Township Girls Athletic Association
GIRLS SOFTBALL (March to
Opening Day Is April 29th 2018
The Gloucester Township
Girls Athletic Association was started in 1974 by several Little League mothers
who were tired of girls being treated like second-class athletes to boys.
The G.T.G.A.A. provides year-round programs in softball, cheerleading, Summer
and Winter Basketball and Indoor Soccer.
The G.T.G.A.A. has also incorporated “Gloucester Township Girls Fastpitch
Softball, Inc.”. The G.T.G.A.A. is
an independent, self-funded, all-volunteer organization which has always based
its programs on fun, participation, and learning the sport.
Keys to achieving these goals are placing players on teams based on
talent and experience, as well as age.
Also conducting many clinics and special warm-up sessions help players prepare
for the season. The G.T.G.A.A. takes
pride in ensuring a safe program by certifying all coaches through the National
Youth Sports Coaches Association and strictly abiding by their guidelines and
their motto - "Say YES to better sports for Kids".
The G.T.G.A.A. maintains memberships with the National Association of
Youth Leagues, National Softball Coaches Association, Amateur Softball
Association, New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association, and the Women's
UMPIRES and Team Parents are needed. Please volunteer your time and help us help the girls. Umpires will be trained. Please contact us as soon as possible. The main objective of the organization is to help the girls and have fun. The league is not for the adults - it is important to keep the program in its proper perspective. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
The G.T.G.A.A. has set its IN TOWN softball program into various divisions, each with unique qualifications to help the players progress through the program and learn the distinct aspects of the game a little more each year. All games are played within the Township:
The LITTLE LADIES DIVISION plays primarily at Lewis School and consists of ages 6-7. The league is considered fully instructional as a batting "T" is used much of the season (until teams determine to go to live pitching by coaches or machine). Scores and standings are not kept and all players receive trophies at the end of the season.
The MINOR DIVISION, for ages 8-9, is considered "semi-competitive" as wins and losses are not kept during the season. Players are still taught the basics and to try various positions including pitching. Coaches pitch to their team early in the season. A batting "T" is used on "ball four", so there are no walks: all players must hit to get on base. This makes for a more exciting and better paced game. Scores and standings are not kept and all players receive trophies at the end of the season. If time allows, girls are trained and will pitch in games towards the end of the season. Games are played mostly at Lewis, Highland and Timber Creek .
The MAJOR DIVISION is a transitional division where players are still continuing to learn the finer aspects of the game with a littled added competition. Most players have just moved up from the Minors and are continuing to develop their talent and master a position. Players are mostly age 10. Teams begin to concentrate on specific positions and pitching. A tournament is held at the end to determine division champion. Games are played mostly at Highland and Timber Creek.
The JUNIOR DIVISION is a popular program for players age 11-12 not on travelling teams. This division adds some competition while playing with mostly High School rules. Most players are similar in talent which makes for close teams. Several girls attend pitching clinics in the off-season and a stronger effort will be made to help keep a better flow of the game with better pitching and other rule adjustments. A tournament is held at the end to determine division champion. Games are played mostly at Highland and Timber Creek.
The SENIOR DIVISION is a popular program for players age 13-17 not on travelling teams. This division adds some competition while playing with mostly High School rules. Most players are similar in talent which makes for close teams. There is an emphasis on FUN and ENJOYMENT - players will be receiving coordinating uniforms which include shorts (sliding pants may be desired for under the shorts). Games are played mostly at Lakeland.
The TRAVELING TEAMS play competitive softball with teams in the South Jersey Girls Softball Association League playing against neighboring towns and organizations. There are teams at the 11-12 level, 13-15 level, and 16-18 level. Our teams have been very successful over the years and have made the S.J. playoffs in each of the last 15 years. The Traveling Teams play mostly at the Lakeland Complex Field, sometimes UNDER THE LIGHTS.