Softball

FAQ

RULES for The Farm League Park -> * NO DOGS ALLOWED  * NO SMOKING, VAPING or DIPPING * NO SHELLED NUTS * NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS * NO GUM * NO METAL SPIKES *

Breaking these rules will result in Head Coach ejection and forfeit of game.  ALL BASEBALL FIELDS ARE TURF and some FLAG FIELDS ARE TURF.


How is age calculated? What is the cutoff date?

FOR SPRING 2024 LEAGUE - Age is calculated as how old they are as of January 1st, 2024. For example, if your daughter is "8 or under" as of 1/1, then they will play in "8U."  If they are 9 before Jan 1st, then they will play 10U. Parents have the option of playing UP a grade but never down.

FOR SPRING & SUMMER 2024 ACADEMY - Age as of January 1st, 2024. For example, if your daughter is "8 or under" as of 1/1, then they will play in "8U."  If they are 9 before Jan 1st, then they will play 10U. Parents have the option of playing UP a grade but never down.

FOR FALL 2024 LEAGUE & ACADEMY - All players age up in the fall - so age as of January 1st, 2025. For example, if your daughter is "8 or under" as of 1/1, then they will play in "8U."  If they are 9 before Jan 1st, then they will play 10U. Parents have the option of playing UP a grade but never down.

12U & 14U might be combined, depending on number of registrations.

8U means = "8 and UNDER"

How much does it cost?

6U tball => $169

8U Coach Pitch Softball => $199

10U Blended Kid Pitch Softball => $209

12U and 14U kid pitch Softball => $209

Softball Academy => $199

Any required fundraisers?

We do not have any fundraisers, sponsors or other fees.

What is included with the registration fee?

6U: Jersey, Shorts, and 10 Games officiated by parents

8U and 10U: Jersey, Shorts, 10 Games. 2 MatchUp final games

12U and 14U: Jersey, 10 Games, 2 MatchUp final games

What are the measurements for SOFTBALL JERSEYS?

6U, 8U, 10U sleevelss jerseys (chest measurement in inches):

YS: 25-27 inches, YM: 28-30 inches, YL: 31-33 inches

AS: 34-35 inches, AM: 36-38inches, AL: 39-41 inches, AXL: 42-44 inches

12U, 14U jersey with sleeves (chest measurement in inches)

YS: 24-26 inches, YM: 27-30 inches, YL: 31-34 inches

AS: 34-36 inches, AM: 37-40 inches, AL: 41-44 inches, AXL: 45-48 inches

What will I have to buy?

Batting helmet, softball glove, bat, cleats, pants(for 12U and up), belt (optional), hat/visor, socks in coach's choice of color (these can all be purchased at Dick's Sporting goods, Academy, Dugout Sports, etc.) Each coach will receive 1 dozen of game softballs around the time uniforms arrive.

When is the last day to register?

Last day to register for SPRING SOFTBALL LEAGUE is Jan 30th. 

Last day to register for SPRING SOFTBALL ACADEMY is Jan 2nd.

Last day to register for SUMMER SOFTBALL ACADEMY Is May 29th.

Last day to register for FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUE is July 9th.

Last day to register for FALL SOFTBALL ACADEMY is July 31st. 

A LATE ADD REGISTRATION is not guaranteed to be placed on a team.  Player will be placed where we can fit them, and may be moved, if needed, to balance teams. A LATE ADD REGISTRATION understands they will go where we can place them.  Only if we do not have an open space and do not offer any team slot, will a player be refunded. 

A LATE ADD REGISTRATION understands that their uniform will have to be ordered LATE, so it will arrive LATE, possibly after opening weekend.  When ordering LATE uniforms, the availability & size could be impacted.

* Please register BEFORE registration closes to avoid issues.  We have very long registration periods for your convenience.  

When does season start?

SPRING LEAGUE: Feb 23rd 

SPRING ACADEMY: Jan 5th (Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2)

SUMMER ACADEMY: TBA

FALL LEAGUE: August 

FALL ACADEMY: August

The schedule is released after rosters are sent out.

Please note with the ACADEMY: If you plan to play in a league at the same time, due to large leagues we cannot guarantee that there will not be a conflict with a league game and the Academy.

When does the season end?

This will be based on the last game on your schedule. Seasons take 2-3 months

Season start and end dates are subject to change due to weather, outside field issues, or acts of God. These incidents could change without notice due to events beyond our control. Any delay may cause the game schedule to be changed from the original posted at the beginning of the season.

Once the schedule is released games cannot be moved.

How does TFL Communicate?

The league and coaches communicate via email.  When completing registration, PLEASE put your email that you check frequently.

Who will be my coach?

ALL Coaches are Volunteers. TFL does not hire coaches for our league. YOU CAN COACH, TOO! We are always in need of Volunteers to help coach teams and may ask the parents if we do not have a volunteer for the team. Mom/Dad if you would like to coach, please select the box by the "Would you like to coach?" option and enter your own name in the Coach Preference box.

How are teams set up?

We build teams by Coach Preference, Friend Preference, and School/Location. Teams are set after registration ends, then rosters are sent to the coaches, and then practices will begin. The coaches on the team will decide the time/location of practices. Based on registrtion numbers age groups may be combined 

How many practices per week?

1-2 practices a week; depending on what the parents and coaches decide. 

