The St. Charles Girls' Softball Assocation has been providing instructional softball leagues for girls in the Fox Valley Area for over 50 years. Over 450 girls take part in the league each summer. Registration begins in January and ends in the beginning of April. Practices begin in early May with games being played from early June to mid July.
Originally known as "The Lassies", St. Charles Girls Softball was created by Dick Burkley and the St. Charles Park District in 1964. The league grew quickly and in 1967 a team was invited to compete in a qualifying tournament for the National Championship.
A rag-tag group of girls in t-shirts and sneakers, the eldest at 17 years, turned up to compete against polished teams of grown women in fancy uniforms. Against the odds they won the tourament and earned a trip to the National Championships in Cheboygan, Michigan.
They didn't fair quite as well in Cheboygan, losing two of three games, but they impressed the competition with their play. An opposing coach told them that if they worked hard and stuck together, they'd win it all some day.
Ten years to the day later, they did just that. The Lassies won the 1977 Womans Softball National Championship in North Carolina.
Today, St. Charles Girls Softball continues to offer opportunities for girls in the Fox Valley to learn and play the game of softball, make friends and have fun.
Play is broken into 6 groups:
* T-ball - girls completing kindergarten
* Coach Pitch - girls completing 1st and 2nd grade
* Kid Pitch/Bobtail - girls completing 3rd and 4th grade
* Ponytail - girls completing 5th and 6th grade
* Foxtail - girls completing 7th and 8th grade
* High School - girls currently in high school
Games for K - 8 divisions are scheduled for weekday evenings with game times beginning at 4:00 PM, and Saturday morning/early afternoon.
High school games are played on Sunday afternoons.