News and Announcements
At this years banquet on Saturday 9/10 all players that are there will be given an Insist Equality shirt. We will also have additional shirts for sale for $10.
The reason to wear this shirt whenever you can is to bring attention to the city’s reluctance to acknowledge you as an equal. Boys have better fields and as a girl I want to be valued just as much by the city. And to end the discrimination towards the softball girls of Cambridge. October 12 is a day to celebrate Women’s Equality. Wear your shirt to school that day.
Fall registration is open for Cambridge girls softball
Sundays double headers games start at 9:00 am. 1.5 hr games. 3 Sundays at home 3 travel to other city.
Dates Sept 11, 18, 25*, Oct. 2, 16, 23
*25 is Paddy’s 5K ( no games) unless league allows afternoon games
14U born in years 2007- 2008
12U born in years 2009 – 2010
10U born in years 2011 – 2012
8U born in year 2013 and before
The maximum players for each roster is 14. If registration exceeds 14 there will be an assessment day conducted by coaches. If registration exceeds expectations there could be more than one team for each age group. The league is always interested in coaches/assistant coaches. (Contact Steve McAuliffe at (email@example.com)
Once the 14 player roster is reached registration will close for that team but will remain open in case a second team can be formed.
A league of their own, finally a field of their own, but girls’ athletic facilities don’t compare to boys’
Great article written by our own Coach Steve. Spread the word and let your voices be heard by the city and hopefully we can change the future.
Monday, May 30, 2022
I visited to look at the new Glacken Field last week. It is fantastic. Not only one field, but two with a groomed infield, outfield fences, dugouts and – I couldn’t believe it – lights. Those boys and coaches of Little League West must be ecstatic to play on a new baseball field with top-notch facilities.
I remember the inaugural season of the girls’ softball league in 1995. The league played in different fields throughout the city, such as Sennott Park, Gore Street, Ahern, Glacken and even Rafferty Field. Eventually the city allowed the league to use St. Peter’s and Donnelly fields on Friday evenings and the league moved away from Ahern, Sennott and Rafferty.
The girls, parents and coaches were initially excited to have a league of their own, but over the years the league officials, parents and players complained that the fields lacked maintenance. At times there were no chalked foul lines; the outfield grass was not mowed; or there were divots in the infield or outfield, and soccer games in the outfield. The league also asked to have lights installed, especially at Glacken Field – but were told it would never happen, because the neighborhood would object.
In 2008, this lack of attention sparked Sara Breen, a player in the league, to start a petition requesting that the girls have a field of their own. The boys have 10 fields, two in each division of the four little leagues (North, East, West and Central), and Babe Ruth has two, she argued. She did this on her own, without the full support of league officials. She collected numerous signatures and presented the petition to city officials. Some at the city were surprised the boys had 10 fields and the girls none. As a result of her effort, the city named Danehy 3 to be the field for girls’ softball. Again, the league and players were joyous as the girls finally had a field of their own. And the condition of the field is well maintained by the Danehy staff.
It certainly does not compare with the boys’ fields, though. Danehy 3 is wide open and at least 5 degrees colder in the spring. Parents and fans are encouraged to wear winter jackets the first few weeks of the season. And it’s much windier than the lower fields at St. Peter’s. (Some nickname it “the frozen tundra.”) In addition, all parking lots are a quarter-mile away from the field. It’s comforting for parents who drop kids off at different locations to see the coach at the field and leave to rush to their next destination, but at Danehy 3 there’s no visibility from the street. Funny that this isn’t the case at all the boys’ fields. In addition, there’s less access for some physically challenged parents or grandparents with mobility issues, who decide to stay home rather than attend a game. And if there is threat of lightning and the players are asked to leave the field, they all scatter in four directions and the coach is unable to see that every player reached their cars safely.
I know when my daughter played 20 years ago, she echoed the lack of attention the girls’ fields get compared with the boys’. Recently she visited Glacken Field. She called me. “Dad, is this field for the girls?” I replied, “What do you think”? “Still a boys’ world?” she replied. “Of course,” I said.
I am surprised with all the talk about gender equity that girls’ softball was not considered to determine if the plans for the new Glacken Field – used by girls’ softball for more than 20 years – could have been built so both leagues could share. But why would the boys share if they don’t have to? After all, it’s still a man’s world; this is an example where young boys and girls learn that lesson very early.
My wish is that another Sara Breen would play in the league today.
Steve McAuliffe, coach in the Cambridge Girls Softball League
We hope you and your family can join us at noon on Saturday, September 18th to celebrate the 2021 spring and summer Cambridge Girls Softball seasons at St. Peter’s Field! There will be music, food, fun, games and more!
Sign up using the link below by September 10th and automatically be entered into a raffle for some spectacular prizes:
We also wanted to mention a couple of softball related announcements:
The Peter Payack Battle of the Bridge Softball Tournament will take place this weekend from Friday, August 27th – Sunday, August 29th for 14u and 16u teams. Come on by to watch some great softball and support Cambridge Girls Softball!
Here is the link to the 14u schedule – note: Cambridge does have it’s own team for this age division
Here is the link to the 16u schedule – note: there are 5 girls from Cambridge playing for the Invaders
The Paddy’s 5k road race will take place on September 26th and we would love to have your support as a volunteer! If you are interested in helping out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let Ruth know your availability. If you are interested in running/walk the race you can sign up at www.paddys5k.com