Q: What if my daughter hasn’t played before?
A: No problem! That’s what our recreation league is all about—learning to play. The WSGS season is open to all girls, regardless of experience. The season is designed to be instructional, challenging, and fun!
All age levels, every year, have players that are new to fast pitch softball—even within 12-and-under (12U) and 15-and-under (15U) age groups. Teams typically have a mix of new players and experienced ones.
Q: Can I request a specific team or coach?
A: To request to be on a specific team, please fill out the "Team/Coach Preference" field under the "Uniform & Team Information" section on the online registration form. We will do our best to accomodate your request.
Q: When is the last day to register?
A: The deadline to register is February 28th. (Feb 29th on a Leap Year) Registration after this date is dependent on team availability and there will be a $25 late fee added to regular registration fees.
Q: Can players live outside of West Seattle and still play?
A: Yes, absolutely. There are no geographical restrictions to playing in the WSGS league but team practices and games will be in the West Seattle and Vashon Island area. (Typically each team will play one Saturday game on Vashon Island.)
Q: What if my player drops out after registration? Can I get a refund?
A: You may receive a refund, minus an administrative fee, up until practices begin. No refunds will be made after the first practice.
Q: What do our fees pay for?
A: Registration fees pay for items such as the following: player uniform and end of year awards as well as insurance, city fees for using the park, equipment and storage.
Q: Will there be team photos?
A: Yes! Our photographer and/or your team’s manager will let you know when the scheduled date, time and location for photos. All players should be present for team photos.
(For 2016/17 league division age chart, please see graph on HOME page.)
Coaching / Helping Q&A:
Q: I might be interested in coaching, but I’ve never coached before, or I’m not very experienced at softball. Is this a problem?
A: No problem! If you have patience, integrity, love kids, and want to help the community, those are the qualifications we’re looking for! We can guide you on how to organize a practice and how to instruct softball skills. We offer free coaches clinics to all WSGS coaches. Please contact WSGS to learn more about applying for a coaching opportunity. Click on COACHES TRAININGS on the left hand side for more information.
Q: How can I help? What volunteer positions are still needed to help out teams?
A: Our league is made up entirely of volunteers and we could use as much help as you are willing to lend. At the first team meeting, let your coach know you are interested in volunteering. You can also contact WSGS to let us know how you’re interested in helping.
Q: How else can I help?
A: Show your support by attending as many games as possible and by helping out during practices, if you can. Keep in mind that these are young children out on the field and they need lots of encouragement. Be positive!
We appreciate and welcome criticism of a constructive nature. But keep in mind that there are many different ways of doing things; don't criticize a manager or coach. If you have a legitimate complaint or suggestion, we do want to hear from you.
Every year we need coaches. This is a fun and rewarding experience. Coaching takes time, but it is time spent that can have a significant impact on the lives of a number of young people. We require that all of our coaches attend a WSGS coaching clinic. If you are interested in coaching let us know today.
Q: I am interested in becoming a league sponsor. What should I do?
A: As a non-profit organization, the WSGS depends greatly on the generous contributions of sponsors. If you are ready to sign up as a sponsor or if you have additional sponsorship questions, please contact WSGS today. WSGS sponsorship is great for the players, great for the league, and provides our businesses valuable community recognition and visibility throughout the year. ($400)
Equipment / Uniform Q&A:
Q: What equipment should my daughter have?
A: The players need to come to all practices and games with their own glove and softball cleats. Personal bats, helmets, and balls are optional; league bats, helmets, and balls are provided to each team by WSGS. Fielding face guards are highly recommended as well! If you buy your child a bat, be sure it is marked as a softball bat (not baseball). Helmets (recommended) must have an attached face mask and chin strap. Mark all personal equipment with your name.
Q: I’m thinking of buying my daughter a new bat. What is the appropriate size?
A: Generally, lighter is better!
Bats have two specifications: length (inches) and weight (oz.). They are usually shown on the knob of the bat—“28/18,” for example. The first # is the length; the second # is the weight. Sometimes bats are described with a minus factor (i.e., “-10”). This number refers to the difference between length and weight. Bats with a factor of -10 or greater are best (but slightly more expensive).
Each team is allocated league bats for use during the recreational season. It may make sense to see how your daughter swings some of these first so you’ll have some idea of what she has the most success with. Some length and weight ranges folks have had success with the following:
Age, Bat length, Bat weight
- 4-6 years old, 24"-26" -- 14-16 oz.
- 7-8 years old, 26"-28" -- 16-18 oz.
- 9-10 years old, 28"-29" -- 17-19 oz.
- 11-12 years old, 30"-31" -- 18-21 oz.
- 13-14 years old, 31"-32" -- 19-23 oz.
- 15+ years old, 32"-34" -- 20-24 oz.
Q: What size softballs should we be practicing with?
A: 8U & 10U use an 11-inch ball. 12U & 15U use a 12-inch ball.
Q: Do players get to keep their uniforms?
A: Yes, it is yours to keep.
Q: Who do I call if I have problems with my manager, coach, uniform, umpire, etc.?
A: We encourage you to talk to your team manager first. Communication is very important! If you feel you cannot talk with the team manager, or if you do not achieve satisfaction by that route, then please contact WSGS.
Q: Can I attend WSGS board meetings, if I am not on the board?
A: Absolutely. Anyone is welcome to attend whether it is just to see how the board operates or to bring a specific topic before the board. If you have a topic to raise, although not a requirement, it would be greatly appreciated if you contacted WSGS in advance so that an agenda topic can be added and appropriate meeting time allocated.