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Avon Junior Athletic Association

Avon Junior Athletic Association

Spring Rec Softball Program Overview

OVERVIEW
AJAA offers recreational and instructional leagues for girls (6U), coach pitch (8U) and fast pitch (10U and up) softball intended to:
 - Involve everyone in a positive team experience
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Develop fundamental softball skills
 - 
Build player confidence
 - 
Practice good sportsmanship
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Consider all players as WINNERS regardless of score!
- HAVE FUN!

AGE DIVISIONS

Click HERE for information regarding 6U League
*please note: if there are not enough athletes registered for 6U Softball, those athletes will be transferred to Co-Ed TeeBall under the Baseball program. 

Click HERE for information regarding 8U League

Click HERE for information regarding 10U League

Click HERE for information regarding 12U League

Click HERE for information regarding 13-18U League

**Playing age for Spring 2022 Recreational Softball is based on age of player as of 1.1.2022 for 8U-13/18U. (The age of your daughter as of January 1, 2022 will determine what division she will play in during the Spring league)

AJAA SPRING REC SOFTBALL SEASON
 
Teams will have 90 minute practices twice weekly for the first two weeks and then once weekly once games commence. Practice days and times will be determined once players are rostered to teams, but practices are generally scheduled on weeknights from either 5:30-7:00 or 7:00-8:30. We try to schedule the younger leagues in the earlier time slots when possible.

Each team will play two 70 minute games per week (weather permitting). 10U, 12U, and 13-18U games are played Monday through Thursday evenings. 8U games are “double headers” played on Saturday mornings and early afternoons (scheduled back to back whenever possible). We are still working to determine what days we will play 6U games.

All practices are held at our fields located at 866 S CR 625 E in Avon, however game locations can alternate with our community partners. Currently, we are slated to play with these communities in our Spring 2022 season: Danville, Plainfield, Tri-West, and Speedway

***Please be reminded that these plans are tentative and subject to change based on guidelines from our health and government officials to ensure everyone’s health and safety. We will keep families updated as dates near.

Click HERE for surrounding communities locations

COST
6U  - $80.00
8U - $125.00
10U - $140.00
12U - $140.00
13-18U - $140.00

*ATTENTION: As of January 2020 AJAA instituted the Family Fee.  Please click HERE for more details.

Interested in knowing what a registration fee covers?  Click HERE for details.

REGISTRATION
Registration for Spring Rec Softball for 6U, 8U, 10U, & 12U is open January 3, 2022 to March 1, 2022

Registration for Spring Rec Softball for 13-18U is open January 4, 2022 to March 28th 2022

**There is NO late registration.  Once registration is closed, we will not be able to add any players

PRACTICES AND GAMES
Team Practices – will begin Week of April 4th (practice nights will vary by team/division – will be posted at a later date)
Games will start on April 18th
AJAA Official OPENING DAY FOR SOFTBALL
 – Saturday, April 23rd (ALL divisions will have IN-HOUSE games this day)
**AJAA Fields address: 866 S CR 625 E Avon, IN 46123

EVALUATIONS
Evaluations are an important part of the team rostering process. Evaluation scores are used to help ensure that fair and equal teams are formed in the coach’s draft process. On evaluation day, a group of coaches will bring your player through a series of hitting, pitching, catching, and throwing exercises. Your player will be assigned a confidential score in each category and those scores will be used during the drafts to help ensure a variety of talent is placed on each team.

Evals for 8U, 10U, 12U and 13-18U are scheduled for Sunday March 13th at the Avon High School field house (enter through door #28) from 10am to 2pm. Leagues 8U-13/18U are required to attend. 6U does not attend evals. 

Teams will be rostered by March 18th - parents will be able to see their player's team in the Team Manager app by then.

DRAFTS
 
All Spring Rec Softball teams will be formed using a snake draft based on evaluation scores.

Head Coaches are permitted to pick two assistant coaches prior to the draft. All coaches will have their own daughters and their assistant coach’s daughters on their team. After those players are set, a snake draft will occur based on evaluation scores.

HEAD COACHES & ASSISTANT COACHES NEEDED
AJAA is always in need of head coaches and assistant coaches to coach our softball teams for the season.  If you would like to coach, please be sure to “volunteer” when registering your child in your AJAA account so you appear on our coaches list.  YOU MUST REGISTER YOURSELF TO BE A HEAD COACH OR ASSISTANT COACH!

All coaches must pass a background check to be “cleared” by AJAA to coach. Once you volunteer in your account to coach, AJAA will be notified. If you don't have a clear background check on file, you will be emailed info on how to take a background check. Background checks are good for 3 years. 

Any new coaches that sign up must pass their background check prior to the draft meeting or they will not be able to attend drafts to pick their team.

GEAR REQUIRED  
 
AJAA will provide players with uniform shirts.  Players in 8U may wear shorts or softball pants (whatever they are comfortable in).  Players in 10U and up leagues are encouraged to wear black softball pants. No metal cleats are allowed in any of our leagues.  Please see above informational paragraphs for each league for a more detailed equipment list.

AJAA SOFTBALL SAFE RETURN TO PLAY COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Click HERE to view AJAA's Safe Return to Play Protocol for Softball

Volunteer Opportunities

AJAA Fall and Spring Softball is not able to operate without volunteers.  We appreciate your support and your commitment to volunteer as a League Coordinator, Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or other Softball Committee positions.  

The 2022 Softball Committee -coming soon!

COMMISSIONER

Nick Stefani - Rec Softball Commissioner [email protected]
Learn more about Nick by clicking HERE

Megan Hemmelgarn - Travel Softball Commissioner (Avon Softball Club) [email protected]
Learn more about Megan by clicking HERE

LEAGUE COORDINATORS
We are currently looking for league level League Coordinators.  If you are interested, please contact AJAA Softball Commissioner - [email protected]
Criminal Background Check required

HEAD COACHES

Volunteer Coaches are needed for every league, every team.  Please consider registering as a coach when registering your child.  
Head Coaches are asked to attend a coaches meeting before the season starts.  More details on that to come.  
Criminal Background Check Required.

ASSISTANT COACHES
Assistant Coaches are also needed.  Please consider registering as an assistant coach when registering your child. 
Criminal Background Check Required

2022 Spring Softball Schedules

8U
click HERE for practice schedules

click HERE for game schedules


10U
click HERE for practice schedules

click HERE for game schedules

12U
click HERE for practice schedules

click HERE for game schedules

13/18U

click HERE for game schedules!

Rec Softball Rules

AJAA Rec Softball Rules

6U Rules - CLICK HERE

8U Rules - CLICK HERE

10U Transitional League Rules - CLICK HERE

10U, 12U, 13-18U Rules - CLICK HERE

season calendar

For a complete season calendar for 2022 Spring Softball, please click HERE.

*Please note: dates are subject to change, so please check back often.

last updated 3.6.22

Team/player/parent communication

AJAA Coaches will utilize Game Changer/Team Manager to communicate with players/families.  Please download the Game Changer/Team Manager app on your smartphone.  Once your player is rostered to a team, you will see your player's team info.  Click HERE for the Game Changer/Team Manager info sheet.

parents corner

Are you wondering how to make sure you receive AJAA emails?  Click HERE

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coaches corner

"How to" videos for Coaches/Volunteers:

For info on how to move home plate click HERE

For info on how to move bases click HERE

For info on how to drag/prepare the fields click HERE

Contact

Avon Junior Athletic Association
866 S County Rd 625 E 
Avon, Indiana 46123

Phone: 317-839-5480
Email: [email protected]

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