Maplewood - South Orange Softball:     MSO Softball News

Monday, May 4
Suburban Villagers Reach Season Mid-Point

The Suburban Villagers have another busy week ahead as they look to bounce back from a tough loss on Thursday.  The Villagers head into the week sitting at 5-1 for the season and will play home games on Tuesday, Wendesday and Thursday.  Come out to cheer on our girls!  See the Suburban Villagers page for details on game dates, times and locations.

REMINDER:  10U Villagers Tryouts - 5/9

Thank you to all of the girls who attended the first 10U Villagers tryout on Sunday, 5/3.  The final tryout will take place this Saturday, 5/9.

All girls* who reside in Maplewood and South Orange and are age 10 or under as of 1/1/2015 are invited to try out for the MSO Villagers 10U Black summer travel team (YOB 2004, 2005).  See the Summer Villagers page for more details on dates, times and locations.

* Girls must be registered to play Recreation Softball in Spring 2015 in order to be eligible to try out for a 2015 Summer Villagers team.

8U Villagers Roster

Thank you to all of the girls who attended the 8U Villagers tryouts.  The coaches are currently evaluating all of the players who tried out and will announce the final roster by May 16.  The roster will be posted on the Summer Villagers page when it is available.

14U Villagers - Preliminary Roster

The 14U Villagers coaches have announced the preliminary roster for the 14U Villagers team.  See the Summer Villagers page for more details.

Team Photos

All softball individual and team group pictures will be taken on Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th at the Baird Center.  Please check the photo handout for your team's scheduled time and station:

STATION 1:  Inside the Baird Community Center
STATION 2:  Inside the Batting Cages behind the Baird Community Center

Any player who wants to receive pictures must return a completed money envelope with the exact amount enclosed.  You may turn in your envelope to the photographer on Picture Day.  The envelopes are extremely important, as they represent our only method for properly identifying the individual players and their picture order.

Note, all players will be in the group picture, but only those making a money return will be photographed individually and receive pictures.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to meet your Coaches and teammates.


Handout:  Photo Schedule 2015

1st Annual "Storming the Village" Tournament

MSO Softball and the Villagers travel softball program proudly announce the 1st Annual "Storming the Village" tournament to be held on July 3-5, 2015 at the Meadowland Park Complex in South Orange, NJ.  See the Tournaments page for more details.

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 - COMPLETE
TBA in April / May


2002, 2003

October 26 & November 2 - COMPLETE


2000, 2001

TBA in May / June

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 February or March.

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

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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