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12 U Playoff Bracket r1
Monday, June 19
SMAFF Playoffs

SMAFF playoffs will start for the 10U & 12 U June 26 and will end June 28. Games will be at Burville.

For 14 U and High School division Playoffs will start July 10th.

Playoffs rules.

Team with the highest seed will have choice Home or away.

Games start at 5:45

SMAFF season rules apply with one exception.

Games can not end in a tie.

If teams are tied at the end of 6 innings or have reached the 1 hour 20 min time limit we will use international tie breaker rule.



Sunday, May 29
Umpires for SMAFF games

  I just want to remind all coaches that umpires must be registered  NSA.

No team can use any umpire who is not registered NSA for our league games. 


Tuesday, June 28
A Coaches Role

A coach isn’t just someone who teaches a player how to win. Being a coach is being a teacher, a role model, and a personal pep squad. A coach has many facets.

The concept of softball is simple: The team with the most runs wins. But, there is more to coaching than winning games.

A coach’s responsibilities include providing a safe environment for all players, teaching sportsmanship, developing character, and teaching the fundamental skills of softball

 Remember why your players are on the field — they love the sport. Do not let your inability to control negative emotions take that away from them. A coach can turn everything into something positive: An error is a lesson learned.

Perhaps the clearest role a coach holds is to improve a player’s performance. A coach cannot assume that any player knows everything.

A coach must be able to evaluate a player’s performance and help to improve it. In order to do this, coaches cannot have unfair expectations of players nor should they ever underestimate potential.

 It’s great to have high expectations, but a coach cannot place one player on a pedestal while having lower expectations for everyone else. You need to be fair. There will be players at different skill levels on your team, but putting players on pedestals is a sure sign of favoritism and you cannot do this as a coach.

As a coach, you’ll be voicing your opinions, criticism, compliments, and everything in between. Be effective in your communication skills and perfect the art of constructive criticism.

Your players need to know that you’re never criticizing them as people, but rather evaluating their performance and trying to make them better softball players.There are a few fundamental rules for effective communication that every good coach should observe:

·         Be positive

·         Be straight forward

·         Do not be sarcastic

·         Do not be rude

·         Do not insult your players

·         Provide constant feedback

 You are a coach, not a frantic child who needs to throw temper tantrums. Never scream or show anger towards your players, especially if they are young. Expressing disappointment is natural, but make sure that the way you communicate with and discipline your players is appropriate for their age.

Remember why your players are on the field — they love the sport. Do not let your inability to control negative emotions take that away from them. A coach can turn everything into something positive: An error is a lesson learned.

A player will never respond to being publicly chastised. Do not yell at a player in the middle of a game, in front of fans, or in front of family. There is no reason to humiliate a player; pull her aside for a private discussion.

If you cannot restrain yourself from yelling, cool off for a few minutes before talking to the player. Your player will already know she disappointed you. Pounding it in will make players, family, and fans lose respect for you. You can’t expect respect unless you show it and teach it. Coaches have a lot of influence on their players. Don’t force any player to regret playing softball.

 As a coach, you are not only showing respect to your players, but you are teaching it. You need to make sure your players are showing each other the same courtesy.

Remember, you don’t have to be scary to earn respect. As long as you show respect, you’ll receive it. A coach’s best quality is passion. If you have a deep passion for softball, your players will see it. Be excited to coach and they’ll mirror your excitement to play. A team wins games, but the coach leads the way.


Saturday, January 18
Michigan law that regulates sports concussions

The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.

The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity. 

Public Act 343 of 2012

Michigan Law regarding Compliance of Sports Concussion Awareness Training for
organizing entites, sponsors or operators of an athletic activity in which youth athletes
will participate.

 All coaches will be required to complete the online training before the league season begins. More information and handouts will be available at our league meeting.


Handout: Parent & Athlete concussion Information Sheet

Coaches and Softball Players
If you are a Softball player looking for a team to play on or a coach that needs a player to fill your roster you can post your information on the message board.

Sunday, March 13
SMAFF Softball is now on Twitter
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