What days will games be played on?

Mostly Saturdays, but may have a few Friday evening and Sunday afternoon or evening games. Will have some double headers. 

 ** We will play Fri 3/8/24, honoring Spring Break with no games the 1st Saturday thru Friday 3/9-15/24.  Then we WILL play the 2nd weekend Sat & Sun 3/16-17/24.

* KISD SPRING BREAK - we will play the FRI before, be off the first SAT/SUN and the week of Spring Break.  We WILL play the second weekend, SAT/SUN.
* THANKSGIVING - we will play the FRI before, be off the first SAT/SUN and the week of Thanksgiving.  We WILL play the second weekend,  SAT/SUN.
* GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER - no games. we WILL play the Saturday in between.

Where are games played?

Game are played at Collins Park, the Farm League Park, Trinity Lutheran, Champion Forest Baptist Church or Meyer Park, These parks are run separately and in charge of having their fields ready and determine if they are rained out.

Which bats are allowed?

Standard softball bats

Can we bring a complete team to the league?

Yes, just email Rob with the details. All team members can register online, requesting you as coach. There is an option on the registration form that states: "Coach Preference."

Can we request friends to play with?

Yes, we try to build the teams where the kids and parents have friends on the team. We want the kids to have fun in the dug out and parents to have fun in the bleachers. We build teams using the "Friend Preference" and school listed on the registration form. If requesting a friend please CALL that friend and make sure they are playing.

Teams have a limit on how many players they can hold, we will not add to a full roster as it affects everyone's playing time. Please talk to the parents and coaches to make sure they know you are signing up.  It is your responsibility to CONFIRM with the parent/coach there IS space on the team and the friend IS registering to play.  This is very important for building teams.

What is the Maximum roster size?

(as of March 2024)

6U: 7 players is ideal, 9 players maximum (We set these numbers with our families in mind, giving each player the maximum playing time. At this age not much is happening in the outfield, so we do not want players in outfield doing nothing)

Coach Pitch (8U, has 10 players on the field): 10 players minimum, 12 players maximum

Kid Pitch (10U,12U,14U has 9 players on the field): 9 players minimum, 11 players maximum *this is the change

What kind of ball do we use?

6U - 10" soft core softball

8U - 11" soft core softball ("RIF 1 - 11" Sof-Dot Rawlings", or like-level ball)

10U - 11" standard Softball

12U and 14U - 12" standard Softball

What if my child is playing two different sports at The Farm League? Will games conflict?

We will do our best to avoid any regular season game conflcits between the two sports.  We will also do our best to avoid any playoff game conflicts in round 1 of playoffs.  However, as teams advance in playoffs, we cannot avoid conflicts.

RAIN OUTS

Coaches will be emailed if games are rained out or delayed due to weather, otherwise games are played as scheduled.

REFUND POLICY

* $25 processing fee for all refunds requested. 
* 50% refund after regular registration has ended.
* No refunds 7 days prior to opening day for the registered season. Season start dates are subject to change with no change in the refund policy. 
* A SEASON is defined as "started" or "open" when the first game is played for that season by any team in any division.
* Refunds may take up to 2 weeks for processing. 
* Late Fees and Processing Fees are non-refundable. 
* You are registering for the current season.  Registration cannot be transferred to another season, person or sport.

This policy applies to any reason, including but not limited to:  move, injury, change of mind, change of team, change of season start or end date, acts of God, acts of nature.

RETURNED CHECKS:  $25 NSF Fee will be added to the Registration Fee. Payment of the Registration Fee, plus the NSF Fee is required before participation will be allowed.  We only accept checks for full teams (not individuals), and must be agreed upon & approved by THE FARM LEAGUE ahead of time.

LATE FEES: $20 Late Fee will be added to registration for anyone registering after the stated deadline; non-refundable.

Games or Camps through the Farm League maybe changed due to an event, weather, or other activities. All parents and coaches will be notified if this occurs.

The Farm League follows the Klein ISD school calendar for holidays and breaks. 

Waiver and Emergency Information

I/we am / are the parent, guardian, or custodial person of the above child, in consideration the he/she may play flag football or baseball with the Farm League. In the event that my/our child should become injured while he/she is engaged in football or baseball activities, I assume all risks and hazards incidental to such participation including transportation to and from the activities and do herby waive, release, absolve, and agree to hold harmless the Farm League, its officers, directors, managers, coaches, trainers, assistant directors, game officials, sponsors, supervisors, Trinity Klein Lutheran/Providence Classical School/Harris County/Spring/Klein/Tomball/ CyFair schools, attending physicians, and any person transporting youth to and from any Farm League activity for any claim arising out of injury or for the administration or failure to administer first aid and or medical attention.

Secondly should my child become injured and I/we are not present and cannot be immediately contacted I/we herby appoint as legal guardian the Farm League for the limited purpose of defining, determining the necessity of and authorizing such medical attention or treatment as they deem appropriate. I/we herby release said officials from any and all liability, claim, or cause of action arising out of the good faith exercise of the power granted by this authorization.

Please provide the following medical information. In the event that your child should require treatment in your absence. The Farm League will attempt to obtain medical treatment from the doctor or facility you designate, if in their judgment, circumstances allow them to do so. Completing & paying registration on this site or other is acceptance of this waiver