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2021 Kendallville Girls Softball League

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General information about our league.

Kendallville Girls Softball League is a community girls’ fast pitch softball league based in Kendallville, Indiana.  We play in the Noble Lagrange County Girls Softball League.

 

Is this league a travel ball league?

No.  This is a community ball league that only practices and plays from April 1st to the end of July.


Is there any travel involved?

Yes.  Away games are played in the following locations: Albion, Avilla, Ashley, Churubusco, Kimmell, Lagrange, Rome City, Wawaka, Westview High School, Wolcottville & Wolf Lake.  Home games are played at the Kendallville Sports Complex.  Practices are held at Sunset Park in Kendallville. 


Is this a co-ed league?

No.  This league is limited to girls in grades K-8 in the East Noble School system.


How will Covid-19 affect our league?

Great question!  At this point, we’re not sure what all will be affected this season.  It cancelled our 2020 season, but we have every intent of making 2021 work.  As soon as we fully understand what changes will need to be made for the season, we’ll pass that information along to everyone.  As everyone has learned, this event disrupted normal life, and it’s taken a bit to get everything back on track.  Please bear with us as we move forward thru this season.

 

My daughter attends a school outside of the East Noble school system.  Can she play for Kendallville?

Sometimes. There are exceptions that we do allow on case-by-case basis.  The best way to find out is to email us at [email protected] with a small description of the situation, and we’ll review and get back to you in a timely manner.  If a girl is home-schooled in the county, this would be allowable.  If the girl lives and attends a school outside of Noble County, then normally she is not eligible to play in Kendallville.  If a player has not been able to attain a position in another community, we may be able to find a place for you.  It is best just to ask.  We have allowed many girls from other communities to play that weren’t able to find a team locally.


How do I sign my daughter up?

There are two ways to sign up your player.  If you email us at [email protected] we can email you the registration form to print off and fill out.  Then, it can be dropped off with payment.  We also have online registration at www.kendallvillegirlssoftball.com.  Registration is available from now until March 7th, 2021.  If you get signed up by that date, we’ll have a spot on a team for your player.  After that date, online registration is still open, but we can only accept your player if there’s room on a team.  We can add players up to the beginning of May, but there’s no guarantee we’ll have a spot after March 7th, so sign up early.  If you’re reading this on the KGSL website, you’re real close to the “Register” button at the top right of the home page.

 

I missed the March 7th deadline.  Can I still get signed up?

Probably!  After March 7th, online registration is still open, but we must have room on a team to accept your player.  We’ve added girls up into the first week of May if there’s room on a team.  It gets a little more difficult after callouts, but we try our best to get anyone that wants to play on a team.  Community ball is all about community!


What are the costs involved in playing in this league?

Our registration fees are $50 for the first player, and $40 each additional player in the same household.  If you sign up online, there is a small fee SportsConnect charges you for the online service.  Each player is given a team t-shirt, shorts, and a pair of black socks.  We sell rolls of trash bags as a fundraiser each season.  We ask each household to sell a minimum of 5 rolls of trash bags, which is due by March 26th.  Trash bags will be dispersed in early April.  If you’d rather not sell the trash bags, we do have a $25 opt-out fee.  These trash bags are a very nice product that people use every day.  These are the only fees our league has.  Remember, this is 16 weeks of fun for $50!  What a bargain!

Is there any incentive to sell trash bags?

Yes.  The girl that sells the most trash bags will receive a $100 cash prize.  The 2nd best seller receives a $75 cash prize, and the 3rd best seller receives a $50 cash prize.  These trash bag sales help us keep the registration cost at $50 each season.  Between league, ballpark, insurance, equipment, and umpire fees, it costs nearly $100 per player to run the league.  Our sponsors & fundraiser offsets these additional costs, allowing us to maintain our initial cost to families each year.


What equipment does my daughter need to play?

