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Fall Ball (August through November)

Fall softball is for players looking for a fun, developmental environment. There are typically 1-2 practices per week. Practices will start in mid-August. Games will be played on Sundays and run from early September through the middle of November. Families may travel to other Orange County cities for games.

Adult Background Checks

All adults who interact with the players on the field or in the dugout in practices or in games must fill out the annual USA Softball Background check form.  Please click on the link below if you did not already complete a background check last Spring.

2021 Schedule

  • August 1 - Early Bird Registration Ends
  • August 15 - Teams Formed
  • September 1 - Fall Registration Ends
  • September 12 - Sunday Games Start
  • October 15-17 - Select Pumpkin Tournament
  • November 5-7 - Rec End of Season Tournament
  • November 12-14 - Select Turkey Tournament
  • November 14 - Fall Rec Ends
  • November 21 - Fall Select Ends

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

Fall 2021/Spring 2021 Age Divisions

Division * Birth Year
6U ** 2015 and 2016
8U 2013 and 2014
10U 2011 and 2012
12U 2009 and 2010
14U (CLOSED) 2007 and 2008

** Although not suggested, based on the player's 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 Season Fee:  $50 early bird (before August 1)/$75 regular fee (between August 1 and September 1)
  • 8U/10U/12U/14U Season Fee:  $150 early bird (before August 1)/$175 regular fee (between August 1 and September 1)
  • Select Team Additional Fee:  $100*
  • Cost includes a team jersey, field, light & umpire fees, ASA registration, team equipment & skills clinics.   Pants will be available for an additional charge.

*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.

Uniforms

For Fall, jerseys will be the same style/sizes as the previous Spring and Fall (not All Stars). Please refer to the sizing chart below for more details.

Fielding Face Mask Policy

For more information on fielding face masks, see our web page here.

Our fielding face mask policy is as follows:

  • ALL 6U players are required to wear fielding face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 8U players are required to wear fielding face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 10U players are required to wear fielding face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • 12U infield players (1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, shortstop, and pitcher) are required to wear fielding face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U pitchers are required to wear fielding face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U infield positions are highly recommended to wear fielding face masks.

Refund Policy

Before teams are formed, refunds will be granted with a $25 processing fee.

After teams are formed, no refunds will be granted.

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 2021, she will "play up" to that division during this Fall season (i.e., 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
  • Practices: Once per week. At times an additional non-mandatory practice could be scheduled, i.e., batting cages.
  • Games: 1 game every Sunday.  They may 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 coach's discretion.  If your player is not selected, she will be placed on a recreational team.  In the event that LNGS hosts a Select tournament, there may be an additional volunteer requirement or buyout. This will be determined as we get closer to the event.

  • 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).  
  • Selection Process: Coaches will "select" girls from those that express interest. 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.

Friend Requests

Friend requests are only allowed for players new to softball. 

Only ONE friend request is allowed and please note that if multiple girls request the same friend it may not be possible to honor all the requests.  We will do the best we can but can not guarantee placement with the requested friend.

Please fill in the "Friend Request" field when registering for fall season in order for your request to be considered.

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.