Gillette Girls Fastpitch Association (GGFA) is dedicated to the growth and development of our community’s young ladies on and off the softball field. The Spring League Fastpitch program provides young ladies in Gillette ages 4-18 a place to enjoy the game of fastpitch softball in a fun, learning, and competitive environment.
The Spring League will follow the USA Fastpitch rules and regulations, with a few modifications to enhance learning at the younger age groups. Each player will be registered with USA Fastpitch. The registration includes supplemental insurance coverage and provides age verification for each player. Registration for a first-year player must also include a copy of that player’s birth certificate, along with yearly registration paperwork, and registration fees. Age requirements for USA Fastpitch states the age a player is on Dec. 31st of any given year is the age group they can play in the following year. If a player is 10 on Dec. 31st and 11 on Jan. 1st, the player may play in the 10U age division. Younger players may play up in age divisions, though older players may not play down. Age groups at the older levels may be combined to accommodate athlete numbers participating.
Registration closes May 1st. Fees not paid by this date will result in athletes being placed on a waiting list with the hopes of forming another team. Each team will ideally consist of 12 players, though roster numbers may change up or down based on participation. Teams will have no less than 10 players and no more than 15. The season starts in May with an opening ceremony with games running through the middle of June. Teams wanting to compete in the ASA/USA WY State Tournament at the end of the season may do so if desired. The State Tournament is the 2nd weekend of July Tournament sites varies from year to year.
Coaches will be made up of parent volunteers, and training will be provided each year by GGFA’S Blue Jay traveling coaches. The Blue Jay Coaches will provide coaches clinics to help interested coaches and parents learn the basics of fastpitch softball. The clinics will consist of batting, fielding, pitching & catching, and basic bunting & slapping. They will also help with understanding ASA/USA rules and regulations.
Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches will need to pass an ASA/USA background check. Head Coaches will also need to become ACE Certified. This will be paid for by GGFA and can be done on the ASA/USA Fastpitch website: www.registerasa.com, or go to www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/About/Registration for more information.
GGFA Spring League Administrators will select team rosters. Rosters will be handed out at the beginning of each season during the coach's welcoming meeting. Returning players will have precedence on each roster. Every team needs to develop the players they have on their team. Players, coaches, nor parents may pick what team a player is on. If there is a conflict, please contact the League Administrator. Game schedules will also be handed out at this time.
Games will be held at the Energy Sports Complex, Bicentennial Fields, or Enzi Fields depending on how many teams we have and the availability of fields. Practices may be scheduled through GGFA for Bicentennial Park, the field on South Enzi Dr. just past the Rec Center are first come first serve, and at the Energy Sports Complex by contacting the City of Gillette. Practices should be approximately one hour in length and no more than 2 nights a week. If fields are not scheduled to be used, a first-come, first-served mentality will be respected. Everyone needs to work together for the player’s best interest. Remember what we are teaching: the importance of teamwork, respect for themselves and others, as well as good sportsmanship.
The concession stand will be open on game nights. Each team will be responsible for helping in the concession stand. Coaches will be given a schedule for when each team must help. It will be the Coach’s responsibility to find parents to help on their teams given night. Each team must help!
Players, coaches, and parents will be required to read and sign the GGFA Code of Conduct. Every player, coach, and spectator shall follow the rules and regulations for each age group and GGFA’s Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will result in implementing the disciplinary process. Umpires, League Administers, and Activities Director on duty have the final say in any dispute on the field or during a game!