Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. How old does my child have to be in order to sign up for Softball?
A. Our age eligibility is as of Dec. 31st of the previous year. Player must be at least 4 Years old but not older than 14.
SPRING 2018 division matrix below.
Division / age as of DEC 31, 2017 / Eligible Birth Years
6U 4,5,6 year old 2012, 2013, 2014
8U 7, 8 year old 2011, 2010
10U 9, 10 year old 2009, 2008
12U 11, 12 year old 2007, 2006
14U 13, 14 year old 2005, 2004
Q. Do I have to submit a copy of my child's Birth Certificate and why?
A. Yes. Birth Certificates are required. You players birth certificate will determine the division to which she plays in. At tournament level of play the birth certificate and a picture of the child will be required to travel with the team as verification of age and division fair play. We also will need to provide a copy of your childs birth certificate to USA Softball for their player registraion process.
Q. How often do teams practice?
A. The practice schedule is up to each manager, but you can expect two or three practices a week.
Q. Will my child get a uniform?
A. Yes, each season (Spring, Fall, All Star, Other) the board of directors will determine the uniform package for each player. These packages will vary based on season, rates, vendor, and or other factors.
Typially a Spring season would include jersey, pant, sock, ether headband or visor. Fall would include just a jersey shirt. All Stars typically would b 2 jersey, 1 pant, 1 sock.
Q. What other equipment will my child need?
A. To begin a sesaon at NTGSL your player will only need the following items. A glove (please keep ball size in mind when selecting), cleats, Bat (appropriate for her age and size, and MUST be USA SOftball approved) NTGSL provides the balls, finally a helmet with face protector ( the face protector is mandatory your player can not use a helmet with out one.)
NTGSL provides the tee's and catcher’s gear. Other equipment (batting gloves, bat bags, defesnive mask and catchers gear etc.) are optional. We would reccommend to just get the baiscs and as your player and the season progress you can add additional gear. If you are unsure how to size a bat glove, hemet for your player or do not know what an USA approved bat is we can help ask your coach, commissioner, player agent, or any other board member at our league. Also ask your sporting goods store employee they often can gie you pointers or tricks to sizing.
Q. Does NTGSL accept Travel Ball Players?
A. Yes, we do allow travel ball players. However, USA Softball has very strict rules as to how we may utilize these players beyond regular season play. We strongly reccommend that if you are a travel ball player looking to play at NTGSL to please ask about the rules before you sign up.
Q. Who umpires the NTGSL games?
A. NTGSL utilizes an outside umpire service approved by USA Softball to provide umpires for 8u, 10u, 12u (1 umpire- 2 for championship games) & 14u Games (2 umpires). 6U will get a Junior Umpire half way through season (when available)
Q. Who is responsible for working in the NTGSL snack bar?
A. Again we are 100% volunteer ran program. Each player registered at NTGSL will have a family memeber 18 and over work 2 snack bar shifts. Volunteering is part of you registration obligation, however because we know sometimes it is difficult to give your time, we have a "Buy out" option that would release you from your snack bar duties entirely for the season. The snack bar "buy out" option is often $50.00 these funds will either go to the league general fund and or they will purchase a teen to work busier shifts that you would have been normally asked to work.
Q. Does the League have a fundraiser?
A. Yes, as you can imagine to keep our fields looking great, and the program running just about year round NTGSL relies heavily on fundraising to help support the operations of the league. Player registration fees account for a portion of the funds required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. The League supplements player registration fees with league sponsors and fundraising. Each player’s parent(s) is expected to participate in the league’s annual fundraising activity. If you have questions about fundraising or the fundraising buyout, please contact our Way & Means coordinators. Each season we try and change our fundraiser to help our families have a successful fundraising effort. Again we do offer a "but out" option which is roughly $100.00 this will exclude your player from their fundraising oligation. **Please note that NTGSL families with more than 1 player in our league are only responsible for meeting fundraising requirements once.
Q. Does NTGSL offer softball opportunities for my daughter during the “off season”?
A. NTGSL participates in LA/SB USA Fall Ball program which typically runs from September to November. In this league, NTGSL plays against teams from other Leagues in the area. The Fall Ball season is a "developmental" season where players can get ready for Spring Season.
Q. Do you have to live in North Torrance to play with NTGSL?
A. NO! We do not have boundaries & We accept all girls, all levels, ages 4-14.
Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?
A. We at NTGSL have worked very hard to implement a program enjoyable for all and have set in place additional resources our member can utilize so they can feel heard, your feed back is an important part of NTGSL's success.
Step 1. Coach - Talk to the coach, they are volunteers, but often times they can help answer questions.
Step 2 Commissioner - If the coach couldn't answer your question, each division has a commissioner. One of their roles is to ensure fair play for all and as a memmber of the NTGSL Board of Directors they can find the answer to your question.
