Attention West Valley Players & Parents
registration birth years for 2020
U10 GAMES BEGIN @ 6:45 PM, GAME LENGTH 1HR 30MIN
U12 GAMES BEGIN @ 6:45PM, GAME LENGTH 1HR 45MIN
U14 GAMES BEGIN @ 6:45PM, GAME LENGTH 1HR 45 MIN
U16/19 GAMES BEGIN @ 6:45PM, GAME LENGTH 1HR 45MIN
FAIR TREATMENT AND EQUAL PLAYING TIME IN ALL DIVISIONS
In our younger divisions Learn To Play, U10 and U12, players should be rotating through every possible position. As the kids get older we recognize that not everyone will want to or be able to play the positions of catcher and/or pitcher in game situations. Within all of our divisions no player should sit out more than one inning at a time. If your coach is playing the Universal rule then no player should sit out more than one inning until every player on the team has sat out one inning. If your coach is playing by the ABC rule then B and C players will alternate every inning and A players play the entire game. If this is not happening, talk to the Team Manager, VP or League President. See the Calgary Minor Softball Website for more details on these rules www.calgaryminorsoftball.com In the older divisions (Peewee, Bantam and Midget) we start to see some more position specializations, there is less emphasis put on seeing each player play each and every position. However, West Valley as well as Calgary Minor Softball does insist that the principle of equal playing time is followed. At the end of the season, no player should have sat out more innings (as a percentage of the player’s availability) than any other player on the team. The Team Manger should be able to document this. As stated above with the specialization of positions, all players should have opportunities at infield and outfield. If this is not happening, talk to the Team Manager, VP or League President.
MITES - RESTRUCTURING
CMSA has implemented a new U 10 Program. Combined with the No Walk rule and the Home Run Line, the U10 division is a very exciting division to both play and to watch! This combination of changes has been implemented for a many different reasons. Batter # 1 (B1) is at the plate. The game is played normally up until the batter receives a 4th ball, which would normally result in a walk. This is where the game changes. After the 4th ball, the batter will have a count against him/her. It will either be 4 balls, 0 strikes (4-0), 4-1 or 4-2. The coach, or designated pitcher for the offensive team (B1’s coach or selected parent), will now come in to pitch to his/her own batter. The number of pitches that the batter will receive from the coach/parent is dependent upon the number of strikes that the pitcher had achieved against that batter prior to throwing the 4th “ball”. All batters continue using the same rules. The three main reasons are to make the games more fun for the kids, to assist in the development of skills through more involvement from all of the participants and to make the game more exciting to watch for the parents and families. Please see the Calgary Minor Softball Website for more details www.calgaryminorsoftball.com.
Tournaments are amazing fun for your kids. Information about various tournaments is posted on the CMSA website. The information changes often so check for updates. Typically all tournaments have their own set of rules to follow and require fair play. All tournaments that West Valley teams wish to attend must be sanctioned by Softball Alberta or the respective Governing body for the province you are traveling to. If teams are traveling out of Alberta they will require a Travel Permit from Softball Alberta.