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 Watauga County Parks and Recreation (Youth and Adult) – For additional information about the youth and adult leagues, contact the Watauga County Parks and Recreation at: Main Office: 828-264-9511, Fax: 828-264-9523, Email:

For the youth, Watauga County Parks and Recreation offer various leagues played during the Spring and Summer.

For girls, ages 6-8, Coach Pitch softball is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of the game in an instructional and competitive setting. The main feature of this division is that coaches pitch the ball to the batter as opposed to a youth pitcher. Games are played twice weekly and are combined with practices and clinics. The season runs from April through June. Registration for this league begins in February and ends in mid-March.

For girls, ages 9-14, there are three divisions of play offered by Watauga County Parks and Recreation. If enrollment numbers warrant, the three divisions are broken into 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 age groupings. At this level, girls continue their development of the fundamentals of play and individual skill sets. Teams from Watauga County play amongst themselves as well as participate in inter-league play with teams from adjoining counties. Again, the season runs from April through June. Registration for these leagues begins in February and ends in early March.

At the older, or “Little League” levels, select girls have the opportunity to represent Watauga County in Little League tournament activity. ”All-Star” teams are formed and participate in North Carolina District (Seven) play for the right to continue to State, Regional, and National levels. This activity begins in mid-June and continues through mid-July.

For youth play, all girls need to provide gloves, athletic shoes, and white softball game pants. Bats, helmets, and catching gear are provided.

For those adults who want to continue play in this sport or choose to use the sport as a fitness outlet, there are both Fall and Spring leagues offered by Watauga County Parks and Recreation. The Recreation department offers Co-ed Softball, Women’s Softball, and four levels of Men’s Open softball during the fall season, starting in August. In the Spring, he Recreation Department offers 6 divisions of Adult Softball during the spring season: Men’s Open A (most competitive league), Men’s Open B, Men’s Open C, Men’s Open D (recreational), Men’s Church League and Women’s Open League.

Not to be left out, adults “over 50″ have an outlet all their own. The “Over 50 Softball League” is open to men and women over the age of 50, and they have the opportunity to play approximately 10 games during the Spring.

Watauga Storm Girls Fastpitch Softball For those girls who wish to expand their involvement with the sport and play at a more competitive level, travel ball is available. Presently, the Storm offers a 16U team but there are opportunities to form a 10U, 12U, and 14Uteams. Interested players and coaches are urged to contact Jay Jackson at or Mike Steele at

Watauga High School & Appalachian State University At the public school and university level, softball is offered at both Watauga High School, Appalachian State University, and Lees-McRae College. At WHS, there is both a Junior Varsity and Varsity team available by tryout. At the two higher institution, participation is gained either by recruitment or walk-on tryouts. Coaches at the respective institutions should be contacted for additional information.

Need more info? Contact our softball champion. Champion: Jay Jackson