Spread the word that Softball Diamonds are a Girls’ Best Friend!! Well that, plus the lifelong friends she’ll meet and great life lessons she’ll learn out on our fields!
Register for Spring Softball
LOUYAA Softball is the largest recreation softball program in Frederick County Maryland and we support the many communities throughout southeastern region of the county, especially in the feeder areas for Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana High Schools.
The LOUYAA Softball program is available to girls ages 6-16. Our continuing goal is to ensure the program provides an outstanding opportunity for area girls to play and learn about softball in a fun, engaging environment.
Our program emphasizes learning, fun and sportsmanship – our Spring season runs from March to early June and our Fall season runs from late August to the end of October. We partner with other local organizations for our intramural level fastpitch program and also with theFrederick County Girls Softball League (FCGSL) for our upper age groups. In addition, LOUYAA Softball supports regional travel/tournament programs which offer the highest levels of competition for advanced players.
Players are divided by age groups that keep the instruction and competition matched to the appropriate physical maturity and skill development of the players. Our program offers 8 and Under (8U), 10 and Under (10U), 12 and Under (12U) and 16 and Under (16U) with games at our “home” fields located at Windsor Knolls Middle School (10U/12U), Green Valley Elementary (8U), and our new park in New Market. Our 8U program is a Coach pitch, developmental league focused on building fundamentals in a non-competitive environment. Our 10u program provides the 1st opportunity for kids to begin using new softball skills – specifically pitching – in an instructional and competitive setting. Our 12U program is the culmination of the Softball league experience where all softball skills can be utilized and displayed. Our 15/16U program introduces the complete “true” softball experience with games played against competition across the Frederick County. For planning purposes for our primary Spring Season, we try to target particular practice/game days for the various age groups: typically weekdays for 8U; Tu/Fri for 10U; M/W for 12U; Sun/Th for 16U. Specific schedules are determined with coaches as the season arrives. Spring practices get underway as weather allows in mid/late March, while games start by mid-April and wrap up around the end of the school year.
As Coordinator, my continuing goal is to ensure the program provides an outstanding opportunity for area girls to play and learn about softball in a fun, engaging environment. While studies show organized youth sports provide notable benefits ranging from health to self-esteem and friendship, we certainly also know this is a game to be enjoyed by all. In this positive atmosphere, governed by our Code of Conduct, the players and the program will continue to thrive. Indeed, friends made on the diamond can be some of the most important connections they will have. The same can be said for the valuable family and community connections.
I would like to extend an invitation for each of you to decide how you can get involved with our program and nurture this “love of the game.”
As a community volunteer program, we’ll need help from everyone. There are plenty of great opportunities to lend a hand and apply your skills and interests whether it includes helping out with practices, team coordination, fund raising, concessions, field maintenance, equipment, finding sponsors, and many more contributions to a successful season and a healthy program.
As you sign up your players and prepare for the season, each family should consider how they could best help – especially with our biggest need: Coaching. Each season we need Coaching help at all age groups and it is easy to jump right in. We have great resources to help, including our Coaches’ Guide, along with commitments from our more senior coaches who love to pass along advice from their years in the program.
There are also openings on the Softball Committee as well to help us guide strategic decisions for the program.
So welcome back to our returning players, coaches and other volunteers – YOU make the program so enjoyable for all; and also a warm (winter) introduction for those of you joining us for the first time. I look forward to meeting you during the season. Please contact me with any questions, concerns and suggestions, as we get ready to launch another great season of softball here in LOUYAA!