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Poway Girls Softball League FAQ

Poway Girls Softball League FAQ

Equipment 

  1. What does my player need to get started?

Players need a glove and cleats (not metal).

  1. What size glove do you recommend?

Be sure to be shopping in the softball section vs. baseball.

Players come in all shapes and sizes, below are some general guidelines

6U/tball - Focus a glove that fits and stays on their hand.

8U/Rookies - at least a 11ich

10U/Div 1 - at least a 12 inch

12U and above - recommend a 12.5 - depends on position and skill level of player.

  1. What about the uniform?

The league provides shirts and socks.  Players provide black pants.

  1. What other equipment do you recommend?

*When looking for gear - be sure to be in the softball section (not baseball)

  • Gear bag, doesn’t have to be fancy (a simple bag) but something to keep all their softball gear together

  • Helmet, the league has helmets but most players opt to have their own (nobody likes lice). Helmets are required to have a face mask.

  • Fielders face mask - this highly recommended for beginning players but also skilled players (especially pitchers).

  • Bat - this would be the last purchase to make for your player, if new, have them come to a few practices and try out bat sizes/weights before making a purchase.

  • Softball sliding knee pad and/or sliding shorts - totally optional and player preference.  Not needed for 6U/T-ball.

 

Spring Season

  1. When is registration?

Registration opens around late Oct-Early November. To ensure placement on a team be sure to be signed up before evaluations

  1. Cost? 

          Spring 2019 Registration 

          6U $90, after 12/31 $100

         8U-14U $165, after 12/31 $185

*to ensure placement be sure to register before evaluation date, after that players will only be added is there is roster space available

There is often an additional $15-20 team fee for banner and other fundraising activities.

  1. When are player evaluations?

They are typically the first weekend in January - dates/times will be posted on the 

website and emailed out to those registered once officially scheduled.  

  1. Does 6U/T-ball do evaluations?

No, those teams are put together typically keeping schools together. They are not drafted.

  1. What if my player can’t make evaluations?

If you can come at your Divisions’ time slot but not your assigned alpha, just come.  If you can’t come please email the Player Agent at playeragent@pgsl.org. All players will be placed on a team if signed up before evaluations.

  1. Can I request a friend?

For 6U/ T-ball we work very hard to group by schools and honor friend requests.  For divisions 8U and above, teams are drafted. We do share comments before and after teams are drafted but look to keep teams competitively balanced We cannot guarantee requests. 

  1. When do practices start?

Once teams are officially announced, typically 1 week after evaluations, practices will start up.

  1. What does the practice/game schedule look like? How much is the time commitment?

Below is a typical practice schedule by division - coaches select times/ locations

Pre-season (before opening day)

6U/T-ball: 1 weekday practice 4-5pm and 1 Saturday 1hr practice 

8U/Rookies: 1 weekday practice 4-dark and 1 Saturday 2hr practice 

10U/Div 1: 1 weekday practice 4:30-6:30 and 1 Saturday 2hr practice 

12U/Div 2: 1 weekday practice 6:30-8:30  and 1 Saturday 2hr practice 

14U/Div 3: 1-2 weekday practice 6:30-8:30  and 1 Saturday 2hr practice 

*Older divisions may have additional cage time

After opening day

All divisions keep their weekday practice schedule

After daylight savings time change

Weekday games begin for all divisions. No more weekday field practices.  8U-14U may also have cage time during the week.

  1. Where are games and practices?

Games are played at our home field- Aubrey Park.  Practices use Aubrey, Lake Poway Field, Silverset, Valle Verde and Starridge parks

  1. When is opening day?

Often the 2nd Saturday in February

  1. When does the season end?

Typically the last weekend in April 

 

Summer All Stars

  1. I’d like more information about All Stars.

Every year we host a mandatory information meeting for families interested in all stars prior to player all star registration and team selections.

  1. How are teams selected?

Players must have fully participated in spring rec season, (see rules under publications for eligibility).  Players must register, (this is free), by last Friday in April. Teams are selected the last Sunday in April by committee of head coaches, division director, player agent and executive board member. Teams are announced May 1st. 

