By Bill Tamburrino
There is a T-shirt that has a picture of a girl sliding into home plate in a softball game with a catcher fielding a throw and making a tag. The caption for the picture is “A Woman’s Place is at Home!”
Some may not see that T-shirt as politically correct, but it gets the point across — girls can play, they play hard and they have fun doing it.
About 156 girls, between the ages of 4 and 15, play softball in the Ramona Girls Softball Association (RGSA). There are three separate seasons: regular, between February and May; tournament, from May through July; and winter, from August to November.
Each age group fields several teams. Tee Ball has four teams. 8-under (8U), 10U, and 12U each have three teams. The 14U didn’t have enough signups to field a team so the girls were put on 12U teams but were not eligible for tournament play.
The fields are in great shape and the complex is good but the player numbers are down. The cost to play is $180 for the first player in the family and a discount is offered to more than one player in a family.
“We are currently having signups for winter ball and in winter ball we emphasize FUN and fundamentals. It is primarily an instructional program,” said Nicole Lester, a board member and mother of a girl in the program.
The RGSA entered four teams in the sectional tournaments: 8U Gold, 10U Gold, 10U Silver, and 12U Gold.
For more information about the program and upcoming signups, go to www.ramonagirlssoftball.com.