A new girls U-14 softball team is forming in Malibu under the auspices of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). The formation of this team fills a local void, since girls currently age out of local softball at 13.
“This is our chance to keep them interested in softball, continuing to play and developing their skills until they join the high school team,” said manager Pete Anthony, a professional conductor and arranger who has coached Malibu youth teams for the past nine years.
Plans are for the team to practice in Malibu at or , and to play interleague games against Westlake, Agoura, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark during the season this spring. Currently, girls who want to continue in softball after age 12 must drive over the hill to teams in Agoura, which makes it difficult for local families who can’t commit the travel time during busy school days.
Anthony said he wants to make the game fun, with an emphasis on teaching skills and keeping the girls in the game.
“We need players now,” Anthony said. “The U-14 division translates to 13- and 14-year-olds. We can apply to get a waiver for 15-year-olds who are not in a school softball program, and 12-year-olds who need a more advanced program are welcome. Ideally we would have 12 or 13 players."