HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
The recreational season typically runs from the beginning of April through June. Travel teams play through the summer and practice year-round. The Fall season typically runs from September through October.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITTMENT?
Rec teams typically practice 1-2 times per week and play games 1-2 times per week, weather permitting. The seasons are short, so plan to attend whenever possible. Investing time in a team sport is critical to success for the individual as well as the team. Please be sure your player can attend most of the time before committing to a team.
WHAT DOES THE COST INCLUDE?
Your registration fees cover the cost to maintain the fields, a T-shirt, a visor if requested, and other associated costs, such as umpires and league insurance. T-shirts are distributed before the first games of the season.
HOW FAR WILL WE HAVE TO TRAVEL FOR GAMES?
Recreational games are played at various local facilities, depending on the leagues who join us. In 2021, games were played at our own fields at Hoyle School, at the Rehoboth Youth Softball fields, and at the Dighton Softball facilities.
Travel teams will travel to facilities in the Southern New England area, with a few potential overnight tournaments at a further distance.
CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE REQUESTS FOR PLACEMENT WITH FRIENDS?
We do not accommodate requests for placement with friends. However, we understand that there are some extenuating circumstances where players carpool. While we cannot guarantee that the request will be granted, we will try to accommodate such need based requests if we can.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Cost for softball varies. We do everything we can to keep the cost low for recreational softball, with a limit per family to ease the financial burden on families with many children who wish to play.
Travel teams pay a substantially larger fee for registration.
DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
We do not have a scholarship program. If you have significant financial need that may prohibit you from signing your athlete up to play, please reach out to us so we can see if we can match you with a sponsor.
HOW ARE TEAMS SELECTED?
Recreational players will attend a tryout where coaches will evaluate skill level. Players are then selected in a fashion that fairly distributes players and accommodates special requests, if possible.
Travel teams are by tryout only. Only the strongest and most hard working players should expect to make the travel team.
CAN MY DAUGHTER PLAY A CERTAIN DESIRED POSITION?
In recreational softball, athletes are not typically specialized in such a way that they play only a certain desired position. We aim to help all our athletes develop skills that make them valuable across various positions. All girls should expect to play several positions, including both infield and outfield. That said, if your player has a particular interest or skill a position, let your coach know at the start of the season.
MY PLAYER WANTS TO BE A PITCHER. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR HER?
We are so excited to hear this! Pitchers and catchers are always in demand. But pitching is a skill that requires some specialization and extra coaching. We offer periodic clinics for girls who want to learn to pitch, and we can connect your athlete with a private pitching coach, if you are interested. Let us know that your athlete is interested!
MY PLAYER WANTS TO BE A CATCHER. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR HER?
We are so excited to hear this! Pitchers and catchers are always in demand. But catching is a skill that requires some specialization. We offer periodic clinics for girls who want to learn to catch. We have catcher's equipment for use during the seasons, and our coaches can provide you with some direction for your catcher to get started. Let us know that your athlete is interested!
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT THE TEAM AND/OR LEAGUE?
So glad you asked! Our team is made up of mostly parents (and grandparents), like you! We would love for you to be involved and to support the league. You can do so in the following ways:
Grounds Crew: Give a couple hours before games or practices to rake out the fields or even help mow!
Coaching: Have a love of the game, and a whole lot of patience? Willing to learn from a more experienced coach? Volunteer to coach and work together to help bring out the best in our girls. Your first step is to complete the background check from USA Softball
Snack Shack: The snack shack is open during tournaments and some rec games. Come help us sell concessions for a shift!
Sponsorship: Don't have much time, but want to help out? Visit the Sponsor page to make a donation to support the league.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED?
Here is a list of equipment that the girls use to play. You can find nearly everything you need at Dick's or on Amazon:
fielders glove (here's a link on choosing the right size glove)
fielder's mask (strongly recommended)
baseball/softball cleats (recommended)
It is also helpful for girls to have sunglasses or a hat/visor, if needed.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD DEVELOP SKILLS AT HOME?
Playing outside of the limited hours the team has for playing and practicing is critical to consistent improvement of fundamental softball skills. The best things you can do to support your child's skill AND love of the game is to play with her! Play catch in the yard, hit up the batting cages, and keep it fun! Reinforce the skills she is learning from coaches at practice, but make sure she is having a good time doing it. You can also find college softball games to watch together, or check out some great videos online from USA Softball or even on Youtube.
HOW WILL COACHES INTERACT WITH MY PLAYER?
Recreational coaches are tasked with teaching fundamental skills to athletes with a variety of skill levels. Each girl will have opportunities to learn and grow. With some effort on their part along with following coaches' directions, you will see great improvement in your athlete. Coaches aim to be encouraging and instructional. We play to win, but praise effort and growth. Coaches will not contact players off the field, but will interact with parents and guardians. If you or your athlete is uncomfortable with a coach's conduct, please contact the league president.
IS THERE A CODE OF CONDUCT?
Expectations of players and parents will be addressed by coaches, but you can review the USA Softball Code of Conduct personally as well. In short, remember that this is a game. You are not watching an MLB game, and the girls on the field are developing confidence as individuals and as athletes. Above all, be an example to the girls in your own conduct: Be respectful of umpires, coaches, players, parents, equipment, and the grounds. Everybody has a bad day, so extend a little compassion and cheer for your player's success, not against other players or teams. Have integrity, cheer loudly, and praise effort and progress.