10U Spring Program & ScheduleUpdated Thursday January 25, 2018 by Robert Elkins .
10U D-BACKS SOFTBALL PROGRAM
10U is the 1st competitive level and we we play in a local travel style league. That means no ‘Little League’ teams but also no cut-throat travel programs. Teams from Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn comprise the league. All games are on weekends, ½ at PAL. This program is competitive in the sense that we keep score, the league maintains standings, but age appropriate rules are in place. For example, 5 run an inning limits, pitching restrictions, and stealing limits. Within this competitive structure the focus is on making sure the girls have fun, learn to love the sport, and continuing to develop fundamentally sound players.
There are 2 essential principles to D-Backs Softball: 1) We don’t make cuts, we make players; and 2) We want to win every game but we don’t have to win any.
D-Backs Coaches will train the girls at Thursday practices while parents and HS Varsity athletes will Coach the games. Parents are encouraged to assist at practice if possible. There will be trained umpires at all games.
10U Spring Schedule
PRACTICE: Tuesday and Thursday 6-730 (players must be at 1 practice per week, preferably both)
GAMES: Weekends, schedule will vary.
WANT TO HELP? Please email email@example.com to register to volunteer. We need volunteer parent coaches to help Coach the teams during games. Parents are also welcome to attend and assist our professional coaches at practices. All volunteers must attend a PAL coaching seminar and also pass a background check. We have been a part of Port Washington for 70 years by insisting that children receive proper age appropriate instruction in a safe nurturing atmosphere.
Thank you for your consideration, the program is stronger through your involvement!
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING
All players will receive a jersey, socks and a visor. Players should wear their own black softball pants and cleats. Players should also be mindful of weather and wear some type of under-armour early in the season and a sweatshirt to early season practices.
All players will need appropriate game equipment. A glove, a bat, and a helmet with a facemask are essential. Optional equipment includes a safety mask, sunglasses, batting gloves, and a water bottle.
The cost of essential equipment is sometimes prohibitive and can be a reason why some kids don’t play. As part of PAL’s $49 program, we will provide essential equipment to any child that needs it.