West University Softball Association

WUSA 2019 Spring Registration

WUSA 2019 Spring Registration

Welcome to the WUSA 2019 Spring Registration!!!


 

Please read ALL of the following information carefully.
 

Mission:
 

WUSA regular season play is a Recreational League format that strives to strike an appropriate balance between competition and participation. In all divisions except for 6U, scores are kept, win-loss records are used to determine standings, and trophies are awarded for placement. Players are exposed to the concepts of playing to win, learning how to lose, and the role of a team player in a competitive framework. The league has participation requirements including all players rotating into the infield at least one inning per game. In all of our teams, we try to ensure fun and player development.

Important Dates

Date Event
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Spring Early Bird Registration Opens
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Last Day for Early Bird Registration
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Registration Closes
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Manager's Meeting
January 12-13 , 2019 Player Evaluations
January 13-14 , 2019 Drafts
Saturday, January 19, 2019 Coaches Clinic
January 16-17 , 2019 Division/Team meetings
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Pitcher-Catcher Clinics Begin
Week of January 21, 2019 Practices Begin
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Opening Day Parade and Carnival
Week of February 11, 2019 Games Begin
Friday, February 22 , 2019 Father-Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Photo Day & Directory Delivery
Saturday, March 2 , 2019 6U/8U Day and Hit-A-Thon at South Campus
March 8-17, 2019 HISD Spring Break - No Games/Practices
Saturday, March 30 , 2019 Adult Social/Auction
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Summer Tournament Team Tryouts
April 19-21 , 2019 Religious Holidays (no games)
Sunday, April 28 , 2019 Parents/Coaches and Mother/Daughter Games
May 3-5, 2019 League Tournaments

Divisions of Play

Each WUSA player is slotted into a division of play according to her birth date. Division birth dates are set up according to USA Softball rules and are based on the calendar year: January 1 to December 31.
 

The 6U Division is limited to girls that are either 5 or 6 years old as of December 31, 2018. Girls must be at least 5 years old on December 31, 2018 to play in the WUSA Spring 2019 season.

 

In the WUSA Spring 2019 season, the league will continue to implement the following age requirements:

 

a) All girls born in 2011 and later will play in the division that corresponds to their age as of December 31 of the prior year. As an example, in Spring 2019, girls born in 2011 will be 7 years old as of December 31,2018, and will be required to play in the 8U division.

 

b) Likewise, girls born in 2012 will be 6 years old as of December 31, 2018, and will be required to play in the 6U division.

 

c) These age requirements will continue in future years.

 

 

The WUSA Divisions of Play and the associated age ranges are the following:

Division Ages Birth Years Description
6U 5-6 2012-2013 In this division, players hit from a batting tee using an 11-inch safety ball.
8U 8 2010-2011 In this division, a coach will pitch to the players from a distance of approximately 27 feet using an 11-inch safety ball.
9U 9 2009 This division will include a combination of girl pitch for one inning and machine pitch for the remaining innings, both from a distance of 35 feet using an 11-inch standard ball.
10U 10 2008 This division will include a combination of girl pitch for two innings and machine pitch for the remaining innings, both from a distance of 35 feet using an 11-inch standard ball.
12U 11-12 2006-2007 This division is exclusively girl pitch at 40 feet from the pitching plate to home plate; there is no machine pitch component. 12-inch standard ball.
14U 13-15 2003-2005 This division is exclusively girl pitch using 12-inch ball and 43 feet from pitching plate to home plate.

Practice/Game Information

Teams will practice twice per week before games begin and once per week after games begin.

 

  • 6U Division: 60-minute practices, play approximately 10 games; no end-of-season tournament and no makeup games due to rain
     
  • All Other Divisions: 90-minute practices, play approximately 12 regular season games; hold an end-of-season tournament after completion of regular season; rained out games will be rescheduled.
     

