History of BVGSA
The Boulder Valley Girls Softball Association was initially formed in 1978 in an effort to provide local girls with the opportunity to learn and play softball. During its first season, in 1979, over 500 girls participated, forming 29 teams, including Boulder’s first two competitive “A” teams.
The program continued to grow and in 1981 there were over 800 girls participating and the number of competitive teams had increased to four. In 1982, the organization put on its first summer camp for local players and in 1983, Boulder hosted the ASA 18 & Under National Tournament in which the Boulder Comets finished fifth, the highest finish ever for a Colorado youth team at that time.
In 1984, BVGSA registered over 1,000 girls as the community of Louisville joined the program, with Longmont and Mead joining BVGSA the following year. The organization continued to develop its local program and in 1986 the Stars Class “B” program was officially formed with seven teams. In 1989, the Boulder Valley Girls Softball Association relinquished a few of their responsibilities by helping form the Indian Peaks Girls Softball Association. The IPGSA, with continued support from the Boulder organization, assumed coordination and administration of girls “C” level recreational softball for several communities in the area.
In 1990, BVGSA started managing local tournaments, as the Stazio Memorial Tournament became an all girls fastpitch event under the organization’s direction. With continued growth, field needs became increasingly important. In 1991, BVGSA, in conjunction with the Boulder Valley School District and the City of Boulder, began extensive development and improvement work on the Burks, Casey, and Centennial School softball fields, which continues to be an ongoing priority.
The competitive program had grown to twelve teams at that time, and the 18& Under Colorado Comets won the AFA National Championship in Houston, a feat they repeated in 1992. In 1993, the Boulder Competitive Girls Softball organization was formed to direct the Comets and the Stars competitive programs under BVGSA. The following year, the Boulder Valley Girls Softball Association officially split into tow operating divisions – Recreational and Competitive (BVGS).
In 1997, the BGCS organization launched the Independence Day Softball Tournament. This tournament, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, is considered one of the most prestigious 18 & Under tournaments in the country. This tournament attracts 100 of the best teams from around the country as well as 300 college coaches who gather to evaluate players and offer scholarship opportunities.
Today, the Boulder Competitive Girls Softball organization continues to be one of the top programs in the state. The Stars and the Comets play in tournaments and represent Boulder and Colorado throughout the country every year. During its twenty-five year history, BVGSA teams have participated in over 60 National Championship Tournaments. The organization has won 7 National Championships, had 20 top ten finishes, and 40 top twenty finishes. Recent top finishes include the 18 & Under Colorado Stars USSSA National Champions in 2000 and 2001, the 12 & Under Colorado Stars USSSA National Champions in 2002, and the 18 & Under Colorado Comets 3rd place finish at the 2001 ASA Gold National Championship.
A great number of players have gone on to play softball at the college level; many earning scholarships based on their softball abilities. The organization has produced 4 NCAA All-American Softball Players.
The Recreational Division of BVGSA continues to thrive. They still work closely with the Indian Peaks Girls Softball Association, hosting their end of the season tournament each year. They had twenty-five teams playing this past summer and look forward to continued growth and success in the future.