Step 3 Player / Coach agent - If you still want additonal information, We have a player / coach agent. One role of the player / coach agent is to act as a liason to families. This board member typically handles questions and or concerns that may arise during the duration of the season.
Step 4 Executive Board - If you have utilized all the steps below and they were just unable to get your question answered satisfactorily, our Executive Board will be more than happy to try and find you an answer that will hopefully suffice.
Q. What is USA Softball?
A: This is content takend directly from their website
Quick Facts About USA Softball
USA Softball was founded as the Amateur Softball Association in 1933 by Leo Fisher and Michael J. Pauley. Fischer and Pauley laid the foundation for softball's future by adopting a universal set of rules, setting the stage for what would become softball's national governing body.
USA Softball was named the National Governing Body of Softball (NGB) in the United States by the United States Olympic Committee in 1978.
USA Softball provides people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels. USA Softball offers recreational, league, tournament and National Championship play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch and annually conducts over 100 National Championships.
USA Softball is the primary funding source and the pipeline to the USA Softball National teams programs! All five programs (Junior Women, Junior Men, Women, Men, and Men's Slow Pitch) are still alive and well because of the efforts of USA Softball and keeping athletes wearing the Red, White and Blue is a top priority. We are the only softball association who supports this effort and provides financially to these teams and are the road to representing the United States internationally at the Pan American Games, World Championships and Olympic Games.
USA Softball continues to give back to athletes and coaches through the National Team Program. Our USA Softball athletes put on youth clinics, attend our JO USA Softball National Championships and participate on the National Council. Our National Team coaches also promote softball through National Coaching Schools and training camps for youth coaches and athletes.
USA Softball is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which mean's our goal is not to make a profit. Every dollar generated from grassroots softball goes directly back into improving and furthering the sport.
The USA Softball National Office is located in Oklahoma City and has 70 local associations that register teams and organize leagues around the country.
USA Softball owns and operates the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, which is the Softball Capital of the World®. Since it was built in 1987, the Mecca of Softball® has become home to some of the most outstanding softball events in the United States such as the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS), World Cup of Softball, Border Battle, USA 18U GOLD National Championship and the USA Slow Pitch Championship Series.
USA Softball registers over 160,000 softball teams comprising over 2.4 million players and annually registers over 80,000 youth girls' fast pitch softball teams comprising over 1.2 million girls.
USA Softball established the ACE (Achieve, Certify, Educate) Coaching Certification Program to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to become educated with a national softball organization.
USA Softball completes over 80,000 background checks a year on coaches and personnel who surround our game because we care about the athletes safety and protecting our athletes and environment is our TOP priority!
USA Softball annually registers over 25,000 certified umpires and is the ONLY softball association to offer complete training and bi-annual Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) clinics to help umpires achieve their goals and promote a positive experience for athletes and coaches.
Each year, USA Softball's Equipment Testing and Certification committee examines the current rules and specifications governing various items of equipment.
The USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City has served as host of the NCAA Women's College World Series more than any other site.
- USA Softball has a national partnership with Special Olympics Softball that we assist and administer our sports National Games each and every year. Our umpires volunteer their time and efforts and USA Softball donates thousands of score books to teams across the nation to help their programs grow. Several of Special Olympic Associations have teamed up with our local USA Softball associations in providing venues and services to grow the Special Olympics softball efforts.
Vision: USA Softball will be the standard of excellence in softball
Mission: USA Softball is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States. We develop, administer and promote the sport of softball to provide opportunities for participation and the best possible experience for those involved.
- Fair Play
- Common Good
- Promotion and Education
- Sportsmanship and Civility
- Ensure our future success as the leader in softball by improving the leadership and governance of our organization.
- Continue and enhance our long standing focus on the player, the quality of the game, quality of service, and overall service.
- Be accountable to each other and our sport in our mutual efforts to be the international leader in the sport of softball.
- Focus on financial and organization effectiveness that enhances our service, products and image.
- Craft effective external and internal connections with our players, officials, parents affiliates and the public.
- Create an internationally recognized, world class venue that meets our needs, and supports our mission and vision.
As defined in Article 103 of the USA Softball Code, the objectives of USA Softball shall be:
- To promote amateur softball for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.
- To establish uniform softball rules and regulations.
- To provide it with proper safeguards in accordance with the spirit of true sportsmanship and establish principles for ethical behavior and matters relating to conflict of interest as provided by the USA Softball Council and Board of Directors.
- To encourage the union of all eligible teams, organizations or groups into such separate associations with active membership in USA Softball as may from time to time be deemed best adapted to advance the cause of amateur softball.
- To establish and maintain by allied membership, alliances with non-profit associations or organizations devoted wholly or partially to the promotion and development of the game of softball on a state, regional or national level.
- To promote and conduct annual amateur softball championships.
- To educate and train in the proper skills of amateur softball play and rules of the game through promoting, organizing, and conducting clinics, seminars and training courses.