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Spring Ball (January through April)

Spring Recreational Season

The Spring Recreational season generally runs from mid-January to the end of April.

This season is for new and returning players who are looking to play softball in a competitive and fun environment. Practices are typically 1 day per week but in some cases the coach may choose to have an additional field or batting practice.

LNGS additionally offers various clinics (batting, pitching, fielding, coaching) throughout the season that are either partially or fully sponsored by the league.

Face Mask Policy

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

We have updated our face mask policy as follows:

  • ALL 6U players are required to wear face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 8U players are required to wear face masks at all positions during practice and games.
  • ALL 10U players are required to wear 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 face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U pitchers are required to wear face masks during practice and games.
  • 14U infield positions are highly recommended to wear face masks.

2019 Fees

  • 6U - $50
  • 8U - $100
  • 10U, 12U, 14U - $150

Please see Snack Bar Buyout information below for additional refundable fee.

A payment plan is available with $50 due at registration and the following two payments split over February and March.

Register to be a Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Parent, or Field Assistant

All adults who work directly with players must register through the system AND fill out and submit a background check form/Drivers License on an annual basis.

Schedule

Season - Practices will start in the second half of January and games will start around the beginning of February, and will be every Saturday for all teams. Games will additionally be played every Wednesday evening for 10U, 12U and 14U starting at the beginning of the season. 8U will add Wednesday evening games after the mid-season tournament. 

  • Practice schedule - TBD
  • Clinics - TBD

Evaluations

Divisions for 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U will attend required evaluations prior to the beginning of the season.  Please make sure your player knows that the evaluations are nothing to be nervous about.  They simply allow the league to make sure that each team is "drafted" and the teams are created with fairly equal abilities.

Pitching Evaluations

With the exception of players who have never pitched before, all players who would like to pitch during the Spring season must attend pitching evaluations.  This process enables the coaches to make educated decisions regarding their pitching staff during the draft process.

Play Up Requests - 8U, 10U, and 12U

A player can request to play up but the ability to play up to the next division is not guaranteed.  In order to play up, the player must:

  1. sign up in the age appropriate division,
  2. attend both the age-appropriate and the play-up evaluations, and
  3. be chosen in the draft in the top 5 draft rounds.

If a player is not chosen in the top 5 draft rounds in the play-up division, she will be placed in her age-appropriate division.

Play Up Requests - 6U

A player of 6u age is eligible to play up to 8U in the Spring recreational season in the following scenarios:

  1. the player has either played a season in 8u rec at LNGS previously,
  2. the player has played 2 seasons of 6u softball, or
  3. the player is selected by an 8U coach within the first 5 rounds of the 8U team formation, regardless of previous experience. 

Please note:

  • Although the player will register under the age-appropriate division, please indicate in their registration that they would like to play up to 8u in the registration.
  • For scenario 1 or 2 above, the player must be selected by an 8U coach in the 8U team formation in any round.
  • 8U coaches are not obligated to select a 6u player requesting to play up to 8u.
  • If a player requesting to play up to 8U is not selected, she will be added to a 6u team.
  • 8U new to the league requests involving a 6u player does not guarantee that the 6u player will be added to the 8U team.

Family Discount

If you are registering more than one player in your family, you will receive a $10 discount on the 2nd (3rd + all additional children) registration fee.  In order for the registration system to recognize that you are registering multiple players, please register all of your players at this time. 

Snack Bar Buyouts

The snack bar allows the league to make money that enables us to keep our fees very low.

Parents are obligated to work two three hour shifts in the snack bar for each player during the Spring season.  Siblings may fulfill this obligation if they are 16 or over. 

Families have the option to buy out* of the snack bar obligation for a fee of $80 ($40 per shift).  If you have more than one player, the maximum you are required to pay is $120. 

*All families will be assessed the buyout fee during the registration process.  The fees will be refunded to you after each completed snack bar shift ($40 per shift).

POTENTIAL HEAD COACHES ONLY!  Please choose the option to buy out.  Head coaches are not required to work or buy out of snack bar service and you will be reimbursed after the teams are formed.

Friend Requests

LNGS and all local softball leagues operate under a draft system for the Spring season.  For this reason, it is not possible to accommodate friend requests with the exception of the two circumstances outlined below.   However, you will find that one of the best parts of recreational softball is all the new lifelong friends your player will find on the team she ends up on.

Friend requests are only allowed for the following two circumstances. 

  • 6U player
  • New 8U player who has never played with LNGS before.

Only ONE friend request is allowed and please note that if multiple girls request the same friend it will 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 email the league at lagunaniguelfastpitch@gmail.com and put "Friend Request" in the subject line of the email only if you fall into one of the following two categories (if you do not put "Friend Request" in the subject line then your request may not be processed).

Refund Policy

Before evaluations refunds will be granted with a $25 processing fee.

On the day of evaluations and thereafter no refunds will be granted.