U10 (Mites) 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 SVI 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 usually 2 games per week.  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.

Initially, U10 teams will be given a schedule from SVI that runs until a weekend tournament in mid-May (with 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday – also called a 2×2).  These 4 games are considered part of league play. After completion of these tournaments, 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
U10 is designed for players born in 2007 and 2008.  It is sometimes possible for players to “play up” from U8.  All players wanting to “play up” will need to register for the level that corresponds with their birth year and then make a request to the Carnarvon VP Softball to have the player assessed. Play-up requests will be approved if space is available and the assessment confirms that they would be a better fit at the higher level.

Assessments
No assessments are conducted at the U10 level.

Team Selection
We anticipate having 1-2 U10 softball teams in 2017. While, we will make every effort to accommodate any friend or coaching request, no guarantees can be made.  Priority for team composition will be given to past Carnarvon Ball Club players first, then on a first come first served basis.

Uniforms
Players will receive a team t-shirt, socks and a hat. This is their uniform, so please ensure that they wear it for each game.  Players may also be asked to wear baseball pants of a specific colour.

In 2017, players will also receive a Carnarvon Ball Club hoodie. It is recommended that players bring their hoodie to games in the case of inclement weather, but it is not part of the uniform.

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

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.

Cost
The cost to register for our U10 softball program can be found here.

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

A minimum level of involvement is required from every Club family in order to run the programs effectively and give our players a high-quality softball experience.  This minimum level of involvement in U10 includes three parent duties: pre-season field prep at Fireman’s Park, scorekeeping and field prep (home games only).

Pre-Season Field Preparation (Spring Clean-Up)
Near the start of the season, Carnarvon softball has an annual pre-season field prep/clean-up day at Fireman’s Park.  Parents bring work gloves and garden tools (rakes, edgers, buckets, weeders, shovels, brooms) and help get the field ready for action. It is a great way to meet other softball families and to kick-off the season.

Scorekeeping
Scorekeeping is relatively simple at the U10 level. All families will be placed in a few time slots for scorekeeping per season.  If your family is unable to complete your scorekeeping 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 per season.  If your family is unable to complete your field prep time slots, it is your responsibility to find another family to replace you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Coaching Team
All Carnarvon team coaches are volunteers. The Club prefers to have 2-3 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 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 www.svisoftball.ca)
  • Liaises with umpires
  • Manages equipment
  • Sends team communications
  • Liaises with Jr. Softball Coordinator and Team Coordinator
  • 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 Carnarvon Coach Registration.
  • Submits a criminal record check prior to season start.
  • 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
  • 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 the Softball Registrar at softballregistrar@carnarvonballclub.com