Steven O’Neill connects for a shot up the middle during a tryout session for spots on Fort Belvoir’s post-level softball team, March 13 at Graves Field.

Despite cool, breezy conditions, more than 20 military and civilian Fort Belvoir community members converged on North Post Field, March 13 to try out for positions on the installation’s 2019 post-level, coed softball team.

According to Justin Fitzgerald, Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports league coordinator and sports facility manager, the aim of the softball program is to give more accomplished players another chance to compete outside of the annual Commander’s Cup intramural league.

“We play in the Fairfax County adult league and we’re hoping to build it up to a WAMAC (Washington Area Military Athletic Conference, a highly competitive sports program for military personnel assigned to duty stations across the Military District of Washington) level,” he said. “Anyone who is assigned or attached to Fort Belvoir can participate in this.”

“We’ll wrap up tryouts and practices March 31 and the official season will start in early April,” added Head Coach Jason Naputi. “In addition to our regular games, we’ll play one tournament a month. At the end of August, we’ll travel to Florida to play in the Military Worlds Championship.”

The teams are open to active duty, Reserve, retirees and civilians who work on Fort Belvoir.

The prospects spent the evening working on infield and outfield drills, demonstrating their ability to take and maintain control of the ball in their throws to the bases, and dialing in their prowess from the batter’s box.

For more information about Fort Belvoir’s coed softball program, email Fitzgerald at or Naputi at guam7ranger@