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BLACK SWAMP SOFTBALL LEAGUE

2024 SPRING SOFTBALL

The BSSL will once again be organizing a spring softball league for junior high aged kids and younger. This will be for school/community based teams so players can focus on playing with teammates they might have when they get to high school.  There will be a tournament for each division at the end of the spring league season.

 

TEAM REGISTRATION

Team registration deadline is March 10, 2024.

MANDATORY COACH MEETING:

Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 6:30pm at Diehl Park

AGE GROUP DIVISIONS:

With USA Softball moving the age cutoff date, our spring softball league will be moving strictly to age groups instead of grades.

 

All ages calculated for age as of August 31, 2023, per USA Softball rules.

14u - 43' pitching distance

12u - 40' pitching distance

10u - 35' pitching distance, 11" softball

8u - 35' coach pitch, 11" softball

**8u will be instructional/rep based for young players to gain experience**

Teams should be school/community based. Please be sure to have players from within your own community or school district on your roster. This league is intended to be fun and competitive, and give players an opportunity to play with others who will be on their school teams as they get older.

SEASON INFORMATION:

Regular Season: March 25 - April 30

Tournament: May 1-5

Games will be scheduled based on team availability.

*No games will be scheduled on Easter.*

Coaches will schedule their own games at the March meeting, and may schedule whatever days they are available. Teams will schedule 12-14 games.

There will be a single elimination league tournament May 1-5.

COST:

Team Fee: $75 ($25 for 8u)

($30 League Fee + $45 USA Softball Team Sanction)

Umpire Fee: $60 for single umpire; $45 each for two umpires

Teams will be responsible for umpire costs to be paid on the field prior to the start of game. All umpires are required to be USA Softball sanctioned. All umpires will be scheduled by the league, regardless of the location of the game. If you have umpires that could be used, please let us know so they can be scheduled for games.

Team are responsible for their own game balls.

Softballs may be purchased through the league, if needed.

RULES:

2024 USA Softball rules will govern, with modifications.

LOCATIONS:

Every organization will have the opportunity to host games at their "home" location.

Diehl Park in Defiance will be available for any/all teams for games.

SANCTION:

This will be a sanctioned league through USA Softball.

The league will sanction all teams, and is included in your team fee.

All head coaches are required to complete the ACE training through USA Softball.

All coaches are required to have a current background check and complete the Safe Sport training through USA Softball.  (RegisterUSASoftball.com)

All coaches are required to be current on concussion training. (available for free through at NFHSLearn.com)

All coaches are required to be current on Lindsay's Law training.

**Copies of all certificates are REQUIRED to be turned in at (or before) the coaches meeting on March 10th.**

CONTACT:

Josh Busch - President, Defiance Softball

dsabusch@gmail.com

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