North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association

Recreational House League

Registration for next season starts in January 2019.

Program Information

Recreational League for Minor Female Players

Our recreational “House” or "C" program is for girls (ages 5 to 19) wishing to play at a less intensive competitive level, or whose skills are still developing. This is for players to enjoy friendly competition and recreational play while developing their skills. There is no try out process for the category "C" teams comprising our house league, and NSGFA tries to form teams that emphasize continuity over time and playing with friends. With attrition from year to year, teams may need to merge and players may move around to ensure there are enough teams.

We encouraged friends to play together in our house program and our registration form allows up to 3 friend requests. We do our best to honor all such requests, however this becomes very difficult once team forming begins. So if your daughter wants to play with specific friends, please register early.

In addition to league play, teams in the house program (U10 and up) also have the opportunity to compete in tournaments. A typical house team plays 20-30 games a year. In June, District Playoffs for the U14, U16, and U19 divisions also determine which teams will advance to a Provincial Championship tournament. In addition, all teams U10 to U19 have the opportunity to participate in the annual NSGFA year-end tournament (or jamboree for U6 and U8). All U10 and U12 teams also have the opportunity to play in an Regional Championships.

Expect a competitive but recreational atmosphere, with opportunities for player development.

Not a minor house player?

North Shore Stars (Rep) players

Players selected to a 2018 rep team, please visit our Rep Program Page for information and registration.

Adult (Senior Fastpitch) Players

Women age 19+ please contact your coach, or email our Senior Fastpitch Coordinator if you are looking for a U21 or Senior team.

2018 Registration Information

2018 registration fees are the same as last year and exclude any available discounts or applicable extra fees. U12 to U19 also have some weekend games/tournaments.

DivisionBirth YearsGroupFeesPlays OnPracticesTeam Forming
Starts
U6 / Blastball2012 - 2013Girls$110Mon & Wed (Learn-To-Play)Mar 10
U8 / MiniMite2010 - 2011Girls$145Tue & Thu (Learn-To-Play)Mar 10
U10 / Mite2008 - 2009Girls$180WedMonMar 10
U12C / Squirt2006 - 2007Girls$215Tue & ThuWeekendsMar 10
U14C / PeeWee2004 - 2005Girls$215Mon & WedWeekendsMar 10
U16C / Bantam2002 - 2003Girls$215Mon & WedWeekendsFeb 20
U19C / Midget1999 - 2001Girls$215Tue & ThuWeekendsFeb 20

U16 & U19 Registration Deadline: February 20

To facilitate lower mainland interlock scheduling for these divisions, team forming for U16 and U19 starts Feb 20. Expect few if any open spots after this date (see late registration below). Wait lists may start sooner depending on registration counts and team sizes.

Early Bird Discount (all divisions)

Register by January 31 to save $10 and secure your spot on a team with your friends.

Late Registration (all divisions)

Team forming begins March 10 for the U6 to U14 divisions. Players may register after this date to fill up existing teams, or to be added to the waiting list. Late fees may apply. A wait list is created once all teams in a division are deemed full. All rosters are finalized and closed at the end of April. Your fees will be fully refunded if we cannot place you on a team in your age group. Although we try to accommodate specific teammate requests, we cannot guarantee placement on a particular team, especially once teams are formed.

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Additional House Program Information

Schedule

Team forming starts early March. Coaches and managers meet mid-March for a preseason briefing and to arrange uniform and equipment pick-ups. Parents and players will be contacted shortly thereafter. Schedules are usually available late March or early April.

Practices and games start around April 1 (older teams may have some practices in Mach). The regular season ends with the annual NSGFA year-end tournament on the June 22-24 weekend. Provincial Championships (U14, U16, U19) are July 13-15, and the U12 Regional Championships are in mid/late June this year.

Most divisions (U12 and older) play 2 games per week plus some weekend games/tournaments. Practices are scheduled individually by team coaches and are usually on weekends. Younger divisions (U6 to U10) typically meet 2 evenings per week for practices and games.

Field Locations

For the younger divisions, most if not all games and practices are held at either McCartney Creek Park, Lynn Valley Park, or Loutet Softball Park.

The U16 & U19 divisions are part of the Lower Mainland Softball "interlock" league which schedules games between teams from across the lower mainland. Each team plays about 1/2 their games on the North Shore and the remainder are "away" games. Schedulers do their best to limit travel but expect some significant travel times due to traffic congestion.

Uniforms

Jerseys, hats, shorts (or pants), and socks are supplied by the league at no extra cost, and must be worn during all games. Players U10 and older are required to provide a deposit which is returned/destroyed when they turn in their jersey and shorts/pants at the end of the season. Hats and socks are not returned. U6 and U8 players receive a t-shirt and hat which are theirs to keep.

Equipment

A glove is required and may be purchased at any major sporting goods or department stores for as little as $20 (beginners, 5-7 years) and $100 or more (higher quality pro gloves for senior levels). Helmets including chin straps are mandatory for batters; we recommend purchasing your own for about $30. We strongly recommend mouth guards for all ages and, for older players, sliding shorts and a female groin protector are suggested.

Proper footwear is required. We recommend baseball or soccer shoes/cleats (metal spikes not permitted). A selection of quality fastpitch certified bats are provided in the coach’s equipment bag but many older players prefer to bring/use their own bat. Some older teams also require players to purchase matching softball/baseball pants for about $35.

Preferred Suppliers

Time Out Source for Sports (235 Mountain Hwy, North Van) and Pro-Stock Athletic Supply (#109 - 8327 Eastlake Drive, Burnaby) offer discounts on many items if you identify yourself as a North Shore Girls Fastpitch member.

