Wondering when does a softball season start? Well, it depends on the league. In this blog, we will explain when does a high school and college softball season start, and also when the preparations for a new season usually start.

This softball season, you’ll be able to stay organized and catch up with your favorite teams, because you will have all the information you need to get ready for the new season.

Let’s get into it.


When Does The High School Softball Season Start?

High School Softball Team

High school softball season usually starts in March and the season final is held in June. Regional Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals are held throughout May. Sectional Semifinals and Finals are held at the end of May or at the very beginning of June, depending on the Class.

However, for high school softball players, the preparation for a new season starts all the way back in November. Preparation for a new season is crucial in any sport, and softball is no exception.

In high school, players are aiming to improve their game drastically and help their team win. Winning makes it much easier to get noticed and get a college scholarship. So, players need to prepare as best as they can for a new season, and anyone who wants to be a high school softball “star” will need to be prepared for the long season ahead.

High school softball season is very interesting. It’s truly competitive and shows who is ready to get to the next level and be an outstanding softball star.

When Does The College Softball Season Start?

College softball season is a bit of a different story compared to high school softball season. It starts in February and ends with the Women’s College World Series, where the top 8 teams battle it out for the ultimate prize in college softball.

Oklahoma is the defending champion, defeating Florida State in the final. UCLA is the most crowned team in the history of college softball, winning the titles a staggering 12 times.

Regionals and Super Regionals

NCAA holds Regional Softball tournaments to determine who will advance to the Super Regionals. They break teams down into regional groups (Regionals) and that is the first round in the college softball tournament. Softball regional tournaments are like those in baseball, with both using a double-elimination system.

Winners of the Regionals go into the next round of the tournament, super regionals. Now there are 16 teams left, and all of them are fighting for the top 8 spots that would take them to the Women’s College World Series.

NCAA Women’s College World Series

The best 8 teams around the country advance to the Women’s College World Series, held in USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. That has been the venue since 1990, except in 1996, when the NCAA Women’s College World Series was held in Columbus.

2022 will bring a change in the format, as the tournament will last for 9 days, compared to the previous 7. The teams will compete in early June for the ultimate prize in college softball and try to become the next NCAA Women’s College World Series Champion.