New for the 2021 season, each player is required to have their own defensive face mask.  Due to Covid-19, face masks won’t be shared anymore.  Other towns and leagues may have different policies, but this is the stance we’ve taken at the Kendallville level.  To help families with this, KGSL will donate our league masks, one mask per player that needs one, while supplies last.  They haven’t been used since summer 2019, so they’re Covid-free!  We ask that when your player is finally done in the league, you donate the mask back to the league for someone else to enjoy and be safe.  There are many masks available on the market.  Our recommendation is Rip-It due to parts being replaceable, but any mask will do.

 

Each player is required to have their own mitt, defensive face mask, and batting helmet with attached face mask.   Cleats are highly recommended, but no metal spikes are allowed.  All other equipment, including bats, is supplied by KGSL to the coaches.  Make sure bats and mitts are size-appropriate for your player.  Tee-ball mitts and baseball bats are not allowed.  If you choose to purchase a bat, it must be a fast pitch softball bat, 2-1/4” diameter, and have the ASA 2000 circle on it, or ASA 2004 home plate symbol on it.

 

 

My daughter is signed up, what happens next?

Normally, we hold call-outs each year.  This year, with Covid-19 still looming, we are not having call-outs.  For 2020, there is one A team, one B team, two C teams, and two D teams.  A & C are now full.  We are going to do a blind draft for C & D leagues by March 21st.  We will keep you informed as things develop. 

 

No call-outs for 2020, what will happen?
Your daughter will be drafted to a team sight-unseen.  If we've seen your girl play in the past and we have any idea of their skill, we'll inform the coaches.  Your coach will attempt to contact you within a week or two after draft.  Practices will begin after Spring Break, so you will hear from them by then.  If you would like to know your coach's contact info before then, email us at [email protected] and we can let you know.


Can I choose my daughter’s coach?

Essentially, no.  If there is only one team in a league, all girls end up on that team.  We usually have 2 teams in each league, so your daughter has a chance to be drafted to either team.  There are exceptions to this as well.  If your daughter played in our league in 2019, there is a spot on the registration form where you can say “yes” or “no” to that coach for this season.  If you circle “no”, and there’s only one other team, your daughter will be placed on that team.  We try to honor these requests fully.  You cannot check “no” to a coach if you’ve never played for that coach before.  We do compare these requests to past seasons to check validity.  The other caveat to this draft is if you choose “yes” on the registration form, the coach has the opportunity to place your player back into the draft if they don’t feel your player was a good match for them in the previous season.  There is still a chance your daughter can be drafted to their team, but a “yes” on your registration form does not guarantee that your daughter will be on that team.  We receive several requests for players to be with certain friends each year for carpool or other reasons.  We document this on the notes for drafts, but cannot guarantee these requests. 

 

Coaches have the opportunity to keep players on their team for the 4-5 years of D & C, and then again for the 4 years of B & A.  All players are placed in the draft when they reach their first year of B-league.


Call-outs/drafts are over.  When do we hear from our coach about practice?

The weeks following call-outs/drafts are spring break.  Coaches may be on vacation, and spring break can be a busy time for many people.  Practices can start April 1st, but the coaches will probably hold off until April 12th to begin practices.  You should hear from your coach the first week of April. 


What nights are practices?

95% of the time, practices are held 2 nights a week, Monday through Thursday.  The coaches sign up for practice field time at the coaches’ meeting, and that is somewhat of a set schedule for the season.  Coaches determine the day and time of practices.  The younger leagues usually get the 5-7pm slots for practice, and the older girls take the 7-9pm slots.  Sometimes coaches take weekend slots, but it is not very common.  We recommend that practices happen once the temperature is above 40 degrees.  With the mild winter we had this year, we should have a good chance of getting started right after Spring Break.  If you feel that conditions are not safe for practice for your player, please keep your player at home and notify the coach via text or phone call.  Players are expected to be at every practice possible when weather permits. 


What nights are games?

B & D leagues play Monday and Wednesday nights.

A & C leagues play Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Game times are 5:30pm and 7pm.

 

Weekend pre-season tournaments start in May that we use to get the jitters out of players and get them used to the game and field before the regular season starts.  This is a fun tournament that shows the girls how a softball game operates, so they’re prepared when the regular season starts the following week.   


Tentative dates

May 1-2, C & D-league preseason tourney, location to be determined.

May 3, Monday, D-league regular season games begin.