What you need to register

Please ensure you have the following on hand before registering:

  1. Player Details (e.g. date of birth)
  2. Softball BC # (all returning players)
  3. Credit Card (to pay online, save time/money)
  4. Team Snap ID & password
  5. Player Preferences (positions & teammates)**

**Please discuss position and teammate requests with your daughter before registering.

You can use your existing Team Snap ID from any other sport, activity, or family member.

Your Softball BC Number (IMPORTANT)

Every player and coach must have their own personal Softball BC Lifetime Membership. If you've previously played with us (or any other Softball BC sanctioned league), you have a Softball BC membership number.

Returning NSGFA players can find theirs on the archived team roster from last season. New players, enter 0 for your Softball BC # on the registration form and we'll purchase a Softball BC membership for you.

An additional $10 is charged to purchase a membership (new players) or to look up an existing member number for those who do not provide the correct Softball BC number when registering.

Payment Options

The preferred payment method is online by credit card during registration. Cheque and cash are subject to an additional $10 handling fee, and your registration may be held in suspense until payment is received. There is a $30 fee for dishonored payments. Please note that we do not accept credit card payments offline.

Financial Assistance

If you are applying for funding from a community organization such as Kidsport or Athletics for Kids please select the applicable field on the registration form. You are responsible for submitting your application to the funding organization, and for any residual balance. Your registration may be held in suspense until funding is confirmed and the remaining balance is paid in full.

Special Circumstances? (let us know)

Please send a confidential email to our VP Finance if you have a special financial situation that may impact your payment of registration fees.

Receipts and Refunds

Please read our FAQ's regarding receipts and refunds.

Help & Inquiries

Please search our FAQ before contacting us.

Please direct any inquires regarding team forming and team placement to the Division Coordinator for your daughter's age group (listed on our Executive page). Questions about registration, payments, withdrawals, refunds, or any special requests should be directed to the Registrar.

Please use the Registration Card for your Division / Birth Year

To continue an existing registration or pay outstanding fees, please log into your Team Snap account and scroll down to "My Pending Registrations".

U6 / Blastball (2012 - 2013)

$110 per player
  • Team forming starts March 10
  • Team & individual photo for every player
  • Learn-To-Play program focuses on having fun while developing skills
  • 2 sessions weekly (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • Keepsake "uniform" t-shirt & cap
  • NSGFA provided team equipment
  • Players need their own glove, cleats (or sneakers), helmet

U8 / MiniMite (2010 - 2011)

$145 per player
  • Team forming starts March 10
  • Team & individual photo for every player
  • Learn-To-Play program with modified games
  • 2 combined practices / games weekly (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • Keepsake "uniform" t-shirt & cap
  • NSGFA provided team equipment
  • Players need their own gloves, cleats, personal protective equipment

U10 / Mite (2008 - 2009)

$180
  • Team forming starts March 10
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Learn-To-Play program (advanced) with modified games
  • Mondays (games) and Wednesdays (practices) plus some weekends
  • NSGFA provided uniforms and team equipment
  • Free mid-season Mite Fun Tournament
  • Free entry into NSGFA year-end tournament
  • Players need their own gloves, cleats, and personal protective equipment

U12C / Squirt (2006 - 2007)

$215
  • Team forming starts March 10
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Uniforms & team equipment provided
  • 2 games per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) plus weekend practices
  • Free entry into NSGFA year-end tournament; plus funding for one external tournament
  • NSGFA covers NCCP training costs for coaches
  • Players need their own glove, cleats, personal protective equipment

U14 / PeeWee (2004 - 2005)

$215
  • Team forming starts March 10
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Uniforms and team equipment provided
  • 2 games per week (Mondays & Wednesdays) plus weekend practices
  • Some weekend games and tournaments outside the North Shore
  • Free entry into NSGFA year-end tournament, plus funding for one external tournament
  • NSGFA covers NCCP training costs for coaches
  • Players need their own gloves, cleats, and personal protective equipment

U16 / Bantam (2002 - 2003)

$215
  • Team forming & late fees start February 21
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Uniforms and team equipment provided
  • 2 interlock games per week (Mondays & Wednesdays) plus weekend practices and some weekend games/tournaments
  • Approx. 50% of games outside the North Shore
  • Free entry into NSGFA year-end tournament, plus funding for one external tournament
  • NSGFA covers NCCP training costs for coaches
  • Players need their own gloves, cleats, and personal protective equipment

U19 / Midget (1999 - 2001)

$215
  • Team forming & late fees start February 21
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Uniforms and team equipment provided
  • 2 interlock games per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) plus weekend practices and some weekend games/tournaments
  • Approx. 50% of games outside the North Shore
  • Free entry into NSGFA year-end tournament, plus funding for one external tournament
  • NSGFA covers NCCP training costs for coaches
  • Players need their own gloves, cleats, and personal protective equipment

Registration Status Indicators
(all divisions)

Although we cannot always accommodate specific requests, we will endeavor to place you on a team, or we will issue a full refund.

Status = Open

Multiple spots left on most teams. We will try to accommodate specific team/teammate requests, considering team forming guidelines.

Status = Limited

Although most teams are full, some have room... but we may not be able to accommodate specific team / teammate requests.

Status = Waiting List

Current teams are full or nearly full. We'll place you on a team, on a first-come-first-served basis, if there's room (or someone withdraws) but we may not be able to accommodate specific team/teammate requests.

Status = Closed

Sorry, all teams in the division are full. Registration for next season starts in January 2019.