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Fall Ball (August through November)

Fall Ball Registration 2020

Please be sure to read all of the important information on this page before clicking on the red bar above to register. Thank you!

Instructions for COVID Waiver

In order to play softball, each family will need to sign a COVID waiver.  Once you have read the waiver, please print and sign, then upload to the Softball DropBox.

Return to Play Guidelines

The following guidelines will be in place as we return to the fields and are subject to change short notice.

2020 Schedule

  • August 15 - Last Day to Register
  • TBD - Teams Formed
  • September 13 - Sunday Games Start
  • October 16-18 - Select Pumpkin Tournament
  • November 13-15 - Select Turkey Tournament
  • November - Tentative Rec End of Season Tournament

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

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Age Divisions

Division * Birth Year
6U ** 2014 and 2015
8U 2012 and 2013
10U 2010 and 2011
12U 2008 and 2009
14U 2006 and 2007

** 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/8U/10U/12U Regular/Select Season Fee:  $50/$60
     
  • No fees will be collected until the City of Laguna Niguel notifies us that fields are available.
     
  • Fee includes one jersey and field rental fees .  As games and tournaments are allowed, this will become a "pay as you go" situation, and it is expected that you will promptly pay your coach for your portion of the cost of  games/tournaments which will be equally spread across the team. 

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 - 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 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).   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.