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Spring Frequently Asked Questions

Sierra Madre Girls Softball Association (SMGSA) is a non-profit organization run by group of dedicated volunteers. Each year we offer a chance for girls aged 5 - 16 to learn softball skills and good sportsmanship in a safe and positive environment. Over 500 girls from Sierra Madre and throughout the San Gabriel Valley come together each Fall and Spring to play fast pitch softball and have fun with friends. When is the playing season for SMGSA?
Practices start the first week in February. Games kick off with an Opening Day event (ceremony, food, fun & games) on the first Saturday in March, 2019. There are typically 1-2 games per week (often one weekday game and one Sunday game) until the season ends the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.

In what age division does my daughter play?

A player’s age on December 31, 2018, determines the age classification in which the player is eligible to participate.

Division Age
6U 5 - 6
8U 7 - 8
10U 9 - 10
12U 11 - 12
14U/16U 13 - 16

What are the costs involved?

Division Cost
6U $175
8U $200
10U, 12U & 14U/16U $225

Fees for siblings are discounted $15.

What is included in the fee?

Included in the registration fees are jersey, pants, picture package and yearbook. USA registration and supplementary insurance are also provided. Fees also cover a portion of the costs associated with running the league such as umpire fees, field rental costs, field maintenance, background checks for volunteers, etc…

Are there other costs?

Since the registration fees do not cover all that is provided by the league, you will be expected to participate in either finding a sponsor for their team or covering the cost of the sponsorship fee with the other team parents.

What if I need to cancel my daughter’s registration?

The SMGSA refund policy is as follows:

  • Prior to Player Evaluation Date Registration Fee Less Online Processing Fees
  • Evaluation Date up to Team Formation 50% refund
  • After Team Formation No refund

Is a tryout required?

New players to SMGSA’s Spring season in 8U and higher division (including those moving up from 6U) are required to attend a Skills Evaluations day in January. This evaluation is not a try-out as all registered players are placed on a team. The evaluation is a way for the Managers and Board of Directors to assess each player in order to create teams that are equal as possible. If you played at SMGSA during the prior spring season, your coach provided player ratings that are used during team selection.
All Pitchers (8U and higher) plus Catchers (10U and higher) are also asked to attend a Skills Evaluations day. The 6U players do not have evaluations.

What equipment do we need before the playing season starts?

Each player will need to have a softball glove and a batting helmet with faceguard. Optional items include bat, molded cleats (strongly recommended), and infielder’s mask (strongly recommended for pitchers in 8U+). SMGSA supplies basic team equipment including balls, bats and catcher’s gear. The team shares this equipment, but you may choose to purchase these items on your own.

What size ball is used?

Division Ball Size
6U – 8U 10”
10U 11”
12U - 16U 12”

Is 6U strictly T-ball?

A coach from the batting team will pitch underhand to each batter from his/her team. If player does not hit a fair ball after three pitches, she will have chance to hit off batting tee. All players present will bat once each inning, regardless of the number of outs recorded.

When should I expect to hear from a coach?

Player drafts occur during the first week of February. You should expect to hear from your daughter’s coach by Valentines Day.

When are practices?

Practices begin in early February. Practices will be held throughout the week. Exact times and days will be determined once all teams have been established. But generally speaking, the younger teams start closer to 5:00 pm and practice for an hour to 90 minutes whereas the older teams start later and practice for 90 minutes to two hours.

When are games played?

Spring season games occur throughout the week (usually Thursday, Friday or Sunday). Most teams will play on Sunday at Heasley between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. Weekday games typically begin after 5:00. We do not schedule games for Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day.

Where are practices/games played?

SMGSA typically uses the following fields in the area:

  • Heasley Field
  • Heasley T-Ball Field
  • Sierra Madre Middle School
  • Sierra Madre Elementary School
  • Victory Park
  • Camino Grove Park
  • Jefferson Park

For the 14U/16U division (and those with only one or two teams), interleague games may be scheduled requiring the team to travel to other nearby cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

How can I contribute?

SMGSA relies soley on volunteers, so you may help in many ways. Volunteer positions include Team Manager, Assistant Coach, Team Parent, Scorekeeper. In addition, your help with field preparation before games would be appreciated. We strongly recommend you stay and help with practices to enhance the experience, especially in younger divisions. The drills are easy to learn and with more help, the groups are smaller giving the girls more opportunity to learn.