Exeter, Stratham, Brentwood, East Kingston,
Kensington and Newfields
Hello Stratham families,
We wanted to reach out to be sure that you were aware of all your softball opportunities this coming season. As you know, Stratham Recreation is offering a localized softball program for Stratham families.
The alternative to that will be playing in the EJBSL softball league. For those that played softball last year, this is the league you participated in. We fully plan to have the league operate as we have for the past several seasons. We are excited for a couple of big changes in our structure, most importantly the combining of the Exeter and Stratham softball boards to work as one unified group to bring a better brand of softball to our girls. We now have 8 Stratham parents
on our board and look forward to what we can do together going forward. We are in the process of re-branding the league as the SAU16 League (vs EJBSL) and will continue to work during this season to have the league structure and by-laws redone to reflect the joint efforts of, not just yours, but of all our SAU towns. We are also excited to add Brentwood fully into the league as well this year.
The great news is that with two different options, you can choose the program that best fits for your personal softball goals.
For those of you who may be new, or may just need a reminder, here are some important points about our league.
- The U6, U8 and U10 Stratham teams will be formed as Stratham teams and coached by your coaches just like always. Practices and games will be on Stratham or Exeter Rec fields as well. We feel at the younger ages, the most important thing for the girls is playing softball with
their friends, on teams coached by their parents.
- U12 teams are formed by drafting, but after the draft we also have conversations with the coaches to ensure that girls are still with some familiar faces. At this level, the girls are either at, or close too, entering CMS, so it is a good age for them to start branching out and meeting new friends.
- Clinics are offered throughout the season and include pitching, catching, hitting and general skills. Some of these are offered for free, some at discounted rates for our league.
- For those interested in the next level of competition, we also offer the more competitive Riptide Program. These are teams that operate at a tournament level and are formed through a tryout process and play beyond the recreation schedule.
- Season operates mid - April into early June.
U6 5-6 game schedule, U8 8 game schedule and the rest will play 10 game schedules with an end of season playoff.
- U6 and U8 will have two fun jamborees during the season as well.
- League-wide Spring Training Day in March at EHS. This is a fun indoor event for the younger groups.
For U12 and U14 this also serves as the evaluation day to aid in team formation.
Each division described:
6U Softball (tee-ball and coach pitch)
Designed specifically for girls aged 6 and younger. This will be offered on Saturday mornings. Optional weekday practices may be scheduled, pending the coach’s availability. Attendance is not mandatory.
Teams from other SAU16 schools will play in this fun, relaxed, learning program. Players hit from either a tee or from a coach-pitch –whichever they are most comfortable with.
Players hit off of a spring-loaded pitching machine. This instructional league generally consists of two (1-2) weekdays and one (1) Saturday commitment each week. The main focus at this level is to teach players core softball rules while developing skills in a fun environment. Limited roster sizes and automated pitching allow for faster-paced games with plenty of hitting and fielding. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals and teamwork. Home games & practices are in
Stratham. Away Games are within SAU16 area. Our year-end jamboree will be held at Exeter High School.
Players hit off of player pitching (coach pitch after ball four). This developmental league generally consists of two (1-2) weekdays and one (1) Saturday commitment, each week.
Players continue building and refining fundamental skills while learning game strategy. Volunteer parents or paid high school players will umpire the games. Standings are kept, but the focus is not on winning. Certain local rules are in place to encourage learning and speed up the pace of games. Players get to try all positions. Home games & practices are in Stratham or at the Exeter Rec. Away Games are within SAU16 area.
Players hit exclusively off of player pitching. Players are still developing and learning and new players are encouraged to participate.
The 12U season consists of three (1-2) weekdays and one (1) Saturday commitment each week. Trained umpires call most games, and most Babe Ruth/ASA rules apply.
Players begin to specialize at a couple of positions appropriate for their skills and talents, though they will still experience multiple positions. Advanced rules and topics are introduced. Home games & practices are in Stratham or at the Exeter Rec. Away games are within SAU16 area.
The 14U league is competitive and consists of experienced players. The season consists of three (1-2) weekdays and one (1) Saturday commitment each week.
Certified umpires call all games, and full official Babe Ruth/ASA rules apply. Players generally play positions they know and are comfortable with. Advanced offensive and defensive strategies are taught.
Home games & practices are in Stratham or at the Exeter Rec. Approximately 5 regular-season games will be played within a 20-minute drive from the Stratham Municipal Center.
For all of the divisions, we understand it is recreational, so we do not expect full participation in every scheduled event. We make as many events available as possible but want the girls to do what works best for their personal schedules.
If you have any questions about our program please call or text
Hillary Gaynor at 603-285-3491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bryan Wall at 978-382-1555, or email at email@example.com.
We are all looking forward to a great softball season!!