I've noticed in some threads that some areas have MS softball. How popular is this? Is it usually ran in the fall or in the spring? Is it run similar to a HS program (tryouts or anyone can join?)? Is it free to the students, or is there some fee? Is the coach usually a parent or a school employee? I find this very intriguing and wonder if a similar program could be started in my area to help prepare girls for HS ball. Of the 5 high schools in our HS district, 2 have rec softball programs nearby feeding them players, the other 3 don't. You can guess who the top 2 teams are for the last decade. Maybe MS fall ball (so as not to interfere with the rec ball leagues in the spring) can help to even the playing field and draw more participation from those areas of the city that have low rec ball participation rates. Anybody have any experience starting this off?