  1. What is the cost?

Uniforms are about $150-200 and additional tournament fees are another $150, (note it’s actually $300 but the league covers half for players). There are additional gear, (jackets, bat bags, helmets), that can be purchased. Teams also participate in a travel tournament in Orange County that will require overnight stay, (families are responsible for costs).  Additionally teams may qualify for States, (often in Lancaster), and Nationals, (locations move). This would involve more travel expenses. A first time all star can expect $600-$1000 in total expenses for the season. Teams are encouraged to fundraise to help offset these costs.  

  1. How long is the season?

It starts May 1st and typically goes through July 4th. Teams that qualify play in States, (mid July), and Nationals, (end of July/ early August).

  1. What does the practice/game schedule look like? 

Teams will often practice 2-2.5 hours Tuesday-Friday with tournament games on Saturday and Sunday.

  1. Play time and player rotation?

It is important to acknowledge that All Stars is competitive play. There are no rules about playing in the infield or minimum play time.  While we always focus on player development and fun all year, summer season is also focused on wins.

 

Winterball Season

  1. When is registration?

Registration opens around late June-early July

  1. Cost?

Winter 2018 Registration 

8U-14U $150 before evaluations. $170 after (if space)

  1. When are player evaluations?

They are typically the middle of August

  1. Is there 6U/ T-ball for Winterball?

No, however players with spring experience can play up (1 birth year if approved at evaluations)

  1. Are Winterball games Saturday or Sundays?

Games are Sunday Double Headers, (either 9 and 11 or 1 and 3)

  1. What if my player can’t make evaluations?

If you can come at your Divisions’ time slot but not your assigned alpha, just come.  If you can’t come - email the Player Agent at playeragent@pgsl.org. All players will be placed on a team if signed up before evaluations.

  1. When do practices start?

Practices start up shortly after evaluations.

  1. What does the practice/game schedule look like? How much is the time commitment?

Below is a typical practice schedule by division - coaches select times/ locations

Pre-season, (before opening day)

8U/Rookies: 1 weekday practice 4:30-dark and 1 Saturday of Sunday 2hr practice 

10U/Div 1: 1 weekday practice 4:30-dark and 1 Saturday or Sunday 2hr practice 

12U/Div 2: 1 weekday practice 4:30-6:30 or 6:30-8:30  and 1 Saturday or Sunday 2hr practice 

14U/Div 3: 1-2 weekday practice 6:30-8:30  and 1 Saturday 2hr practice 

After opening day

All divisions keep their weekday practice schedule, some teams may opt to practice on Saturdays too.

  1. When is opening day?

Late Aug/ early Sept.

  1. Where are games and practices?

About half the games will be home at Aubrey Park, the others will be at other leagues (as far as Carlsbad and close as RB). Practices use Aubrey, Lake Poway Field, Silverset, Valle Verde and Starridge parks

  1. When does the season end?

Typically the End of Oct/ Early November. Teams may play in an end of season tournament early November.

 

Phantoms Season

  1. How are teams selected?

Tryouts for happen during Winterball evaluations and additional players through the season can be added by invite only.  These are competitive teams that will play through the winter and on Sundays in Spring. All players must play during the rec season to be eligible.

  1. How long is the season?

This typically starts in the Fall and teams can play together through March 31st.

  1. What is a Phantoms practice player?

These players are invited out to practices to sharpen their skills. The role and opportunities to play as a practice player will be outlined by the coach.

  1. What are the costs?

There is a $20 extended field use fee to cover lights and fields for the winter.  There is also an additional uniform cost of about $50. Full games costs, (double headers or tournaments), are split among the team, (depending on schedule between $100-200 for the full season).

  1. What does the practice/game schedule look like? How much is the time commitment?

In the fall 1-2 practices with double headers on Sunday, (similar to traditional winter ball). There may also be a tournament or two mixed in.  After Jan 1st, teams can only meet 1 one day a week - typically Sunday for practice or games.