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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How do I sign up?
A. You can register using the link on the homepage at www.TGSL.org

 

Q. What is the minimum Playing age?
A. Please use chart below:
Birth Year Division
2013-2015 6U/Tee Ball
2011-2012 8U
2009-2010 10U
2007-2008 12U
2005-2006 14U

 

Q. Does TGSL require a copy of my daughter’s birth certificate?
A. Yes, TGSL will require a copy for all new players to the league.

 

Q. Are there evaluations for the Fall and Spring seasons?
A. There are evaluations for the 8U to 14U  divisions only. For Spring these evaluations are typically held early January, and all players in these divisions need to attend. 6U (T-ball) are not required to evaluate.

 

Q. How will my daughter be placed onto a team?

A. Players in the following divisions:  8U, 10U, 12U, 14U will be placed in a blind draft based on evaluation scores by the managers to ensure balanced teams.  Once the teams are drafted, the manager will be calling for a team meeting/practices.

Note: 6U (T-ball) teams will be drafted by the board and the manager will call for a team meeting/practices.

 

Q. Can I be on a friend's team?

A. 6U (T-ball) requests are to be made at time of registration and every effort is made to honor that request.

Upper divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U requests cannot be honored to keep the teams as balanced as possible.  Only siblings will be placed on the same team if registered in the same division.

 

Q. My daughter has never played before, will she fit in?
A. About 30% of the girls who sign up have never played softball or have limited experience with softball. At the recreation level, it is about developing and learning but still competitive. As a league we have playing rules in place to ensure that everyone gets into the game. On offense every team must bat the entire lineup, regardless if they played defense that inning. On defense, a player can't sit consecutive innings.  Our commitment is always safety first when it comes to position placement with inexperienced players.


 

Q. Will I be on the same team as last year?
A. Teams are re-drafted every spring and fall season.

 

Q. Can we request a refund after registration?

A. Yes, 100% refunds are given up until evaluations.  A 50% refund will be given before the player draft.  No refunds are given after the player draft.

 

Q. What is included in my registration fee?

A. Uniform jersey / insurance / picture package / memory book / balls / umpire fees.  Not included are pants, sliders, cleats and equipment.  Note:  Uniforms will be distributed to Team Manager after all fundraising money is turned in and all required background checks are completed.

 

Q. What equipment do I need to provide?
Glove for 6U (T-ball) players, almost any glove is adequate as long as it is not too large. For other players, you need to provide a softball glove 11 inch or bigger.

Cleats - are required for all players to prevent from slipping on the field when running.

Helmets - are mandatory and all helmets must have a face mask.  Each team will be assigned 1 to 2 helmets if you elect not to purchase for your daughter.

Softball bat, normally coaches will have a couple to share, however most players do have their own so that they are used to the length and weight for bat speed.

Catcher gear, the league does supply each team with a set of catchers gear.

 

Q. How long does the season last?
A. Typically, the Spring season lasts from early February to  second week of May. Practices usually start first week of February and the season usually kicks off the second weekend of February. For Fall,  the season usually last from first week of September until the second week of November.

 

Q. When are practices?

A. Practice times are at the discretion of the manager.  Usually, 6U (T-ball) teams generally practice once a week (possibly twice in the pre-season). Other divisions generally have two practices a week.

 

Q. What are game dates and times?
A. 6U (T-ball) will normally start at 8:30am beginning the Saturday after Opening Day. Upper division game times will vary from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.  After daylight savings time there will also be weeknight games as follows:

8U – Mondays starting approximately 5:30pm

10U – Tuesdays starting approximately 5:30pm

12U – Wednesdays starting approximately 5:30pm

14U – Thursdays starting approximatley 5:30pm

 

Q. Do I get to keep my uniform?
A. Yes

 

Q. Must I wear my uniform to all games?
A. Yes, a complete uniform must be worn at all games. If you are not wearing your uniform, you will be ineligible to play that game.

Note: Exception where a new player or an incomplete uniform has not been given to a player.

 

Q. What if it rains?
A. Sometimes we are unable to determine whether or not games will be played early in the day. We will be updating www.TGSL.org with field closures. We will also contact the manager of the cancellation.

 

Q. How can I help?
A. We appreciate and encourage your interest in helping. There are several ways for parents to help. As a volunteer, you could be a "Team Parent", a scorekeeper, field prep or other tasks for the team. Every year we need new coaches, all we ask that coaches attend a coaching clinic and a back ground check. This is for the protection of our children and all records are confidential.

Most of all, we ask for you to be supportive of your child and her teammates.

 

Q. What does a team parent do?
A. The team parent is the liaison between the manager and the other parents. He/She will be in charge of the communication and collection for the team. Also, will attend team parents meeting(s). The team parent will also coordinates the following: snack bar duty, snacks for the games, charge of keeping all of the players in the dugout as required. Also may help the manager make all call to remind players of practice and game times.

