See Seasons for general descriptions of each season's key dates.
USA Softball recently updated its age divisions to align more closely with school grades than calendar year. During registration, players will be automatically placed in divisions for the following year (Fall and Spring seasons) based on their birth date. See the chart below for the Fall 2023 / Spring 2024 softball year.
|Age on Aug. 31, 2023||2023-24 School Grade *||Division for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024|
|5 or 6||TK, K or 1||6U|
|7 or 8||2 or 3||8U|
|9 or 10||4 or 5||10U|
|11 or 12||6 or 7||12U|
|13 or 14||8 or 9||14U|
* Grade is meant as a guideline and will be accurate for most, but not all, players. Use age on Aug. 31 for official placement.
Yes, but play-up and play-down requests (to play in lower or higher age division) must be approved. To "play up," girls must evaluate for both their current division and that one above her age-appropriate division. The Board of Directors votes on play-up requests, taking evaluation scores into account. Girls may also “play down” in a lower age division, but requests must be approved by the Player Agent. To submit a request for either one, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations vary each season, but we strive to keep our league affordable. For Spring 2024, the early registration fee for 8U-14U is $245 with a $75 sibling discount.
A season's fees include a uniform jersey, umpire fees, sessions with our professional coaches, field preparation, skills clinics, and USA Softball registration and insurance. In the spring season only, fees include Opening Day and Closing Day festivities, awards and a team / individual photo. Often a practice shirt is included during the spring as well. 6U fees are less expensive because their games do not require umpires and they do not practice with our pro coaches.
For information about need-based scholarships, please contact the Player Agent, email@example.com.
The league supplies basic equipment for the team, including bats, balls and catcher’s gear. Many girls also purchase their own bat. The bat MUST be a softball bat with an “ASA” mark of approval.
Your registration includes your game jersey. Teams will coordinate to buy uniform socks and decide on the color of uniform pants. It is also helpful to have another pair of softball pants and long socks for practice.
You will need to provide:
Uniforms are to be worn at all games with jerseys tucked in.
Your team manager can advise you on bat and glove sizes. Or if you have questions on the type of equipment your child needs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices and most games are at Robb Field in Ocean Beach. (See field locations.) Each season may include one or more travel games. (14U teams travel more often.)
Typically in the spring, 6U teams practice once per week and have one game on Saturday. The 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U teams generally practice twice a week and have a game on Saturdays and (after daylight saving time) occasional weeknights. We also try to schedule each team for at least one "Friday Night Lights" game on Field 1.
In the fall, games are on Sundays and there are no weeknight games.
Your team manager will provide you with practice times and locations, and the league will send out the game schedule and link it from the website homepage as soon as it is available.
All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Player Agent at email@example.com. Refunds depend on when the written request is received.
Refund requests due to documented injury will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
PYSA works with area organizations and professional coaches to provide skills clinics, group pitching and catching lessons, and other training opportunities. As these are planned, they will be announced to league families and posted on our Clinics page. In addition, your season fees include each team's weekly practice time with our professional pitching and hitting coaches.
There are many ways! Each team needs volunteers, and your support is key to ensuring a successful league for the team. Your fees do not pay any salaries — we are all volunteers!
We ask all families to join one volunteer committee. Please see Volunteers for a full list of committees and positions you may consider.
In addition, every family is required to work a snack shack shift at some point during the season. A $100 deposit will be collected at registration and returned after your shift is complete. If the shift is not completed, the $100 becomes your buy-out fee as we will likely need to hire workers to fill shifts. But we encourage you to sign up — it is a great place to meet members of your community and our Peninsula Softball family. You will receive training/instruction from a member of the Snack Shack Committee. For more information, see Breakers Cafe or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course! The league relies heavily on the community for sponsorships during our spring season. We love our sponsors! Their support helps pay for the free skills clinics, the subsidized pitching lessons, and all the “extras” that make Peninsula Softball special. In return, we do all we can to support our sponsors, well beyond the name on the banner and on the back of the jersey. See our Sponsors page for more information.
Teams are formed differently, depending on the season and the age division.
For the spring season: In our 6U division, the Player Agent considers buddy requests and/or places girls on teams partially based upon the school they attend or the areas in which they live. In 8U, we strive for a balance between playing with friends and parity among teams. Girls in divisions 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U are selected via draft, based upon the scores they received during the assessment / evaluation (see below). In 10U and up, we do not accept special requests to be on a specific team or with a specific player. Placement from the waiting list is on a first-come, first-served basis.
As the emphasis in our spring season is to have teams that are evenly matched, all girls in division 8U and up are required to attend an assessment / evaluation day. Each girl will be evaluated on batting, base running, and infield and outfield defensive skills. Girls may also choose to evaluate as a pitcher and/or catcher. Girls attempting to play in a higher division must be evaluated for BOTH the higher division and the age-appropriate division.
Fall season: In the fall, we usually offer both an advanced and recreational option for play. We have traditionally allowed managers more leeway to choose their team or "save" more players before a draft, allowing girls to more easily play with their friends. We do still strive to have evenly matched recreational teams and ensure that all teams have pitchers and catchers, so not all buddy requests can be honored.
In the spring, we give champion and finalist awards during our closing ceremonies in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U divisions. Participation trophies are not included, but can be organized through team parents. 6U does have an end-of-season participation award.
Our fall season usually ends in some kind of playoff or tournament. The awards may differ, depending on the type of team your player is on.
Any player who participates in our spring recreational season is eligible to apply for All Stars. To be eligible for All Stars, players must have also gone through the player assessments at the beginning of the season. For more information about the selection process and the tournament schedule, see All Stars.
We follow USA Softball rules are used, with PYSA variances allowed. Each division has its own set of rules. The rules are reviewed and revised by the Board of Directors annually and provided to team managers before the season begins. For more information, see PYSA Bylaws and Rules.
We believe that the conduct and attitude of its members are a measure of the quality of an organization. Please read our Code of Conduct for players and parents.
For questions about registration, email the player agent at email@example.com. For general league questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Contact Us page to email an individual board member.