Softball FAQ

 

General Questions

Q:  When are practices?

A:  The spring softball practice schedule is determined by coaches’ availability, field availability, and the number of teams we can field.  You won’t know your child’s practice schedule until she is assigned to a team and a coach, and the ENGAA scheduler sets the practice schedule – i.e., after registration is closed and the draft is complete, at the earliest.  If there are specific nights your child cannot practice, please note this in the general comments section when registering.  Practices are most commonly held on weeknights, with occasional Sunday afternoon practices.  (The answer is different for fall ball, so see “Fall Ball Questions” below).

Q:  When are games?

A:  Games are scheduled by the leagues we participate in:  ISGSL (12U, 14U) and EMCGSL (8U, 10U).  ENGAA submits our field availability to the league, and the league scheduler determines the game schedule.  Games are most commonly scheduled from Monday through Saturday.  Sunday games are rare, but are sometimes scheduled for making up rained-out games.  (The answer is different for fall ball, so see “Fall Ball Questions” below).

Q:  Where are practices?

A:  Practices are held either at the PCA fields (behind the Norriton Fire Company on Swede Road, just south of Germantown Pike), or occasionally at the East Norriton Township softball field.  See the Field Locations page for more information.

Q:  Where are games?

A:  Home games are held at the PCA fields, or at the East Norriton Township softball field.  Away games are held throughout southern and central Montgomery County at municipalities participating in the EMCGSL or ISCSL leagues, of which ENGAA is a member club.  See the Field Locations page for EMCGSL field locations.  Updated field locations for ICGSL are always available at the ICGSL leage web site.  (The answer is different for fall ball, so see “Fall Ball Questions” below).

Q:  How often are practices and games?

A:  You can expect between 2-4 softball events per week, between practices and games, at the height of the season.  Playoffs are generally “double elimination,” so each team will play at least two playoff games.  League playoff schedulers try to get many games completed in a short period of time.  The playoff schedule and game locations are set as teams win/lose.  (The answer is different for fall ball, so see “Fall Ball Questions” below).

Q:  Can my child “play up” to a higher division?

A:  Your child may “play up” to a higher division only with the approval of the Softball Director.  Speak to him/her in person, or send an email to softball@engaa.net.  You can also request to play up during the registration process.

Q:  I would like to help coach.  How do I become one?

A:  Send an email to the Softball Director at softball@engaa.net, or indicate your willingness to coach when registering.  We are always seeking new coaching talent, and will be happy to help train you.  Note that you must submit to an online background check before you can become a coach or assistant coach.

Q:  I don’t know much about softball, so I cannot coach.  How else can I help?

A:  Consider volunteering as an assistant coach, then.  All that is required is patience, the ability to learn, and a willingness to work with some great young girls.  Send an email to the softball director at softball@engaa.net, or indicate your willingness to be an assistant coach when registering your child to play.

Q:  No, really, I just don’t feel comfortable coaching.  How else can I help?

A:  Consider volunteering as a team parent, snack stand team member, opening day team member, or picnic team member; or join the field maintenance team.  Send an email to the Softball Commissioner at softball@engaa.net, or indicate your volunteer position on the registration form.  Better yet, attend the monthly ENGAA board meetings, where organization-wide volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, or by serving on the board.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of ENGAA; we need your support.  (Please note that all softball parents are required to take their turn staffing the snack stand).

Q:  Can I request that my daughter play on a specific team, or with a specific coach, or at least on the same team with her friend?

A:  You can ask, and we will attempt to honor that request during the draft, but we cannot make any guarantees.  There will be no refunds given because your child was not assigned to the team or coach you requested, or because she is not playing on the same team as a friend.

Q:  My question is not on this FAQ.  How do I get more information?

A:  Send an email to softball@engaa.net.

Fall Softball Questions

Q:  How is fall softball different than spring softball?

A:  Fall softball is somewhat more relaxed than spring softball:  there are no playoffs, and the games are umpired by coaches/representatives of the competing teams.  ENGAA’s focus for Fall softball centers on skill development during game play.  There are usually slight differences in the rules from Spring softball.  We play in a league run by the North Penn Valley Girls’ Softball Association (NPVGSA) in Lansdale.  Many of the other EMCGSL and ICGSL teams play there as well, but NPVGSA is not affiliated with either ICGSL or EMCGSL.  NPVGSA enforces strict time limits on games, this can result in games ending mid-inning.

Q:  When are practices?

A:  Practices are generally held on weeknights.  ENGAA’s field hockey season runs concurrently with Fall Softball, and we make every attempt to schedule fall softball practices around field hockey practices (and not vice versa).  In the fall, field hockey takes priority, so we try to avoid conflicts at all costs.

Q:  Where are practices?

A:  As with spring softball, practices are held either at the PCA fields (behind the Norriton Fire Company on Swede Road, just south of Germantown Pike), or occasionally at the East Norriton Township softball field.  See the Field Locations page for more information.

Q:  When are games?

A:  All fall softball games are held on Saturdays, and only Saturdays.  There are no make-up games for rain-outs.

Q:  Where are games?

A:  All fall softball games are held at Schweiker Park in Lansdale.  Click here for a Google map.

Q:  My daughter is playing Field Hockey or another fall sport, can she also play Fall softball?

A:  Yes, definitely.  If there are scheduling conflicts, we ask that you prioritize the other fall sport over Fall softball.  Please make every effort to communicate with your coach about game attendance.   ENGAA does need to put a minimum number of players on the field at each game, “no-shows” can make that difficult.

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