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U10 Softball


While continuing to be taught the fundamentals of softball, U10 players and coaches begin to focus more on the game of softball itself and the rules.

The South Vancouver Island (SVI) Minor Fastpitch Association U10 league has two tiers.  The difference between Tier 1 and 2 is minimal with the main difference being the ability to use the Machine/Coach pitch for part of the season. In Tier 1, there is no Machine/Coach pitch.

Schedule
The season runs from early April and until the end of June.

In U10, there are 1-2 regular season games per week.  League games are usually on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm or 1:00-3:00pm and Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm or 6:30-8:30pm.

Practice schedules vary from year to year and depend on field and coach preference, but in the past there have been 1-2 practices per week.

U10 teams often play in three weekend tournaments: the "2x2" in May, the Langford U10 tournament in early June and the U10 District Finals (playoffs) near the end of June.

Initially, U10 teams will be given a schedule from SVI that runs until a weekend tournament in mid-May (called the "2x2" with 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday).  These 4 games are considered part of league play. After completing this tournament, teams may be reshuffled from one tier to the other (for example, teams from Tier 1 may be moved down to Tier 2 and teams from Tier 2 may be moved up to Tier 1). This reshuffling will re-balance the teams with varying abilities.

Age Requirements
In Spring 2018, U10 is for players born in 2008 and 2009.  It is possible for younger players to join, if space is available. Contact lisarogers@hotmail.com if you would like to request your younger child play at this level.

Team Selection
We anticipate having 2-3 U10 softball teams in 2018. We will make every effort to accommodate any friend or coaching request, but no guarantees can be made.  Priority will be given to past Carnarvon players first, then on a first-come-first-served basis.

Uniforms
Players will receive a team jersey and a hat. Please ensure that they wear it to each game.  Players may also be asked to wear baseball pants of a specific colour.

Equipment

Required equipment:

  • batting helmet with a strap and cage (recommended) or helmet with strap and a mouth guard
  • glove
  • cleats (recommended, but not mandatory. Baseball or soccer cleats are fine)
  • infield face guards for pitchers (recommended for all players, especially new players)

Please ensure that you mark the player's name on everything.  A white label or masking tape works well on the outside of the batting helmet and handwritten on labels in shirts, glove and hats.

Parent Duties
Carnarvon is a community sports organization run entirely by volunteers. Administration, coaching, field maintenance and preparation duties are all performed by parents and community members, mostly behind the scenes.

Volunteer contributions are required from every family in order to run the programs effectively and give our players a high-quality softball experience.  Whether you pay the "volunteer opt out fee" of $200 or sign up for a volunteer position, all U10 families are still required to complete Team Duties as follows:

Score-keeping
Score-keeping is relatively simple at the U10 level. All families will be placed in a few time slots for score-keeping per season.  If your family is unable to complete your score-keeping time slots, you will need to find another parent to replace you.  

Field Preparation (Home Games Only)
For league games at home, the field will need to be raked and chalked, bases and plates will need to be measured and positioned and other miscellaneous duties will need to be done. All families will be placed into a few field prep slots on a rotating basis.  If your family is unable to complete your field prep time slots, it is your responsibility to find another family to replace you.

Coaching Team
All Carnarvon team coaches are volunteers. The Club prefers to have 3 coaches per team. U10 is a great time for parents to learn to coach or continue to improve your coaching skills. Many softball coaches start out with their own children at a young age and continue to coach up through the competitive levels of softball.

Each coaching team will ultimately determine how they would like to organize themselves in a given season, but the following is a general guideline of what is involved with each role:

Head Coach

  • Completes a Coaching Application (Go to Resources tab and click Forms)
  • Once application is reviewed and approved, completes Carnarvon Coach Registration
  • Submits a criminal record check prior to season
  • Attends every practice and game (arrives early and sets up equipment)
  • Attends field and game scheduling meetings and coaches meetings
  • Plans practices and drills 
  • Determines team line-ups for games 
  • Develops a thorough understanding of divisional rules (see http://svifastball.ca/)
  • Liaises with umpires
  • Manages equipment
  • Sends team communications
  • Optional: Completes an NCCP Level 1 coaching certification (cost may be reimbursed by the Club, contact VP Softball if you are interested)

Assistant Coach(es)

  • Completes a Coaching Application (Go to Resources tab and click Forms)
  • Once application is reviewed and approved, completes Carnarvon Coach Registration
  • Submits a criminal record check prior to season
  • Attends every practice and game (arrives early and sets up equipment)
  • Assists with practices, drills
  • Runs warm-ups
  • Provides base coaching during games
  • Provides coach pitch or runs the pitching machine during games
  • Has a thorough understanding of the divisional rules (see http://svifastball.ca/)
  • Helps manage equipment
  • Optional: Completes an NCCP Level 1 coaching certification (cost may be reimbursed by the Club, contact VP Softball if you are interested)

Team Coordinator

  • Liaises with softball uniform coordinator
  • Coordinates parent volunteers for field prep
  • Helps coaches with administrative duties as needed
  • Helps organize the season-end party
  • Does not require a criminal record check

On-Field Helper Parents

  • Helps out during practices or games (bring your glove)
  • Does not require a criminal record check

If you have any further questions about U10, contact lisarogers@hotmail.com.

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