Supporting girls softball in the communities of Dover, Somersworth, and Rollinsford, NH and Berwick, So. Berwick, N. Berwick, and Eliot ME.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. How do I register my player?

A.     Registration for our spring league will be open in January for a period of many weeks.  It is an online process and begins on the front page of the website.  It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

2. How long is the season?

A.     The season runs from late March through late June.  The is 

1.     How do I volunteer to help coach my player's team?

A.    Click the "Coaches Corner" button on the horizontal menu on the front page above.  Managers and coaches must apply through the coach application which is online and submit a background check which is mandated by Babe Ruth League. The successful background check is good for two years and its cost will be refunded by the league for those who request it.

Additionally, each coach must also complete required additional coaches training. These include:

a. CoachSmart NH training conducted by the City of Dover Recreation Dept. This is a one-time only training.

b. Abuse Prevention Training is now mandated via Babe Ruth League and is done online as part of the background check on the Babe Ruth League national website.  This is also good for two years.

b. Babe Ruth Certification Training.  This is online via Babe Ruth League and does come with a fee.

Managers and/or coaches run the team program. Practices are usually 2-3 times per week until games start, then games and practices combined can be 2-4 times per week.

 2.    What does a Team Parent do?

A.    A team parent basically is the team’s administrative assistant.  This person supports the team’s manager by helping with organizing the team’s concession obligation, distributing paperwork, contacting other parents through phone calls, organizing team party plans for Opening Day and the end of season banquet, handing out uniforms, or anything else the manager may deem necessary.

 3.    Can my daughter play in a higher division than her age permits?

A.    Generally, divisions are based on the age breakdown given to us by the Babe Ruth organization.  They are: 16U, 12U, 10U, 8U, 6U. Your child’s age on 12/31 of last year determines the preferred age bracket she plays in. However, occasionally, the league permits players to play in alternative divisions. The league has a specific procedure for handling this. This process is outlined as an appendix to the league's bylaws.  It can be found under the documents section in the Spring Season documents folder.

4.   Can my daughter be put on a team with one of her friends?

A.    You may request it and it may happen. Our desire is to attempt to make each team relatively equal in skill level. Players in the 10U and higher divisions will be assessed on their skills and teams are formed through a draft. In the younger divisions (8U and 6U) we try to group players by the schools they attend, friends and/or areas in which they live. 

 5.    Can I request a specific coach or team for my child to play on?

A.    Like #4 above, you may request it but will not guarantee it will happen. 

 6.    What will my child’s schedule be? How often do they play?

A.    The schedule will be posted on the website.  It may also be given to you on or about your first practice.  At any time you may access this information via the "Teams" button the horizontal menu above. A coach or team parent will be calling with the day of your first practice. There are usually 2-3 team events (games or practices) per week. Occasionally, there may be more. Usually, practices and games are played weeknights and Saturday mornings with no set pattern followed.

7.  How are parents notified of canceled games?

A.    The league website is usually updated between 3 PM and 4:30 PM with cancelation info. There will be a news item banner on the front page. Please check the site often during the afternoon of your event. On occasion (when the weather is “iffy”) events remain as scheduled and cancelation will be made by the coaches or scheduled umpire at the field.

 8.  Are games rescheduled?

A. Games are rescheduled as early as possible to make sure the players get enough games in per Babe Ruth rules.  At the younger levels they may not be rescheduled dependent upon the time left to the season and the coach’s decision.