Women's Fastpitch Softball adding more teams and poised for another successful season.
The Women's Fast-pitch Softball Association (WFSA) launched its leagues nationwide in the spring of 2010. The WFSA, a division of the National Adult Baseball Association, is recognized as an adult alternative to women’s slow-pitch softball. The goal is to have a nationally based league of cities playing softball under a common set of rules, with the emphasis on competition and fun.
WFSA provides organized softball nationwide to adult women of all ages and abilities and is organized into groups categorized by age. The largest division of play is the Open Division (18 & Over), additional divisions include 25 & over, 35 & over, and 45 & over.
Leagues are divided into two or more competitive divisions, where participation levels permit. These divisions are then classified by experience level.
The advanced level (AAA) typically is for players who have 3-4 years of college and/or higher level experience. The intermediate level (AA) is generally for the players with high school or some college experience. The recreational level (A) is generally for the players with high experience or some experience in high school. Additionally, the rookie level (R) provides an opportunity for players whose love of the game perhaps exceeds their level of experience.
This divisional structure provides a level field for each player - regardless of experience and ability level. The WFSA seeks to foster a competitive environment that is challenging and fun for all involved.
The Women's Fast-Pitch Softball Association is poised for huge growth in 2011. Currently there are leagues existing or forming in eight states including Colorado, Texas, California, Nevada, Florida, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Additional leagues also are being finalized.
Capping off a successful 2010 inaugural season, the Denver based "Lopes" team won the WFSA Colorado League Championship competing against six other tough teams. Colorado was also host to the midseason All-Star Game. Starting in 2011, the Inland Empire League in Southern California was the first league to begin play this year, with its Opening Day on January 16.
While leagues will be the foundation of the WFSA, they also are offering three tournaments in 2011, to help promote and grow the association. The WFSA plans to have tournaments in Las Vegas (Memorial Day), Denver (4th of July) and Phoenix (early October), to give teams additional playing opportunities.
If you are interested in playing on a team, starting your own team or league the WFSA provides all the information needed to become a player, manager, coach, sponsor or fan. Registration details, league meeting dates, news, tournaments and contact information are posted on the WFSA website.