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Twin Cities Girls' Softball 2013

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 TWIN CITIES GIRLS’ SOFTBALL FAQ  

What is Twin Cities Girls’ Softball?

 The official girls’ softball league for Larkspur and CorteMadera. Each year, more than 150 girls participate on 12-15 teams in five age divisions and learn to play the exciting sport of fast-pitch softball. Our home fields are Piper Park and Hall Field in Larkspur.  

Who can play? 

All girls aged 5-15 who live or attend school in Larkspur or Corte Madera. Ninth or tenth graders can play in 15U if they are not playing softball for a high school team.  

When does the league play?

Opening Day is generally the third Saturday in March. Games continue in most age divisions through the end of May, followed by playoffs forthe upper three divisions.

What are the age divisions? 

Your daughter's age on Jan. 1 is her "league age" for that full calendar year. "U" is for "and under".

6U (Minis): T-ball; some coach pitch. 

8U (Rookies): Coach pitch; some girl pitch

10U (Minors): Girls pitch with coach backup (no walks)

12U (Majors): Girls fast pitch

15U (Seniors): Girls fast pitch

Players are automatically placed in their correct age division, but can be moved up or down by the league based on ability.

What is the time commitment? 

6U: Saturday game plus 60-minute midweek practice.

8U: Saturday game plus 60-90 minute midweek practice and/or Sunday practice.

10U: Saturday game; midweek game; Sunday practice; some midweek practices (90 minutes).

12U: Saturday game; midweek game; Sunday practice;midweek practice (90 minutes-2 hours).

15U: Saturday game; midweek game; Sunday practice;midweek practice (2 hours).

When is registration?

Nov. 15, 2011 to Jan. 18, 2012. We accept late registrations after the deadline only so long as space is available. Fees are higher after the deadline. 

How do I sign my daughter up?

After Nov. 15, go to tcsoftball.com and click on the link. When you register, you'll be automatically directed to PayPal for payment of registration fees. All registrations and payments are requested electronically.

How much does it cost?

Fees will be listed on the site once registration opens. Last year they ranged from $150 for youngest girls up to $225 for the majors and seniors.

Important note: These are the fees until Jan. 18! Then they go up!

I can’t afford the fees. Can my daughter still play?

Absolutely. Aid is funded by additional donations from league familes and is available based on individual circumstance. Please contact Jim Gardner at 415-350-3886 on a confidential basis to discuss.

How are teams selected?

6U and 8U: Players are assigned where possible based on stated friend OR coach preference, or at random if no preference is expressed. It is important to note we will try, but cannot guarantee, to honor at least one friend or coach preference

10U, 12U, 15U: When there is more than one team in a division, players are drafted by teams with an aim toward competitive balance.  

Where possible, we try to make our teams a mix of schools and grades, on the basis that an important benefit of youth sports is making new friends as well as playing with old ones.

Are there tryouts?

No. As a recreational league, we welcome all players and offer experienced coaching to help all improve their skills. Nobody is cut. There are sometimes optional skills assessment sessions prior to a draft.

There are opportunities in summer and fall competitive programs on a tryout basis. See maringirlssoftball.com for more information on these programs.

"A" programs generally hold tryouts in December or January for the coming summer.

"B" programs hold tryouts after May 1. 

I’d like to help. Can parents get involved?

Yes! As a 100 percent volunteer organization, we can use your help. Our volunteer opportunities are listed on the registration form. 

In addition, sponsorships are a  key part of paying for the league and keeping our registration fees down. Should you wish to sponsor the league or a team, or getinformation on sponsorship, please contact Tom DeLacy at tomdelacy@gmail.com.