Girls in Grades K-8 who want to play softball are encouraged to join the Boxford Softball Program. The program's main emphasis is to foster a strong and supportive team environment where everyone can flourish. Not only will coaches help develop each player's skills, but also promote each girl's self-esteem and self-confidence. While we want to be competitive in each game, it is much more important that your daughter graduates the program happy and confident in her abilities, not only in softball but any field.
The BAA participates in the Essex County Woman's Softball League (ECWSL). The league philosophy is a recreational and development, however the older grades get increasingly more competitive. The league is organized by grade as follows:
Senior League -- current grades 7 and 8 (some experience is expected)
Junior League -- current grades 5 and 6 (no experience is necessary)
Farm League -- current grades 2, 3, and 4 (no experience is necessary)
Girls in Grades K-2 can participate in the new BAA Softball Instructional program (6 sessions). The program is designed to introduce girls to the game of softball, develop individual skills, and have a lot of fun.
The season is approximately 12 games in length, running from the last week of April through mid-June. Games are Monday-Friday, 6:00-7:30pm, with one home and one away game per week. A weekend practice is scheduled around soccer games. Junior & Senior teams compete in playoffs mid-June, with trophies being awarded to the first and second place finishers. The league is comprised of teams from 15 towns across the North Shore.
Boxford girls are eligible to play.
Contact Ben Hoag via email with your questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Hoag BAA Girls Softball Director
The Regular season starts the week of April 23rd. Games will end June 1st, with June 4th to June 8th reserved for makeup games. Playoffs will start June 11th, with semi finals on June 16th and the finals on June 17th. Every team will make the playoffs this year.
Girls Softball will have access to the Boxford Common turf field on Tuesdays from March until the beginning of April. Weather permitting, we will get out there to loosen up our arms and start preparing for the season.
We recommend that you consider purchasing slide shorts and a slide pad. Sliding is part of the game and we expect the girls to get in under the tag. The pads make it less painful and help prevent scrapes and bruises.
You may want to consider a softball batting helmet with a face mask. We do have some team helmets available, but many of the girls purchase their own batting helmet. Note: Starting in 2017 chin straps are no longer required for helmets.
If your daughter is new to the game, consider a face mask. Most of the girls purchase a mask as protection against a bad hop. If you are thinking about pitching, it is an absolute must.
On the list of good ideas for equipment are cleats, batting gloves, and of course a fielding glove. Many of the Sr. girls have purchased their own bat. Bats are a larger investment as they can easily run up to $350.00. These should be considered only for the most serious players. We have plenty of good bats available for different size players. Last season we purchased 3 top of the line bats that retail for $350 each, so we should have good quality options available for anyone.
If you are not sure about the best glove or bat, ask one of the coaches. I do not recommend just going and getting something that looks neat. We can help you find a quality glove that will work well and help them catch the ball effectively.
We will be sticking with the light blue jerseys that we have used in recent years. Uniforms can be purchased at Team outfitters in Georgetown. You will want to go in for a fitting to select pants, and the jersey as well as getting the team socks. We are not recommending the visor since they never seem to get worn. If you already own a uniform that fits, you are all set. Below is information on getting your new uniform:
Ordering info for the Boxford Girls Softball Uniform for grades 2-8
The uniform is the same as the Spring 2015 -2017 seasons. If your daughter's uniform still fits, you are all set.
The jersey is custom and you need to order through Team & League Outfitters in Georgetown.
The pants are solid black. You can order through Team & League, but they are not custom so you can purchase them elsewhere. Pricing starts at $15 at Team&League.
The socks are light blue to match the jersey and are $8 at Team & League
Visors are custom but are OPTIONAL and can be ordered through Team & League Outfitters for $15.
Fitting dates at Team & League Outfitters in Georgetown:
Monday, March 13th through Monday, March 27th
Fitting Hours: Mon - Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 8am-Noon. No appt. necessary.
If you know what sizes you need, you can either text or email Jen to place your order. Since the uniform is purchased to fit for more than 1 year, Jen can't choose your sizes for you, so if you don't know what sizes you need, please visit the store.
Team & League Outfitters info:
Jen Dziadosz (email is email@example.com and text # is 978-314-8339)103 EAST Main Street (Rt. 133 - Georgetown Building Supply Plaza)
Georgetown, MA 01833