Welcome to the 2nd Season of the Middle School Softball Program? in Loudoun County!
While Loudoun County has a number of recreation, travel softball, and high school softball programs providing opportunities for female athletes, it does not have a middle school program like the ones in neighboring counties and the one in place for boys’ baseball in Loudoun. Additionally other youth sports sponsor middle school programs (basketball, volleyball, wrestling, etc.) Spring 2019 was the inaugural season with 3 softball leagues (AGSL, LGSL, LLGSL) and 10 schools participating. The program has expanded for the 2020 season with all softball leagues in the county participating!
LGSL Schools – Harper Park, Simpson, Smarts Mill
LGLLS Schools – Brambleton/Stone Hill, Lunsford, Mercer/Willard
AGSL Schools Belmont Ridge, Trailside, Farmwell/Riverbend, Eagle Ridge
New Teams for 2020
WLGSL - Harmony & 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 from the 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 than house league, but not with the full commitment of a travel softball program. It also provides 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. Teams will be encouraged to make sure players get playing time, however there are no garaunteed playing time minimums. Rosters will be staffed to accommodate different skills levels and potential schedule conflicts.
How will the Middle School Softball Program work?
Projected Start Date – Tryouts in Late Feb/early March 2020
Season runs late March through late May with playoffs late May/early June
About a 10 game season with single elimination playoffs or possible tournament style playoff (pool play and championships)
1 game per week and 1 practice per week
All 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, are homeschooled or attend a private school, but live in the attendance boundary for their public school
Schools may be combined if numbers do not support adequate team size
Each participating league is responsible for handling try-outs, field allocations, coach selection, team selection, practice schedules and uniforms for the middle schools in their jurisdiction
Games will be officiated using USA Softball rules with local program modifications
What is the anticipated cost to play in the Middle School Softball Program?
$120 (non-refundable) which is payable if you player is offered and accepts a position on the team
Can a player simultaneously play in both Middle School Softball and other Softball programs?
Yes - If a player makes the middle school team and is not on a travel team, they may be required to play house league per their softball league's Rules. LGSL requires non-travel team players to also play in LGSL House League. Schedules are worked to deconflict games/practices to the maxium extent practicle. There may be times where Middle School Softball conflicts 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. Please also register in house league and pay the house league fee if you player is not on a travel team. Middle School fees will be paid only if your players makes the team. A discount will be applied if playing both house and middle school.
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?
See answer above in "Should I register in both house and middle school.
Who can I contact if I have questions not answered here?
, Middle School Program Director
, LGSL President