Softball Program Coordinator: Bob Golden (

Softball Teams and Contact Information:

Team-Golden (Adult 22 and older

Team-Downs (Adult 22 and older)

Skills Softball: If there is sufficient athlete interest and a certified coach is identified, SOMO will consider fielding a Softball Skills team in 2018. Otherwise, previous Skills athletes should consider participating in alternative sport.

DEVELOPMENTAL (Middle School/High School) SOFTBALL (AGES 13-21): Pending qualified coaches and volunteers commit to the program, SOMO intends to field a (high school age) developmental softball team in 2018. Details to be announced at a later date. Athletes and interested coaches/volunteers should signup on the SOMO website.

ADULT SOFTBALL – age 22 and older (2 Traditional Teams)  Montgomery County has plans to field two softball teams once again in 2018. As a result of the high athlete turnout in softball in previous seasons, adding a third team adult-age, traditional team is under consideration for 2018. Please see the paragraph below titled “Adding a 3rd SOMO Softball Team”.

First Practice:  The first official practice for all adult-age teams is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2018 for both Team-Golden and Team-Downs.
Team-Golden’s initial practice will be held at Bullis School (10601 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854) from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. This practice is open to returning Team-Golden and selected high-level softball athletes. Going forward, all Team-Golden Sunday practices will be held at Bullis School. Team-Golden from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, unless otherwise notified.

Team-Downs’ initial practice is tentatively planned to be held at Bullis School (10601 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This practice is open to all returning Team-Downs
athletes, rising high school athletes (over the age of 18), and other new-comers. Going forward, all Team-Downs Sunday practices will be held at Bullis School. Team-Golden from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise notified.

We are in the process of securing field permits for on-going weekday practices. Once permits have been obtained, this page will be updated and notices will be sent to all team members.

Tentative Competition Schedule:

Team-Golden Montgomery Qualifier: Sunday, April 22nd: Location and schedule TBA
Team-Downs Montgomery Qualifier: Sunday, May 6th: Location and schedule TBA

Howard Qualifier: Sunday, May 20, 2018: (Kiwanis Wallas Park, Ellicott City) – same for both teams
Note: This is a mandatory qualifier. All athletes are expected to participate unless exempted by SOMD

State Games: June 8-10, 2018 at Towson University
Athletes will be housed on campus at Towson U (Friday and Saturday nights). Competitions are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and may be conducted on or off campus.


Athlete Eligibility: All athletes must have a current Athlete Application for Participation (Medical Form) on file and SIGN UP ONLINE for 2018 softball season prior to taking the field at any practice. Note: Each athlete’s Medical must be valid through the end of the softball season (June 10, 2018). Returning athletes may confirm their medical expiration date by clicking here. Athletes may register for 2018 softball by clicking here.

Volunteers: Volunteers and assistant coaches are always welcome. All volunteers, new and returning, must have a Volunteer Application and successful completion of Protective Behaviors on file that is valid through the SOMD State Competition date (June 10, 2018) in order to be eligible to participate. All volunteers must sign up for sport training prior to participate in practice. Please sign up online as soon as possible so that we can make plans for coaching needs. Volunteers may register for 2018 softball by clicking here.

Adding a 3rd SOMO Softball Team: We are reaching the point where athlete softball interest is quickly outpacing our current capacity. Both Team-Golden and Team-Downs rosters were at maximum allowable size in 2017. In addition, several late arriving athletes had to be turned away due to capacity issues. We expect the demand will outpace our capacity once again this year – unless a 3rd team is added.

There are five primary elements needed in order to field a team:
1) Athletes (roster size of 12 minimum)
2) Certified coaches (a minimum of 4 dedicated coaches)
3) Field permits (we feel we can obtain the necessary field permits)
4) Equipment (the equipment needed can be purchased)
5) Uniforms will have to be ordered well in advance in order to be available for competition)

Of the five elements noted above, the most difficult item to fill is coaching. As noted, a minimum of four coaches are needed. The head coach and assistant coach must be fully certified (Five elements of certification are: Volunteer Form, Protective Behaviors, Concussion Training, Coaching Special Olympic Athlete (CSOA) training and sport specific, e.g., softball certification. If you are interested in becoming a head coach and pulling together a coaching staff, please contact Bob Golden (

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