West University Softball Association

2021 Spring Ball Registration

WUSA 2021 Spring Registration

Welcome to the WUSA 2021 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.

COVID CONSIDERATIONS

While WUSA Spring Ball is expected to begin on schedule, it is subject to change pending developments with the COVID-19 situation in Harris County and the State of Texas and is contingent upon state and local leadership decisions on youth sports, schools and school sports.  WUSA will follow local and state regulations for youth sports.  

WUSA will implement the following protocols during the Spring Ball Season:

  • All families will sign a COVID-19 Liability Waiver (included in Registration)
  • Players, coaches and spectators should bring their own hand sanitizer and team managers will have additional hand sanitizer available.
  • There will be limited use of the dugouts to provide adequate spacing for the players and their equipment during practices and games.
  • Spectators are expected to social distance and wear face coverings.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 exposure, the issue will be managed by a group made up of the team manager, the affected parents, the WUSA Spring Ball Director and the WUSA Executive Committee.  WUSA will follow CDC guidelines detailed in WUSA's COVID-19 Exposure Response Guidelines.
  • There will be limited  Concessions at South Campus for Spring Ball 2021.  Players must bring their own water and not share with teammates.

Important Dates

Date Event
November 16, 2020 Early Bird Registration Opens
November 30, 2020 Last Day for Early Bird Registration
January 5, 2021 Regular Registration Closes
TBD Manager's Meeting
January 8th, 9th, 10th Player Evaluations - Breakaway using COVID Protocols
January 10th & 11th Drafts
January 13th & 14th Division/Team meetings
January 16th Coaches Clinic
Week of January 19th Practices Begin
TBD Games Begin
TBD Photo Day & Directory Delivery
TBD End of Season Tourney

Spring Fundraising

Due to COVID, WUSA is currently unable to have the West U Parade and Carnival.  We plan to delay these events and if the opportunity arises, WUSA will hold the parade during the season. As you know, WUSA was unable to hold the planned 2020 fundraising events.  Our events will look a bit different this Spring, but we intend to have smaller, outdoor events to offset the loss of our typical fundraisers.  More details to come and please support WUSA at one of these events.

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, 2019. Girls must be at least 5 years old on December 31, 2020 to play in the WUSA Spring 2021 season.

 

NOTE: Divisions will be closed once they are full, no additional late registrations will be allowed.

 

In the WUSA Spring 2021 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 2021, girls born in 2011 will be 9 years old as of December 31, 2020, and will be required to play in the 9U division.

 

b)  All girls born in 2012 will be 8 years old as of December 31, 2020, and will be required to play in the 8U division.

 

c) All girls born in 2013 will be 7 years old as of December 31, 2020, and will be required to play in the 7U division.

 

c) Likewise, girls born in 2014 & 2015 will be 6 or 5 years old as of December 31, 2020, and will be required to play in the 6U division.

 

e) All girls born in 2010 and earlier are highly encouraged to play in the division that corresponds to their age as of December 31 of the prior year.  However, girls born in 2010 and earlier may play one division up, subject to WUSA Board approval.

 

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

Division Ages Birth Years Description
6U 5-6 2014-2015 In this division, players hit from a batting tee using an 11-inch safety ball. (DX1 ball)
7U 7 2013 In this division, a coach will pitch to the players from a distance of approximately 27 feet using an 11-inch safety ball (DX1 ball).
8U 8 2012 In this division, a coach will pitch to the players from a distance of approximately 27 feet using an 11-inch safety ball (DX5 ball).
9U 9 2011 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 2010 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 2008-2009 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 13-14 2006-2007 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
7U 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 on January 8th, 9th and 10th. 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 & 7U Divisions: League provides a jersey and a pair of shorts. Teams will purchase their own socks.
     
  • All Other Divisions: 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.

We have new uniforms this year. PLEASE review the new sizing charts when selecting the uniform.  

Equipment Information

Each player will need the following equipment:

  • Glove,  batting helmet,   bat,  mouthguard and infield face mask*

Other equipment is also recommended in some divisions including cleats, batting gloves, and sliding shorts.

 

* In the 7U/8U/9U/10U/12U Divisions, infield face masks are required for all infielders, including pitchers during all girl pitch innings.  Defensive pitchers in 7U/8U/9U/10U (pitchers playing the position while a coach or machine is pitching) must wear a batting helmet.  In the 14U division, infield face masks are required for the pitcher and 3rd base positions and are recommended for other infield positions as well. Infield face masks are not required on all infielders in the 6U division, but batting helmets OR face masks are required for pitcher and first base.

Registration Fee and Refund Policy

Discounted Early Bird registration fee of $325 thru November 30, 2020.
 

The regular registration fee is $350.
 

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

  • Refund requests received prior to January 6, 2021: Full refund minus a $25 processing fee
     
  • Refund requests received between January 6 and January 31, 2021: 50% refund
     
  • No refunds will be made for requests made after January 31, 2021.
     

Regular registration ends January 5, 2021. After January 5, late registration is subject to availability and fee increases to $450.  

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 2021 Spring Ball or if you would like to receive a refund (100% refund minus $25 processing fee prior to January 6; 50% refund prior to January 31).