FAQ's / Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the differences in the age divisions?

Player eligibility, pitching distance, and ball size are based on age division. We accept all players from 6 through 16 years of age. Players born after 2016 will be considered with prior T-Ball experience.

Age Eligibility According to Birth Year for the 2022 Season (which begins January 1, 2022)

DIVISION

BIRTH YEAR

PITCHING DISTANCE

BALL SIZE

8U

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

35 Feet (Coach Pitch)

11 inch

10U

2011, 2012

35 Feet

11 inch

12U

2009, 2010

40 Feet

12 inch

16U*

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

43 Feet

12 inch

*Metal Cleats Allowed

If your player has the ability to play up to the next age group, you can request it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The DGSA board will review and determine if she is eligible.

Is previous softball experience required?

DGSA welcomes all softball talent levels, from beginner to advanced. All registered girls will be placed on a team and receive play time; with at least two innings in the field, and in a consecutive batting line up.

How can my player receive more softball skills training?

DGSA offers multiple skills clinics to assist the girls with pitching, catching, batting and fielding. Clinics are typically held at Pioneer park or Rio Vista park in Peoria. Clinic information will be shared on our Facebook page and sent to coaches for team distribution.

Do I have to be a Peoria resident to participate?

Players from Peoria, AZ and any of the surrounding cities are welcome to join our recreational softball league. If your player is interested in softball and can attend the practices/games schedule for the season, we invite them to be part of Diamond Girls Softball Association.

When does Registration open?

DGSA has two seasons, Spring and Fall. Registration opens online in mid-to-late January for the Spring, and late July to early August for Fall.

When does Registration close?

Each season, online registration closes after 6 weeks or when the player to coach ratio is maxed. Registration updates are shared on our Facebook page.

What is the Registration Fee?

The registration fee for 8U is $100 a season; all other divisions are $130 a season. Player jerseys and socks are included.

Does DGSA need coaches and volunteers?

Each season we ask for Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Parents and Parent Volunteers. The more volunteers we have, the more teams we can create. If interested in volunteering please complete this online survey. Be sure to mark that you want to be a volunteer on your player’s registration form.

Are volunteers paid for their time?

DGSA volunteers are not compensated for their time. They are purely volunteering their time, knowledge and the love of softball for our community. This includes: all board members, managers, coaches, team parents and parent volunteers. We do our best to make things run smoothly for the love of the game. We are not perfect and we do make mistakes, but work diligently to fix them as quick as we can.

Where can I register?

You can sign up online by visiting our website under the on-line registration tab. Registration is complete once the player profile and payment are confirmed. Registration is first come, first serve. If a player is missing details (eligible division, payment, etc.) they will be placed on our Waitlist until Registration is complete. For registration questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can my player stay on the same team with her friends or with her same coach?

Returning coaches can keep up to 5 returning players for the Spring season and request their full returning player list for the Fall season. We will notate ‘player requests’ during registration. If a player request is made in the Spring season, coaches are notified during the Draft and will need to select both players, if possible.

When will I know which team my player is on?

DGSA creates Team Rosters and team practice schedules. For the Spring season, this takes place after the Draft. For the Fall season, and all 8U teams, this takes place after Registration closes. Within the following week, parents/guardians will be notified by one of the volunteer coaches.

Does my player need a physical before trying out?

A sports physical is not required to play in our league. We do expect that you would only allow your player to participate if she is in good health.

When are tryouts?

10U & 12U tryouts are in late February. 16U tryouts are in late March for the Spring season, due to the high school ball schedules. DGSA will send an email to parents/guardians of registered players with the date, time and location. Players unable to attend Spring tryouts, all 8U players, and players registered for the Fall season are randomly placed on a team without trying out. All registered players will make a team.

Where are practices/games held?

DGSA predominantly use Ira Murphy Park, Rio Vista Community Park, and Pioneer Community Park.

What is the practice and game schedule?

Practices and Games are scheduled by DGSA based on City of Peoria’s field availability, and coach input. 10U, 12U and 16U will practice and/or play games 2-3 times a week during the week. Practices and Games are scheduled at either 5:45pm or 7:15pm during the week, except for 8U. 8U practices are scheduled at 5:45pm during the week, with Saturday morning games at Ira Murphy Park.

When do practices begin?

Spring practices will start the week after the Draft. 10U & 12U Draft is usually the last week in February or early March. 16U Spring season starts later than the other divisions due to the high school ball schedules. Fall practices begin the week after registration closes.

What does DGSA provide?

DGSA provides a jersey and matching socks for registered players in all divisions. DGSA partners with the City of Peoria for practice/game field reservations and schedules game officials with certified umpires. Team equipment is provided by DGSA to the head coach, as requested. This includes: catcher’s gear, dug-out signage, practice balls, first aid kits, game balls and scorebooks. (8U does not keep score.) Pitching machine can be provided for a practice upon request and availability.  

What gear and equipment does my player need?

Each player will need softball pants, helmet, fielder’s glove, bat and cleats. Your coach will tell you what color softball pants your player will need; usually black or gray. Batting helmets must have a faceguard and chin strap. Fielder’s gloves and bats should be designated for fastpitch softball. Except for 16U, cleats should be molded or plastic. 16U can wear metal cleats. All pitchers are required to wear a face mask; all catchers are required to wear full gear with a throat guard as part of their catcher’s mask. If your player has her own catcher’s gear, she is welcome to wear it. 

How do I know what size bat or glove my player needs?

Here are helpful links to determining if your player’s bat or glove is the right size for her.

What is Opening Day?

Opening Day is a celebration for all divisions and the first day of the season, beginning with our National Anthem and an honorary first pitch. All players represent their team in full jerseys, holding their sponsor/team banner during their parade around the bases. Additional activities and events are available to celebrate the event. First games of the season, scheduled at 5:45pm, will commence after the parade. Concession stands, and other booths may be available. If interested in volunteering or being part of the festivities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know more about how you’d like to be involved.

What is Picture Day?

Photo shoots are scheduled by team, usually held on a Saturday morning at Rio Vista Community Park, near the fountain. Although attendance is not mandatory, team photos are taken with all players in full uniform. Players have the option to purchase individual photos from the independent photographer, if desired.

How can I follow DGSA?

Season updates and communication is shared on our Facebook page. Please Like, Share and Comment on our posts to help build our softball community.

How can I sponsor a team?

DGSA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization; your donations are tax deductible. To sponsor an individual team, you or your company can donate $250. In return, you will receive a thank you letter and plaque, your company name (or team name) on the back of the jerseys, a mention and link on our website, and your banner will be hung at every game that your team plays. If you sponsor a second time, the same banner will be used, reducing the minimum sponsorship amount to $200. You can also donate $125 to sponsor a player, who could not otherwise play. We also have a $500 donation option that includes a scrolling advertisement on our website that will remain on the homepage for at least 12 months. To become a sponsor or donate to our league, please contact Nick Scali (602) 531-0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We appreciate the support from our community.

How can I donate to DGSA?

You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to Diamond Girls Softball Association by shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3468967 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app.

Other questions:

If you have additional questions that have not been answered here, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call our message service at 623-239-5735. We will return your call as soon as possible, usually the same day.