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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age groups? 

LGSA typically uses the following age groups in our Spring season: 

● T Ball (ages 4.5-6) 

● 7 and under (7u) 

● 8 and under (8u) 

● 9 and under (9u) 

● 10 and under (10u) 

● Middle School (grades 5-8, age 11+) 

● Middle School Interleage (age 11+) 

● Seniors (grades 9-12) Our Fall season typically includes these age groups: 

● T Ball (ages 4.5-6) 

● 8 and under (8u) 

● 10 and under (10u) 

● Middle School (ages 11+) 

What is the age cutoff date? 

The age cutoff for Spring Rec is January 1st. For example, a player who is 8 years old on January 1, 2020, will play in 8u even if she turns 9 on Jan 2nd. Players are always welcome to evaluate for an older age group. 

The age cutoff for Fall Rec is September 1st. For example, a player who is 8 years old on September 1, 2019 will play 8u even if she turns 9 on Sept. 2. Players are always welcome to evaluate for an older group. 

Is prior experience necessary? 

No experience with softball is necessary, LGSA welcomes girls of all skill levels and ages. 

When is your registration period? 

Registration for our Spring Rec officially opens in early September and runs into the New Year. We do offer early bird pricing for those who are able to register by Nov. 30th. 

Registration for our Fall Rec opens in mid May and runs through August. 

What are the Registration Fees? 

The registration fees for our Spring 2020 season are as follows: 

T Ball: $250 7u: $275 8u: $280 9u: $300 10u: $300 MS: $305 MS Interleague: $305+ 

Seniors: $250 

Where does my registration money go? 

Registration fees cover the league’s expenses for uniforms, trophies, clinics, umpires, field maintenance, equipment, and field rental. 

Is there a family discount? 

Yes, each additional player in the same family receives a $20 discount. 

Do I need to pay in full upfront? 

No, you have the option to pay in full at registration or to pay a deposit. 

Who is eligible to play? 

LGSA welcomes all girls age 4.5 to 18 

What documentation is required for Registration? 

The league needs to see a copy of player’s birth certificates to verify birthdates. If your player is new to LGSA, you can fulfill this requirement in the following ways: 

● During online registration, you can upload a copy 

● Email a scan or photo of it to [email protected] 

● Mail a copy to our PO Box : P.O. Box 905, Livermore, CA 94551 

● Bring it to evaluations and show it to a league representative at check in 

What is the cancellation and refund policy? 

You can cancel your registration for a full refund up until the first day of evaluations. This is usually in early January. No refunds will be offered once evaluations have begun, or after your player has been placed on a team. Email [email protected] to request a refund. 

What uniform does LGSA use? 

The registration fee for Spring Rec includes a team jersey, a hooded sweatshirt, and a practice t-shirt. For Fall Rec only a team jersey is provided. During registration you will have the opportunity to select sizes for these items. You will also have several opportunities to try on sample uniforms to confirm sizing. This is typically done at player evaluations in January. 

What other equipment is required? 

Parents provide pants, socks, batting helmet, cleats, and a softball glove. A bat is recommended although not required. Soccer cleats are acceptable, however metal cleats of any kind are not allowed. You may also consider sliding shorts and/or sliding pads. Each team usually selects their own color for socka, pants, and undershirts. If you are buying a new batting helmet it must be equipped with a face mask and chin strap that have been approved by National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. (NOCSE) 

What size glove and bat should my daughter use? 

For 8u and under, look for a fastpitch glove in the 9”-11” range. Older players should generally use a glove that is 11” or greater. For bats, we recommend checking out justbats.com/buying guide. The most important part of the bat is making sure it is ASA approved. 

What size softball is used? 

Tball/7u/8u: 10” safety ball 9u/10u: 11” hard ball MS and up: 12” hard ball 

Is donated equipment available? 

Yes, the league collects donated equipment and has it available at most events. If you are in need of something specific you can contact your team manager. To donate equipment that is in safe working condition, please just bring it by to any walk-in event or evaluations. 

When is the LGSA season? 

