This year Winchester Youth Softball will be offering three individual seasons geared towards players' skill level and needs. Our seasons this year will include:
Pre- Season: One practice a week held at the Edge Sports Complex in Bedford and potentially Winchester Soccer Club Facility beginning on March 5, 2022. This is a great way to ease into the season as well as let the coaches evaluate players to help pick teams for the spring season.
Spring Season: For ages 10U and up, Winchester Softball Participates in the City League made up of neighboring towns that begin the week after April vacation. While a travel league, this league is for all skill levels and will conclude with a round-robin tournament for 10U ,12U, and 14U age brackets. Subject to change, games are played Monday-Friday. For 8U we will participate in both a intown league along with one game a week against a neighboring town.
Summer Softball: Summer softball is typically a more competitive travel league for more advanced players as well as players who are looking to continue to play and learn the game. Summer League games (subject to change) are played Monday- Thursday, letting the players and their families enjoy the great summer weather without having to worry about a game on the weekends. Currently, we play in the Middle-Essex summer league that covers the ages brackets of 8U-18U.
Fall Ball: After the completion of our spring and summer seasons, we will have a short in town only fall league for our 8U and 10U players that will include both instructional coaching from some of Winchester High School's current and former players as well as games. This league is designed to help the girls continue to learn the game of softball in a very laid back environment. For our older players, based on desire we will enter a local league that plays double headers one weekend day a week.
Equipment: Winchester Youth Softball will provide shirts and visors to all participants. Black softball pants and red socks are recommended to complete the uniform (not provided by WYBS).
Helmets are required for all batters and face masks are required for 1B, 3B and pitchers. Winchester Youth Softball recommends that players wear protective gear to help them adapt to the pace of the game. Helmets are required to be worn for all players and we ask that each player have their own helmet, and glove. If possible, we would also recommend buying a facemask as they are required for all 1st, 3rd, and pitchers to wear when in the field
The Divisions below are broken out by age. All ages are as of Jan 1 of 2021.
14U Softball (Ages: 13-14)
Game + Practice: This league will be a part of the league which includes teams from surrounding towns. Players' pitch and stealing are allowed, along with other league-specific rules. Players are required to provide their own helmet and face mask. Game days, times, and locations are Monday - Friday. With multiple teams from Winchester in this league, the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.
12U Softball (Ages: 11-12)
Game + Practice: This league will be a part of the league which includes teams from surrounding towns. Players pitch and stealing is allowed, along with other league-specific rules. Game days are currently scheduled for Monday and Wednesday. With multiple teams from Winchester, the expectation is that the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.
10U Softball (Ages: 9-10)
Game + Practice: This league will be part of a new league for the Winchester Youth Softball program that includes teams from Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Brighton and Waltham. This league will continue to build on skills but games will be player pitch with coach pitch after 4 balls (i.e., no walks). Winchester teams will be comprised of Winchester players selected by the coaches. Game days are currently scheduled for Monday and Friday (times and locations TBD). With multiple teams from Winchester, the expectation is that the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.
8U Softball (Ages: 7-8)
Clinic + Game: Instructional league building on the fundamentals learned in 6U. Games will be coach pitch. Teams will be school based as best possible. Saturday Clinic 2:30pm at Nutile Field (combined 6U & 8U). Weekday game at Ginn Field vs Winchester teams (day and time TBD).
An additional weekday game is available to interested 8U participants to play against a local town (day and time TBD).
6U Softball (Ages: 5-6)
Clinic + Game: Introductory league focusing on teaching and reinforcing fundamental skills (i.e., throwing, catching, hitting, fielding and base running). Games will be tee and coach pitch. Teams will be school based as best possible. Saturday Clinic 2:30pm at Nutile Field (combined 6U & 8U). Weekday scrimmage/game at Nutile/Ginn Field (day and time TBD).