Pittsfield Girls Softball House League FAQ

Updated Thursday March 30, 2017 by Babe Ruth Import.




1) WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please visit our website (www.pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com )to see the roles that various Board members and Division Coordinators play so that you may determine who to contact.

2) HOW OLD MUST MY DAUGHTER BE TO PLAY?
Our Instructional Division begins at age 5.

3) WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS/DIVISIONS?
There are 5 Divisions - Instructional (Ages 5-7), Rookie (Ages 8-10), Minor (Ages 11-12), Major (Ages 13-16), and Senior (Ages 17-18). Player’s age as of 12/31/16 will determine Division placement for 2017 season.

4) HOW ARE TEAMS SELECTED?
In the Instructional Division, teams are selected randomly.  In the Rookie, Minor, Major and Senior Divisions, teams are selected based upon a draft, which occurs following an evaluation session. Every attempt will be made to keep players from last years teams together, then add new members from the draft. Only players that are new to the program or those moving up to the next division need to attend the evaluation session. EXCEPTION:  All players in the major division will need to attend evaluations this year.  Players are notified of their team placement following the evaluation.

5) CAN MY DAUGHTER BE ON A TEAM WITH HER SISTER OR HER FRIENDS?
In the Instructional Division, a teammate preference can be indicated during registration and or a discussion with the Division Coordinator.  Since teams are selected by draft for the other 4 Divisions, it is difficult to honor teammate preferences.  However, sisters in the same division will be drafted together, at your request.

6) MY DAUGHTER HAS NEVER PLAYED BEFORE.  DOES SHE NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE PLAYING SOFTBALL TO REGISTER?
We welcome girls at all age and ability levels.  In fact, instructional clinics are held to provide girls with the opportunity to enhance their skills.  Check the website for updates and then register for them.  (Please note that clinics may be offered for a nominal fee.)

7) WHAT IF WE DON'T LIVE IN PITTSFIELD
Any girl residing in Berkshire County is eligible to play. We have MANY players who reside outside of Pittsfield.

8) WHEN IS THE HOUSE LEAGUE SEASON?
The House League season runs from early May to the beginning of July. Teams generally play 12-14 games, and most rained-out games are rescheduled. With the exception of the Instructional Division, League Playoffs occur for the other 4 Divisions immediately following the regular season schedule.

9) WHERE, WHEN & WHAT DAYS ARE PRACTICES?
Practices usually take place at Doyle Field, however, other City Fields may be used as well. Before the season begins, a minimum of 2 to 3 practices will be held. With the exception of the Instructional Division, we strongly recommend that coaches continue to hold practices once games begin, as this is the time when the most instruction can take place. Teams begin practicing around mid April.

10) WHERE & WHEN DO WE PLAY GAMES?
At Gerald S. Doyle Memorial Park, located at 503 Benedict Road, across from Berkshire Hills Country Club. House League games are scheduled on any one of our 4 Fields. Weeknight games are played at either 5:30pm or 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays are typically reserved as make-up days for rain outs. Each team will typically play 1 to 2 games per week. This is subject to change annually, depending upon the number of teams we have.

11) WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
The league supplies basic equipment including batting helmets, bats, balls and catcher’s gear. However, you may choose to purchase these on your own.  Included in the registration fee are: team shirt, visor and socks, Babe Ruth registration, insurance, umpire fees, and basic equipment. You will need to provide:
     Softball Glove                  
     Cleats
     Softball Shorts or Pants
     While a few helmets are supplied to each team, PGS recommends each girl purchase their own helmet
     For Safety, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that girls use a mouthguard and facemask.

12) ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL TRAINING AND/OR CLINICS?
Yes - Please visit the website for information regarding clinics to be held and register on-line if interested.  (Please note that clinics may be offered for a nominal fee.)

13) HOW CAN I HELP OUT?   
There are many ways!  Each team needs volunteers and your support is key to ensuring a successful league for the team. Your fees do not pay any salaries – we are all volunteers! Here are positions you may consider: 
     Manager: Total administrative and operational responsibility for your team.
     Coach: Primary role is to teach the girls and assist the Manager
     Team Parent: Administrative right arm of the Manager ensuring that non-operational tasks required are supported and that the league communication loop is open to all parents.
     Scorekeeper: Maintain the game records for the team and ensure that the game publicity provides recognition to both individual girls as well as to the team (training available)
     Field Prep: Drawing baselines and equipment set-up/storage (training available)
     Sponsor:  You or your company can help the PGS Program continue to provide an great playing experience for the girls by recruiting or being a sponsor. Please access the sponsor form on the website and let us know what you’d like to do.

         Concessions: During the course of the season, each family will be required to volunteer at the concession stand. The team parent will coordinate dates/times for concession responsibilities.


14) WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE?
The fee is $75 for players 8-18 and $50 for players 5-7. Deadline for Registration is TBD. Any registrations received after that date will be placed on a waiting list.

15) WHAT IF I WANT A REFUND?
Our goal is to be flexible and fair.  Any reasonable situation which arises, we will respond to.  We ask for you to understand our needs of a time frame wherein we can fairly respond.  Once teams have been formed and uniforms ordered, barring highly unusual or unforeseen circumstances, refunds will not be issued.   The deadline to request a refund is 4/6/16