WICHITA FALLS, TX - Texoma girls of all ages are getting ready to step up to plate for the 2016 season of the Sunrise Optimist Softball League.
The organization is all about girl power in its competitive fast pitch softball games.
It teaches girls ages 4 to 18 not only how to swing for the fences, but also how to build a bond that helps them on the field and in life.
The Battitudes is one of nearly 100 teams looking to have a home-run season this year.
Most of the girls are under 8 years old, but have been playing together since the age of 4.
And as coach Ashley Pike explains, it's a true sisterhood.
"Biggest thing with girls is building their confidence. Also letting them know being a girl doesn't mean they can't do things just like the boys can." said WF Battitudes Coach Ashley Pike.
Bill Franklin, President of Sunrise Optimist Girls Softball, said the complex that's been around since 1991 was built because of a need and desire for girls who wanted to play ball.
He said the club recognized there just wasn't a place for the girls to call their own.
So a softball complex, complete with 5 fields was built.
Even with recent growth and the fact that 1,200 girls took the field last year, Franklin said they would like to see more teams formed from inside Wichita Falls city limits.
He said it's also a chance to tackle a problem sadly no child seems to be exempt from, bullying.
"They tend to form a team and protect themselves. I do think it would be an offset to bullying because they build relationships and those friends are not afraid to step in and take up for their teammate."
Franklin also hopes interest will continue growing since girls softball is expected to be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics.
For more information or to sign up your child to play you can register online at http://sunrisesoftball.net/
They will also have in person player registration on Saturday, February 8, 2016 at Academy Sports & Outdoors on Lawrence Road in Wichita Falls from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.