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Fall Ball (August through November)

2019 Schedule

  • August 7 - Last Day to Register
  • August 18 - Teams Formed
  • Early September - Sunday Games Start
  • October 11-13 - Select Pumpkin Tournament
  • November  - Tentative Rec Turkey Tournament
  • November - Tentative Rec End of Season Tournament
  • November - Select Turkey Tournament

Practice days and times are set by the coach after team selection.

Practice schedule

Click here to see field practice and batting cage times.

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Age Divisions

Division * Birth Year
6U ** 2013 and 2014
8U 2011 and 2012
10U 2009 and 2010
12U 2007 and 2008
14U 2005 and 2006

** Although not suggested, based on the players individual ability, a player may start 6U at a younger age than what is indicated, provided the parent is available to assist with the player at practices and games.

Fall Ball Fees

  • 6U Regular Season Fee:  $50
  • 8U/10U/12U Regular Season Fee:  $150
  • *Select Team Additional Fee:  $100

*This fee will not be assessed during regular registration but will be added to Select players accounts AFTER the Select teams are chosen and before uniforms are ordered.

Fall Ball Information

The Fall Ball season generally starts at the end of August with games starting after Labor Day. The season usually ends in November the week before Thanksgiving.

Fall Ball is comprised of two separate programs:

  • Fall Recreational ("Rec")
  • Fall Select ("Select")

Both programs involve playing teams from other leagues, but each offers a different level of competition and commitment from the girls.

Note:  During Fall, players will move up to their Spring division to get some experience with any new equipment or rule changes.  For example, if your player is moving to the next age division in Spring of 2020, she will "play up" to that division during this Fall season (ie if your player is a 2nd year 8U, moving to 10U in spring, she will play 10U Fall Ball now).

FALL RECREATIONAL "REC"

The "Rec" program is competitive, but has less intensity and weekly time commitment compared to the Select program and does not require an invitation from a coach. 

  • Fall ball includes all divisions - now including 6U too!
  • Practices: Once per week. At times an additional non-mandatory practice could be scheduled, i.e. batting cages.
  • Games: 1 game every Sunday.  They can be in Laguna Niguel or any of the other OC Fall Ball league locations.
  • Timing: Practices begin in August, with games running September through November.
  • Tournaments: Tournaments are tentative and will be scheduled in October/November based on OC Fall Ball.
  • Competitiveness: Teams are represented from the southern USA Softball leagues.
  • Fall Ball Rec is competitive, but offers girls with other commitments to be able to participate.
  • Selection Process: There are no "evaluations" during Fall Ball at this time.

FALL "SELECT"

The "Select" program is highly competitive with a greater time commitment required.  Players must be selected by the Select team coach and the selection process is completely at the coaches discretion.  If your player is not selected, she will be placed on a recreational team.  If your player is selected by the Select coach, there will be an additional charge of $100 to cover additional field time and tournaments.  In addition, an $80 reimbursable fee will be assessed for parent Snack Bar/Field Prep service during the home tournament.  This fee can be used to "buy out" of service or can be reimbursed through working a shift (shifts may be up to 4 hours).

  • Practices: 2-3 per week
  • Games: 2 games (double-header) every Sunday. They can be in Laguna Niguel or any of the other Select leagues' locations.
  • Timing: Practices begin in August, with games running September through November.
  • Tournaments: Pumpkin Classic in October and Turkey Tournament in November.
  • Competitiveness: The age divisions are divided into a Gold (A) and a Silver (B).   Most players will have previously played All-Stars.
  • Selection Process: Coaches will "select" girls from the spring rec league. Due to the limited number of teams, not all girls will be "selected." If you are not selected, your daughter will be placed on a recreational team.

Fall Ball General Information

  • Schedule & Rules - The game schedule is managed by the Orange County Fall Ball Federation, a group of local leagues including ours, which collaborates on the rules and schedules for Fall Ball.  We do not control the schedule.  As there is some movement between teams in the Gold and Silver select divisions after the mid-season, the remainder of the schedule is not finalized until that point.  This Federation also collaborates on the rules that will be in effect for the season.  www.ocfallball.com
  • Field Lights - Based on an agreement with the City of Laguna Niguel and the neighboring communities we are limited in the use of lights for our fields at NHMS, as the soccer leagues are allowed lights in the Fall and softball is allowed lights in the Spring. 
  • Snack bar – Since Fall Ball has fewer home games and teams than in Spring, we will look to open the snack bar only on game days when we will have a sufficient amount of home games at our fields.  We will be reaching out for any volunteer support for these days to help with the snack bar, which is fun for the kids and an important source of revenue for the league, which allows us to keep our registration fees low.
  • Field reminders – Rules from Laguna Niguel and Niguel Hills Middle School.
    1. Please do not go to the back-parking lot at Niguel Hills until after 4:30PM on school days, even if the gate is open.
    2. Please no dogs at the fields.