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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
 

How is the league organized?
The purpose of KGSA is to provide a league for girls of any experience level in the Katy and surrounding area to play softball in an environment that promotes fun competition and learning. We play according to age levels (starting at 4 years old).

ASA brackets: 6U, 8U, 10U, 11U, 12U 14U and 16U

What division is my daughter eligible for? 

Division eligibility is determined by the players age attained by January 1, each year for the season being played. Players are allowed to play up in division with prior notice and approval from KGSA. We designate the following registration brackets. Depending on the number of girls that register we will potentially create a 10U division.

Divisions:
NON-DRAFTED DIVISIONS
:
6U (4-6 years old)  
8U (7-8 years old) 

DRAFTED DIVISIONS:
11U (9-10-11 years old)
12U (12+ years old)

How large is the league?
We expect in excess of 900 players to participate. There are 10-12 players per team, which means 40-45 teams/coaches per season.

When is Registration?
Spring Registration starts in December.
Fall Registration starts in August.

If I missed registration can I still get on a team?
Please contact the appropriate league commissioner about getting on a team.

What does my registration fee pay for?
Fees provide uniforms, Umpires, KGSA league lease, trophies and awards, team picture, (personalized pictures may be available for an additional fee), equipment purchases and equipment repair, professional accounting services, printing, postage, and advertisements, etc.

Is there a fundraiser?
Normally each team is responsible for a team basket that is auctioned off at the start of the season.

What is the purpose of sponsorships?
To provide funds for league expenses beyond the revenues provided by registration fees.

Team Sponsorships: ALL teams are required to solicit a team sponsorship in the amount of $500. Your SPONSOR will receive a team plaque and 2 tickets to our Annual Golf Tournament during the Spring season. They will also receive a link on our KGSA website along with a team banner listing all the players and sponsor name to be displayed at each game during the softball season. In the event your team cannot find a sponsor the parents will have to divide the sponsorship ($500) amongst themselves to meet the required amount. The team will be able to select a nickname (approved by the KGSA Board) as a sponsor on the back of team jerseys.

Concession Stand Guidlelines: NO CHILD under the age of 16 yrs old will be allowed in the concession stand area, NO EXCEPTIONS! Concessions are operated by an outside vendor that requires NO PARENT working concessions during the Spring or Fall seasons.
 

How are drafted teams formed?
There is a tryout and a draft. Tryout is more accurately described as an evaluation event. The players will demonstrate their ability through a series of skill drills. They will be evaluated by a group of coaches. We will then conduct a draft in which coaches will select girls to add to their team in a rotational format. For additional guidelines please see the Draft Guidelines

How are "non-drafted" teams formed?
Girls in a non drafted age bracket will be assigned to teams by the league according to the following guidelines: Same school, same grade & same subdivision whenever possible. Special transportation needs will be given consideration whenever possible. Availability of coaches and a very great disparity of participation per school often create a necessity to build teams, which may consist of multiple schools and/or subdivisions. We will honor ALL requests to insure that your child does not play for a coach you specifically want to avoid. These requests are kept in complete confidence.

When and where will practices and games be held?
All practices are at the discretion of the team coach and should be organized in a central location to the players location unless a team is practicing at the KGSA fields or other sporting complex. Games will be held at the KGSA facilities located at Paul D. Rushing park.


How many games do you play per season?
The Spring season consist of Twelve games. Games will be played on any day possible but Saturdays and Monday nights are generally our first choice. All games will be scheduled in a double headed format when possible.    

How do you handle rain outs?
Thursday and Sunday will be defined for rainout makeup games, however we will schedule on other days as needed. Pending weather your games will be re-scheduled for an available day that can be utilized.

Can I be drafted if I miss tryouts?
Yes. All players will be assigned to teams.


What is the purpose of tryouts?
The tryout is an opportunity for our coaches to evaluate the available talent within an age group. We attempt to play kids of equal ability against one another. This is an effort to identify the best players and have them play in one of our teams to create more evenly balanced teams.


