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Contact Softball Director

Softball Director:

Betsy Hugenberg
804-869-6391
[email protected]

Softball Sign Up Information

Spring Softball Sign Ups will begin in February.  Practices begin the first week of March and games usually begin the week after Spring Break.

General Softball Information

Affiliation:  Softball teams sponsored by WAA compete in the Chesterfield Youth Softball Association (CYSA). Smith Athletic Association conducts registration, selects coaches, forms teams and provides uniforms. Game schedules and rules are provided by the league. SAA is represented at the league level by our Softball Administrator.

Eligibility: Girls who live within the Alberta Smith Elementary School attendance boundaries OR attend Alberta Smith Elementary School and are at least 5 years old by January 1 but not older than 18 years old on December 31.

Fees: The first child in each family playing either baseball or softball is $100.00 and a $10.00 association fee per family each sports season.  Fees are subject to change from year to year.

Equipment:  Players are required to provide fielding gloves and cleats. Uniforms, batting helmets, bats and catching equipment are provided as needed, since many players are opting to provide their own.

League Names & Age Divisions:

 

Slow Pitch

Fast Pitch

8 and Under

(Coach/Player Pitch)

 

10 and Under

 

12 and Under

 

14 and Under

 

16 and Under

 

18 and Under



Team Selection: Teams are formed shortly after registration. Should more than one team be fielded in an age division, team selection may be conducted shortly after the talent assessment in early March for ages 7-14 and during the month of April for ages 15-19.

Coaches: Head coaches are selected from a pool of volunteers by the Softball Administrator. Assistant coaches are selected by the head coaches.  All coaches must complete a volunteer background check and display their co-sponsor coach’s card from Chesterfield County during league games.  Coaches are also required to complete concussion training provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Season: 8U through 12F:  Pre-season practice begins around the beginning of March. The regular season games are generally completed by early June depending upon the number of rainouts to be made up. There is a season end tournament for qualifying teams in mid-June.
14F and 18F:  Preseason practice begins in early May.  The regular season begins in late May and is generally completed completed by the end of June depending upon the number of rainouts to be made up.  There is a season end tournament for qualifying teams in mid-July.

Practice: 
Each team is allocated weekly practice time subject to availability. During the preseason (month of April), the teams practice at Alberta Smith or other nearby softball fields with two (2) practices per week being typical. Practice during the season is at the discretion of the coaches.

Coach Pitch: The "8 and Under" league is a combination of Coach Pitch and Player Pitch. Won/Loss standings are not kept in either division.

Free Agent Policy: Children who play for an association other than the one affiliated with the elementary school boundary in which they live OR attend are considered free agents and must be "released" by their home association in order to play elsewhere. Children who live within the Alberta Smith Elementary School attendance boundaries will only be released to play for another association if we are unable to place them on a team. Should this occur, players who request to play for another association will be released according to the request date.

Fall Ball: The CYSA "Fall Ball" program offers an excellent opportunity for players to hone their skills, try new playing positions. This is a six-week season which begins the weekend following Labor Day. Each team plays a double header on Saturday and normally has one practice a week.

Insurance: Supplemental medical insurance is provided by the league and is funded by registration fees. This insurance covers out-of-pocket expenses not paid by the family’s primary medical policy. The Softball Administrator has forms and instructions for making a claim against this policy.

Contact

Alberta Smith Sharks Athletic Association
13200 Bailey Bridge Road 
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

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