Spring Recreational

2017 SPRING SEASON

In our Spring Recreational league, the emphasis at all levels is on skill development, team play and having fun. As the players progress through the divisions, more advanced rules and game knowledge/strategies are introduced.

REGISTRATION

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2016 PAGS Medical Release

2016 PAGS Parent Code of Conduct

 

Register before January 17, 2017 to avoid late registration fees!

Withdrawals before January 30th – full refund less $10 to cover fees

Withdrawals January 30 the February 21 – 50% refund

After February 21, no refunds.

 

How long is the season?

For the 2017 Spring Recreational season, we anticipate that Opening Day will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and that the final games will be played on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Teams will be formed in early to mid February. Practices will likely start the week of February 21 depending on when the City of Palo Alto reopens Cubberly after its winter rest.

How do I sign my daughter up?

For the 2017 Spring Recreational season, online registration begins on October 21, 2016.  Late registration fees apply after January 17, 2017.   Registration closes on January 30, 2017. After that, late registration will only be available on a case by case basis, if space is available in the specific age division.

How are the teams and age groups organized?

For this Spring Season, we anticipate having 5 age groups; 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U. Please note that we do reserve the right to modify the age divisions if necessary depending upon the number of players and their skill level.

Players are placed into divisions by the calendar year they were born in.

Division Birth Year Grades Pitching Catcher
6U 2010-2011 K/1st Tee/Coach No/Very Limited
8U 2008-2009 2nd/3rd (+ some older 1st) *Coach (possibly limited Player) Beginning
10U 2006-2007 4th/5th (+ some older 3rd) **Player (coach) Developing
12U 2004-2005 6th/7th (+ some older 5th) Player Only Important
14U 2002-2003 8th/9th (+ some older 7th) Player Only Very Important

* A League goal for this season is to more actively develop pitchers at a younger age. The League will, as in the past, provide weekly pitching clinics, with a special effort on the development of pitchers at a younger age. The 8U division may move from Coach pitch to Player pitch sometime during the season.

** As we are successful in developing young pitchers, we look forward to reducing (and eventually eliminating) the need for coach back up at the 10U level. These steps will, we believe, strengthen our teams at the 12U and 14U levels.

Click here for an overview of the divisions.

 

TEAM ASSIGNMENT

How does PAGS form teams?

The overall objective of team assignments is to make fair, balanced teams, and to give the girls the best possible overall experience learning and playing softball.

In the younger divisions (6U and 8U), our goal is to form teams with players from the same neighborhoods and schools. To successfully form teams, we need to ensure that we have a head coach (or two co-coaches) for each team, and that each team has sufficient assistant coach support. Our intent is to form teams that fairly distribute girls from any individual school.

You may make a request to play with 1-2 specific friends (this works best if the friends also name you on their registration otherwise, we may not be able to honor the request). If you list more than two friends, we will attempt to ensure that your daughter is placed with 1 and possibly 2 of those specified friends and she will likely know other girls on the team from her school. To effectively balance all of the factors that go into creating teams, we can not honor requests for groups of girls to play together, or for girls to play on a team coached by a specific person.

For our older players, our first priority is to form balanced teams, so that the games during the season are well-matched, and fun for all.

At the 10U level, our overall aim is to create balanced teams in terms of skills and abilities. We do still do some groupings by school, but it is also likely that there will be girls from other schools on the team as well. For the 10U level, you may make a request to play with 1-2 specific friends (this works best if the friends also name you on their registration, otherwise, we may not be able to honor the request). If you list more than two friends, we will attempt to ensure that your daughter is placed with 1 and possibly 2 of those specified friends. (Please note that, for 10U, while we will try to honor these requests, it may not be possible if it creates a significantly imbalanced situation.) To effectively balance all of the factors that go into creating teams, we can not honor requests for groups of girls to play together, or for girls to play on a team coached by a specific person.

At the 12U and 14U level, teams are formed through a draft by the coaches, which is organized and overseen by the Division Commissioner. At this level, requests to play with specific friends (or specific coaches) can not be taken into account.

Can my daughter request to play with a specific friend?

For the 6U, 8U and 10U divisions, you may make a request to play with 1-2 specific friends (this works best if the friends also name you on their registration, otherwise, we may not be able to honor the request). If you list more than two friends, we will attempt to ensure that your daughter is placed with 1 and possibly 2 of those specified friends. (Note: For 10U we will try to honor these requests, but if may not be able to if it creates a significantly imbalanced situation.)

Can my daughter request to play with a specific friend?

