by KATHY LOY | photos by Spark Photography

Parents don’t usually start off with the intention of becoming Board Members of their kids’ sports league, but the initial steps they take sometimes lead them there. Such is the case with Scott and Niki Wells.

When their daughter began playing softball with the 4S Ranch Girls Softball League, Scott coached and sponsored a team. From there, the Wells’ learned about open positions on the Board and got even more involved! These days, you can often find Scott – current League Treasurer – dragging and chalking the 4S playing fields getting them ready for games on Saturday mornings and for practices during the week. Niki is in charge of league registration and is also a team parent.

The 4S Ranch Girls Softball League is still a relatively new entity as are the Board members who are bringing new ideas to the table. “We’ve offered ‘Try-It Days’ for the first time to introduce girls to the sport and allow them to try out the various aspects of softball such as hitting, fielding, and base running. Many girls who were new to the game signed up after ‘trying it’ thanks to our incredibly dedicated coaches.”

The Wells family moved to 4S Ranch in June 2009, living in Ravenna while their house in Chanteclair was under construction. The move to 4S was an easy decision because of the great schools and a family-friendly community. “[4S is] a great environment for kids. We enjoy the parks, activities, and the convenience of having everything nearby.”

Softball isn’t just for the Wells’ daughter either. Scott, a Marine Reservist for 27 years, plays on the men’s league in 4S Ranch while Niki enjoys volunteering for the Parkinson’s Resource Organization and at the Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz.

The Wells’ are most excited about softball Opening Night on March 2nd at the 4S Ranch Sports Park. “It will give the girls a chance to all get together, have a barbeque with friends, and have some fun before the games begin on March 3rd.”

If interested in helping with any aspect of 4S Ranch Girls Softball, please contact

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Organization:  4S Ranch Girls Softball League
Purpose:  To offer recreational softball in line with the positive coaching alliance to all girls ages 5-15 in 4S Ranch and the surrounding communities

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