LLGSL Middle School Softball FAQ's
What Leagues/Schools are participating in the Program?
Lower Loudoun Girls Softball League – River Bend, Seneca Ridge, and Sterling Middle Schools
Ashburn Girls Softball League – Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, and Trailside Middle Schools
Leesburg Girls Softball League – Harper Park, Simpson, and Smarts Mill Middle Schools
Western Loudoun Girls Softball League – Blue Ridge and Harmony Middle Schools
Dulles Youth Sports – Brambleton, Lunsford, Mercer, Stone Hill, and Willard Middle Schools
How does the middle school softball program differ from house league and travel team softball?
The middle school softball program provides interested players an opportunity to play a more competitive level of softball than house league, but not with the full commitment of a travel program. However, this is not a developmental program, therefore, it has a participation requirement that each girl be currently registered and rostered on a travel team or an LLGSL house league team. Teams are encouraged to make sure players get playing time, however, there are no guaranteed playing time minimums.
How does the middle school softball program registration work?
Registration for house and middle school teams will occur congruently. Middle school registration is scheduled to end January 31st, and house league registration will remain open for a few more wore weeks. Middle school tryouts will be held in February. Announcements will be made through the league website. The season will run from late March through May with playoffs to be held at season’s end.
All middle school female athletes (grades 6th– 8th) from the three middle schools in our area; River Bend, Seneca Ridge and Sterling Middle Schools are eligible to tryout. Homeschooled athletes and/or athletes who attend private or parochial school, but live in Loudoun County are also eligible to play for the school, whose attendance boundary zones they reside in.
Each participating league will be responsible for managing tryouts, field allocations, coach selection, team selection, practice schedules, and uniforms for the middle schools in their jurisdiction.
What are the expectations of the middle school program?
This is a competitive program. Most players will have extensive playing experience and, the coaches will expect players to be motivated. Lineups will have strict limitations, and unlike house leagues, there is no full roster batting. Due to the competitive nature of this league expect teams to have as many as 15 or more rostered players. This may diminish playing time for some.
· There can only be one team formed for each middle school. The teams will be formed from players that attend that school. Schools and teams may be combined if numbers do not support adequate team size per school.
· We expect to have a ten to twelve game season with single elimination playoffs.
· Time commitment is two evenings per week with games played on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays and Fridays with no scheduled games may be used for practices or make up games. There will be several pre-season practices.
What is the cost to play on the middle school team?
$160. This fee will be added to the registration of players selected for the team. Payment is expected upon acceptance of offer to join the team, and is due prior to March 1st. Non-payment will result in removal from the roster. This fee covers the player jersey and socks, along with coach's equipment and field fees. Middle school players must provide their own playing gear and pants, color to be determined by coach.
Can a player only register for middle school softball?
No, a player must either be a rostered travel team player or registered to play on an LLGSL house league team to qualify to be on a middle school softball team.
How can a player participate in both middle school and other softball programs?
Middle school games and practices will only be scheduled on Mondays and Fridays. Since no middle school games will be scheduled on the weekends, there should be no travel ball conflicts. The house leagues schedules will be drafted to avoid major conflicts. House league games are usually scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays for both 12U and Seniors 13+ division, therefore there should be no conflicts with MS games. It will be very important that each player discuss her individual situation with her coaches to set expectations.
Will a separate registration be required for house league team?
Yes, unless your daughter is a current rostered travel team player, she will need to be a registered and rostered member of an LLGSL house league team.
How will team selection be determined?
Player selection and team size will be determined by the coaches.
What affiliation does this program have with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS)?
None, other than utilizing LCPS Middle School boundaries for team alignment and LCPS fields via arraignment with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS). This program is administered by the local leagues involved in conjunction with scheduling assistance from the Loudoun County Softball Alliance (LCSA).
Who can I contact if I have questions not answered here?
Troy Biggs is serving in the role of LLGSL Middle School Softball Coordinator for this year and will be the head coach of the team.
Please contact Troy Biggs at
, if you would like to volunteer to be a team helper.