What age division should my child play?
Babe Ruth determines age based on December 31 of the prior year. Your child may be 11 years old now but if they were 10 years old on Dec 31, they are eligible to play 10u. You can find the age chart here: https://www.baberuthleague.org/league-resources/softball-age-chart.aspx
When are practices?
Coaches draft practice days after teams are selected. Practices are redrafted once games start due to field availability. Teams will not know their practice schedule until after the practice draft. 6U, 8U, 10U typically practice 5:30-7pm on weekdays. 12U, 14U, 16U typically practice 7pm-8:30pm weekdays. Weekends are also used for practice.
When are games?
The game schedule is typically released the week before games begin. There will be no games on Wednesdays nor Sundays. 6U, 8U, 10U weekday games begin at 6pm. 12U, 14U, 16U weekday games begin at 7:30pm. Saturday games (all age divisions) are 9am, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm.
When are tryouts?
Recreational teams do not have tryouts. Everyone who registers will be placed on a team. We have evaluations so that talent can be balanced across all teams.
Travel teams do have tryouts. Tryout dates will be posted on Facebook. www.facebook.com/nfgsoftball
Does my child need a defensive face mask, I never wore one when I played 20 years ago?
Yes. NFGS requires all infielders to wear a facemask. Today’s bats are engineered for high exit speeds, unlike bats from several years ago. A mask will cost you less than a pair of cleats.
What kind of bat should I buy?
If you are unsure what size/kind of bat to buy, talk to your child’s coach before buying a bat. All bats must have either "fastpitch" or "softball" printed on the bat by the manufacturer. You can find non-compliant bat rules here: https://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx
Can I request for my child to play with a friend?
Yes. However, teams must be balanced so there may be situations where your request is not honored.
Can I request my child's coach?
No. Coach requests will not be honored. Teams are drafted by the head coach and requests are not considered during the draft.
I would like to be a coach, what do I need to do?
- Prior to the season, submit your letter of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the Babe Ruth League Coach Certification - Coaching Youth Softball ($20 fee) http://www.baberuthcoaching.org/
- Wait for instructions about a background check and finger printing.
I would like to volunteer, but I am not a coach?
NFGS is 100% volunteers, we welcome your help. Tell your coach that you would like to help or contact the Board of Directors.
I dont see my question, who can I talk to?
send an email to the Board of Directors at email@example.com