For the 6U, 8U and 10U divisions, you may make a request to play with 1-2 specific friends (this works best if the friends also name you on their registration, otherwise, we may not be able to honor the request). If you list more than two friends, we will attempt to ensure that your daughter is placed with 1 and possibly 2 of those specified friends. (Note: For 10U we will try to honor these requests, but if may not be able to if it creates a significantly imbalanced situation.)

Can my daughter request to play with a specific coach?

We can not honor requests to play with specific coaches. At the younger divisions, we need the flexibility to be able to fairly distribute girls from any individual school when forming teams. Requests for specific coaches end up causing unfair distributions. At the older divisions, we need the flexibility to be able to appropriately balance the teams in terms of skills and experience. In addition, the girls benefit from playing for different coaches from year to year, not just for the same coach.

 

PRACTICE AND GAME FAQs

How much time does each age group spend practicing?

How often does each age group play?

Each year, we are always asked about practice schedules and game schedules before the season begins. Practice schedules are set by the coaches of the teams at their convenience. For the younger divisions (6U and 8U), they will practice generally once a week and play one game on Saturday. For the 3 older divisions, they will generally have one practice during the week, one game on Saturday and one 5:30pm weekday game (will be played on the same weeknight each week).  Generally:

14U – one 5:30pm weeknight game, one Saturday game and one practice per week (M-F)

12U – one 5:30pm weeknight game, one Saturday game and one practice per week (M-F)

10U – one 5:30pm weeknight game, one Saturday game and one practice per week (M-F)

8U – one Saturday game and one practice per week (M-F)

6U – one Saturday game and one practice per week (M-F)

When will game schedules be available?

Our goal is to have game schedules available by March 1, 2017.

Where are the games played?

All games for 6U, 8U and 10U teams will be played at Cubberly fields. Some Saturday games for 12U and 14U players will be played against other area softball organizations, and will be held at their home fields.

Where do teams practice?

Practices for 6U and 8U teams will generally be held at local elementary schools. However, this will probably not be at your own elementary school. We only have practice space at some of the elementary school fields, and the practice location for your specific team will be chosen by your coach. Often, there will be girls from more than one school playing on your team. To the extent possible, we try to combine nearby schools, but sometimes that is not possible depending on which coaches have volunteered and the number of players from each school.

Practices for 10U, 12U and 14U teams will generally be held at Cubberley fields.

 

ADDITIONAL FAQs

What equipment will the league provide, and what will my daughter need to provide?

PAGS provides:

  • uniform jerseys
  • Uniform socks
  • visors
  • bats
  • balls
  • catcher’s gear
  • bases
  • Scheduled practice times on Palo Alto fields

Players provide:

  • Batting helmet with face guard and chin strap.  We have some loaners if you do not want to make this investment, but PAGS recommends each girl manage her own helmet for the season
  • baseball/softball glove
  • baseball, softball, or soccer cleats are recommended.  Be advised that baseball/softball cleats have an extra toe cleat that is NOT allowed in soccer.
  • Sliding shorts (or pants) and a knee pad are required for 12U and 14U, and recommended for those 10U girls who want to give sliding a try
  • Some players may choose to purchase their own bat.  Please be sure to purchase a bat approved by ASA or it will be disallowed by ASA umpires.
  • Batting gloves are optional

What are the basic rules of the game?

The rules differ by division. Choose the appropriate division from the menu on top of the page.

Do you offer special training and/or clinics?

At the beginning of the season, we generally hold 1-2 skills clinics, for beginning players and those wanting to brush up on their skills before the start of the season. We also offer weekly pitching clinics, starting in February and going throughout the year. We encourage interested players to take advantage of these league pitching clinics at an early age (8 and up).

Overscheduled Players

Each year, some players find they cannot handle all their commitments and drop out. We ask our players to meet 2-3 times per week for practice and games. If your child is playing other sports or has other activities or has lots of homework, please take these obligations into account before you sign them up for Softball: softball is a team sport, and requires each player to do their part.

If your player lands on a team that conflicts with her other obligations, we will do our best to move her to another team, but we cannot make guarantees.

FEES

What are the fees for 2016 Spring Recreational Season?

Please consult our Fees and Payments page.

 

OTHER

Exceptional Situations

If there is an exceptional situation for your player or your family, please let us know. There is a space on the forms for a brief description of special circumstances. If you need more space or wish to talk with a PAGS officer, please email us at registration@paloaltogirlssoftball.org or call the hotline at 650 209-0454. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Still have Questions?

send an email to registration@paloaltogirlssoftball.org.

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