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2020 Softball Information

2020 Softball League Information & Dates*
*information subject to change
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Suburban Athletics Mission Statement:
To provide a healthy environment that promotes teamwork, respect, good sportsmanship and leadership through a positive competitive environment so that our youth will grow into well-adjusted members of the community.

Suburban Athletics Softball Leagues

Softball 1st & 2nd Grades: Players who are finishing 1st & 2nd grades, machine pitch by coach
Softball 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades: Players who are finishing 3rd, 4th & 5th grades, windmill/underhand player pitch at 35’
Softball 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades: Players who are finishing 5th through 8th grades, windmill player pitch at 40’

Softball (High School): Monday Night League:  This will consist of any current Freshman-Junior that is participating in the Neenah Softball Program. Sign-up will be through the Suburban Website as usual. Games will be on Monday nights, typically at 5pm and roughly 6:30pm. Practices for this league will be Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5pm at the High School Diamond.

**Players finishing the 5th grade may play in the 3rd-5th or the 5th-8th league depending on their ability. Players are expected to play within their grade level.

Registration Deadline
March 1st
Players interested in playing tournament softball must register by January 31, 2020, with the exception of 8U.

Player Evaluations & League Teams
Player evaluations will be held in March 2020 for all league participants (grades 3-8). These are NOT tryouts – we are simply getting all league players together so we can create teams with equal levels of talent. Girls playing 1st and 2nd grade league do not need to attend except for the girls interested in playing 8U tournament softball.

2020 Important Preliminary Dates (Dates are subject to change based on facility availability):
● Early March: league evaluations
● April 1st: team rosters will be announced
● Week of April 6th: practice will begin for players in grades 3-8 (weather permitting)
● Week of April 20: practice will begin for players in grades 1 & 2 (weather permitting)
● April 25: field clean-up day - ALL PLAYERS to report to assigned fields (details on times and field assignments emailed week of April 13)
● April 26 (TENTATIVE): umpire clinics
● May 9: league opening day and pictures for grades 3-8
● May 16: league opening day and pictures for grades 1 & 2
● July 17-July 19: softball league tournament (grades 1-8)

Registration Fees & Commissioners

1st-2nd grade: $65 Tyler Haddock
3rd-5th grade: $75 Mark Blenker
5th-8th grade: $80 Jodi Baltus
High School: $100 Steven Gross

*Once team rosters are created, fees are non-refundable. Special circumstances will be at the discretion of Suburban Athletics board of directors and/or executive board.
Game Days & Practice Days
League softball games and practices are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will begin between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Suburban Tournament Teams
Suburban Athletics tournament softball is offered for those players interested in competing at a higher level within their age group. Tournament teams require a greater commitment in that each participant is expected to attend all practices, games, weekend tournaments and other team activities. Teams will typically have practices 1-2 times per week in addition to playing on a league team 2 nights a week. The season will include 3-6 weekends over the course of the season. The tournament players will not all play equal time and based on the numbers of players on a tournament team, a “core / rotation” system may be used. Tournament families are expected to complete volunteer requirements for both league as well as additional volunteer requirement for tournament team participation.

Initial tournament player fees for 2020 are as follows:
Softball 8U $50
Softball 10U-12U $100
Softball 14U-16U $150

Suburban Athletics provides an equal $ amount to each tournament team to help cover the entry fees of the tournaments.
Uniforms and entry fees not covered by the amount provided by Suburban and the tournament player fee can be covered by tournament sponsors or donations obtained by the tournament team itself.

Softball tournaments are held on weekends throughout summer in the surrounding communities. 8U will play a minimum of 3 weekend tournaments. 10U, 12U, and 14U will play a minimum of 5 weekend tournaments.

Frequently asked questions
What does my child need for the season?
Girls will be provided with a league shirt. Girls will need their own batting helmet, glove, and face mask. Cleats are helpful. Sliding is enforced, so we recommend the girls wear pants or sliding shorts/sliding pads.
What will be my commitment as a parent to work in concession stands?
All 3rd-8th grade league teams will be expected to cover shifts at the O’Hauser Park Concession when you play on Strohmeyer Field. Each team will be responsible to get parents to cover those shifts. Failure to provide parent volunteers on your scheduled day may result in forfeiture of the game.
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