playoffs to be held at seasons end.
· About an 10-12 game season with single elimination playoffs or possible tournament style playoff (pool play and championships).
· Time commitment is two evenings per week, Mondays and Fridays. Due to the number of middle schools in the area, Monday and Friday are likely to all be games, with a few bye dates, that would be used for makeup games as needed. It may be necessary to have games on other days, particularly playoff week.
All age eligible middle school female athletes (grades 6th – 8th) are eligible to tryout. One team will be formed for each participating middle school from players that attend that school or are home schooled but live in the attendance boundary for their school. Schools may be combined if numbers do not support adequate team size or at the league's discretion. Only one team per middle school.
Each participating league will be responsible for managing tryouts, field allocations, coach selection, team selection, practice schedules, and uniforms for the middle schools in their jurisdiction. Games will be officiated using Virginia High School League (VHSL) rules.
What is the cost to play in the Middle School Softball Program?
$160 which must be paid when registering. This fee covers the player jersey and socks, along with coach's equipment, field fees, and umpires. Middle school players must provide their own gear and black sliding pants.
Can a player simultaneously play in both Middle School Softball and other Softball programs?
Yes, and they are expected to. There may be times when Middle School Softball may conflict with other commitments. The leagues will work to minimize the impact of potential scheduling conflicts as much as possible. Additionally, it will be very important that each player discuss their situation with their coaches to set expectations.
Should I register my player in both house league (if not a travel player) and Middle School Softball?
Yes, you will need to register for both only if the player is not an active player with a travel team. If your player is selected for the middle school team, she must play for the house team as well, unless she is an active player on a travel team.
How will team selection be determined?
Player selection and team size will be determined by individual coaches and the process established by participating leagues.
What happens if my player is not selected for the Middle School team?
If a player does not make the middle school team, the fee middle school registration fee will be refunded, and they should continue to play for their respective house or travel team.
Who can I contact if I have questions not answered here?
Please contact your Middle School coordinator listed below:
AGSL – Cory Saylor | email@example.com
LGSL – Bill Bacci | firstname.lastname@example.org
DYS – Matt Lawrence | email@example.com
LLGSL – Rob Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org
WLGSL – Chris DeLancey | email@example.com