 

Q. What are the responsibilities of the parents?
A. You are responsible for getting your child to practice, games and other team functions on time. Normally for game times, 45-60 minutes prior to game start.

Maintain a two-way communication with the manager/coach. You should keep each other advised of game and or practice schedule changes. Call or Text in advance if your child will be late or not attend a practice/game.

Attend league functions whenever possible.

Obey all league rules and adhere to TGSL Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy.

Attend as many games possible and cheer for all of the players. Derogatory remarks or gestures and other unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated.

All player families are required to participate in snack bar duty unless you buy out of this activity at time of registration. Your league needs your support and cooperation.

 

Q.  Who works the Snack Bar?

A. Each player will have a family member work their scheduled shift(s). Your team parent will communicate your scheduled time and date given by the Snack Bar Coordinator.   The schedule will also be posted at www.TGSL.org.  Snack bar shift is usually 2.5-3 hours.

 

Q. I don't have a sitter, can I bring my kids with me during my snack bar shift?
A. For safety and health reasons nobody under the age of 14 is allowed in the snack bar. Snack bar workers must be 14 years of age or older. Please make appropriate arrangements before your snack bar shift.   If you have a conflict you can arrange time swap with another family on your team.


Q. What if it rains on the day of my snack bar shift?

A. The same rainout procedures apply for the snack bar as for games.  If your snack bar is cancelled or cut shot due to rain, you may be rescheduled for a future date.

 

Q. What is the Cow Plop fundraiser?

A. We will only be holding 1 fundraiser this season, the "Cow Plop" has 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.  These fundraiser tickets are purchased during registration. Each family is required to buy 4 tickets at $25 each ($100 is added to your registration total at check out). These may be kept by the family for the chance to win the cash prizes, or resold in order to recoup the $100. The registration fee has this amount included during your registration process at checkout. You also have the option of purchasing additional "Cow Plop" tickets during registration for $25 each. 

 

Q. Is Cow Plop fundraiser participation required?

A. Yes.  This is our main (and only scheduled) fundraiser solely intended to maintain and improve the TGSL fields and facilities for your girls, family and friends.  Thank you for your support!

 

Q. What are the major differences in each division?
A. To follow are the major rules differences in each division:

6U (T-ball) – Division:
- Players hit using a tee for the first half of the season.  All players hit each inning of a 3 inning game.

- Second half of the season will be coach pitch to help the player transition.  If a player swings and misses 3 times they will continue the at bat using the tee.

- No run limit

- No out limit (every player has one at bat per inning)

- This division uses a 9” Diamond Flexi Yellow


8U - Division:
- Coach/player pitch - Girls begin to pitch, and typically coaches will assume the pitch count after 4 balls (i.e. no walks).
- There are pitching limitations 3 innings per game.
- Run rule of 5 run per team, per inning.

- There are no standings during the season.

- Double elimination playoff brackets are determined by blind draw.
- Pitching distance is 30'
- This division uses a 10" RIF Level 1 softball.

10U - Division
- Player pitch only
- Pitching distance is 35'
- Pitching limitations is 3 innings per game
- Run rule is 5 runs per team, per inning.
- First half of season are practice games.  Second half are counted for standings/seeding in double elimination playoff bracket.
- This division uses an 11" RIF Level 1 softball.

12U Division
- Player pitch only
- Pitching distance is 40'

- There are pitching limitations 3 innings per game.
- Run rule is 6 runs per team, per inning.
- First half of season are practice games.  Second half are counted for standings/seeding in double elimination playoff bracket.
- This division uses a 12" Dream Seam softball.

14U Division
- Player pitch only
- Pitching distance is 43'

- There are pitching limitations 3 innings per game.

- Run rule is 6 runs per team, per inning.
- Scores / Standings are kept in this division
-This division uses a 12" dream seam softball

Fall Ball

There are a few differences between Spring Ball and Fall Ball detailed below.  Due to lower enrollment numbers, TGSL teams plays other teams in the LA/South Bay district.  There is no 6U division in the Fall.

 

Q. How long does the season last?
A. The Fall Season starts the 2nd week of September and lasts to the 2nd week in November.

 

Q. Is any travel involved.
A. Due to the fact that we play other teams in the LA/South Bay, there is some travel involved.  Typically 30-40% of the games will be away.  The boundaries are Santa Monica to the North, Long Beach to the South and Pico Rivera to the East.

 

Q. When are practices?

A. Practice times are at the discretion of the manager.  There are generally two practices a week.

 

Q. What are game dates and times?
A. Fall Ball games could be at Levy Fields or at a visiting team’s fields.  Format is two 90 min back to back games either Saturday or Sunday starting at 9am or 1pm.