The Hamilton Wenham Little League Board of Directors recently voted to establish the Hamilton Wenham Girls Softball program starting this Spring.
“We are very excited to re-launch softball within Hamilton Wenham.” proclaimed HWLL President, Len Dolan”. “We have seen a consistent rise in the number of girls playing baseball over the past few years and we hope that trend continues. However, we realize that we may not be reaching all the girls in the community and that some may prefer to play softball.”
Little League had been discussing this initiative for a number of years and recently put out a survey to the community aimed at identifying the potential interest in softball. A sub-committee was also formed to research the local softball programs and leagues and meetings were held with members of the Recreation and High School Athletic Departments.
“Our main goal in year one is to incubate a girls softball program that is focused on fun, player development, team camaraderie and competition commensurate to the skill level of our teams” explained Dolan. “In the end, we want the girls to have enjoyed their experience and be excited about coming back in year two. We hope word spreads and the program grows as a result.”
Hamilton Wenham Girls Softball has reached an agreement to join the Essex County Womens Softball League, which emphasizes skill development as part of their charter. “We recognize that we need to “walk before we run” added sub-committee member, Augie MacCurrach. “ECWSL seems like the perfect fit for what we are trying to accomplish as a league at this point and we were fortunate to have them essentially in our back yard!”
Registration for Girls Softball (HWGS) will open on Friday, February 8th. To register for Hamilton Wenham Girls Softball, please visit https://hamiltonwenhamlittleleague.sportssignup.com/RegSystem/Accounts. The cost will be $125 per player. All families are encouraged to register their daughter(s) prior to March 15th as it will aid the league with its planning and logistics. Roster space may be limited.
Depending upon the level of interest and HWGS’s ability to recruit softball coaches and volunteers, the hope is to initially field teams in three divisions; Farm League (3rd and 4th Grade), Junior League (5th and 6th Grade) and a Senior League consisting of 7th, 8th and 9th Graders. Children younger than 8 years old are encouraged to develop their skills in Little League.
Hamilton Wenham Girls Softball will host a Community Meeting on Monday, February 11th at 6:30PM at the Public Library in the Children’s’ Programming Room. Volunteers who are interested in coaching should contact Bill Cooke, HW Girls Softball Director, at email@example.com.
Any questions regarding Little League or Softball can also be directed to Len Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org.