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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Email info@nsgsl.com with general questions, or visit the Board Member Page to email an individual board member.

 
WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?

The league supplies basic equipment including bats, balls and catcher’s gear.  However, you may choose to purchase these on your own as well. Included in the registration fee are jersey, socks, USA Softball registration, insurance, umpire fees, basic equipment, skills clinics, and the standard picture package which includes a team picture and individual pictures. 

Players will need to provide:

  • Softball cleats
  • Softball Glove
  • Softball pants (usually black)
  • NOCSAE approved helmet with facemask [example]
  • Pitching/infielder's mask (STRONGLY recommended for everyone; required for pitchers in all divisions; required for 1st and 3rd base in 8U/10U/12U/14U) [example]
  • Knee Pads/Guards (sliders – recommended for 8U+) [example]
  • Sliding Shorts (optional but recommended for 8U+)

Uniforms are to be worn at all games with shirts tucked in. 

Most girls also have their own bat.  The bat MUST be a softball bat with an "ASA" or "USA Softball" mark of approval.

If you have questions on the type of equipment your child needs please contact us at info@nsgsl.com.

 
WHERE AND WHEN ARE PRACTICES AND GAMES?

The practices are held at various softball fields (CV Rec Center, Torrey Hills, Ocean Air, Solana Highlands, Carmel Del Mar, etc.) within the Carmel Valley area. 

Typically, the 6U Division practices one night per week as determined by the Manager and has one game on Saturday.  The 8U and 12U Divisions typically (but not always) play & practice on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  In 8U, the schedule is lighter before Daylight Saving Time. The 10U Division typically (but not always) plays & practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  Division 14U plays an interleague schedule with games on various days throughout the week. Once teams are solidified, the Team Manager will provide you with their designated field location and practice time(s). 

There may also be free skills clinics. 

 
WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?

Registration for the Spring 2020 Recreation Season opens in October. Regular fee increases Dec 1, 2019. Practices start in mid-January. Games start in February and finish at the end of April. The North Shore All-Star Season starts the first week of May and can run into July or early August depending on the team.

WHAT IF I WANT A REFUND?

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Player Agent (playeragent@nsgsl.com). The amount of refund depends on when the written request is received:

  • On or before December 1, 2019: full refund (less processing fee of $10).
  • Between December 2, 2019, and January 1, 2020: 50% refund (less processing fee of $10).
  • After January 1, 2020: No refunds.

Refund requests due to documented injury will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

 
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL TRAINING AND/OR CLINICS?

North Shore Girls Softball works with area organizations and professional coaches to provide clinics and other training opportunities.  As these are planned, they will be announced to league families.

Typically there are several free 6U-specific clinics at the start of the season.  

For 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U, we expect to once again provide free skills clinics on specific evenings, including free pitching and catching group lessons.

 
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: Overall responsibility for your team, and typically also the "head coach".  The team manager is responsible for organizing and running the team. The manager selects (drafts) the team in Divisions 10U, 12U, and 14U and is responsible for all communications with the team's players and parents (but can be delegated to team parent).
  • Coach: The primary role is to teach the girls and assist the Manager.  The coach is responsible for the training and skill-building of the team's players.
  • 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.
  • Concessions: assist the concessions coordinator and the concessions committee with running the popular weekend snack shack at CV Rec Center.
  • Chaperone: Assist the Manager in the dugout area during games and be responsible to ensure the welfare of the girls.  (The team chaperone must be a female.)
  • 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: help drag and chalk the fields before games, as well as general upkeep of our fields.
 
DO I *HAVE* TO HELP OUT?

Every TEAM is required to staff the concession stand at CVRC for 4 hours on one Saturday during the season. Your team's Team Parent will likely ask for several volunteers to work in the concession stand. Girls love helping in the snack shack and are encouraged to do so (with an adult present). Volunteers will receive training/instruction from a member of the Concession Committee (which you can also volunteer for!).

There may be an additional short concession shift during the Rec Tournament at the end of April, depending on schedule.

WHAT DIVISION WILL MY DAUGHtER BE IN?

Players are assigned to a Division based on their birth year. For Spring 2020, the age groups are:

  • 6U: the birth year 2013 and 2014
  • 8U: the birth year 2011 and 2012
  • 10U: the birth year 2009 and 2010
  • 12U: the birth year 2007 and 2008
  • 14U: the birth year 2005 and 2006

The approval to play in a higher or lower division will be made by the Executive Board and Player Agent- playeragent@nsgsl.com  Girls who "play down" do not receive a refund if there is a difference in the registration fee.

 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

For 2020 Rec. the fees until November 30, 2019, are:

  • 6U: $75
  • 8U: $225
  • 10U: $250
  • 12U: $250
  • 14U: $250

On December 1, 2019, the registration fees will increase by $25.

*Spring Registration Fee Discount- Families with 2 players or more receive a 10% discount off each additional player when registering them at the same time.

Included in your fees are jersey & socks, umpires, free skills clinics, subsidized professional pitching lessons, awards, opening night festivities, free team & individual pictures, and more.

For information about need-based scholarships, please contact info@nsgsl.com.  

 
CAN I SPONSOR MY DAUGHTER'S TEAM?

Of course! The league relies quite heavily on the community for sponsorship, and we love our sponsors and recognize them throughout the season. The money donated by sponsors helps pay for the free skills clinics, the subsidized pitching lessons, and all the "extras" that make North Shore special. In return, we do all we can to support our sponsors, well beyond the name on the banner and the back of the jersey. See the sponsorship page for more info.

 
HOW ARE THE RECREATIONAL TEAMS FORMED?

The Division 6U & 8U Coordinators attempt to place girls on teams partially based upon the school they attend or the areas in which they live. Mutual "play with" requests for the 6U & 8U division is at the discretion of the League. In 8U, we strive for a balance between playing with friends and parity among teams. Girls in Division 10U, 12U, & 14U are selected via the draft, facilitated by the scores they received during evaluation (see below). In 10U and up, we do not accept special requests to be on a specific team or with a specific player. Placement from the waiting list is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Evaluations: as the emphasis is our League is to have teams that are evenly matched, all girls, division 10U and up, are required to attend the evaluation day. Each girl will be evaluated on speed, hitting, bunting, throwing, and fielding.  Girls may also choose to evaluate as a pitcher and/or catcher. 

 
DOES THE LEAGUE GIVE AWARDS?

Champion and Finalist awards are given for the end-of-season tournament in Divisions 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U. 

Participation trophies are not included but can be organized through team parents. 

In 1999, the League established a 4-Ship Award to recognize the special qualities of the four "-ship"s: sportsmanship, friendship, leadership, and citizenship. This award is intended to honor one girl from each team in Divisions 10U, 12U, and 14U who best exhibits these qualities that the league strives to develop.

 
CAN MY DAUGHtER TRYOUT FOR ALL-STARS?

All-Stars teams are selected for Divisions 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. All-Star Managers are selected by the All-Star Committee.  In most Divisions, there is usually more than one all-star team.  ALL players are encouraged and eligible to attend All-Star evaluations on April 29. All-Star teams are announced in early May. 

 
WHAT ARE THE GAME RULES?

USA Softball rules are used, with individual NSGSL variances allowed. Each division has its own set of rules. The rules are reviewed and revised by the Board of Directors on an annual basis and are provided to the managers before the season begins. The rules are always available on the Documents page.