Why a Middle School Softball Program?
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 those in neighboring counties and the boys’ baseball program currently in place in Loudoun. Additionally, youth sports organizations sponsor other middle school programs (basketball, volleyball, wrestling, etc.). Both parents and players alike have consistently shown an interest for a middle school softball program.
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.
What Leagues/Schools are participating in the Program?
Ashburn Girls Softball League schools – Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Trailside
- Tryouts for these schools will be held on February 16 and February 24 at SixFour3 in Ashburn. Players must register in advance of the tryout no later than February 15. Players from Eagle Ridge should report to tryouts at 5pm, Belmont Ridge players will attend tryouts at 6pm, Farmwell Station/River Bend tryouts will be at 7pm, and Trailside players will tryout at 8pm. Please attend only one session, and bring athletic shoes and gear.
Leesburg Girls Softball League schools – Harper Park, Simpson, Smarts Mill
Loudoun Girls Little League Softball schools – Brambleton, Lunsford, Mercer, Stone Hill, Willard
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.
How will the Middle School Softball Program work?
Tryouts will be held on February 16 and on February 24 at SixFour 3 in Ashburn. Players must register in advance of the tryout and no later than February 15. Players from Eagle Ridge should report to tryouts at 5pm, Belmont Ridge players will attend tryouts at 6pm, Farmwell Station tryouts will be at 7pm, and Trailside players will tryout at 8pm. Please attend only one session, and bring athletic shoes and gear. Announcements will be made at each participating school and on league websites. Flyers will be distributed as well. The season will run from late March through late May with playoffs to be held in late May.
- About an 8 game season with single elimination playoffs or possible tournament style playoff (pool play and championships).
- 1 game per week and 1 practice (minimum) per week. As of now, it is anticipated that practices will be on Monday with games on Friday.
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 or are homeschooled, but live in the attendance boundary for their school. Schools may be combined if numbers do not support adequate team size. Each participating league will be responsible for managing tryouts, field allocations, coach selection, team selection, practice schedules, and uniforms for the middle schools in their jurisdiction. Games will be officiated using Virginia High School League (VHSL) rules.
What is the anticipated cost to play in the Middle School Softball Program?
$140 (non-refundable) which must be paid when registering for tryouts. If a current travel player does not make the middle school team, the fee will be refunded. If the player is not playing for a travel league and is not selected for the middle school team, the registration will move to AGSL's house league and the player will be placed on a team. This fee covers the player jersey and socks, along with coach's equipment and field fees. Middle school players must provide their own gear and black sliding pants.
Can a player simultaneously play in both Middle School Softball and other Softball programs?
Yes, but there may be times where Middle School Softball may 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, but only if the player is not an active player with a travel team. If your player is not selected, she will enter the player pool for their league’s house/rec league therefore you will not have to worry about late registration. If your player is selected for the middle school team, she must play for the house team as well, unless she is an active player on a travel team. If a current travel player registers and pays the $140 registration fee and is not selected to play for the middle school team, she will receive a refund for the registration fee.
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?
If your player is not selected for their respective middle school team, she will enter the player pool for their league’s house/rec league (as long as she isn't currently playing for a travel team) and you will not have to worry about late registration.
Who can I contact if I have questions not answered here?
Belmont Ridge Middle School softball coordinator -
Eagle Ridge Middle School softball coordinator -
Farmwell Station Middle School softball coordinator -
Trailside Middle School softball coordinator -