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Sun Prairie Softball League Program Availability

 

We welcome you to our Sun Prairie Youth Softball program. Softball program eligibility depends mostly on your child’s birthdate and are loosely outlined below.  When you register, your child’s specific birthdate will determine eligibility and will provide you with appropriate choices.  Teams play 2 games per week on average once games get started, and league practice schedules dependent on coach availability to schedule practices - once games get started, practices may be less frequent. Games are typically held during the week with one season-ending tournament -- weekend play is minimal, if any. League practices will start mid-April once teams are set. This program is led by volunteers, and volunteer coaches are key - please be sure to volunteer to coach, or the program may not survive without you.

Bats/Cleats/Equipment: Softball bats shall be no more than 33" in length (34" for Juniors), barrel not more than 2 1/4" in diameter and should be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Junior softball allows metal cleats. All other leagues only allow plastic cleats. Parents use their own judgment on enhanced protective equipment such as facemasks, sliding pants, or other apparel/equipment that may be purchased on your own. 

Tournament Teams: For youth seeking additional more competitive tournament play, the league has tryouts for tournament team softball. While not all athletes will be placed on teams, these tournaments will take place on some weekends against teams from other cities. See the Tournaments tab at SPYBAS.com and the sub-tab Sun Prairie Tournament Teams for further details. Those tryouts are typically at the end of April, with those teams starting play in May.

 

·         Rookie Baseball:  A coed teams for ages 6.5 to 8.99 and provides an introduction to baseball and all players are encouraged to try all positions;

o   Pitching machine used for pitching (no youth pitch)

o   10 players in field with 12-13 players per team

o   Youth will be rotated among positions to learn skills of a variety of positions

o   Up to 4 coaches allowed per team

o   No scores kept until end-season tournament

o   Players are assigned to teams to balance the ages of all teams

o   While this league is available to girls and boys, primarily boys play in this league (typically 1-2 girls per Rookie team) -- we just mention this to help parents in their decision-making

 

·         Minors Softball: Ages 6.5 to 9.99;

o   Machine pitch to start the year

o   Mid year, youth pitch with coaches pitching on ball 4 , no walks during the season

o   10 players in field; approximately 12 players per team

o   2 head coaches per team

o   Scores kept in all games;

o   Teams are assigned after players do a brief skill demonstration for coaches. Coaches then draft players to teams.

 

·         Major Softball: ages 9.5 to 12.99;

o   Youth pitch from a slightly longer distance with walks on ball 4

o   Rules to encourage competitive play and sustain interest from players & parents may put some limits on walks and/or runs per inning (decided by Board and League Directors)

o   9 players in field; approximately 11 per team

o   2 head coaches per team

o    Scores kept in all games

o   Teams are assigned after players do a brief skill demonstration for coaches. Coaches then draft players to teams.

 

·         Juniors Softball: ages 12.5 to 14.99;

o   Youth pitch at a slightly longer distance again with walks on ball 4

o   9 players in field; approximately 11 per team

o   2 head coaches per team

o   Scores kept in all games

o   Games are typically double headers in nearby teams/cities.

o   Teams are assigned after players do a brief skill demonstration for coaches. Coaches then draft players to teams.



Sun Prairie Baseball and Softball 2018 League Schedules

This is a rough estimate of timing for the 2018 season.  This schedule maybe subject to change due to factors such as weather, registration numbers, unforeseen conflicts. Every attempt will be to stay within this schedule. More info will be sent later as we finalize details. The schedule is managed so that we respect family spring break plans as well as weather considerations.

 


Ø Week of 4/2  -- Individuals indicating interest in coaching are notified to confirm interest in coaching in 2018, and receive any info needed before drafting players / getting rosters the week of 4/17

 

Ø  Week of 4/9 -- Rookie baseball rosters set by end of this week and players/coaches emailed with rosters. Minor, Major, and Junior baseball and softball players "try out" (do a brief demonstration of their skills for coaches to evaluate -- swing at a few pitches, field and throw a few balls) with all coaches present. Within a few days, teams will be drafted by coaches, and then families will receive an email introducing them to their team.

Evaluations: bring your glove, bat, helmet; Minors/Majors wear athletic shoes (not spikes/cleats) at SPHS; Juniors should wear cleats because they are outside on a diamond

Ø  4/12 -- Softball evaluations at the Sun Prairie High School (SPHS) field house.  6-7:30 pm: Minors Softball.  7:30-9 pm: Majors.  9-9:45 PM Juniors Softball.  Draft of players (coaches only) will be on Monday 4/16 evening, with rosters emailed to entire league by 4/17.

 

Ø  Week of 4/23 -- Practices start for league teams. Concession workers, umpires are trained, fields begin preparations.

 

Ø  Week of 5/14 -- Games start.

 

Ø  Week of 7/9 -- expect to start end-season tournaments for all leagues, these tourneys are single-elimination to provide a competitive end to the league season.



 

Sun Prairie Youth Baseball and Softball

P.O. Box 193 
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590
Email : [email protected]
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