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How do I register?

Registration is done online through our website (www.WestwoodYouthSoftball.org).  Click on the Register Online menu tab on the left during the open registration period. 

 When do the different seasons start and end?

Spring season  - starts after April Vacation and runs through mid June 

Summer season - starts mid June and runs through the end of July

Fall season - starts mid September and runs through the end of October  

  When are the games played?

Grade 1&2 games are usually scheduled Monday through Friday starting around 5:45 PM.  One or two games per week. Typically for these grade level teams, coaches will hold a practice session for 30-45 minutes and then teams will play a 30-45 minute game.  

     Grade 1 & 2 play: Mondays and Wednesdays and some Fridays at Deerfield 

Grades 3 through 8 league games are scheduled twice a week in the spring and once a week in the fall. Players are asked to arrive approximately 1/2 hr before each game for warm-ups.  For Grades 3 through 8, practices are scheduled by the team's coaches and typically there is one practice a week.  

Games for each travel league are listed below:

Norfolk County Softball League NCSL- Spring

  • Grade 6, 7 and 8 -  Tuesday, Thursday and some Friday evenings (6pm)
  • Grade 3, 4 and 5 and Grade 7&8 - Tuesday, Thursday and some Friday evenings (6pm)

Hockomock Girls Softball League - Summer

  • U10 and U14 - Tuesday and Thursday evenings  (6pm)
  • U12 - Monday and Wednesday evenings (6pm)

Metrowest  Girls Softball League - Fall

  • Grade 3&4 - Saturday late afternoons (3:30pm)
  • Grade 5&6 - Sunday afternoons (1pm)

Charles River Softball League - Fall

  • U14 - Sunday doubleheader (9am)
  • U18 - Sunday (10am)

 

 What equipment does a player need?

All players need their own glove. Grades 1 through 5 smallest size 11". The girls use an 11" ball that needs to fit in the glove. A batting glove may help with the size if the glove seems too big. 

Rubber cleats are recommended, but not required.  

Although helmets can be supplied by coaches, most players feel more comfortable wearing their own helmet. All helmets for travel league players (ie. grades 3 through 8) MUST have cages.Chinstraps are no longer required by USA.

Westwood Youth Softball strongly recommends that all players also wear an infielder mask, especially when pitching and playing any infield position. 

Westwood Youth Softball also recommends softball/baseball pants for grades 3 through 8. And sliding pads for players in Grades 6 through 8, as sliding is taught and encouraged in certain situations.  

Each team has an equipment bag with balls, bats, and catcher equipment. 

Players may decide to use their own bat. However, all bats used in travel league games must have an USA/ASA approved bats only. Umpires will check bats prior to the game.

Where are the home games played? (subject to change)

            Westwood High School

            Senior Center Field (Nahatan Street),

            Deerfield Fields #1 and #2

Are there umpires for the games?

All league games for Grades 3 though 8 will have USA Umpires. The Umpire controls the game. Coaches may not talk to the umpires while a game is in progress except to ask a question about the progress of the game. (i.e. "What is the count?" Or "How many outs are there?"). Please treat them with respect at all times. If you wish to discuss something with the umpire, please do so between innings.

Grade 1&2 typically do not have umpires but coaches or parents may volunteer as needed.

What is the approach to softball for Grades 1 & 2? 

  • Coaches pitch to their own team
  • Every player bats each inning
  • Runs and outs are not counted at beginning of season but may be gradually introduced during the season 
  • Fundamentals of hitting, throwing and field positioning are developed with each player.  
  • Multiple coaches and assistant coaches are utilized during each game.

Summer Travel League (U10, U12, and U14)

Westwood Youth Softball has recently joined the Hockomock summer league.  Typically this is a more competitve league.  Team rosters are limited.  If there is a greater number of players registered than allowed by the league, Westwood Youth Softball will try to form an additional team to accomodate more players.  However, if another complete team cannot be formed, Westwood Youth Softball may require tryouts for the summer league teams.  The summer season starts in mid June and runs through the end of July/early August. There are approximately 2 games and one practice each week.  Practices and make up games may be scheduled on weekends.  While WYS understands that families travel and take vacations during the summer, we ask that players do not miss more than 2 or 3 games.  WYS recommends that players give their coaches notice of scheduled summer travel plans/vacations before the summer season begins.     

 How can individuals/companies donate or sponsor a team?

Westwood Youth Softball truly appreciates all donations amounts.  Families are able to donate to WYS when completing an online registration.  Individuals or companies are also able to make a donation or sponsor a WYS team.  Please click on the Become a Sponsor tab on the left menu for a listing of different sponsor levels. You can also conatct our Asst. Treasurer/Sponsorships board member listed under Contacts.  Thank you for your generosity!

How can I volunteer?

We always have a need for more coaches or assistant coaches.  There also may be some open board positions or even just volunteer to help at some of our special events (clinics, Westwood Day, Opening Day Little League parade).  Please volunteer by contacting any of the Board members under Contacts or registering as a coach or asst coach when completing the online registration for your daughter. Thank you for volunteering!

Still have questions about Westwood Youth Softball? 

Please click on the Contacts tab on the left menu to contact a specific board member.  You can also use the Feedback form on the website.  


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