Frequently Asked Questions

UpdatedFriday January 11, 2019 byKaren Collins.

FAQ:

Is there a fundraiser?
Normally each team is responsible for a team basket that is auctioned on Opening Day.  As well, we ask each team participate in our Co-Ed tournament.  There is a buyout option for the tournament.

 

What is the purpose of sponsorships?

To provide funds for league expenses beyond the revenues provided by registration fees.

 

Team Sponsorships: ALL teams are required to solicit a team sponsorship in the amount of $300. Your SPONSOR will receive a team plaque. They will also receive recognition on our SASA website. In the event your team cannot find a sponsor the parents will have to divide the sponsorship ($300) amongst themselves to meet the required amount. The team will be able to have the sponsors name on the back of team jerseys.

What is the purpose of tryouts?
The tryout is an opportunity for our coaches to evaluate the available talent within an age group. We attempt to play kids of equal ability against one another. This is an effort to identify the best players and have them play in one of our teams to create more evenly balanced teams.

How are teams formed?
There is a tryout and a draft. Tryout is more accurately described as an evaluation event. The players will demonstrate their ability through a series of skill drills. They will be evaluated by a group of coaches. We will then conduct a draft in which coaches will select girls to add to their team in a rotational format.

 How do you handle rain outs?
Rainout will be determined by 4:00PM the day of the scheduled games. Pending weather your games will be re-scheduled for an available day that can be utilized. 

How are coaches selected?
Adults volunteer to coach or are recruited by our Board. Each prospective coach registers online and a back ground check is ran on each potential candidate . Applicants who are approved are assigned to teams.

What size glove do I need?  
Glove Sizing:  Can be different depending on the size of the child's hand. If she can slip each finger into the glove and swing it from sky to ground without it falling off it’s a good fit. It also has to be appropriate for the right size of ball too.

Gloves are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove and measuring down the finger, along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heel of the glove. Most gloves have the pre-measured size stamped inside where the pocket is. Typical fielding sizes range from 9" - 13".

A glove is typically worn on the non-dominant hand so the dominant hand is ready to throw the ball. Purchasing a glove to fit on the left hand is called a "Right Hand Throw" while a glove that fits on the right hand is called a "Left Hand Throw", sometimes referred to as "Full Right". So a right-handed player would wear a glove on the left hand.

What size bat do I need? 
Bat Size: A good rule of thumb is to hold the nob end of the bat with opposite throwing hand and extend directly straight out without dropping head of bat. Usually the length is not as important as the weight of the bat. Too heavy of bat leads to late swinging and produces foul balls or strike outs.

Determining the Right Bat Weight

  • Most bats are weighted in ounces
  • Manufacturers have done a great job in balancing the bat's weight to its length
  • Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -4, -6, etc.
  • This basically means a 34-inch bat with a -6 ratio weighs 28 ounces
  • Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors--your strength and your hitting style
  • It also depends a lot on your personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:
  • Bigger, stronger players prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of both the heft and swing power
  • Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing
  • Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat increases control, great for singles hitters, while also reducing the risk of injury

 

General guidelines:
There are some standard rules of thumb in selecting the appropriate bat length. The charts below offer some guidelines based on age and weight and height:
Age: Using your age as a guide, use the chart below to determine the bat length that fits your body.
 

Determine Your Bat Length by Age

Age

Bat length

5-7 years old

24"-26"

8-9 years old

26"-28"

10 years old

28"-29"

11-12 years old

30"-31"

13-14 years old

31"-32"

15-16 years old

32"-33"

17+ years old

34"

 

 

Height and weight: Height and weight are usually better ways to determine what bat length may work best for you. Once again, use the height and weight chart to give you a general idea of the length of bat that fits your body
 

Determine Your Bat Length by Weight and Height

 

Your height (inches)

Your weight (pounds)

36-40

41-44

45-48

49-52

53-56

57-60

61-64

65-68

69-72

73+

Bat length

less than 60

26"

27"

28"

29"

29"

 

 

 

 

 

61-70

27"

27"

28"

29"

30"

30"

 

 

 

 

71-80

 

28"

28"

29"

30"

30"

31"

 

 

 

81-90

 

28"

29"

29"

30"

30"

31"

32"

 

 

91-100

 

28"

29"

30"

30"

31"

31"

32"

 

 

101-110

 

29"

29"

30"

30"

31"

31"

32"

 

 

111-120

 

29"

29"

30"

30"

31"

31"

32"

 

 

121-130

 

29"

29"

30"

30"

31"

32"

33"

33"

 

131-140

 

29"

30"

30"

31"

31"

32"

33"

33"

 

141-150

 

 

30"

30"

31"

31"

32"

33"

33"

 

151-160

 

 

30"

31"

31"

32"

32"

33"

33"

33"

161-170

 

 

 

31"

31"

32"

32"

33"

33"

34"

171-180

 

 

 

 

 

32"

33"

33"

34"

34"

180+

 

 

 

 

 

 

33"

33"

34"

34"

 

 

What size softball is used? 
6U
11" RIF ball - The smaller size makes it easier for children's hands to grab, while the extra soft texture is touted as being a safer alternative to the hard 12-inch ball.

8U 
11" hard core ball - The smaller size makes it easier for children's hands to grab, while the hard core is preparing the player for the move up to a 12” hard ball.

10U 
11" standard softball – This ball more closely resembles the firmness of the 12” size but has the small diameter to fit a smaller hand.
 
12U+
12" - Girls in 12U and up divisions switch to a 12-inch ball. This ball is harder than most 10” and 11” models, and is in fact comparable to a regulation baseball in hardness, belying its name. 12-inch fast pitch is the standard for girls and women’s softball from youth leagues through high school and college levels.

What size helmet do I need?  
Helmet Size: Helmet should fit snug around the ears and front part of forehead. Helmet should not bounce around head when jogging/running around.  All helmets are required to have a protective facemask and chip strap.