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Happy Holidays

Friday, December 5
Spring Recreation Softball Registration

Registration for 2015 Spring Recreation Softball will take place from January 24 through February 8.  More details regarding specific registration dates, times and locations will be posted on the Recreation Softball page when they are available.

Wednesday, November 19
Batting Cages
Keep Your Skills Sharp in the Offseason

MSO Softball encourages players to keep their skills sharp in the offseason.  See the Softball Camps & Clinics page for a list of some local indoor training facilities that offer batting cage rentals, group clinics, small group lessons and/or private lessons.

Note: The facilities listed are purely for your information and convenience; MSO Softball does not support or endorse any of these businesses.

Friday, September 26
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College Softball Clinics at 360 Fitness

Players ages 10 to 18 are invited to attend upcoming softball clinics at 360 Fitness in Fairfield, NJ run by college coaches.  See the Softball Camps & Clinics page for more details.

Friday, October 24
Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall Softball Winter Camps

The Seton Hall Softball program is offering a variety of clinics this winter.  The clinics will be small in size in order for players to get the needed face-time with the Seton Hall Softball staff and athletes.  The days have been broken up into mini clinics that will help players take their game to the next level.  See the Softball Camps & Clinics page for more details.

Thursday, October 16
MSO Villagers - 2015 Update

The MSO Softball Committee has begun planning for the 2015 Villagers season, and while we are still working out many details at this time, we would like to share some important information and key dates.

Next year, we will again have three distinct Villagers seasons: Summer, Fall and Suburban.

Summer Villagers

Summer Villagers teams will again be fielded at the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age levels.  While these teams will play the majority of their games during the summer, some teams will be selected earlier so that they can practice together during the winter months and play some games / tournaments in the spring as well.  For teams that will practice together over the winter, tryouts will take place in the fall.  Specifically, tryouts for the Summer Villagers are planned as follows:



Tryout Date(s)


2006, 2007

TBA in April / May


2004, 2005

October 25 & November 4


2002, 2003

October 26 & November 2


2000, 2001

TBA in May / June

Details on the tryouts for the 10U and 12U Summer Villagers teams can be found on the Summer Travel page.

Players who try out for and make a Summer Villagers team must commit to play through the summer season.  Teams that are selected in the fall will attend weekly practice sessions at a local training facility during the winter months.  The cost of this mandatory training will be included in the Summer Villagers fee.

Additional pitching, hitting and skills clinics will be made available to the MSO Villagers players.  These optional clinics will take place in Maplewood and/or South Orange and will be run by local college coaches and players.  There will be an additional cost for these supplemental training sessions.

See the Summer Travel page for more information on the Summer Villagers program.

Fall Villagers

At this time, the Fall Villagers will remain separate and distinct from the Summer Villagers.  Fall Villagers teams will be fielded at the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age levels.  As the fall softball season is meant to be developmental, Villagers teams will often "play up" to the next age level in order to better prepare players for the next year.

As many of you know from this year's fall tryout process, the fall softball league in which we participate has advanced their timelines so that rosters are due earlier in August.  This was a challenge for us this year as we did not anticipate this change in timing.  For the coming year, in order to meet the roster deadline while still accommodating people's summer plans, tryouts for the Fall Villagers will take place in June.  Two tryout dates will be offered before school is out and players leave for camp, vacation, etc. (exact dates TBA) and fall rosters will be announced later in the summer.

See the Fall Travel page for more information on the Fall Villagers program.

Suburban Villagers

For those who are not familiar with the Suburban Villagers, this team is run through MSO Softball but is essentially the "middle school team".  Suburban Villagers compete against other middle school aged teams from surrounding Essex County towns.  All 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls in Maplewood and South Orange are eligible to tryout for the Suburban Villagers team, but the team normally ends up being comprised of mostly 8th graders and some 7th graders.  Tryouts for the Suburban Villagers will take place in March.

See the Suburban page for more information on the Suburban Villagers program.


Umpires Wanted for 2014

MSO Softball is looking for students age 14 and up, as well as adults, who are interested in Umpiring the Rookie Division games.

Completion of the 2014 Umpiring Class qualifies students for a preference of game assignments and $5 extra per game.  Register for the umpire class through the South Orange Recreation department at the Baird Center.

For more information contact the MSO Softball Committee.

Handout:  Umpires Wanted

Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities

Help Wanted

The success of the MSO Softball Program rests with the many volunteers who help out in a variety of ways.  Adult volunteers are needed for all teams to serve as coaches, assistant coaches and team managers.  If you are willing and able, please sign up when you register your child!

PARENT OF A NEW PLAYER?  Don’t let inexperience keep you off the field.  MANY VOLUNTEERS are needed in coaching and supporting roles for our T-Ball and Rookie Leagues (the more the merrier)!  MSO Softball will offer coaches’ training and instruction to support all our new and returning coaches.

If you have any questions, please come to one of the registration sessions - coaches will be on hand to describe the program in detail.

HEAD COACH – The Head Coach has the primary responsibility of dealing with players and parents.  He/she has final decision in all softball matters.  Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only).  Information on the Rutgers’ clinic dates and times will be posted in the Coaches' Corner section once it is available.

ASSISTANT COACH – An Assistant Coach has the responsibility of helping the Head Coach.  Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only).  Information on the Rutgers’ clinic dates and times will be posted in the Coaches' Corner section once it is available.

Handouts:  Coaching & Volunteer Forms

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