The Future of High School Softball in Wyoming

The Wyoming State Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament is a way for teams around the state of Wyoming to play each other.

"You can see what a popular sport it is here by the number of teams participating and the number of cities participating," said Cody Pride coach Kieth Ungrund.

Cody Pride and Rock Spring Storms are just a couple of club teams who are pushing the effort to get softball at the high school level.

"We got a coordinated statewide effort to get girls softball recognized by the Wyoming High School Activities Association," said Heather Anderson Rock Springs Storm coach. "We got teams from all over the state here at this tournament, over 50 teams, our goal is to get this approved."

Wyoming is only one of two states in the U.S. that does not offer high school softball.

"It is the 4th most popular girls sport in high schools across America when you look at the statistics," said Ungrund.

Anderson said right now they have 7 out of 8 teams committed to playing in the spring of 2021. On August 13th Laramie is going to re-vote due to a split vote.

In order to show their support for the initiative, all Rock Springs teams are wearing shirts that say, "Future RSHS Lady Tiger Player" and on the back, "#LetThemPlay."

"That is what all of these girls here are trying to do right now, is play. We want to play in high school, we want that chance, and we appreciate everyone who supports this effort," said Anderson.