CASPER, Wyo. — With at least eight Wyoming high schools now committed to offering girls’ fast-pitch softball, the Wyoming High School Activities Association is working out the details of how the sport will be offered.
The WHSAA needs to formally vote before the sport can be officially sanctioned.
Their next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 1 where WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird says a first reading vote will be held.
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The board would need to vote on second reading during their Nov. 5 meeting to officially sanction softball.
“We’ve kept the board informed all through the process,” Laird says.
The WHSAA is in talks with the districts who’ve voted to commit to offering girls’ softball.
With the Albany County School District deciding to offer softball with a vote on Aug. 14, the requisite number of school have now committed.
Laramie high school joins Campbell County, Thunder Basin, Cody, Green River, Kelly Walsh, Natrona County and Rock Springs High Schools as the eight schools who have so far committed.
Laramie County School District could also decide to offer the sport in September, which would add three more high schools to the mix.
Laird says that some “fine-tuning” work still needs to get done, though he is optimistic that WHSAA will ultimately decide to sanction the sport.
That includes determining the exact length of the season and how many games would be played.
Scheduling may be the most tricky aspect to be worked out since the high schools are spread widely throughout the state, according to Laird. He pointed out that Cody is geographically distant from the other schools, for example.
The WHSAA will also need to work out the details of the softball state tournament.
They are working to figure out “how to find and register umpires,” Laird added.
Those game officials would need to be certified with the National Federation of State High School Associations.
“All the coaches will need certified,” Laird continued.
Despite needing to work out these details, Laird says the plan is still to begin offering girls’ fast-pitch softball in the spring of the 2020-2021 school year.