Our dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe league for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to serve as a feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

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Welcome to Lynnfield Youth Softball

The Lynnfield Youth Softball Association's dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe outlet for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to provide a healthy feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

Update on Spring Season

A message from the LYSBA Board of Directors

We hope you and yours are healthy, safe and heeding the experts’ advice on social distancing to help stop the spread of this awful virus.

We’re writing to update you on our status for the spring softball season. We remain hopeful that we will be able to have a spring season, and we are working with the Essex County Women’s Softball League (ECWSL) to prepare the best way we can for whatever comes next.

As you know, schools are closed until May 4. Should the virus be controlled enough to allow students to return to school and the fields to be reopened at that time, the ECWSL is planning to begin playing games on May 11. We would have a 10-game season with a week of playoffs as usual. Should the school year be extended, we could potentially extend the softball season as well.

Other options we are exploring are holding an in-town-only league – we are one of the few towns around that have enough teams to do this – or playing the spring league in the summer (either in-town or with other ECWSL towns).

We probably won’t know much more for at least a couple of weeks and we will keep you posted through our website and Facebook updates. As much as we love softball and are hopeful that the girls don’t lose the entire season, we will never jeopardize the safety of our players, coaches or parents.

As soon as we know anything more, we will let you know. If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to us at lynnfieldyouthsoftball@gmail.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please stay safe.

 


by posted 03/28/2020
Suspension of Activities Extended to April 7

LYSBA EXTENDS SHUTDOWN, STILL PREPARING FOR SEASON

In light of Governor Baker's two-week stay-at-home order, the Lynnfield Youth Softball Association has extended its suspension of activities until at least April 7. We will reassess our position at that time.

As noted in our previous post and our email to parents and players, we are optimistic that we can begin our Essex County Women's Softball League season on time, or shortly after the original start date at the end of April. We are meeting (via conference call) with all other ECWSL town leaders this evening (March 24) to discuss our next steps. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and take whatever precautions and steps necessary to ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19 while doing what we can to prepare for our league to play softball when the time is right. Specifically, we are working remotely to prepare for the season, but are sanctioning no on-field activities or other gatherings of players or coaches. We do encourage parents to play catch with their daughters at home and do whatever else they safely can to keep their skills sharp (and to help fend off cabin fever!).

Please stay safe!

LYSBA


by posted 03/24/2020
Lynnfield Bears Bear Watching

Lynnfield Bears 2019 Fall Squad

Bears Impress in Three Seasons

Even as the weather turns colder, there was no hibernating for Lynnfield Youth Softball Association coach and board member John Dias and his Lynnfield Bears. After a stellar run in the Essex County Women's Softball League (ECWSL) Junior South Division last spring -- culminating in a second-place finish and heartbreaking semifinal playoff loss -- Dias and the Bears kept coming back to the field. The coach and many of the players from the spring team participated on Lynnfield's summer U12 team, the Lynnfield Lightning, which finished with an impressive 8-2-2 record in the very competitive Middle Essex League.

Dias and his core group then moved on to the Billerica Fall League, where they were initially placed in the U14 division despite being a U12 team. The team held its own in the upper age group, and when they were relocated to the correct division, enjoyed tremendous success. The Bears finished fifth in a 15-team division and improved with every game. This is believed to be Lynnfield's first foray into the fall league in Billerica.

Finally, Dias and an expanded group of Middle Schoolers wrapped up the year with Saturday afternoon sessions at the New England Premier Sportsplex, working on drills for part of the time and playing a game for the rest. Coach Dias and his players will be back in the coming spring season as well as for the winter clinics that begin at the end of January. And though not all of the Bears will be Bears this coming season -- teams are reset every year and some will be playing in a different age group -- it was a great 2019 for the players, the coach and the program as a whole.  

 


by posted 01/16/2020
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