Somerset Senior Girls Softball League: Welcome
Welcome to the Somerset Senior Girls Softball League web site. The 2018 season will be our 43nd year of offering competitive fastpitch softball for young ladies ages 13 and up. What started out as a 3 team league with no "home field" devolped into an 8 team league with a state of the art 3 field complex. The 2017 season saw the league field 5 recreational teams and sponsored 4 travel teams; one 14-U team, one 18-U team, one 18-Over team, The 2018 season will feature 5 league teams , as well as offereing the following travel teams: two 14-U teams,one 16-U one 18-U team and one 18 & Over team.
We are a league that never turns away any girl who has a desire to play organized softball. Over the 42 years that the league has been in existence we have watched womens softball develop into a major sport.
Flash back to 1975 when Gordan and Sandy Van Brunt moved from the midwest to Somerset along with thier two daughters. As both girls were invovled in softball, in the midwest, one of their concerns was if Somerset had a summer softball league. Not knowing if there was a league Gordan made a promise to his daughters that if there was not a softball league in town he would start one. A promise he kept.
Along with his new neighbors; Kathy Sullivan, Del and Richard Blais and Barbara Sowden he formed the first ASA Junior Olympic Softball league in Somerset. Looking back to those days: there were no aluminum bats - yes the ladies used wooden bats, and no womens gloves, no dazzle type uniforms and no softball shorts either and the hockey style catchers mask would not make an appearance for another 20 years. I bet that more than half the girls showed up at that first tryout with a borrowed glove and a wooden bat that probably weighed more than they did. Their first uniforms were their father's and brother's dyed t-shirts.
One thing is for sure over the last 42 years we have had many dedicated volunteers who have kept this league running, but mostly we have a lot of dedicated young ladies who have a lot of fun playing softball with their friends and making new ones along the way.
Over the past four years the three fields, at the complex were re-constructed and re-graded with new field mix replacing the existing mix which improved the drainage and made for a better playing surface. We will be having some additional maintenance performed on the three fields before the start of the 2018 softball season.
The league has put in a request to have the grass infields removed from two of the softball fields and we are hoping that the project gets approved at the Annual Town meeting.
The Softball League has added two new divisons to the league. As a result of recent changes made by the Massachusetts Amateur Softball Association to the fast pitch program the league has added an 18 & 0ver division. The league has also added a Junior Division to the Recreational League Summer Softball Program. The Junior Division will be comprised of a 12 & under division, a 10 & Under division and a Pony Division for 5 to 7 year old girls.
The league will be hosting several travel team tournaments during the 2018 softball season. We will be holding two 14-U tournaments, two 16-U tournament, two 18-U tournaments, and two 18-Over tournaments. Check out the calendar, pick out a date, and stop by the complex to see some competitive fastpitch softball. The League will also be hosting the 3rd Annual Jaxon "Jax" Marocco Memorial Tournament on September 7th, 8th & 9th.
At the end of the 2017 recreation legaue season the League once again participated in the the Bay State Fall Ball League. The League had two teams comnprised of 13-16 year old girls that played in the fall ball league. The league was also fortunate enough to host the playoffs for one of the Fall Ball League age divisions. The League will once again be participating in the Bay State Fall Ball League for the 2018 season.
The League has installed a new flagpole. that will fly the American and POW flags, along with an engraved stone monument in appreciation to the Town of Somerset Veterans. Completion of the project is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. " ALL GAVE SOME - SOME GAVE ALL"
Once again, Welcome to the Somerset Senior Girls Softball League 2017 season.
Play hard between the white lines, but when its over "REMEMBER" it's just a game.
BE RESPECTFUL OF THE COACHES, PLAYERS, UMPIRES AND THE GAME ITSELF.
Enjoy the games - visit " IRMA'S KITCHEN", at the concession stand, and say hello to Ronnie & Derek- but above all be sure to enjoy the experience and "HAVE FUN".
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Wednesday, January 22
The Somerset Senior Girls Softball League has added two new divisons to the league. As a result of recent changes made by the Massachusetts Amateur Softball Association to the fast pitch program the league has added an 18 & 0ver division.
The league has also added a Junior Division to the Recreational League Summer Softball Program. The Junior Division will be comprised of a 12 & under division, a 10 & Under division and a Pony Division for 5 to 7 year old girls.
Additional information will follow on the Junior Division Recreational League Summer Softball Program
January 22, 2014: The junior division of the Somerset Senior Girls Softball League will not take effect if the junior girls softball league, that plays at the South Complex (water tank), continues to exist. Should that league falter or disband the Somerset Senior Girls Softball League Junior Division will become active.