ABGSL provides fun recreational and competitive softball for girls in grades K-9 on fields all across Albany and Berkeley, CA. The league's main recreational season runs from March til June with competitive and additional recreational programs at other times of the year. Founded in 1983, ABGSL is a non-profit, all volunteer league that offers a positive softball experience for every girl who wants to play.
OPENING DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!!
Welcome to Opening Day for the 32nd season of recreational softball for the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League! It's this Saturday, February 28.
Micros at Codornices Park from 9a to 11a
All Others at Fielding Field (schedule below)
The following instructions are relevant only for girls in second grade and older. A separate email is being sent to families in Micro Division (K and 1st) with different instructions.
Opening Day Schedule
Our season begins at Opening Day. Each Division segment runs for 90 minutes. Parents must accompany girls to sign-in and must return 30 minutes prior to the end of the session. During the one-hour clinic the players will run through drills led by Berkeley High School softball players, so please have them bring their gloves, cleats and a water bottle. The high school team includes many ABGSL alumni so it is exciting to welcome them back.
Following the clinic for each division the team rosters will be announced and each team will convene its first brief meeting.
10:00-11:30: Younger Division (2nd-3rd graders)
11:30-1:00: Middle Division (4th-5th graders)
1:00-2:30: Older Division (6th-9th graders)
Fielding Field (near 5th and Harrison) (map)
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND
If you are unable to attend Opening Day, your daughter's coach or team manager will contact you to let you know the team to which she is assigned, the location of the first practice, and the date, time and location of the mandatory team parent meeting. If you haven't heard from your coach or manager by Sunday night, feel free to contact me and I will provide you with the information. We don't provide team assignment information in advance of Opening Day.
DIRECTIONS TO FIELDING FIELD AND PARKING
Fielding Field is at the north end of 5th Street north of Harrison Street in Berkeley. Enter where 5th Street dead ends and walk across the bridge. DO NOT park in a red zone and do not park in UC Village parking or you will risk getting a ticket. You can park on Harrison Street or on 6th Street and walk across the bridge to the field. (map)
Teams were formed taking a number of factors into account. Our commissioners spent many hours making the best possible configuration of teams. We worked hard to balance the teams evenly, while also taking friend/carpool requests and other factors into account. We also considered restrictions on availability in terms of the days of the week, as recorded on your registration forms. As is true every year, we could not honor all friend requests.
Please keep in mind that playing with new teammates and families every year and making new friends is part of what makes ABGSL such a rewarding experience. I'm sure you will appreciate that reconfiguring teams at this late date is complicated, and will only be possible if there was an error in placement for days of the week shown on the registration site. In other words, the team assignments are now final.
I want to thank all of our coaches, managers, commissioners, administrators, equipment volunteers, field volunteers, and other critical league volunteers for their help in assembling the teams and doing all the other things it takes to get us ready to start the season. This has been, and continues to be, truly a group effort. This season promises to be a great one, thanks to the tremendous commitment of all of us as parent volunteers.
Starting in 1983 with a handful of local families looking to organize softball games for their daughters, ABGSL has grown to become one of the largest and most respected parent-volunteer sports organizations in the East Bay.
ABGSL has some unique and long standing philosophies, such as stressing fun and skill development over competition and a winning-at-all-cost mentality. Participation and inclusiveness are priorities, and our hope is that all girls enjoy being part of the League, working together to learn and enjoy softball.
I look forward to seeing you on Opening Day!
Thank you to our generous sponsor of the month!
ABGSL is a 501(c)(3) organization that solely relies on volunteer and community support. All donations to us are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Make a donation by clicking the Donate button.