The League Coronavirus Update

With concern to the Coronavirus, The League will like to update everyone as it stands currently and moving forward.

UPDATE: The League for Fastpitch Softball 2020 league season has been cancelled. Our league season will resume in 2021. Additionally, all Tournaments, Clinics, and showcases have been postponed indefinitely. Please come back for updates as conditions get better for further updates. Please stay safe.


These are trying times for everyone. The domino effect from the Coronavirus is far reaching and causing everyone to change the way they live. Major league sports are either cancelled or suspended, schools are closing, businesses shut down, and people are being forced to search far and wide for simple products like toilet paper. Without a shadow of a doubt, we are all being effected and these are moments we will never forget.

The League for Fastpitch Softball believes first and foremost in the safety of our players, coaches, and staff. We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions so that you and your love ones may be safe. Please follow the guidelines provided by our Mayor, Governor, President and health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life is precious and not a game. While many of us may live with the mantra, “Softball is Life,” nothing sounds as silly as that right now. Softball is a game we love and when the time is right, we will see you all on the field.

For further information concerning the Coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at


The Life of a Softball Coach

Dily Felix, coach of the multi-time Champion Lady Twins, shares what it’s like to be a fastpitch softball coach in New York City. 

It’s a beautiful day in NYC, the sun is shining and it’s perfect weather to practice today. The team and I begin our walk to the field feeling excited. We start talking about upcoming games and our practice plans for the day. We finally arrive at the field just to discover the field is taken by kickball players. The disappointment on the player’s faces is heartbreaking. This is just one of the many struggles we face back home while trying to build a successful fastpitch team. 

The lack of field space is insane and has become a prevalent issue within the softball community. I remember growing up and finding a place to practice my swings or groundballs on a field almost every 2-3 blocks. Now I’d be lucky to find a space to practice. If I decide to take the girls to the cages, indoor facilities, or find alternative areas to practice there are complications. 

Girls can’t always afford the fees that come with trying to put a competitive team together, so we then have

The Lady Twins participated in a tournament in Boston, run by The Base.

to fund-raise money in order to save myself, as a coach, some money in the long run. Fundraising has become even more difficult since I put my first travel team together 18 years ago. I thought it would have been easier being that there are more ways to raise money now, but boy was I wrong. Players and parents don’t understand all the things that coaches do for them. We sacrifice a lot; our jobs, our families, our health, our pockets and our time. Coaches go to meetings to fight for each and every player in the league regardless of his or her team and struggle to raise money to be able to play in the next tournament. Guess what though? I have never regretted my choice on becoming a coach. 

During my time as a coach, I have had more good memories than bad. I have helped generations of softball players become hardworking and committed women that have learned to persevere. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a player smile and enjoy her time on the field with her sisters, or that one player that spent hours perfecting her swing so she can get her first hit. Then immediately turning to me with the confidence to say, “I did that coach.” 

To me that is what it’s all about regardless of all the headaches I have to deal with. The smiles on the players faces and their parents thanking me for giving their daughter the confidence and security to be herself and flourish in this great sport. That is all I need to keep going regardless if we don’t have the field space. Regardless if we don’t have the money, one thing I do know we have is each other, and our bond to make the best of what is given. No excuses!!!. The power of softball can help change lives on the field and definitely has the ability to transcend beyond the field. Now let’s get ready for the new season we have a lot of work to do!


Becoming a College Softball Player

Kimberly Medina, college pitcher for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, shares her advice on becoming a college softball player. 

Becoming a college softball player has been one of the hardest tasks to accomplish and maintain. I started thinking about playing college softball once I started high school because I knew then and there that colleges look at your high school stats. So from then on, I set a goal to keep my stats pretty high. 

Dreams started becoming reality around sophomore year of high school because I started receiving awards from the city. I held my head high and thought maybe I can actually pull this through. Getting recruited though is a process. Let me give you some advice. Towards the beginning of the process, you have to start emailing coaches moderately early just to get on their radar. Just don’t expect to hear from coaches yet. 

