Posted: Feb 2, 2011 10:21 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Feb 2, 2011 10:29 PM
It's a first for Lafayette, young girls taking the field to play little league softball. Coaches and parents said adding girls to Lafayette Little League is an important step in youth sports.
Callie Gautreaux coaches the softball team at Teurlings High School, and will be helping out with the new girls softball league.
"I think Lafayette Little League getting the girls a program at their park is a wonderful idea for every high school organization in Lafayette," said Gautreaux.
Gautreaux knows playing softball at a younger age will improve players as they move into high school sports as well.
"I'm going to work more with the coaches and make sure they have the right skills and teach them certain drills that we do and the hitting that we do in the high school area," she said.
Getting the Lafayette Little League Softball teams started was a long time coming.
"We've been asked for the past at least three years, begging us to start a softball league and we've been talking about it for the past three years," said Oren Smith, President of the Lafayette Little League.
After a lot of planning and re-organizing the Lafayette Little League he said it's finally happened.
"I feel like when the girls play together they kind of learn, you can see how they grow together," said Jeff Mouton, who's daughter signed up for little league softball.
Even though regular little league sign up ended Wednesday, they'll take registrations for softball all the way up until April to make sure they get a full league, which is at least 60 girls.
"Anybody who wants to come and play, have them come out and play," said Smith.
This year there will be two softball age groups, 9-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds. Each group will have three teams. You can find more information on Lafayette Little League Softball on their website: http://www.eteamz.com/LAFAYETTELITTLELEAGUE/