About Wellesley Girls Softball
Wellesley Girls Softball aims to provide high quality, fast pitch softball programs for the greatest number of Wellesley girls as possible, in order to promote their development as softball players; their well-being; and simply to be fun. We introduce appropriate levels of competition as the girls get older, but our program's emphasis remains on participation, skill development, well-being, and fun.
During the spring - our principal season - we offer programs for kindergarten through 8th grade, and during the summer and fell we offer programs for 4th through 12th grades. Most programs are open registration and, through the elementary and middle school years, we welcome girls who have never played before.
Instruction is primarily provided by parent coaches, supplemented with the selective use of professional coaching. High school players often coach the younger girls, a special part of the program. All adult coaches must be CORI-checked annually. Coaches are expected to be models of supportive, positive coaching.
At the elementary school levels, teams are primarily school-based, but sometimes individual schools need to be split between two teams for balancing. We try to accommodate requests for friend or coach pairings, if noted in the registration form.
Girls are expected to have their own glove. Most girls bring their own helmet and bat (and, for older levels, fielder's mask), but we have loaners available for girls who do not.
We take pride in our town's lovely softball fields and do our part to keep them in good shape.
We are part of Wellesley Youth Baseball and Softball and overseen by the WYBS board and softball committee.
As part of WYBS, we are responsible for softball's appropriate share of WYBS's operating and capital costs. WYBS finances are a closed loop. We pay significant amounts for things like playing fields, umpires, uniforms, travel league fees, insurance, accounting, and website administration. All programs are expected to cover direct costs and contribute to overhead. As we try to keep registration fees affordable, we rely on sponsorships and gifts to make ends meet - and to fund important "extras" like professional instruction.
Financial hardship should not prevent a girl from playing softball. Requests for fee waivers or reductions should be directed to the WYBS administrator.
We are not a finished product and welcome feedback on all aspects of our programs.