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Avon Junior Athletic Association

Fall Rec Softball Program Overview


OVERVIEW
AJAA offers recreational and instructional leagues in girls' Co-Ed tee ball (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
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Build player confidence
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Emphasize player effort to play well
 - 
Practice good sportsmanship
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Consider all players as WINNERS regardless of score!

**Playing age for Fall 2020Rec Softball determined by age of player as of 12.31.2020 (The age of your daughter as of December 31, 2020 will determine what division she will play in during the Fall league. Please make note of this as it is different from Spring 2020 league!)

Please note – AJAA will no longer guarantee coach requests and/or ride share requests. This matches up to the policies of the other communities in our league. Head Coaches will be able to pick ONE assistant coach prior to the draft. All coaches will have their own daughter(s) and their assistant’s daughter(s) on their team. After those players are set, a snake draft will occur. *Siblings will automatically be placed on the same team.

AGE DIVISIONS
6U/TeeBall League:

Equipment:
-Glove
-Ball Size Needed – 11”
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T-Ball or Softball Bat
-Batting Helmet with FACE MASK
-Fielder’s Mask is MANDATORY for ALL POSITIONS! NO EXCEPTIONS! Your child’s safety is our #1 priority and will not be allowed on the field without a Fielder’s Mask. (AJAA does not provide a fielder’s mask, player is expected to provide). Player will not be allowed on the field without a fielder’s mask, this includes both practice and games.

This league is for 1st year players, typically 5 and 6 year old girls and boys. This league provides heavy coach and parent involvement. Team size is kept to a minimum to provide the girls with additional batting and fielding opportunities.  Coaches pitch to each batter. After the maximum number of pitches is made by the coach, the player will then hit off the tee. The player will swing at as many balls off the tee until a fair ball is hit. Catcher position for this league typically is an assistant coach or team volunteer.  Players will be rotated between the infield and outfield to provide a maximum learning experience. This league focuses on teaching players the fundamentals of the softball sport.  Games will be limited to a one (1) hour time limit. ALL PLAYERS ARE CONSIDERED WINNERS.

8U League
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Equipment:
-Glove
-Ball Size – 11” 
-Softball Bat (Bat must be marked with an official T-Ball or ASA Softball stamp)
-Batting Helmet with FACE MASK – NO EXCEPTIONS!  Umpires are instructed at all partnering community fields to not allow any player up to bat without a face mask on the helmet. 
-Fielder’s Mask is 
MANDATORY for ALL POSITIONS! NO EXCEPTIONS! Your child’s safety -is our #1 priority and will not be allowed on the field without a Fielder’s Mask. (AJAA does not provide a fielder’s mask, player is expected to provide). Player will not be allowed on the field without a fielder’s mask, this includes both practice and games.
-Heart Guard is MANDATORY for Pitcher’s Helper Position. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Catcher’s Gear – Each team is provided with a set of Catcher’s Equipment by AJAA

This league consists of 7 and 8-year-old girls with the possibility of 6-year olds playing up into 8u. This league provides heavy coach and parent involvement. Coaches pitch to each batter from inside the pitching circle, a player will play a “Pitcher’s Helper” position, and a player will serve as the catcher. Teaching fundamentals and rules is still the focus in this league. Although this is still considered an instructional league, players are taught the rules of the game, so they are prepared to move up to the next level. Players will be rotated between the infield and outfield positions to provide a maximum learning experience. Two (2) coaches are permitted to be in the outfield with their team during defensive play to continue teaching and guiding game plays and strategies. Games will be limited to a one (1) hour and 15-minute time limit, however, the championship game(s) is scheduled for a one (1) hour and 30-minute time limit.

