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2017 Fairfield Little League Girls Softball (FLLGS)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 


Q: Who can play on a Fairfield Little League Girls Softball team?

A: If your daughter lives in Fairfield, is at least in kindergarten and born between 2010 and 2001, she's eligible to play in one of Connecticut's most successful little league softball programs! Every eligible girl is placed on a team and will play in every game that she is available.


Q: At what level should my daughter play?

A: FLLGS offers five levels of play, based on age and in some cases, playing ability and roster sizes:

  • A Ball: Introductory level for girls turning 6, 7, or 8 this calendar year. Highly modified rules, including softer ball, coach pitch and/or hitting tee, continuous batting order, all defensive players field. Designed to teach girls the fundamentals while having fun.
  • AA: For girls turning 9 or 10 this calendar year (although girls turning 9 can play A Ball if requested). Modified player pitch (from 35 feet), 11” hard ball, limited bases on balls and stealing, continuous batting order, 10 defensive players in the field.
  • AAA: For girls turning 11 or 12 this calendar year (although girls turning 11 can play at AA if requested). Player pitch (from 35 feet), 11” hard ball, unlimited walks and steals, continuous batting order, nine defensive players on the field.
  • Majors: For girls turning 13 this calendar year, although some girls turning 12 this calendar year will play Majors (based on skill, team rosters). Pitching rubber at 40 feet, 12” hard ball, continuous batting order, nine defensive players in the field.
  • Juniors: For girls turning 14 or 15 this calendar year. High school freshmen/sophomores retain eligibility and can join their Little League team at the end of the school season. Pitching rubber at 43 feet, 12” hard ball, continuous batting order, nine defensive players in the field.


Q: How do I register?

A: All registrations are handled through the FLLGS website (www.fllgs.org). Spring registration for all levels except A Ball closes February 28, 2017. A Ball and T Ball registration closes March 31, 2017.


Q: What does registration cost? How do I pay?

A: The registration fee for girls turning six, seven or eight (T Ball and A Ball) this calendar year is $110. The fee for all other ages is $160.  FLLGS accepts Visa/Master Card through our secure online registration system.  No child will be denied an opportunity to play because of financial circumstances.  To apply for a scholarship, please email league president Joe Budd at buddjoe@att.net. All scholarship requests will be kept confidential.


Q: What does the league do with registration fees?

A: FLLGS is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Registration fees are designed to cover program and operating costs, including fields, uniforms, playing equipment, insurance, and umpires.


Q: How are teams determined?

A: For A Ball and T Ball, there are no player evaluations or draft and girls are usually placed on teams with other girls from the same elementary school or neighborhood. For AA through the Majors, players are evaluated prior to the season then drafted by team managers. The AA draft is modified, with teams usually keeping girls from the same elementary school together. The AAA and Majors drafts are designed to equitably distribute players throughout each team. There are no pre-season evaluations for Juniors, with players drafted by team managers following the same guidelines as AAA and Majors.


Q: When will I know my daughter’s team?

AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors team managers will contact player parents no later than March 19 with team assignments. A Ball/T Ball Managers will notify parents by early April.


Q: How are managers and coaches determined? Can I manage or coach?

We’re always looking for parents willing to volunteer their time for their daughters and the league, whether it’s managing, coaching, or helping out with other league activities. To volunteer, make a note in the comments field when registering your daughter and then please download and complete an application (Coaches Corner section of the FLLGS website) and email to our Safety Officer, Kevin Micinilio/  .  Managers must complete mandatory coaching and safety clinics - details to follow.


Q: What equipment does my daughter need?

 A: FLLGS supplies all equipment except gloves and cleats (and sliders). We usually do not provide gloves or cleats, but do not want to prevent kids from playing for financial reasons. If that presents a financial hardship, make a note in the comments field when registering. All requests will be kept confidential.  We also recommend "sliders" to make it easier for the girls to slide, but that is optional.  Cleats must have rubber or hard plastic spikes. Metal spikes are prohibited. Soccer cleats that meet these guidelines are permitted.  Your daughter will receive a team shirt, shorts or pants, and socks. Each team is supplied an equipment bag that includes bats, batting helmets, balls, fielder’s masks, catching gear, and first aid kit. As girls become committed to the sport, parents often acquire bats, batting helmets, and/or fielding masks for their daughters. If you are buying equipment, please reference the Little League International website for updated guidelines (www.littleleague.org). 


Q: When does the season start? Are there practices? How many games a week are there?

A: The AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors seasons begin in early to mid-April and finish in mid-June, with all but AA playing an season-ending championship. Practices begin early April. A Ball practices begin in late April and the season continues through mid-June.  A Ball teams typically have one practice and one game weekly. Pre-season, AA teams typically have one practice a week, then two games a week.  AAA, Majors, and Juniors could have as many as two games and one practice a week. Weekday games and practices typically begin at 5.45 pm and end by 8 pm. Saturday games and practices are held between 9 am and 6 pm (10 pm for Majors and Juniors); Sunday between noon and 6 pm.


Practice and game schedules will be published on the FLLGS website and distributed in late March. You can find a calendar of all practices, games, and league events on the FLLGS website.


Q: Where are games played?
 
A: FLLGS holds town permits to play at Dougiello Field on Hoydens Lane (adjacent to Smith Richardson Golf Course Driving Range), Tom Haydon Field, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield Warde High School, Grasmere Eldercare, Veres Street, and Veterans Park.  We share those fields with other town-sanctioned athletic leagues.  AAA, Majors, and Juniors teams can play teams from neighboring towns such as Westport, Bridgeport, Trumbull and Stratford. 


Q: How do I find out about rainouts?

A: The Town of Fairfield’s Parks and Recreation Department determines field closings. For scheduled games and practices in Fairfield, click on the 'Field Closures' link on the FLLGS home page and you will be directed to the Town of Fairfield's field closure website).  The Field Closures are updated after 3 pm on weekdays and 8 am on weekends.  Managers will communicate with parents for out-of-town cancellations.


Q: I want to sponsor an FLLGS team – is that possible?

A: Sponsors play a huge role every year in helping keep our registration costs low. You’ll be recognized with the name of your business and organization on team shirts, on the FLLGS website, and with a framed team photo. Email Amy Warman ( for more information.


Q: Where can I find Fairfield softball spiritwear and other merchandise?

A: FLLGS offers a range of Fairfield softball spiritwear and merchandise, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, and rain gear. We promote it through emails to parents and will have a stand at the Opening Day Ceremonies in April.


Q: When are team photographs taken?

A: Team and individual player photographs are taken during Opening Day Ceremonies. Parents can purchase photos through the vendor, Sportography.


Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions or need more information?

A: Send an email to the league’s information officer at  or click on the "FLLGS Contacts" button on left hand column for further contact information.