When is registration?
Registration typically begins about a month before the coming season’s evaluations. For the spring season, expect registration to begin in December and for the fall season, expect registration to begin in July.
How do I register? Registration can be completed @ http://sandyplainssoftball.com/registration/ or in person at various Sandy Plains Softball events, including Fun Day and Evaluations.
What forms of payment are accepted? We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You can also mail in your check or drop it off at walk-up registration/Fun Day.
What do I need to register? You do not need any special information or documents to register. We ask basic information like your player’s name, address, birth date, current school and high school district, as well as any allergies or physical conditions of which we need to be aware.
Do you need to be a Cobb County resident to play at Sandy Plains Softball? No. However, you may be subject to a $15 “out of county fee” depending on your zip code.
What if I cannot make the registration date or I miss registration? If online registration has been closed, you need to contact the coordinator for your players’s age division ( http://sandyplainssoftball.com/spsa-board/ ) to register. We accept a limited number of late registrations in each age group until they are full.
ELGIBILITY & EXPERIENCE
Who is eligible to play in the league? We allow girls ages 4 through 16 to play in our program.
Does my daughter need experience to play? No. Sandy Plains Softball welcomes girls of all experience and ability levels. We have many opportunities to develop and play at the appropriate level.
For which age group should my daughter be registered? The age chart ( http://sandyplainssoftball.com/age-chart/ ) listed on the website are determined by the Amateur Softball Association and are based on the calendar year your player was born.
FEES & COSTS
What are the season fees? The registration fee varies by age group and the rates are subject to change.
What does the registration fee cover? The registration fee covers the cost associated with playing at Sandy Plains Softball including insurance, umpire fees, coaches’ background checks, certifications, trophies, field maintenance & care, and basic equipment including balls and catcher’s equipment, as well as the cost of the player’s jersey.
Will there be any additional fees? Each team has the option, but is not required, to order additional items which require additional funds. This could include visors, socks, pants, names added to the jersey, spirit wear, etc. Teams can also look to raise funds for end-of-season parties and/or coaches gifts.
Is there a volunteer discount? Discounts are not provided to volunteers.
PRACTICES & GAMES
Where are games and practices located? Games and practices will be held at:
2977 Gordy Parkway, Marietta, GA 30066
900 Shaw Park Road, Marietta, GA 30066
Occasionally, girls may play outside of Sandy Plains or Shaw Park to compete against teams from other parks. Typically, this is a limited number of games at the 8U and 10U age divisions, but becomes more frequent in the older age divisions.
Are there games and/or practices during the week and if so, what time do they start? Yes, games and/or practices will be held during the week. Practices and games for the younger age groups start at 5:30/6:00 during the week with older age groups starting at 7:30.
How often will the girls practice? How often are games? Sandy Plains Softball strives for three “touches” per week for each team, whether it is two practices and one game, or two games and one practice. The program does its best to keep the schedule as consistent as possible and remain consistent with the Cobb County school schedule. Teams play between 10-15 games during the season, including an end-of-season tournament. Coaches will provide a game schedule to the team within the first 2-3 weeks of practice.
When does the season start and end? In the spring, practices typically start mid-February with the first games at the end of February or beginning of March, depending on the Cobb County school schedule. The end-of-season tournament, Spring Fling, typically occurs during the last weekend before the school year ends. In the fall, practices typically start mid-August with the first games at the end of August or beginning of September. The end-of-season tournament, Spooky Ball, typically occurs during the last weekend in October.
How do I check field status for inclement weather? Communication regarding practices will come from your head coach, while communication regarding games will come from your head coach and via email and/or Facebook updates.
What is the competitive environment like? Each team is made up of girls with a mix of experience and talent levels. Most 6U players are beginners. Nearly half of 8U players are beginners.
Where can I find the rules? The rules can be found in the following location on the Sandy Plains Softball website: https://www.sandyplainssoftball.com/library/
SEASON & SPECIAL EVENTS
What is Fun Day? Fun Day is held at Sandy Plains Park the weekend before evaluations. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a current, new or former player. All events are free, with games, raffles and other fun attractions. Walk-up registration is also held during Fun Day.