The Spring Rec season uses the following general schedule 

● September- registration opens 

● Mid January- player evaluations for 8u and older 

● Late January- season begins with practices 

● Late February- opening day, games begin 

● May-Playoffs and championship games The Seniors team starts a little bit later 

The Fall Rec season is known as a Fundamental season, with a shorter amount of games and no playoff/championship games. The season starts in late August and finishes in early November. 

What kind of weekly schedule can we expect? 

Parents who are new to the league often wonder how they will fit softball into their busy schedules. The practice schedule is done entirely by the coach. It is safe to say that you’ll likely have at least one weeknight practice and perhaps one weekend practice before games start. 

During the first few weeks of the spring season (before the time changes in March), our weeknight practices are usually about 4pm-dusk. We don’t have lighted fields so we have to work with the sun. After the time change, coaches have more flexibility with practice start times. 

Once games start, you’ll typically have one weeknight game and one Saturday game each week. The weeknight game can vary which day it is each week. The Saturday games can be in a morning slot or afternoon. We’ll do our best to get a schedule out to you as soon as we can. Whether a team continues to hold practice after games have started or not is up to the coaches. The league strongly encourages teams to continue practicing around their game schedules. 

The first few spring games will begin at 5pm and as the season progresses will be moved to 5:30pm. 

Are there games during Spring Break? 

No games will be scheduled for the weeknights during spring break. Additionally, we will do our best not to schedule games on the shouldering weekends as well. There may be optional team practices held during that week. 

How are the teams formed? 

The league conducts an open draft to fill teams in the 8u through Middle School age groups. All players in these age groups must attend an evaluation held by the league. Managers must attend all evaluation dates to take notes and be prepared for the draft that will be held soon after the last evaluation. 

T-ball and 7u teams are generally formed by school so that a player is more likely to have friends or familiar faces on her team. The league will try to accommodate requests to be with a friend and/or coach, but does not guarantee that all requests will be satisfied. 

What happens if we don’t attend player evaluations? 

The league requires all players age 8u to Middle School to attend a player evaluation. At least two dates will be offered. A player who does not attend will be placed on a waiting list. 

What equipment is needed for evaluations? 

At a minimum, your daughter should wear athletic clothing and shoes. We recommend baseball/softball pants and cleats. (Soccer cleats are acceptable) If your daughter does not own a glove, batting helmet, or bat she can borrow league equipment during the evaluation. 

When will player evaluations be held? 

At least two dates in January will be offered. Check website for exact dates and times. All evals will be held at Junction fields. 

Can my daughter play up in an older age group? 

Yes, there may be opportunities for girls to play up to an older group: 

● A first time player who is 5 or 6 years old must play at least one season of t-ball 

● A 6 year old player with one year of baseball/softball experience may be able to move up to 7u depending on space availability, but must attend a 7u evaluation 

● A 7 year old player who wants to play 8u, must attend the 8u evaluation. If there is no room in 8u or if she is not drafted onto an 8u team, she will be placed on a 7u team. 

● Players in 8u and above must attend their own age evaluation. They can choose to attend an older evaluation in addition to their own age. If there 

is no room in the older group, or if they are not drafted, they will be placed on a team in their age group.

What if I don’t want my daughter to play in an older division? 

Parents indicate their willingness for a player to be eligible for drafting in an older division by attending the older division evaluation. Only those players that attend the evaluation will be considered for that draft. 

Does LGSA need sponsors? 

Yes! LGSA is always looking for support from our community. Monetary donations help offset the costs of buying new gear and maintaining our fields. It also gives donors an opportunity to gain additional exposure for their businesses or organizations. Please email [email protected] for more information about how you can support LGSA 

Does LGSA offer clinics? 

Yes, the league is committed to developing players to the best of their potential. We offer clinics for pitching and catching during the season. We’re always looking to improve the clinics we offer. The league also believes that the investment in coaches clinics will have a great impact in a players development and enjoyment of the game. 


Contact

Livermore Girls Softball
P.O. Box 905 
Livermore, California 94551

Phone: 925-344-6464
Email: [email protected]

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