Softball for Girls
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Leslie Ann

United States

#1 Jul 17, 2008
We just moved here and my daughters want to play softball. Are there any leauges here for the girls? She is 13 and pretty good.
Frank furter

United States

#2 Jul 17, 2008
They have fastpitch at the "Ywca" but you might want to look into that not very organized. They have slow pitch out at Chisum High school.

“momof3”

Since: Jul 08

Paris

#3 Jul 17, 2008
Leslie Ann wrote:
We just moved here and my daughters want to play softball. Are there any leauges here for the girls? She is 13 and pretty good.
Softball is over for this year. My daughter (10) played last year for the Girls Softball League Of Paris..which is a cheaper league with the hopes that ALL girls who want to can play. I did NOT like the league though. The coach wasnt knowledgable (although they do it for free!)
and some of the other coaches were very rude and hard on their girls. This year we played thru the YWCA. It costs more but I thought it was well run. There were a few problems but they got worked out. We will play thru them again next year, I will put it that way. Good luck!

Also, you may want to look into Upward sports thru 1st Baptist. We play basketball thru them in the winter and they have football and cheerleading in the fall. It is uplifting and they have bible studies, etc. for the kids. LOVE THE PROGRAM. Basketball starts practice in late Dec. and games go thru Feb. Call them for all the info.

And..soccer starts in August!! You can call Kings Sports and Awards for more info on dates. And you can google their website..cant remember it ...something like parissoccer something..bet you can find it..

I know you asked about softball but thought I would give you the other info since you are new to town! Welcome!
softball mom

United States

#4 Jul 17, 2008
Some girls here also play traveling softball. Several coaches coach these teams who also coach for the YWCA. They do the traveling ball all year. The "Y" could put you in touch with those coaches. They are always looking for new players.
The YWCA season begins in March and usually ends in June.
anonmom

Paris, TX

#5 Jul 17, 2008
Frank furter wrote:
They have fastpitch at the "Ywca" but you might want to look into that not very organized. They have slow pitch out at Chisum High school.
We played Y ball for years. When Nicki was over it. Kim Shelton took it this year and changed it from Dixie to ASA. I think it took this year to work the bugs out, but she is knowledgable and has played and currently coaches HS ball herself. The biggest problem for girls softball is that there are a lack of volunteers. Dads line up to coach boys baseball, but they are hesitant for the girls (except for the gracious few who don't have boys!) I encourage your family to get involved. I have chaired many a sport and it only helps the kids!
softball

Mccoy, CO

#6 Jul 27, 2008
Well, I have daughters and we play for the Girls Softball of Paris. It is a slow pitch organization and is played on fields behind Chisum schools. They have girls 4-18. The season there just finished, but I understand there is going to be some tournaments coming up. One of the tournaments will be for girls 12-18, and not sure about other one.
anonmom

Paris, TX

#7 Jul 27, 2008
the only concern I have for slow pitch softball, is that if your child has some athletic ability and softball won't just be a recreational sport, then she needs to do fast pitched ball. I have seen girls try to switch from slow to fast and only the most athletic can get the timing down. Just food for thought.
longhorn fan

Mccoy, CO

#8 Jul 27, 2008
i have a daughter that plays slow pitch softball and co-ed baseball, and there is no problem. The delivery of the ball and stealing are really the only differences. Of course, the pitching distances are different, but it is easily handled for the two.
just my 02

Paris, TX

#9 Jul 27, 2008
longhorn fan wrote:
i have a daughter that plays slow pitch softball and co-ed baseball, and there is no problem. The delivery of the ball and stealing are really the only differences. Of course, the pitching distances are different, but it is easily handled for the two.
Your daughter is the exception then. Most cannot step into a fastpitch game and bat very well at all after playing slow pitch. Not comapred to equal player that has played FP. I dont care what anyone wants their daughter to play but they have to understand when HS ball starts if their daughter likes softball they will be at a disadvantage. These girls start learning awful young these gays. My daughter competes quite well with kids 2 and 3 yrs older than her but she has seen a awful lot of softball since she was 4yrs old. There is nothing better than practice and games. The more they see that ball and have some good coaching to correct things the better they will be in almost all cases. Seeing a slow moving dropping softball isnt anything like a FP ball and the swing isnt either. Batting will be like a totally new thing or actually worse having to break the habits formed from slow pitch.
decision maker

Paris, TX

#10 Jul 28, 2008
just my 02 wrote:
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Your daughter is the exception then. Most cannot step into a fastpitch game and bat very well at all after playing slow pitch. Not comapred to equal player that has played FP. I dont care what anyone wants their daughter to play but they have to understand when HS ball starts if their daughter likes softball they will be at a disadvantage. These girls start learning awful young these gays. My daughter competes quite well with kids 2 and 3 yrs older than her but she has seen a awful lot of softball since she was 4yrs old. There is nothing better than practice and games. The more they see that ball and have some good coaching to correct things the better they will be in almost all cases. Seeing a slow moving dropping softball isnt anything like a FP ball and the swing isnt either. Batting will be like a totally new thing or actually worse having to break the habits formed from slow pitch.
true
anonmom