The MOST IMPORTANT PART of the recruiting process is to have a well prepared video. If you have a video that sucks, some coaches don’t even bother emailing you back or gently turn you down and suggest you playing rec ball. You’d want to have a video that is sweet and straight to the point. Though the video is sweet and straight to the point, you’d want to write one wicked email that makes the coaches remember you. One mistake that is commonly made is addressing a coach with the incorrect name. It is extremely embarrassing. I can’t stress this next point enough; Stay in contact with the coaches!!! Do not wait for coaches to look for you, you have to look for them!! 

I followed the correct recruiting steps and I was recruited. Eventually I was recruited by the school that I thought was good for me. I was recruited by the former coach of the College of Mount Saint Vincent and I committed. The coach left and the program has now been led by head coach Richard Vaccaro. I had to prove myself to a new coach but I am proud to say I am a starting college pitcher for CMSV. 

College ball is way different compared to high school ball. It’s a way bigger commitment. From 5 am lifts to 10 pm practice and maintaining your GPA, this is not easy and you cannot slack otherwise you’re going to be benched. You have to fight back and show some spunk on the field. You have to prove to your coaches, why you deserve to be on the field and why you deserve to wear your school’s colors. If this is what you really want, it’s no problem. So ask yourself, do you really want to be a college softball player?


Lady Tiger Leader finds a Home

Christopher Astacio, the highly praised coach of the Lady Tigers, tells us why he decided to be part of the group starting The League.

My softball coaching journey began with the Lady Tigers in 2013. A few years later in 2016, the team was invited onto the field at Yankee Stadium where they were honored and given the opportunity to run out with the Yankees.

The following year the Lady Tigers made headlines for their impact in the community and were invited onto the Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she gave us a check that would give the girls on the team opportunities they could only dream of. Eventually, their story was made into a book written by Dibs Baer, Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle. 

Violence was a way of life for the girls in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. The Lady Tigers softball program was created to provide girls a positive outlet to be successful while living in chaos. My softball program set itself apart from others by incorporating the concept of college readiness. The emphasis was to expose my girls to the, “college-athlete experience” which took my girls on an educational adventure.

One of my fondest memories was when we raised enough money to send the team to Florida State University; the first of many trips to colleges and universities. They were able to play on the very field Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott played on in Chicago at Bandits Stadium. The Lady Tigers would get the opportunity to play at some of the top universities including Harvard. In the culminating year of the team, both captains of the Lady Tigers were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their graduating class in 2018, thus ending an era of greatness. 

Since then, I have been searching for a league that embodies the same ideals that I have implemented in my own program. Playing competitive sports has a transformative influence on young females which I have witnessed first hand throughout my years of coaching. Confidence surges with winning, of course, but losing may be even more impactful as it teaches strength through adversity. Working through struggles, continuing when it seems impossible and putting in the hard work to reach a goal are the experiences that build emotional strength. I found that there weren’t many leagues that embodied my same beliefs.

This is why I decided to be a part in creating The League for Fastpitch Softball. When approached to take part in creating something I could be proud of, my players and parents could be proud of and even all of New York City to be proud of, I jumped on board.  With The League,  you will be getting brilliant individuals dedicated to providing girls with structure and mentorship, as well as creating leaders in softball and in the community. I believe we at The League for Fastpitch Softball will not only provide these experiences but give young female athletes the tools required to continue their softball journey in college. 




A Softball Dream

Yashira “Yoshie” Centeno shares what it would mean to play College Softball.

Growing up, I was raised around male figures, and I didn’t know much about softball.  Whenever I would see them, we would play with a branch we would take from a tree and a paper bag. I learned baseball was a thing and it was only for men but I loved playing this game.  When I was six, I got my own pink softball glove and my very first softball. Still knew nothing about softball, however I was so excited I got a ball to play with. I would throw the ball around. My fondest memory was when I threw with my aunt in Puerto Rico. Little did I know then that this would be the start of something special for me.

In sixth grade, I found out exactly what softball was. My gym teacher approached me and asked if I played softball. My answer was a simple, “No.” 

With encouragement from my gym teacher, I tried out and noticed that softball was exactly the same thing as baseball but just with girls. After a few years of playing softball, it became my home. It became my distraction from reality and the one thing that made me happy through the rough times. 

