FAQ's / Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to play?
In order to play in our youngest age group, the 8U Farm Division, players must be at least 6 years old before December 31 of the prior year. Previous T-ball experience may be accepted. We accept all players from 6 years old through 16 years of age.
Do I have to be a Peoria resident to participate?
We welcome all players from any of the surrounding towns. If you have a player interested in Softball and can attend practices/games, we invite them to be part of Diamond Girls Softball Association.
When does each season start?
DGSA has two seasons, Fall and Spring. Registration opens online in late July and goes through August for the Fall Season, and mid to late January for the Spring Season. Fall season practices will begin after the registration period ends; there is not a Draft. Once registration closes, team are formed, and the individual team coaches will contact parents/guardians. Spring practices will start after the Draft. The Draft is usually the last week in February or early March. Parents/guardians will be notified by email if a player has completed registration.
How much does it cost?
Our 8U Farm division (ages 8 and under) is $100 a season. All other divisions are $130 a season. Participation costs include player jerseys and socks. There is not an individual fundraiser, although DGSA does look for local sponsors to support the league. Additional cost may be needed for individual gear.
What does the player uniform and gear consist of?
DGSA provides a jersey and matching socks for all divisions. Jerseys will be provided to coaches before the first game, when possible. When we receive late sponsorships and/or late registrations it can delay distribution, please bear with us. We will provide team uniforms as soon as we receive them.
Your coach will tell you what color pants your player will need; usually black or gray. Every player will need a glove, bat and helmet. 8U, 10U, and 12U are not required to wear cleats. If wearing cleats, no metal cleats are allowed in 8U-10U or 12U. Personal masks are recommended but not required. All pitchers are required to wear a face mask.
Team equipment (catcher’s gear and softballs) are provided by DGSA. If your daughter has her own catcher’s gear, she is welcome to wear it. DGSA is a USSSA group and all catchers are required to use a throat guard on catcher’s helmets. Pitchers are required to have a face mask, and we highly recommend all infielders use a face mask as well. All players are required to have a facemask and chin strap on batters helmets.
Is previous softball experience required?
No. DGSA welcomes all softball talent levels, from beginner to advanced. She can play with us. Once we determine that she meets the age requirements for a specific division, she will be either placed on a team for the Fall season, or will need to try out during the Spring draft before being placed on a team. All girls who register 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?
Before each season, DGSA offers multiple skills clinics to assist the girls with pitching, catching, batting and/or fielding. Clinics are typically held at Pioneer park or Rio Vista park in Peoria.
Does my player need a physical?
No we do not require a physical. We do expect that you would only allow your player to participate if she is in good health.
When are season tryouts?
After you have registered your player, DGSA will send out emails to parents/guardians with the date, time and location for the Spring Draft. The Fall season does not have a tryout and players are randomly placed on a team. If your daughter is a returning DGSA player from the most recent season, she can be chosen as 1 of 5 keepers in the Spring. If the entire team returns for the Fall season, the entire Spring team can play together in the Fall.
Our 8U division is coach-pitch. Tryouts for pitchers will begin in the 10U division.
What are the field locations of tryouts, practices and games?
DGSA predominantly use Ira Murphy Park, Rio Vista Community Park, and Pioneer Community Park.
How will I be notified about team selection, practices and games?
You will be notified by one of the coaches once they receive their team roster and selects their practice schedule. After the Spring tryouts, coaches meet and draft their teams. This usually takes up to 7 days to complete. Once all teams are finalized, coaches will email, text or call each player to notify them of their team, practice and game schedule.
How does DGSA determine age groups and divisions?
Age group/division is based on how old your daughter will be as of December 31 of the prior year. (Examples: a player who is 8 on December 31stof the past year will be placed into the 8U division or a player who is 13 on December 31 of the past year will be placed into the 16U division.)
DGSA has 4 divisions; 8U, 10U, 12U and 16U. The December 31 rule applies to all divisions respectively. If your player has the ability to play up to the next age group, you can request it. The board will review and determine if she is eligible. Once we have decided she can move up, she can advance to the next age group for the Fall season only. For the Spring season, she will need to try out in the Draft. All girls are drafted and play.
What is the practice and game schedule?
Coaches help determine the days and times of their team’s practices. You will be notified by one of the coaches once they receive their team roster and selects their practice schedule. DGSA schedules all practices during the week. Team coaches may decide to have additional practices on a weekend day. Weekend practices are not normal, but if your player attends she would get that much more field experience.
Our 8U Farm Division (ages 8 and under) will have one practice during the week and play one game on Wednesday nights and/or Saturday mornings, usually at Murhpy Park in Peoria. Practices are normally scheduled at either 5:45pm or 7:15pm. Games will be scheduled on Saturday mornings between 8am and noon and/or Wednesday nights at 5:45pm or 7:15pm.
Our 10U and 12U divisions will practice and/or play games 2-3 times a week. Practices are scheduled based on field availability. Games are usually played at Rio Vista Park and/or Pioneer Park. Scheduled activities can be Monday-Friday with games usually on Wednesdays or Fridays evenings at 5:45pm and/or 7:15pm.
Our 14U/16U divisions (for players older than 12 years of age) will be the same as 10U/12U, except games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Rio Vista Park, Pioneer Park or both. Spring season starts later than the other divisions due to the high school ball schedules.
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 may be open for food purchases.
Do I have to attend the photo day?
Although attendance is not mandatory, team photos are taken with all players in full uniform. Players have the option to purchase individual photos, if desired. Photo shoots are scheduled by team, usually held on a Saturday morning at Rio Vista Community Park, near the fountain. This is our only fund raising event. DGSA does not require your child sell anything.
Where can I sign up?
You can sign up on our website under the on-line registration tab, or in person at an open registration event. We typically have 1 in-person registration date for Spring and for Fall. The date and time will be posted on our Home page at www.dgsaaz.com and shared on our Facebook page. Online registration is highly recommended. If you are unsure of your player’s jersey size, please go to the in-person registration to try on the jerseys.
Does DGSA need coaches and volunteers?
Always! We always need good Head Coaches, Assistant coaches, team parents and parent volunteers. We encourage volunteers to help provide support to our teams and players. If interested, please go to the forms tab and complete a volunteer application and be sure to mark that you want to be a volunteer on your player’s registration form.
DGSA volunteers are not compensated for their time. They are purely volunteering their time. 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.
How can I sponsor a team?
You can make a tax-free donation to the league for any amount. To sponsor an individual team, you can donate $250. In return, you will receive a thank you letter and plaque, your company name on the back of the jerseys, a mention and link on our website, and your banner will be hung at every game that the 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.
You can also call our message service at 623-239-5735. We will return your call as soon as possible, usually the same day.