Paris, TX

#11 Jul 28, 2008
just my 02 wrote:
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Your daughter is the exception then. Most cannot step into a fastpitch game and bat very well at all after playing slow pitch. Not comapred to equal player that has played FP. I dont care what anyone wants their daughter to play but they have to understand when HS ball starts if their daughter likes softball they will be at a disadvantage. These girls start learning awful young these gays. My daughter competes quite well with kids 2 and 3 yrs older than her but she has seen a awful lot of softball since she was 4yrs old. There is nothing better than practice and games. The more they see that ball and have some good coaching to correct things the better they will be in almost all cases. Seeing a slow moving dropping softball isnt anything like a FP ball and the swing isnt either. Batting will be like a totally new thing or actually worse having to break the habits formed from slow pitch.
that is what I was thinking when I read the post you replied too. Surely an exception. I've seen too many girls with potential struggle to catch up because of their old habits.
Rubber Neck

United States

#12 Jul 28, 2008
Just be careful and make sure your daughter gets on "The Team" in fastpitch. I've heard there is alot of favoritism going on out there. I went out there this year and there was to much cussing and raising cain for myself. It seemed to me a bit out of control.
just my 02

Paris, TX

#13 Jul 28, 2008
Rubber Neck wrote:
Just be careful and make sure your daughter gets on "The Team" in fastpitch. I've heard there is alot of favoritism going on out there. I went out there this year and there was to much cussing and raising cain for myself. It seemed to me a bit out of control.
It seems to be every where. I have been to tournaments at other places and seen the same. I believe in another post on here it was mentioned that sometimes the coaches forget its about the "little" girls. I admit as a dad and past coach I am guilty at times of forgetting its not always about winning. As far as the favoritism I know its there. I have been on both sides of the fence with my daughter. Again it is in all sports you have to try to turn it into a positive. My daughter sat when other kids missed practice etc and still played knowing they were not better. I just told her to do her best. If she wasn't doing very good I told her she couldn't expect to play if she wasn't pulling her weight and to practice harder or more if she didn't want to sit. Sometimes parents have to realize their kid may not be one of the top 9 players on the squad. Work with the coaches and ask nicely what should you work with your daughter on to get her better. Then spend the time with your kid. Of course this doesn't work very well if you already called the coach words sailors use. Coaches are people too and sometimes they just don't see things the way others do so its best to use that year as a learning experience for the kid and the parent.
This year was a little different at the Y it wasn't Dixie and it made for some interesting ball. It should get better as they have 1 season under their belt and it should get smoother from here.
HOLY COW Batman

Paris, TX

#14 Jul 28, 2008
You could contact the Y and they could put you in touch with some of the coaches in your daughters age group. You could become familiar with them before next season. I know of several in that age group that are very good. I don't know if they are coaching again next year. If your daughter responds well to women, then Tonya Gates would be very good. And if she responds better to men then Michael Allen. They both have winning teams.
HOLY COW Batman

Paris, TX

#15 Jul 28, 2008
I am sorry, I was mistaken about the coaches being in your daughters age group. I thought you had said she was 10. There are wonderful coaches and I am sure you will be pleased. However, Michael Allen and Tonya Gates are very knowledgeable about the league so it might be beneficial for you to befriend them anyway. They both make you feel like your being wrapped in a warm blanket.
countrygirl01

Houston, TX

#16 Jul 28, 2008
ya my cousin played 4 the "Y" and they chaged all the rules and everything and it relly sucks so at first they were yas good seens this year
softball parent

Mccoy, CO

#17 Jul 29, 2008
HOLY COW Batman wrote:
You could contact the Y and they could put you in touch with some of the coaches in your daughters age group. You could become familiar with them before next season. I know of several in that age group that are very good. I don't know if they are coaching again next year. If your daughter responds well to women, then Tonya Gates would be very good. And if she responds better to men then Michael Allen. They both have winning teams.
That is what everyone is talking about!!! That's right tell them how to "Get in Good" with a coach that they want or with the players on the team so they can play on a "Winning Team". What ever happened to DRAFT..... Ohh sorry we are talking about the "Special" girls and families that only want their chid on a "Special" Team.
Sounds like stacking a team to me, what ever happened to getting on what ever team DRAFT'S you and if it is not a "Winning Team" then work hard and help the other teammates to make it a better team, not pull your special child for another team.... Sound like H.C. Batman has the inside scoop on how to make the SPECIAL TEAM thing work wonder if his/her child is on one of the Special Teams or if they are just happy with what ever team they were put on.
Rubber Neck

United States

#18 Jul 29, 2008
Well I talked to a man yesterday at Walmart and he said the same thing. Make sure you get on the right team, because out at fastpitch they kinda make there rules up as they go and make sure the select few win. He said he has had a grandaughter playing for several years. His son-n-law is a coach. He even went as far as to say they didn't even go by the rule book most of the time. He suggested select ball. Said it has been going on for years and only got worse this year.
Sick n Tired

Paris, TX

#19 Jul 29, 2008
Don't forget that there are other smaller organizations around that you can play for. You can go to Dixie's web site for a list of local organizations, or ASA as well. I also know that Blossom, Detroit, Bogata, and Chisum all have leagues. I think Chisum is slowpitch tho. Your best bet is to talk to the parents of your daughters friends and get personal opinions from people you trust and know. Everyone expects something different to come of their child playing a sport, ask people that have similiar expectations as you.
In the dark

Mccoy, CO

#20 Jul 29, 2008
What is the differance between slow pitch and fast pitch (except for the pitching of course)?

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