May 4, Tuesday, C-league regular season games begin.

May 7-8, B-league preseason tourney, location to be determined.

May 10, Monday, B-league regular season games begin.

May 15-16, A-league preseason tourney, location to be determined

May 18, A-league regular season games begin.

 

Each team plays 12 games, which are usually split, 6 at home, and 6 away.

End of season tournament dates to be determined, should start the week after July 4th.

End of season tournaments are single-elimination.  The best seeded team will be the Home team throughout the tournament, so regular season games do matter.  In the final game, Home team may swap, depending on the brackets.


When do game schedules come out?

Game schedules usually come out the first week of May.  As soon as we get them from the county, we’ll get them to the coaches.


I want to volunteer.  What do I do?

Our league can only survive when people step up to coach and volunteer.  If you’d like to coach a team, please mark down on your daughter’s registration that you’d like to coach.  All candidates must submit to a background check with the Indiana State Police.  If you’d like to coach, and don’t have a player in our league, email us at [email protected] and we can set it up.  Coaching is fun and very rewarding.  No foul language or tobacco use is allowed around the players.  You will be a role model for these kids.

 

Our league is governed and operated by a group of Board Members.  We are in need of people to help run the KGSL Board of Directors.  The majority of our Board members don’t have players in the league anymore, and we need fresh new people to help carry the league forward!  As your player moves into high school, your role is complete on the Board, so it is important to keep parents involved in all age groups.  Starting with your second season of Board service, your players’ registration fees are waived.   



We’re having problems with our coach.  What do we do? 

Coaches are people just like you.  Issues may arise during the season.  If you have a problem with a coach, your first course of action is to calmly discuss the issue with the coach at an appropriate time, after a practice or game.  If you approach a coach screaming and yelling at them, a satisfying resolution won’t be reached.  Please discuss the issue with your coach, and see if they can help you with the problem.  If you can’t reach a solution with the coach, please contact Scott Vorndran at [email protected], and he’ll be in contact with you about the problem.  


I’d like my business to sponsor a team.

Awesome!  We love new sponsors!  Sponsorship is $250 per team, which gets your business name on the back of the jersey, a spot on our website, and a thank you plaque with team picture from the league.  Please contact Scott at [email protected] to sponsor a team.

 

 I would like to purchase clothing similar to my player’s uniform.  What do I do? 

In the past, we’ve sold Spirit Wear, which can match your player’s uniform.  Our normal uniform company closed last year, so we’ll have to investigate availability of it this year.  We may have to direct you to our supplier to order direct.


Does the league take team pictures?

Yes.  Pictures will be at the YMCA.  We use Frederick’s Photography to take team and individual pictures.  Frederick’s does a very professional job, and uses the YMCA gym to take the pictures.  Parents are asked to stay in the hallway to keep things flowing smoothly.  Our picture day hasn’t been scheduled yet.  Date and times will be determined later.  You are not required to purchase pictures, but we do ask all players to show up for the team picture.


When will uniforms be distributed?

We need uniforms for pictures at the end of April or beginning of May.  We’ll have them distributed a few days before pictures.  Weather permitting, we’ll hand out everyone’s uniforms at the same time on a day at the end of April at the Kendallville Sports Complex.  We’ll have the girls put their uniforms on and gather with their team.  We’ll take a league picture.  It was a cool event we’ve tried to coordinate for several years, and we finally made it happen in 2018.  We’ll try it again this year. 

What rules does this league play by?
Our league plays with IHSAA High School rules.  We do have a few amendments to make the league better for younger girls, but for the most part, IHSAA rules rule!  Each coach is given a rule book and amendments, which are also reviewed at the coach's meeting.  Several of our Board members are also IHSAA-certified umpires, so we can be a great resource if you have questions about the sport of softball.  IHSAA will more than likely have Covid rules in place this year, and we will adhere to those guidelines.



 

I have unanswered questions?  What do I do?

Please email us at [email protected] and ask!  We’ll respond to you, and update these questions to help others.  Thanks for your interest, and let’s have a great season!

-Your Kendallville Girls Softball League Board

 

 

 

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