MOUNTAIN AREA – Online registration is now open for Yosemite Girls Softball League (YGSL), and all girls ages 5 – 15 are invited to participate. No experience is required. The last day to register is Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
The organization is also currently seeking volunteer coaches, and has a player clinic coming up soon.
Interested players are encouraged to signup online at www.leaguelineup.com. The cost for registration is $75 for the first child, with a sibling discount of $65.
Players without access to the internet can contact YGSL to receive a hard copy of the registration material. (**see end of article) Everyone who registers by the Feb. 2 deadline will get to play. Girls are encouraged to purchase their own helmets to avoid sharing.
“YGSL is dedicated to teaching young girls the fundamentals of softball,” says Franke, “which will prepare them to play in high school and possibly college. It’s also a great place for girls to have fun and bond with girls they otherwise may have never known.”
Adults interested in coaching can fill out a coach’s application online as well. Besides the challenges of getting the word out about the league and finding coaches, YGSL also has a hard time acquiring softball fields for the girls to play on, Franke says.
“There are no dedicated fields and it’s up to the league to pay and get the fields ready at local schools,” she explains. “We are looking for help for the fields and need fill dirt. We are waiting to see how many teams we have, and then will set some dates for families to help out.”
Meanwhile, one date for girls to set aside is Feb. 22, when a Minarets High School softball coach will be holding a clinic for players, starting at 9 a.m., ending at noon. The cost is $20 per player and includes a t-shirt for those who sign up online by Feb. 15.
YGSL practices usually take place twice a week and are scheduled to begin in mid-February, say organizers. Practices are expected to take place at the school the player attends. Games are played at various locations including Coarsegold, Yosemite Lakes Park recreation center, Oakhurst, Minarets, Mariposa, North Fork, and Madera Ranchos.
Opening day is set for March 8.
**(Editor’s note Feb 3, 2016 – For this year’s registration, please text Daryn Wilson at 559-676-2502. Please text only.)