Do you track game scores? Scores are not kept at 6U, however they are recorded at 8U and above during the spring and fall seasons. Standings are kept only in the spring season.
Is there a Picture Day? Yes. Team pictures will be held during the rec season and are offered for purchase.
Is there and End-of-Season Tournament? Yes, in the spring there will be the Spring Fling for 8U and older age groups. In the fall, there will be the Spooky Ball tournament for 8U and older age groups. The 6U age group will have an end-of-season party in both the spring and fall seasons.
Where can I go to find the schedule of events? Coaches will provide a schedule of practices and games. General park events can be found on the website
ROSTERS & TEAM PLACEMENT
How are the 6U teams formed? The 6U coaches participate in a draft where players will be selected for each team, however there is no evaluation at this level.
How are the 8U and older teams formed? The coaches for each age division – 8U, 10U, 12U and 13+ – evaluate the skills of each girl for that division at Evaluation Day. For example, the players will run through a set of hitting, base-running, fielding, throwing, and (for older groups) pitching drills to allow the coaches to determine skillset. Each girl is given a score comprised of the average of all of the coaches’ scores for the player. Then coaches from each age group will participate in a “draft” whereby the coach selects players for their team. The individual scores are used to "even" out the teams as the order coaches get to select players is determined by the cumulative score of their team.
Can I choose the team I want to play on or request that my player be placed with a specific coach or friends? In general, you cannot choose your team or who you will play with. In order to make the drafts for the 8U-13U+ divisions as fair as possible, SPSA is not allowing Coach Requests at this time. Car pool requests can be made. The association will do it's best to accommodate these requests, but cannot guarantee fulfillment.
Are sisters assigned on the same team? If the children are in the same division, sisters will be assigned to the same team by default. However, a request can be made during registration to place the sisters on separate teams.
Can my daughter play with older girls (“play up a division”)? Typically, Sandy Plains Softball keeps players in their given age division. At the discretion of the Program Coordinator and Program Director league coordinator, some girls may ‘’play up’’ in age division due to experience or skill level. The player must register in the normal age division, and make a request to play up with the Program Coordinator and Program Director. If a spot is available, the player will then evaluate at the higher age level and determined if the player will be allowed to participate at that age level.
Can my daughter play with younger girls (“play down a division”)? No.
How will I find out on which team I am placed? You should receive a call and/or email from the coach regarding team placement within 1-2 days following the draft for your age group.
COACHES & VOLUNTEERS
How can I become a Coach? First, thank you for your willingness to support our program. When registering your player, you may sign up to be a head coach, assistant coach, potential board member or team parent. If registration is closed, or you forgot to sign up, you can make a request to the Program Coordinator or Program Director (https://www.sandyplainssoftball.com/spsa-board/ )
Does SPSA require background checks? To ensure the safety of our players and their families, our volunteers, head coaches, assistant coaches, and board members are required to pass a background check. The association will incur all costs associated with obtaining background checks.
How are Coaches selected? Coaches are Parent Volunteers who have decided to give their time to teach our players and support the Sandy Plains Softball community by coaching. Once a parent volunteer has submitted a request to coach with the League Coordinator, the League Coordinator will present the list of manager and coaching candidates to the Program Director for recommendations to the Executive Board.
How many assistant coaches are allowed on each team? A team can have as many assistant coaches as needed/wanted though only one assistant coach can be assigned to a team prior to the draft. The more volunteers, the better for practices and the development of the girls. However, there can only be three coaches on the field during games.
What if I do not have any coaching experience? Sandy Plains Softball encourages those interested in coaching to volunteer. The Board will do its best to partner less experienced coaches with more experienced coaches. Also, the Board has two Coach-Player Development members to help all coaches with building practice plans, learning strategy, etc. ( https://www.sandyplainssoftball.com/spsa-board/)
I’m not interested in coaching, however I would like to volunteer my time. How can I help? During registration and throughout the season you can volunteer to be a team helper. Each team will need assistance managing the dugout, keeping the scorebook, updating the score board, coordinating snack schedule and more.
Does SPSA have a coach code of conduct? Yes. The code of conduct is provided under the section “Regular Season Manager/Coach Selection.” ( https://www.sandyplainssoftball.com/library/ )