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Visitation Athletic Club

Girls Softball

2018 LADY VIKINGS SOFTBALL

 

SOFTBALL IS ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS RELATED TO OTHER SPORTS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.


Important Dates:


1/4/18 to 3/25/18 = Off-season batting practices for 3rd--8th grade players on Sundays from 1:00--2:00pm at the Miami Lakes indoor batting cages (I-74 and 128).  Coach Ratterman and Coach Bill will be the primary facilitators with help from other coaches.  Players are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can and can come and go as they please to manage conflicts with other activities.  There is no additional cost for these sessions.

2/4/18 to 4/8/18 (except for 4/1/18) = Preseason pitching practices for 3rd--8th grade players.  Players with previous pitching experience as well as those that are just starting out and need to learn the basics are both encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.  Coach Feie and Coach Bill will be the primary facilitators with help from other coaches.  Sessions will be held in the Pavilion unless the weather and field conditions permit using the fields.  Times will vary to manage conflicts with other activities, but each session will last for an hour and occur sometime between 1:00--4:00pm.  There is no additional cost for these sessions.

Late March/Early April = A four-session spring sports clinic will be held to brush up on the fundamentals ahead of the start of team practices.  Coach Ratterman and Coach Bill will be the primary facilitators with help from other coaches.  Locations, ages, dates and session length are currently TBD.  There is no additional cost for these sessions.

2/14/18 = League Commissioners' meeting.
2/28/18 = Team registrations due to the league.
4/9/18 = Practices start.
4/18/18 = League meeting for coaches.  Pre-K/K and 1st/2nd at 6:00pm.  3rd-8th at 6:45pm.
TBD =  Victory/Oak Hills preseason tournament (optional).
4/28/18 = Regular season begins (perhaps not for 1st/2nd level due to conflicts with 1st Communion).
5/22/18 = Kid Glove Game.  Reds vs. Pirates.  Tuesday evening beginning at 7:10pm.
6/6/18 = Kid Glove Game.  Reds vs. Rockies.  Wednesday evening beginning at 7:10pm.  Military Appreciation Days.
6/17/18 = Regular season ends.
6/21/18--6/24/18 = St. Ignatius postseason tournament (optional).

LADY VIKINGS APPAREL SALE:  Dates and options are still TBD, but clothing will be available to purchase again this year for players, fans, families and coaches with the Lady Viking logo.  Visit TBD to place your order today!  All major credit cards accepted.

KID GLOVE GAMES:  Dates are listed above.  The softball program does make additional money from the concession stand as well as from selling practice shirts/game undershirts, but the Kid Glove Game is the only true fundraising event that is done.  For each $12 ticket sold, the program receives $10 back to use to purchase and maintain quality uniforms and equipment.  These additional funds allow the majority of the participation fees to cover the other expenses of the program.  Please consider purchasing additional vouchers.

PROGRAM COSTS:
For girls from Pre-K through 2nd grade, the registration fee is $60 per player and includes (1) Kid Glove Game voucher.
For girls from 3rd through 8th grade, the registration fee is $85 per player and includes (1) Kid Glove Game voucher.

All families must pay a one time athletic club fee per year, which occurs the first time that you register for any sport for the new school year.

GRADE LEVEL INFORMATION:

Pre-K:  
Defined as girls who are currently in their last year of school before kindergarten.  These players will be combined with kindergarten-aged players to make teams of usually around 6-8 players.  Think of this as equivalent to lollipop soccer or tee-ball for baseball.  Players on this level practice once a week for ~45' and play 6-8 instructional, non-competitive games primarily on Sunday afternoons.  Players receive a visor and Visi softball t-shirt for playing.  The focus is on teaching the very basics of the game (running bases, fielding positions, how to hold and swing a bat, how to use your glove, etc).  During the games, each player gets ~4 pitches to hit the ball.  If unsuccessful, they will hit off of the tee.  Defensive players are only positioned in infield positions with no catcher.  They can try to make the play for an "out," but the base runner would remain either way for practice.

K:  See Pre-K.  Defined as girls who are currently in kindergarten.

1st/2nd:  This is still an instructional, non-competitive, coach-pitch experience.  However, outs are outs and teams switch sides if 3 outs are made or after 10 players have batted.  The St. Ignatius postseason tournament is popular on this level as it is their first experience of keeping scores and competing that way as a prelude to the next level of play.  Practices are once a week for ~90' and each team plays 8 regular games in their season on the weekends.

3rd/4th:  Competitive play starts on this level, but there are no "A" and "B" team options yet.  This is also the first year of kid pitch and base stealing.There is some amount of nervousness for 3rd graders trying to decide if they want to continue playing softball since it is now kid pitch.  Though batters definitely do get hit by pitches sometimes, I promise you that hard-throwing pitchers are RARE at this age.  The batting experience for the most part is very similar to pitches they saw from their coaches the year before.  Stealing is only occasionally exciting as there is probably a >95% success rate, but it is done in a way to encourage runner and fielder development for the next level of play.  There are 2 practices a week on this level each lasting ~90'.  The regular season includes 10 games that are usually played on Saturdays.

5th-8th:  The game really starts clicking at these ages for those who are still playing.  Abilities in all facet of the game are noticeably different by this time.  Only very few rule differences exist between the 5th/6th grade level and the 7th/8th grade level (e.g. 7th/8th grade players can steal home and the drop 3rd strike rules are in effect).  Based on number of players and overall abilities for the game, there may be options to have skills assessments and divide into "A" and "B" teams.  Both of these levels have 2 practices a week for ~90' each and play 10 regular season games usually on Saturdays.

LINKS:

Girls Western Athletic Conference: 
http://www.gwacsports.com/
Go to this site to see scores and standings.  You can also find league documents and rule books.  There are links to check field status and find directions to other facilities.  Sign up for text messages from RainedOut to give you the latest field closures.  Follow the "COACHES" link to complete your concussion training.

VIRTUS:  https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/index.cfm?
Stay up to date on your trainings here.

Lindsay's Law:  https://bsbproduction.s3.amazonaws.com/portals/6634/docs/coach-info.pdf

Concussion Information:  https://bsbproduction.s3.amazonaws.com/portals/6634/docs/coach-info.pdf

Free Online Concussion Training Course for Coaches:  https://nfhslearn.com/?courseID=38000