North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association

Recreational House League

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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 recreational house league. We try to form teams that emphasize continuity over time and playing with friends. Based on attrition and new joiners, teams may need to merge and players may move around to ensure there are enough teams each year.

We encouraged friends to play together in our house program and our registration form allows up to 3 friend requests. Although we do our best to honour such requests, this becomes much more difficult once team forming begins, so please register early.

In addition to league play, our house teams (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 determine which teams advance to the Provincial Championships. 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 a Regional Championship tournament.

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

Not a minor house player?

North Shore Stars (Rep) players

Players who have already tried out and been selected to a North Shore Stars rep team for the 2019 season, 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 Fastpitch team.

2019 Registration Information

These registration fees exclude any available discounts or applicable extra fees. U12 to U19 also have some weekend games/tournaments. Session times for U6 are flexible at coach discretion.

DivisionBirth YearsGroupFeesPlays OnPracticesTeam Forming
Starts
U6 / Blastball2013 - 2014Girls$115Mon & Wed (Learn-To-Play)Mar 11
U8 / MiniMite2011 - 2012Girls$150Tue & Thu (Learn-To-Play)Mar 11
U10 / Mite2009 - 2010Girls$190WedMonMar 11
U12C / Squirt2007 - 2008Girls$225Tue & ThuWeekendsMar 11
U14C / PeeWee2005 - 2006Girls$225Mon & WedWeekendsFeb 18
U16C / Bantam2003 - 2004Girls$225Mon & WedWeekendsFeb 18
U19C / Midget2000 - 2002Girls$225Tue & ThuWeekendsFeb 18

U14, U16 & U19 Registration Deadline: February 18

To facilitate lower mainland interlock scheduling for U14 to U19, team forming for these divisions starts Feb 18. Expect limited (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 11 for the U6 to U12 divisions (Feb 18 for U14 to U19). Players may register after this date to fill up existing teams or be added to a waiting list. Late fees will apply. A waiting list is created once all teams in a division are deemed full. All rosters are finalized and closed by April 30. 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 team forming begins.

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Additional House Program Information

Schedule

Team forming starts in 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 March). The regular season ends with the annual NSGFA year-end tournament on the June 22-24 weekend. For 2019, the Provincial Championships (U14, U16, U19) are July 5-7 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 (specific times for U6 are at coach discretion).

Field Locations & Travel

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

The U14 to U19 divisions are part of the Lower Mainland Softball "interlock" league which schedules games between teams from across the lower mainland. These team play approximately 1/2 of their games on the North Shore and the remainder are "away" games. Schedulers do their best to limit average travel distances but expect some significant travel times due to traffic congestion.

Note: U14 is now part of the Interlock league schedule. This is a change this season and will result in a games against a wider variety of opponents across the lower mainland, requiring travel off the North Shore for most away games.

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 with chin straps are mandatory for batters; we recommend purchasing your own for about $30. We strongly recommend mouth guards for all ages. For older players, sliding shorts and a female groin protector are suggested. NSGFA supplies pitching masks and catching gear. Some infield players also prefer to bring their own mask.

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; however, many older players prefer to bring their own certified minor fastpitch bat. 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 the player'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 (2013 - 2014)

$115 per player
  • Team forming starts March 11
  • Team & individual photo for every player
  • Learn-To-Play program focuses on having fun while developing skills
  • 2 sessions weekly (Mondays & Wednesdays) - start time at coach discretion
  • Keepsake "uniform" t-shirt & cap
  • NSGFA provided team equipment
  • Players need their own glove, cleats (or sneakers), helmet

U8 / MiniMite (2011 - 2012)

$150 per player
  • Team forming starts March 11
  • 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 (2009 - 2010)

$190
  • Team forming starts March 11
  • 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 (2007 - 2008)

$225
  • Team forming starts March 11
  • 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

U14C / PeeWee (2005 - 2006)

$225
  • Team forming starts February 18
  • Includes team & individual photo
  • Uniforms and team equipment provided
  • 2 interlock 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

U16C / Bantam (2003 - 2004)

$225
  • Team forming & late fees start February 18
  • 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

U19C / Midget (2000 - 2002)

$225
  • Team forming & late fees start February 18
  • 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.