Livermore SMOKE 12U Travel Team battled to win 1st Place in the ASA Junior Olympics Fastpitch Tournament in Napa, CA on August 2. After going 2-1 during Saturday pool play, they went 3-0 on Sunday in single elimination. They won their first game against Gonzales Wind 14-1, in their second game they beat the #1 seed Carson Valley Hot Shots 3-0, and beat out Pleasant Hill Panthers in the Championship game 9-8, coming from behind with a walk-off win. Livermore SMOKE took 1st place out of 9 teams. This was Livermore SMOKE's last tournament of the summer season. Way to go out with a bang! Congratulations Amanda, Avery, Brooke, Caitlyn, Erin, Gretchen, Jackie, Keana, Nayeli, Neena, Sadie, Sarah, Taylor, and Zoey. Coaches Aaron, Alisha, Dan, Joe, Paul, and Tom.
We expect to form four teams each in T-Ball, 8U and 10U. At this time, we only have one or two head coach volunteers in each of these age groups and we need more.
If you’ve ever considered coaching a team, this shorter Fall Rec season is a great opportunity to give it a try. Experience coaching baseball/softball or other youth sports is always a plus, but it’s most important that you have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and a desire to make sure these girls have fun learning and playing softball. There are also several members of the LGSA board of directors with lots of coaching experience who would be happy to help you get started.
For T-Ball parents: LGSA forms teams based on schools, and we also try to accommodate parent requests to play with a friend. If you step up before the teams are formed at the end of August, you’ll be able to have some influence on your team’s roster. The board can help you get started, but the team’s parents will eventually have to take over.
For 8U and 10U parents: The teams in these age groups are formed by an open draft. This means the head coaches attend player evaluations, take notes as the girls run their drills, and then get together to select their teams. If you volunteer before player evaluations start on August 26th, you’ll be able to select one assistant coach. If we don’t have enough volunteers, LGSA board members will take notes at evaluations and draft teams that will be turned over to the parents.
We require our coaching volunteers to register online. For the safety of our players, you’ll be asked to complete a very brief background check during your registration process. There is no cost to you as the league covers this expense for head coaches. You can find more information about the background checks here:
Player evaluations for our Fall Recreational season will take place at Joe Michell K-8 School on the following days:
Wed Aug 26
Sat Aug 29
All players in 8U and 10U must attend one of these dates. Please arrive 30 minutes early to get checked in.
We do not accept registration at player evaluations. All players must pre-register online.
It's looking like we'll have enough players to make four T-Ball teams. We still have some openings so please pass the word.
Girls registered in T-Ball do not attend evaluations unless they want to try out for 8U. A T-Ball player must have at least one year of prior softball/baseball experience to try out for 8U. If there is no room for a T-Ball player in 8U, or she does not get drafted onto an 8U team, she will be placed on a T-Ball team.
Middle School Players
At this time we do not have enough registered players to form a Middle School age group. If this situation changes we will notify you right away.
The registration fees for the Fall Rec season are as follows:
Fees must be paid in full by August 29th. You can log into your LGSA account and pay online at any time, or you can mail a check to:
P.O. Box 905
Livermore, CA 94551
You can also pay in person at one of the player evaluation dates, but please wait until we've finished checking all of the girls in.
Jersey samples will be available at the player evaluation dates for your player to try on for sizing. The jersey will be different than the one we used in Spring so we recommend that you check sizing. Once our bulk order is placed, there will be an additional fee to replace a jersey that does not fit.
Teams will be formed a couple of days after the last player evaluation date. You will then be contacted by your team's head coach.
Who needs to attend the player evaluations?
All players who are registered in 8U and 10U, plus any T-Ball players that want to try out for 8U.
What equipment is necessary for the player evaluations?
At a minimum, your daughter should wear athletic clothes and shoes. We recommend baseball/softball pants and cleats (soccer cleats are acceptable). She'll also need her glove, bat, and batting helmet.
What drills will they do at player evaluations?
Just the basics: Base running, fielding ground balls and fly balls, throwing, hitting and pitching.
Will players be sliding during the player evaluations?
Can my daughter play up in an older age group?
Yes, there may be an opportunity to play in an older age group. First-time players who are six years old and under must play at least one season in T-ball. Players in 8U and above must attend the player evaluations for their regular age group, and may attend player evaluations for an older age group. If there is no room for a player in the older age group, or she is not drafted into the older age group, she must play in her regular age group.
For registration purposes, you must register your player in the group appropriate for her age. If she is later drafted into an older age group with a higher registration fee, you can pay the difference after teams are formed.
Is there a chance my daughter won't make a team?
No. All players whose registration fees are paid in full will be placed on teams in their registered age groups.
What kind of weekly schedule can we expect during the season?
When practices begin in early September, teams will generally practice twice a week. When games begin in mid-to-late September, teams typically have a weeknight game and a Saturday game each week. Practice schedules are set by the head coaches. We strongly encourage coaches to continue holding a weekly practice around their game schedule.
For the first time in a long time, LGSA is going to offer a Fall Recreational season. Registration is already open, just click here to get started.
Q & A
Is previous experience required?
Is this travel ball?
No, this is a recreational program.
How does it compare to the Spring Rec season?
The Fall season will be shorter than Spring and there won't be playoffs, otherwise it will be pretty similar. Most if not all games will be played at Joe Michell.
What are the age groups?
T-Ball, 8U, 10U and Middle School. League age is based on the player's age as of January 1, 2015. School grades are for Fall 2015.
What's the season calendar?
Registration opens in June
Player evaluations (for 8U through Middle School) in late August
Teams formed at the end of August
Practices start early September
Games start late September
Season ends late October/early November
What are the registration fees?
The fees are $100 for T-Ball and $125 for all other age groups.
When is payment due?
Payment is due in full prior to team formation in late August.
How many teams will there be?
At this time we are limiting registration to four teams per age group, which means 40 players in T-Ball and 48 players in the older age groups. Register soon to reserve your spot!
Can my daughter move up to an older age group?
She can try out for an older age group by attending the player evaluation for her normal age group and the evaluation for the older age group. If she doesn't get drafted in the older age group, or no roster spots are available, she will have to stay in her normal age group.
Do you need coaches?
Yes! With fewer age groups than Spring and only four teams in each age group, we expect there to be a lot of demand for a limited number of coaching slots. Click the Register Now button and register as a coach to indicate your interest.
You've already got an account in our registration system if your player participated in our 2014 or 2015 Spring seasons. Prior to registering, we recommend that you make sure you can still access your account. See our account help page if you need to reset your password.
Once you've logged in, click the Register Now button to get started. Registration should go quickly for you since we already have all of the information about your family members. Just verify that everything is still correct and update any missing information.
Welcome! Just click the Register Now button to get started. You'll be prompted to create a family account where you give some information about yourself, then you can add another parent if you like and then your player.
Need more information?
Still have questions? Email registration@LivermoreGirlsSoftball.org.