10U League: 
Equipment:
-Glove
-Ball Size Needed – 11”
-ASA Approved FASTPITCH Softball Bat
-Batting Helmet with FACE MASK - NO EXCEPTIONS! Umpires are instructed at all partnering community fields to not allow any player up to bat without a face mask on the helmet.
-Fielder’s Mask is MANDATORY for ALL POSITIONS!  NO EXCEPTIONS! Your child's safety is our #1 priority and will not be allowed on the field without a Fielder's Mask. (AJAA does not provide a fielder’s mask, player is expected to provide). Player will not be allowed on the field without a fielder's mask, this includes both practice and games.
-Heart Guard is MANDATORY for the pitcher position. NO EXCEPTIONS
-Catcher’s Gear – All Catcher’s must wear the required equipment per ASA Rules. Each team is provided with a set of Catcher’s Equipment by AJAA
-NO METAL CLEATS

This league consists of 9 and 10-year-old girls with the possibility of 8-year olds playing up into 10u. Players will begin pitching in this league - fast pitch. Pitching distance is 35 feet. Coaches continue teaching fundaments and game strategies. New Rules such as bunting and base stealing are introduced. Games will be limited to a one (1) hour and 15-minute time limit. however, the championship game(s) is scheduled for a one (1) hour and 30-minute time limit.

12U Fastpitch & 13-18U Fastpitch League: 

Equipment:
-Glove
-Ball Size Needed – 12”
-ASA Approved FASTPITCH Softball Bat
-Batting Helmet with FACE MASK - NO EXCEPTIONS! Umpires are instructed at all partnering community fields to not allow any player up to bat without a face mask on the helmet.

12U Fielder’s Mask Rule:
-Fielder’s Mask is MANDATORY for ALL INFIELD POSITIONS & IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR OUTFIELD POSITIONS! NO EXCEPTIONS! Your child’s safety is our #1 priority and will not be allowed on the infield without a Fielder’s Mask. (AJAA does not provide a fielder’s mask, player is expected to provide). Player will not be allowed on the field without a fielder’s mask if playing infield, this includes both practice and games.

13-18U Fielder’s Mask Rule:
-Fielder’s Mask is NOT MANDATORY BUT ENCOURAGED FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD.
-Heart Guard is MANDATORY for the Pitcher Position. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Catcher’s Gear – All Catcher’s must wear the required equipment per ASA Rules. Each team is provided with a set of Catcher’s Equipment by AJAA
NO METAL CLEATS

12U: This league consists of 11 and 12-year-old girls with the possibility of 10-year olds playing up into 12u
13-18U: This league consists of 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18-year-old girls with the possibility of 12-year olds playing up into 18u.

Girls fast pitch from a distance of 40 feet for 12U and 43 feet for 13-18U. ASA Softball governs most of the rules in this league.  New rules introduced in these leagues are infield fly rule and dropped third strike rule.  Games will be limited to a one (1) hour and 15-minute time limit, however, the championship game(s) is scheduled for a one (1) hour and 30-minute time limit.

FALL REC SOFTBALL SEASON

******NEW THIS YEAR!!!  Extended Season! Because the Spring season was cancelled due to COVID-19, AJAA Fall Baseball will be extended!  More practices and MORE GAMES! 
(PLEASE NOTE: season dates could shift a little based on the Back On Track Indiana plan for COVID-19)

Field Locations for each league will be posted on our website and on our Facebook page.  Team Practices will be held at AJAA fields with games being played at each of the participating communities.

6U Co-Ed T-Ball – Games will be played IN-HOUSE at AJAA only and will take place on Saturday’s and one varying weeknight. 

8U – The 8U division will TRAVEL to the different partnering communities each week to play games.  Games will be double headers played on Saturday’s only at our partnering community’s field locations such as Avon, Plainfield, Danville, Speedway, South Putnam, and Cascade. In the event of a rained out game, it’s possible that games will be made up on a weeknight. Please note – the double header games may not always be back to back playing times but will take place at the same location for that day.

10U - The 10U division will TRAVEL to the different partnering communities each week to play games.  Games will be double headers played on Saturday’s only at our partnering community’s field locations such as Avon, Plainfield, Danville, Speedway, South Putnam, and Cascade. In the event of a rained out game, it’s possible that games will be made up on a weeknight. Please note - the double header games may not always be back to back playing times but will take place at the same location for that day.

