Information for Parents

Player Evaluations

All junior players (Squirt / PeeWee / Bantam) must be evaluated, as per Saskatoon Minor Softball League (SMSL) regulations. If you choose not to be evaluated please know your child will not be eligible to be placed on an A Division team.

Junior evaluations are normally 4 sessions over a 2 weekend period.  The executive have always requested that the athletes attend as many evaluation sessions as they can, to get the best possible opportunity to show the evaluators their capabilities and skills. Minimum attendance is 1 session. We understand that conflicting schedules can restrict attendance of athletes to all of the sessions.

Athlete evaluations are summarized and averaged, based on the performance of that athlete during the number of sessions they attend. Please be assured that in attending the sessions that they will be able to, player skills will be evaluated fairly compared to the other athletes in their age group.

There are no evaluations for the Learn To Play age groups.

When do games begin?

All league games are to start at 6:30 p.m. for junior leagues – Coaches will require players to arrive for pre-game warm up anywhere from ½ hour to 1 hour before start time. This will be decided the start of the season by your coach.

Who sets up/tears down the ball diamond?

As home team, parents are expected to set up the diamond. It is recommended to set out a schedule at the beginning of the season to cover off these duties. (Please do not include your coaching staff in this; they are already volunteering 3-4 hours that day without adding further diamond duties.)

When do games end?

Blastball – usually goes approx. 1 hour. Start off with a warm up and games should be no longer than 45min.

Rookie Ball – no longer than 75 min. 15-30 min, pre-game and then 40-60 min. game.

Mites – Have an 8 p.m. curfew. A 20 min. warm up is encouraged.

U12, U14 & U16 – Apr. 30 to May 18 has an 8:45 p.m. curfew. May 21 to end of season has a 9 p.m. curfew. There is no new inning started after the curfew time. Games are 9 innings or 7 runs up after 5 innings concludes the game.

Who is the scorekeeper?

U10 – the score keeping is alternated with fielding team keeping score

U12, U14 & U16 – as home team, you keep score. Similar to diamond duties, it is recommended to set out a schedule at the beginning of the season. It should not be the responsibility of the same individual each game. It’s easy to learn!

What is the “Jewelry Rule”?

There is a NO TOLERENCE TO WEARING JEWELRY rule.

All exposed jewelry must be removed. Exception: medic alert bracelet or chain.

Should anyone covering their ears with tape; the following procedure will be used. The umpire will ask if they are covering jewelry. If they answer yes, then the player must remove it before they can be allowed to play. If they say no then the umpire will let things stand. However, if the tape comes off during the game and jewelry is discovered, the following will be enforced. The player will be removed from the game and the coach who signed the lineup sheet will be ejected. This also may result in additional suspension for the coach.

How long is the season?

All junior & U10 Rookie League play runs from end of April to end of June. Some Jr. League teams going to provincials will run into first or second weekend of July. Those heading to Westerns or Canadians will play into second weekend of August.

We have registered but have not heard what team my child is on

U10 – you will be notified no later than 2 weeks before league play starts

U12, U14, U16 – Div A teams will have been notified approx. 2 weeks after evaluations by the head coach. Div B & C team will be notified as soon as coaching is in place and no later than March 25th.

If you are concerned or have any questions, please contact us.