North Shore’s 8U team undefeated in Fall Ball
Softball became even more exciting for a group of 7- and 8-year-olds who made up the 8U Fall Ball team of the North Shore Girls Softball League, when their team recently finished the season undefeated.
“We had a terrific season,” says manager Steve Ratner. “We had girls with some experience under their belts and others who were playing for the first time. Each girl played hard and played up to her potential.”
The Fall Ball season, which runs from September through November, is often a time when softball players sharpen their skills and up their playing ability, according to Ratner.
“It’s less intense than the All-Star season, but more intense the rec season,” says Ratner. “We play against teams outside of our league and that makes it more competitive. It’s also a time when the girls just have fun.”
As an added bonus, the 8U coaches saw skill levels rise, with several girls hitting home runs during games.
“We want to see these girls maintain and improve their skills, and to look forward to upcoming rec season,” says coach Paul Ang. “That’s what Fall Ball is all about.”
While the 8U team will take some time off from softball, all 13 girls are planning to return in January for evaluations and the start of the spring recreational season.
Registration for the North Shore Girls Softball League is now open for girls from 5 to 14 years of age. To learn more about the league, or to register online for the Spring 2012 season, visit