The Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch (SMGF) is a nonprofit youth softball league. Girls from any community, ages five to 15, can join with any skill level. They are a 100% volunteer based organization. They have multiple seasons (Fall, Spring, and All Stars). Each session offers something a little different. They follow the USA Softball Southern California guidelines.
Their Fall season, which begins September 16, runs through November, offers girls a chance to play with other softball leagues who are in the L.A./South Bay district. They play a double- header (two games) each Saturday. They have a Select team for Fall which plays on Sundays. The Select team is formed from girls in each division who would like to play at a more competitive level and one extra day.
Their Spring season starts in late February and goes through the end of April. During Spring season, girls play against their teams in their own league at Memorial Park and Clover Park in Santa Monica.
They also have a Spring Select team that is formed the same way as Fall Select. These teams play on Sundays. Their league is very fortunate because they are one of the few leagues in the nation to have a JR Ump program. Players in their second year of 12U have the opportunity to take part in the JR Ump training. Once training is complete, they get to ump the Spring games and get compensated. This is a very unique opportunity for the softball players especially as a first job.
All-Star teams are formed at the end of the Spring season. Depending on the amount of girls, the league tries to hold a Silver and Gold team in each division. The youngest All-Star team is 6U and the oldest is High School.
Each All-Star team is entered into tournaments that are run by other All-Star Leagues to practice before the L.A./South Bay district tournament. If a team makes a certain place in their division bracket, they are given the opportunity to advance to States.
According to Jessica Reynoso, who sent this story to us, “The League is so proud that all our gold teams advanced to States, which is a first time in Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch (SMGF) history to have all the teams in every division advance together.
“Our teams did great at the Southern California B State Tournament held in Lancaster from 7/6-7/9. Our 10U team advanced to Nationals, which is the first time a 10U team at SMGF advanced to Nationals. Our 14U and High school teams also advanced to Nationals.
“USA Softball Southern California region has some of the toughest softball competition and to make it to Nationals is indeed an honor. Each of these All-Star teams put in a lot of work and battles through each tournament to make it on top. We are so very proud of each of these teams and are happy to have them represent SMGF. Now, ours is on the map as a recreational and competitive league.”
By Jessica Reynoso
Jessica is a parent and board member for Santa Monica Fastpitch.