How are coaches selected?
Adults volunteer to coach or are recruited by our Board. Each prospective coach completes an application and is screened by KGSA. Recommendations are made to the Board. Applicants who are approved are assigned to teams.


What is the "All-Star" League 
The All Star league is an opportunity for the KGSA players to continue to play into the summer months.  All stars teams are formed through a player tryout during the spring season. All star season begins at the end of our league spring season. The All star teams compete against other local associations All star teams and Class "B" tournament teams during the summer tournament season.  It is a great way for the girls to gain more experience and insight into tournament ball and all players are encouraged to tryout.


What size glove do I need?  
Glove Sizing:  Can be different depending on the size of the child's hand. If she can slip each finger into the glove and swing it from sky to ground without it falling off it’s a good fit. It also has to be appropriate for the right size of ball too.

Gloves are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove and measuring down the finger, along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heel of the glove. Most gloves have the pre-measured size stamped inside where the pocket is. Typical fielding sizes range from 9" - 13".

A glove is typically worn on the non-dominant hand so the dominant hand is ready to throw the ball. Purchasing a glove to fit on the left hand is called a "Right Hand Throw" while a glove that fits on the right hand is called a "Left Hand Throw", sometimes referred to as "Full Right". So a right-handed player would wear a glove on the left hand.

What size bat do I need? 
Bat Size: A good rule of thumb is to hold the nob end of the bat with opposite throwing hand and extend directly straight out without dropping head of bat. Usually the length is not as important as the weight of the bat. Too heavy of bat leads to late swinging and produces foul balls or strike outs.


Determining the Right Bat Weight

  • Most bats are weighted in ounces
  • Manufacturers have done a great job in balancing the bat's weight to its length
  • Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -4, -6, etc.
  • This basically means a 34-inch bat with a -6 ratio weighs 28 ounces
  • Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors--your strength and your hitting style
  • It also depends a lot on your personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:
  • Bigger, stronger players prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of both the heft and swing power
  • Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing
  • Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat increases control, great for singles hitters, while also reducing the risk of injury

 

General guidelines:
There are some standard rules of thumb in selecting the appropriate bat length. The charts below offer some guidelines based on age and weight and height:
Age: Using your age as a guide, use the chart below to determine the bat length that fits your body.
 

Determine Your Bat Length by Age
Age Bat length
5-7 years old 24"-26"
8-9 years old 26"-28"
10 years old 28"-29"
11-12 years old 30"-31"
13-14 years old 31"-32"
15-16 years old 32"-33"
17+ years old 34"
 

Height and weight: Height and weight are usually better ways to determine what bat length may work best for you. Once again, use the height and weight chart to give you a general idea of the length of bat that fits your body
 

Determine Your Bat Length by Weight and Height
  Your height (inches)
Your weight (pounds) 36-40 41-44 45-48 49-52 53-56 57-60 61-64 65-68 69-72 73+
Bat length
less than 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"          
61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"        
71-80   28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
81-90   28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"    
91-100   28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
101-110   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
111-120   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
121-130   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
131-140   29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
141-150     30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
151-160     30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161-170       31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180           32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
180+             33" 33" 34" 34"
 

What size softball is used? 
6U and 8U
11" RIF ball - The smaller size makes it easier for children's hands to grab, while the extra soft texture is touted as being a safer alternative to the hard 12-inch ball.
10U
11" standard softball – This ball more closely resembles the firmness of the 12” size but has the small diameter to fit a smaller hand.
 
12U+
12" - Girls in 12U and up divisions switch to a 12-inch ball. This ball is harder than most 10” and 11” models, and is in fact comparable to a regulation baseball in hardness, belying its name. 12-inch fast pitch is the standard for girls' and women's softball from youth leagues through high school and college levels.

What size helmet do I need?  
Helmet Size: Helmet should fit snug around the ears and front part of forehead. Helmet should not bounce around head when jogging/running around.  All helmets are required to have a protective facemask and chip strap.

What shoe do I need?  
Rubber Cleats will give the player better traction and safety in the dirt over general sneakers.