The general scheme used for game and practice schedules for each division are as follows:

Division (Age Group) GameDays Regular Season Practices
6U Saturdays, plus a few weeknights Weeknights
8U Saturdays, plus a few weeknights Weeknights
9U Saturdays, plus a few weeknights Weeknights
10U Weeknights Saturday or Sunday afternoons
12U Weeknights Saturday or Sunday afternoons
14U Weeknights Saturday or Sunday afternoons

Player Evaluations and Team Formation

WUSA uses an open draft process to form teams. All divisions except for 6U will hold player evaluations January 12-13, 2019. These evaluations give all division managers the opportunity to observe all players for the WUSA Open Draft Process. All players MUST attend player evaluations in order to be eligible for the open draft. There are no make-up evaluations for players that are absent. Players who do not attend the evaluations are generally randomly assigned to teams at the end of the draft process. The 6U does not hold evaluations; players are directly assigned to teams

Uniforms

The league provides uniforms as follows:
 

  • 6U/8U/9U Divisions: League provides a jersey and a pair of shorts. Teams will purchase their own socks.
     
  • 10U/12U/14U: League provides a jersey. Each player will need to purchase long softball pants according to colors assigned at the team meeting. Teams will purchase their own socks.

Girls Sizes for Jerseys

Size YS YM YL
Chest Width (on half) 14 3/4" 16 1/4" 17 3/4"
Body Length* 20 1/8" 21 7/8" 24"

* Measured from the highest point of shoulder

Ladies Sizes for Jerseys

Size S M L XL 2XL
Chest Width (on half) 18 1/4" 19 1/4" 20 3/4" 22 1/2" 24 1/2"
Body Length* 25 3/4" 26 1/2" 27 1/4" 28" 28 3/4"

* Measured from the highest point of shoulder

Girls Sizes for Shorts

Size YS YM YL
Waist (on half) 11 1/2" 12 1/2" 13 1/2"
Hip (on half) 16 1/2" 17 1/2" 19 1/2"
Inseam 3" 3 1/2" 4"

Ladies Sizes for Shorts

Size S M L XL 2XL
Waist (on half) 14 1/2" 15" 15 3/4" 16 5/8" 17 5/8"
Hip (on half) 20 3/4" 21 3/4" 23 1/4" 25" 27"
Inseam 4" 4" 4" 4" 4"

Equipment Information

Each player will need the following equipment:

  • Glove,  batting helmet,  bat, and mouthguard

Other equipment is also recommended in some divisions including cleats, bat, and sliding shorts. In the 9U/10U/12U/14U Divisions, infield face masks are required for the pitcher and 3rd base positions and are recommended for other infield positions as well. Infield masks for the 3rd base position will be provided by the league and placed in each team equipment bag.

Registration Fee and Refund Policy

Discounted Early Bird registration fee of $300 thru November 28, 2018.
 

The regular registration fee is $325.
 

WUSA will refund registration fees upon request according to the schedule shown below:
 

  • Refund requests received prior to January 8, 2019: Full refund minus a $25 processing fee
     
  • Refund requests received between January 8 and January 31, 2019: 50% refund
     
  • No refunds will be made for requests made after January 31, 2019.
     

Regular registration ends January 8, 2019. After January 10, late registration is subject to availability and fee increases to $375.  

Volunteering

WUSA is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, and we need lots of help to make our league run. The success of West University Softball Association is based on a foundation of parent volunteerism. All families are expected to help out in various roles. One adult for each registered player is required to work one shift in the concession stand at WUSA’s South Campus fields.  Team jobs will be chosen at the Division Meetings (i.e. team parent, carnival, photos, social, etc.)

Special Requests

Please note that WUSA is not able to honor requests for carpools, best friends, classmates, assistant coaches, etc.
 

For all divisions except for 6U, WUSA uses an Open Draft process in which managers are free to select any available player when it is their turn to pick a player in each round of the draft. In the 6U division, WUSA does attempt to honor classmate or friend requests. However, we are not able to guarantee that we can honor every request. 

If your daughter has any potential scheduling conflicts due to other activities, please indicate those conflicts during the registration process. While we cannot promise that we can accommodate all scheduling issues, efforts will be made to avoid as many schedule conflicts as possible, if those conflicts are identified in the registration process.

IMPORTANT !!!

Please read all information carefully. You may need to scroll to the top of the page.

Questions?

Contact us if you have questions about 2019 Spring Ball or if you would like to receive a refund (100% refund minus $25 processing fee prior to January 8; 50% refund prior to January 31).