NSPL was established over 50 years ago to promote athletics in the community and to provide players ages 4 to 18 with the opportunity to further their knowledge of the sport and to compete in regular sporting activities. The League is dedicated to helping kids enjoy the game of softball, developing their skills, learning about good sportsmanship, making new friends and having fun in a healthy, outdoor, athletic setting. The aim is to accomplish this through positive reinforcement and fundamental training such that it builds confidence and positive attitudes. In addition to teaching the skills needed to play softball, the organization strives to develop in its players a sense of self-esteem, confidence, pride, sportsmanship, motivation and leadership; all traits that will better prepare these children in life. Each year the league registers over 450 players from the Broomall, Newtown Square and the surrounding areas.
Tax Exempt Status: NSPL is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as a charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3). Contributions made to the Association are tax deductible as a charitable contribution for Federal income tax purposes.
NSPL’s In-House League is broken down into divisions based on grade as listed below. The season runs from late March through mid-June. There are typically two games per week, one on Saturday and one on a weeknight. Practices depend on the age group and coach.
Age requirements were changed updated as of the 2023 season. NSPL inhouse age divisions are now based on age as of August 31st.
- Micro T-ball – 4
- T-Ball – 5 and 6
- Minor – 7 and 8
- Major – 9 and 10
- Junior – 11 and 12
- Senior – 13 and up
Travel Team Division
The NSPL Rebels travel program is for players who want to compete at the highest level in their age group. The Rebels field competitive teams and play other community teams in the local area. There is not much "travel" despite the name. Travel teams involve tryouts and potentially cuts. This division requires a greater commitment and offers a higher level of competition than the In-House League. These teams may also have off-season practices, compete in tournaments and some teams participate in a Fall season. Rebels season does not usually end until late June/July and the fees may vary from team to team. The age groups are as of January 1st of the current softball season.
Coaches and Assistants
NSPL uses volunteer coaches and welcomes your help. We will provide you with training, literature, and encouragement. Try it! We promise that you will have a good time.
NSPL uses Tri-Country umpires for the majors, juniors, and seniors divisions, Delco Umps for the travel division, and youth umpires for the minors division.
NSPL keeps its costs down through its volunteer system. Parents are asked to participate in our annual Field Maintenance Day and may be asked to volunteer for additional activities throughout the season. The in-house registration fee includes a season of softball, instruction, umpires, uniforms (vary by age level), equipment usage (bats, balls, catchers’ equipment, etc.) insurance, field maintenance, and administrative coordination. It is recommended that players in the majors, juniors, and seniors divisions obtain black softball pants and socks, while players in the minors and tball divisions will be supplied with black uniform shorts and team socks. Each player needs her own glove and we suggest their own helmet.