12U – The 12U division will TRAVEL to the different partnering communities each week to play games.  Games will be double headers played on Saturday’s only at our partnering community’s field locations such as Avon, Plainfield, Danville, Speedway, South Putnam, and Cascade. In the event of a rained out game, it’s possible that games will be made up on a weeknight. Please note – the double header games may not always be back to back playing times but will take place at the same location for that day.

13 – 18U – The 13-18U division will TRAVEL to the different partnering communities each week to play games.  Games will be double headers played on Saturday’s only at our partnering community’s field locations such as Avon, Plainfield, Danville, Speedway, South Putnam, and Cascade. In the event of a rained out game, it’s possible that games will be made up on a weeknight. Please note – the double header games may not always be back to back playing times but will take place at the same location for that day.

The Fall Rec Softball practices will start July 6, 2020.

Opening Day for Fall Rec Softball will be August 1, 2020

Double-Header Softball Games with Partnering Communities will begin August 15, 2020 (this date is subject to change based off of our partnering communities agreed upon schedule)

Double Elimination Tournament for 8U, 10U, 12U, and 13-18U typically begins around late September to early October

Fall Rec Softball concludes before Fall Break

No Games will be played over Labor Day Weekend

Please see our Fall 2020 Softball Season Calendar for a more in-depth season schedule


COST
Co-Ed Tee Ball: $80
8U: $125
10U: $140
12U: $140
13-18U: $140

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

REGISTRATION
Regular Registration for Fall Rec Softball opens May 15, 2020 and closes on June 25, 2020
NO LATE REGISTRATION - no exceptions!

*
Refund Policy – Please view our refund policy HERE
**
For info on how refunds will be handled should the season be cancelled due to COVID-19 click HERE.


EVALUATIONS
There are no evaluations for Fall Rec Softball

DRAFTS

8U, 10U, 12U, and 13-18U teams will be formed via a snake draft with head coaches only shortly after registration closes.

6U Co-Ed Teams will be formed randomly by the softball & baseball commissioners with team rosters handed out to head coaches shortly after registration closes.
**PLEASE NOTE: AJAA will no longer guarantee coach requests and/or ride share requests.  This matches up to the policies of other communities in our league.  Head Coaches will be able to pick ONE assistant coach prior to the draft.  All coaches will have their own daughters and their assistant's daughter(s) on their team.  After those players are set, a snake draft will occur.  
*Siblings will automatically be placed on the same team.


HEAD COACHES & ASSISTANT COACHED 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.  Those coaches who coached basketball or spring baseball/softball will not be required to pass a new background check. 

Any new head 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 and matching softball socks.  Players Co-Ed TeeBall and 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.

Volunteer opportunities

AJAA Fall 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.  

2020 Softball Committee and OPEN POSITIONS - WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!


COMMISSIONER

Megan Hemmelgarn - [email protected]

LEAGUE COORDINATORS

League Coordinator: Shannon Emmitt - [email protected]
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

Rec Softball Rules & Schedule


Fall Softball CoEd TeeBall Rules click HERE
Fall Softball 8U Rules - click HERE
Fall Softball 10U-18U Rules - click HERE

For Fall Softball game schedule-click HERE

Season Calendar


Click HERE for a 2020 Fall Softball Season Calendar

*updated 6.26.20

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

surrounding communities facilities

Check here for surrounding communities addresses soon!


AJAA Softball safe return to play COVID-19 PROTOCOL

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

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



Coaches Clinic 6.30.20 Handouts
Season Info Doc - click HERE
AJAA Chain of Communication - click HERE
Game Changer/Team Manager app info - click HERE
AJAA Athletic Code of Conduct - click HERE
Call for Coaches resource - click HERE

Coaching is Teaching at It's Best by Bud Boughton - click HERE to order

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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