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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.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2022 FALL SEASON

Early Bird Registration Now-July 15
Registration July 16-August 15
Registration Closes August 15
Sunday Games Start September, After Labor Day
Select Pumpkin Tournament Mid-October
Rec End of Season Tournament Early November
Select Turkey Tournament Mid-November

Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Age Divisions & Registration Fees

Division Birth Year Early Bird Registration Pricing Through 7/15/22 Registration Pricing 7/16/22 Through 8/15/22
6U ** 2016 and 2017 $50 $75
8U 2014 and 2015 $200 $250
10U 2012 and 2013 $200 $250
12U 2010 and 2011 $200 $250
14U 2008 and 2009 $200 $250

** 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.

Note: During Fall, players play in the division they will be playing in the Spring of 2023. For example, if your player is moving to the next age division in Spring of 2023, 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).

Player Registration Includes:

  • Team jersey
  • USA Softball insurance & registration
  • Team equipment & skills clinics
  • Field, light & umpire Fees

Refund Policy

Before teams are formed, refunds will be granted with a $25 processing fee. After teams are formed, no refunds will be granted.

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, 8U & 10U players are required to wear fielding face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • 12U infield players 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.

Comparison Between "Rec" and "Select"

FALL RECREATIONAL "REC" FALL "SELECT"
Overview The "Rec" program is competitive, but has less intensity and weekly time commitment compared to the Select program. It does not require an invitation from a coach. Fall ball includes all divisions. 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.
Divisions 6U-12U 8U-14U
Practices Once per week. At times an additional non-mandatory practice could be scheduled, i.e., batting cages 2-3 per week
Games 1 game every Sunday. They may be in Laguna Niguel or any of the other OC Fall Ball league locations. 2 games (double-header) every Sunday. They can be in Laguna Niguel or any of the other Select leagues' locations.
Tournaments Tournaments are tentative and will be scheduled in October/November based on OC Fall Ball. Pumpkin Classic in October and Turkey Tournament in November. There may be an additional volunteer requirement or buyout.
Selection Process There are no "evaluations" during Fall Ball. 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, you will be placed on a recreational team.
Fees Registration fee only Registration fee plus $100 Select fee
Buyout There is no buyout required A buyout fee of $150 will be collected. Every Select family is required to either work (at least 4 hours) at the Pumpkin Tournament (field prep, snack bar, or parking attendant) or buy out of their commitment.

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.   
  • 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 4:45PM on school days, even if the gate is open.
    2. Please no dogs at the fields.

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.

Adult Background Checks

All adults who interact with the players on the field/dugout in practices/games must fill out the USA Softball Background check form.  Please click on the link below to complete a background check. This must be done annually, each September.