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U8 Softball

U8 Softball


The Carnarvon U8 program (also called Learn to Play 2 or LTP-2) supports our youngest softball players, providing training in softball fundamentals and the experience they need to grow in the sport.  Some U8 players have experience from Blastball and T-Ball, while others have no baseball or softball experience. Either one is fine. The emphasis of U8 is on fun - with fast and engaging sessions that keep players moving and learning.  Players benefit from the structured practices and simplified games.


Schedule 

The season begins in early April and runs until the end of June. During this time, players will be on the field an average of two times per week.  


If coaches choose to play games in the Softball Vancouver Island (SVI) league (http://svifastball.ca/), U8 games are set for Saturdays at 9:00am or 9:30am.  In 2016, there were 11 teams in the U8 league from the Central Saanich, Cordova Bay, View Royal, Peninsula, Duncan and Carnarvon ball clubs.  In 2016 and 2015, the U8 team participated in a fun tournament in early or mid-June called the Jamboree Weekend at View Royal.


Age Requirements

In Spring 2018, U8 is for players born in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Team Selection

In the case of more than one U8 team, the Club will make every effort to accommodate friend or coaching requests made at the time of registration, however no guarantees can be made.  Priority for team make-up will be given to past Carnarvon players first, then on a first come-first serve basis.


Uniforms

Players will receive a team t-shirt and hat from the Club early in the season. This is their uniform.  Coaches will advise parents when uniforms need to be worn throughout the season. Sometimes uniforms are required for every game and practice. Black baseball pants or dark (preferably black) athletic pants may be required at league games.


Equipment

Required equipment:

  • batting helmet with a strap and cage (recommended) or helmet with strap and a mouth guard
  • glove
  • cleats (recommended) - baseball or soccer style cleats are fine
  • infield face guard (recommended)

Please ensure that you mark the player's name on all equipment and clothing. 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 U8 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 (a very good practice manual is provided for U8)
  • 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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