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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the most important things to know before my daughter joins BGCRE Softball?
It's simple. Softball is an active sport that is fun, safe and a great learning experience for all girls. Our coaches strive to create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, while emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. We welcome everyone!

My daughter has never played softball before. Is that okay?
Yes. Absolutely! The goal of BGCRE Softball is to give EVERYONE an opportunity to participate, learn and enjoy the game of softball. Our Spring Season is completely inclusive in philosophy, and we follow national Little League rules that dictate standard levels of participation for every player. During the summer, our Friendship Teams are open to any girl who wants to continue playing softball after the Spring Season is over, and our Fall Ball program is the same.
 
We have established a set of standard skills for each age division, and the objective for
our Coaches is to help every player work toward mastering those skills. However, the most important goal is to have fun simply playing softball with friends and teammates.
 
I want my daughter to compete and improve as a ball player. Will that happen with BGCRE Softball?
Yes. When we say that BGCRE Softball is open to EVERYONE, this includes girls who are among the most talented and competitive athletes in both towns. 
 
In the Summer, we aim to select 8U, 9/10, and 11/12 all-star teams who compete in Connecticut Little League District 1 and other area tournaments. See the "All-Stars" page for more information. 
 
In the Fall, we emphasize skills development.

 

We also oversee the Connecticut Rockets, a premier tournament travel softball program with teams in the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U age groups. For more information on the Connecticut Rockets: http://www.ctrockets.org.

In which division should I register my daughter in 2017?

Our divisions are structured in accordance with the age-based requirements of Little League. However, we also take into account other factors like skill level. Your daughter’s "playing age" for a given calendar year is determined by the year in which she was born. For 2017, the age divisions are:
 
AA = Born in 2008 or 2009
AAA = Born in 2006 or 2007
Majors = Born in 2004 or 2005
Juniors = Born in 2002 or 2003.
 
Is there a T-Ball division?
Yes! We will have a T-Ball Division for girls born in 2010 or later (generally pre-K and Kindergarten). This will be a strictly local league, with games and practices on dates and times that do not change once the season schedule is set.

When are games and practices during the spring season?

Scheduling depends upon coach and field availability.  In general, however, your daughter should expect to attend practices and/or games at least twice a week -- one weekday afternoon/evening and one afternoon on the weekends. Also, we encourage our players to participate in other sports during the spring, and we do our best to coordinate schedules with other local sports programs and other activities.

For our T-Ball division, the schedule is as easy as possible, with practices and games only on Fridays and Saturdays.

When does the softball season begin and end?
Spring -- We start the spring season with a series of indoor skills clinics in March, and our opening day for the spring season is in early April. The Spring Season ends at about the same time as the school year, in mid-J
une.

Summer -- The summer season begins in June and ends by the first week in August.

Fall -- Our fall ball program runs from September through October.
 
Please check our Calendar of Events (in the right-hand column of our home page) for specific dates.
 
How do I register my daughter for softball and/or T-Ball?
Our online registration process is simple and should not take you more than 5 minutes to complete. To get started, simply click the "Register Online" tab at the top of the column to the left our home page. The process is self-explanatory from there. If you have any questions about the process, please call 203-938-3166. But, please read through this FAQ first.
 
What is the fee structure for BGCRE Softball?
Softball is a relatively inexpensive sport. You do not have to purchase a lot of expensive equipment, and our spring fees are kept to a reasonable level to ensure that anyone can participate. 
 
For Spring 2017 the registration fees are $95 for T-Ball, $150 for AA, and $225 for AAA, Majors, and Juniors.
 
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept major credit cards within our online registration system, or you can mail a check made out to the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton, . P.O. Box 333, Redding Ridge, CT 06876.
 
What softball equipment does my daughter need?
There are only three pieces of equipment required:
 
1) Fielder's Glove -- For most players through the Majors Division, we recommend a glove no larger than 12 inches. Gloves are measured by the length between the inside heel of the glove and the top of the webbing, but the size is printed on most gloves. Make sure the glove you purchase is genuine leather. Your coach can give you advice on how to soften and break in your glove.
 
2) Cleats -- To help avoid slipping and injury. Cleats do not have to be softball-specific. Metal spikes are prohibited. Molded cleats only.
 
3) Sliding Pad/Knee Guard -- Sliding is an important aspect of softball and a skill our coaches will be teaching at all levels above t-ball. To avoid scrapes and generally protect the knee and lower leg while sliding, all girls must wear a sliding pad. You can purchase a sliding pad at major sporting goods stores or online for $10 to $15.
 
Other than that, all you really need to bring is a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm.
 
Each team is provided with batting helmets and bats, but most players have their own. When purchasing a bat, we have one rule of thumb: Lighter is Better. Generally, players through the Majors Division should not use a bat longer than 30 inches or heavier than 19 ounces.
 
How do I sign-up to become a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Parent?
As you register your daughter, you will see an option to volunteer as either a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Parent Manager. Once we receive your request, we will contact you regarding our various coaching clinics and other resources to prepare you for the season.
 
How do I become a BGCRE Softball Sponsor?
If you are interested in becoming an sponsor, we thank you very much for your support! Please contact the BGCRE at (203) 938-3166 to discuss sponsorship opportunities. 
 
I have a question that is not included here.
If you have any other questions or need assistance in any way, please email us at reddingeastonsoftball@gmail.com.