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San Jose Athletic Association (SJAA) Softball Information

We are excited to have your daughter join the SJAA “Dynamite” Softball Program!  

We will offer two seasons each year (Fall and Spring) with the option to form Advanced and/or All-Stars teams following the Spring season if there is enough interest.  


Our home games are played at Baker-Skinner Park, home of SJAA.  Away games are scheduled against other leagues within our district, and as such, may require travel to other associations within the Jacksonville area.



Key Dates & Information:

Registration for the Spring 2022 season will close on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

Registration Fee: $145 per player.  Early bird and sibling discounts apply!


Evaluations will take place in late January.


Teams will be formed and practice will begin following evaluations in late January.  Once your daughter is placed on a team, your coach will begin directly communicating key information such as parent meetings, practice times, and game schedules.  Practices are held 2 times per week until games begin.  Games are typically 2 days per week.  Once games begin, practice frequency will be at the coach’s discretion and may be changed periodically based on the game schedule.


Fall Season Rec Games typically run mid-September through mid-November.
Spring Season Rec Games are expected to run mid-March through mid-May.


Post-Season (AB/All-Stars - if formed) will run through mid-June.  Please note:  there will be additional team costs/fees/practices associated with any post-season activity, and this information will be communicated at the time.



Age Specific Information:

SJAA is a Babe Ruth chartered organization.  We offer divisions based on the age of the player.

Your daughter’s “softball age” is determined by her age as of December 31 of the prior year.  With prior experience and parent/league permission, she may be approved to “play-up” to a higher division 1-2 seasons early.  This decision is on a case-by-case basis based on team availability and individual experience/ability.  Exceptions will be discussed prior to placement.


Division

Ball Size

Pitching/Distance

8U

11”

Machine pitch from 35’

10U

11”

Player pitch from 35’

12U

12”

Player pitch from 40’

16U

12”

Player pitch from 43’


8U (ages 7-8)

This level is an instructional level, designed primarily for players ages 7-8.  This division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action and experience in the field, giving the girls more opportunities to focus on learning fundamentals of the game.


10U (ages 9-10)

Players at this level build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.  At this level, the switch is made from sling-pitch to player-pitch.  The willingness to listen to and learn from coaches is critical at this level.  Players will begin developing position-specific skill sets, and having a positive and team-centric attitude is crucial to both the individual’s and team’s success.


12U (ages 11-12)

This division is recommended for players ages 11-12.  Players will continue to strengthen fundamental skills while improving their understanding of strategy within the game.  As with 10U, it is imperative that players rely on their own skill and the instructions from their coaches to make decisions on the field.


18U (ages 13-18)

The primary objective of the 18U division is to provide players the opportunity to stay involved with organized softball while sharpening their skills against competition in their own age group.  This division is recommended for players ages 13-18.  A wider age range of players is to be expected as competition at this level because our district classifies all teams above 12U as “high-school” division. 



Required Equipment:

  • Batting helmet with face guard
  • Fielder’s facemask - this must be worn at all times while in the field – the only exception is the catcher, who will wear full catcher’s gear
  • Softball bat – must be stamped with “OFFICIAL SOFTBALL” or “OFFICIAL FASTPITCH”
  • Glove* – leather glove not more than 14” wide

*Please note:  there are specific glove requirements for 1st  baseman, catcher, and pitcher.  If your child is placed at one of these positions, a coach will review the requirements with you at that time.

  • Cleats – Rubber cleats are required for 8U, 10U, and 12U.  Metal cleats are allowed for all ages above 12U.



Uniforms:

SJAA will provide a jersey to each softball player.  Our program’s colors are red, white, and navy blue – each team’s jersey will include a unique variation of this color scheme.  


Additionally, each player will need:

  • Navy blue softball pants (any brand)
  • Socks & Belt (color will be communicated by your coach)

Some teams may choose to coordinate personalized bows or practice shirts for an additional cost



Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the requirements to coach?

1.  Register yourself as a volunteer when registering your daughter, and select “Head Coach” or “Assistant Coach” as your volunteer role.

2.  Complete a background check through the City of Jacksonville (if you have not coached for SJAA within the last 2 years) or a continuation form (if you have coached within the last 2 years)*

3.  Complete the Babe Ruth League “Coaching Youth Softball” Coach Certification*

*Details will be provided at the softball coach’s meeting prior to the start of the season


When are games?

  • The game schedule for our district is usually released within 1-2 weeks prior to when games begin
  • No games are held on Sunday (this does not apply to tournaments/AB/All-Stars)
  • Weekday games for 8U/10U begin at 6 PM
  • Weekday games for 12U/18U begin at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday games for all age divisions typically vary between 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 1:30 PM


When are practices?

  • Practice days and times are selected by coaches once all teams are formed.  All teams will practice 2x per week until games begin.  
  • Practice schedules will be adjusted once games begin based on field availability and game schedules.



Rules / District information can be found at www.floridababeruth.com (we are District 1 for Softball).


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