Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball: About PWGFS
Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball is a volunteer-based recreational league serving Prince William County, Virginia and the surrounding areas. PWGFS is an USA Softball (formerly the Amateur Softball Association [ASA]) affiliated organization and accepts ALL girls ages 5 to 18 regardless of skill level. We are proud to offer both Spring and Fall Seasons, as well as Winter Clinics and Summer Camps. Our volunteer coaches are certified and background-checked through the ACE Coach Certification Program, must take online concussion training and are comprised of parents and other volunteers from our community. Some of our coaches have remained with the league long after their own daughters have moved on to High School and College. All of our generous volunteers are dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of fastpitch softball as well as skills that could lead to making a Middle School or High School team and quite possibly a College Scholarship. We strive to offer a positive, safe, fun environment in which the following values are maintained:
Although not every child has the desire to play at a higher level, Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball provides a positive, healthy, fun outlet in their childhood and teen development.
8 & Under Division
The PWGFS 8 & Under Division (8U) is completely instructional and based on teaching the players the basic fundamentals, all positions, general knowledge of how the game is played as well as teamwork. Our 8U coaches commonly remain on the field instructing both offensively and defensively. An 11" Softee ball is used at all times to prevent injuries, which could occur with a normal ball. The 8U division is coach pitched, however, a hitting tee may be used at times; this is intended to build the confidence of the young players and help to eliminate the basic fears associated with learning to hit. Scores and standings are not kept for the 8U division.
10 & Under Division
The PWGFS 10 & Under Division (10U) is where the players will learn to apply their skills. In the 10U division, our players will learn to better understand the rules and concepts of the game. The players are still rotated to different positions at this level and while it is still instructional, the players are introduced to the competitive side of the game. Scores and standings are kept and USA Softball certified umpires are behind the plate calling the games. At the 10U level, the players still face coach pitching however, they will primarily face "kid" pitchers. Yes, this is fastpitch softball but, remember the pitchers are only beginners at this level. For more information on the 10U rules and format, see the Local Rules page.
12U, 14U, 16U & 18U Divisions
The PWGFS 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U Divisions are more competitive in nature as the players are beginning to hone in on their skills at certain positions. By now, many of the players have a few years under their belt, some playing school ball, others playing competitive travel ball. Although many of the players have the advantage of a head start, each year we see many new, beginning or inexperienced players in each of these age groups, and they typically blend right in and pick up things quickly. Our teams are usually well-balanced and provide all players, regardless of skill level, a great opportunity to have fun and make quality friendships that go beyond the softball field while learning the great game of fastpitch softball.
PWGFS Mission Statement
Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball (PWGFS) is a 501c non-profit organization, which exists to provide girls ages 5-18 of Prince William County, Virginia and its surrounding areas with recreational opportunities in the game of fastpitch softball. We are fully committed to providing a safe, competitive, and friendly atmosphere where ALL girls, regardless of their skill level, are valued and provided an opportunity to learn the skills of the game to enhance both their physical and mental development. More importantly, we are committed to teaching life lessons (like Sportsmanship, Winning, Losing with Pride, and Teamwork) and to honor the game, its participants, coaches, umpires and fans. We will strive to provide the best sports experience possible to assure that each child has FUN as they improve their skills and learn to enjoy the spirit of competition.