Playing softball is very important to me for a few reasons. It has brought me amazing people who feel the same way about softball. It has brought me positivity and joy; something I don’t take for granted. It hasn’t been all perfect and without adversity as I have had things like injuries. Softball has offered me many lessons that I have learned from. 

I am currently a senior in high school and ever since I started playing organized softball, people have encouraged me to play softball in college. Many times I have heard, “Would love to see you play in college,” as people have complimented me on how well I play. Playing in college would mean so much to me personally though. It would be a dream come true. Once I really learned what softball was, Florida State University is where I always wanted to play. Who knows, you may see me playing there one day. At this point, playing college softball period, would bring me so much joy. That will be a long way from that little girl who didn’t know about this wonderful game that was made for me and girls like me.


Welcome to The League!

There’s No Better Place to Play in New York City.

Welcome to The League for Fastpitch Softball or what we like to call “The League” in short. We are the new home for New York City softball and plan to fill a void that is desperately needed. 

Our Mission is to provide high quality softball opportunities to girls in NYC so that they may have the best chance to go and play college softball.

So come along with us as we embark on this journey that is fittingly happening in the same year that softball is being re-celebrated in the 2020 Olympics. 

This is our website, please come and visit often and stay updated on the new and exciting things to come this year. You should also follow us on all social media. 

If you have any questions, please email us at


A Softball League for NYC

The League for Fastpitch Softball is here for the 2020 season. Just what we have all been looking for.

The Frank Sinatra saying goes, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” However for the average softball player from New York City, that saying seems to hold no weight when it comes to making it to college to play the game that they love. Let’s be frank (no pun intended), softball in NYC gets little to no respect but we intend to fix that.

There are a number of very talented softball players in NYC. In this large city, softball is being played in all five boroughs in different school leagues and in several softball leagues played throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Therein often is the problem; too many leagues. A couple are run well and are staples, while others are run with little to no organization and structure. There are even a number of leagues that have come and gone. That leads to the first problem we plan to solve, “Where should college coaches and recruiters go to see great softball by great softball players?”

Softball has been growing in the city with more and more girls being seen in their softball uniforms and complementary bats, cleats, and gloves. However, what you may notice if you pay careful attention to a girl leaving early on a Saturday morning to a game in one uniform, is only for her to come home with a different uniform. Sunday may even bring two more different uniforms. With the influx of teams and leagues, it’s not unusual for a softball player to play on two, three, or even four teams over the course of a Summer. This is not even including tournaments. The reason is often because there is no central league to play in, one where all the best teams play. Instead you may have one league in Manhattan with only 5-6 teams, and two of them dominating it, while another league in the Bronx is under the same scenario. This would apply to the other boroughs as well and a number of times.  

This is why we are creating The League for Fastpitch Softball. Why not have the best teams from all five boroughs playing in the same place? A place that is structured and well organized, and where college coaches and recruiters know where to go to see the talented softball players that NYC has to offer. We want to also be the place that celebrates and spotlights the great softball players here. No longer will a player need to play on several different teams to play some of the best competition. And in the same breath, no longer will a coach have to wonder if his star pitcher is coming to his game or playing for the other team somewhere else. 

So just how does The League for Fastpitch Softball actually intend to work and help get girls to college you may be asking? To begin, we will provide more than just “a league,” as we will be hosting College Showcases a number of times a year for individual players, as well as Tournaments for teams with the hope of having college representation. We will also, in conjunction with several colleges, hold a number of clinics that will help with players being recruited. Within our website, we intend to have comprehensive stats, and highlight players and teams with news articles. As well, we will provide the service of creating recruiting videos and hosting them on our website, along with photos, game videos, and live feeds of games played within The League. 

The League itself will consist of 10-12 teams split into two equal conferences. Teams will play each team within their conference twice, while playing teams out of conference once. The top two/three teams from each conference will make the playoffs. Conference winners will then play for the championship. Games will be played throughout the city until playoffs, where it will be at a central location. The hope is that with all the opportunities, resources, and connections The League for Fastpitch Softball will offer, more and more girls from NYC will get to play the game they love in college.