Softball - 2017 Season

ABC's youth recreational softball program is open to girls ages 4 through 18.

Individual player and team sign-ups
 
The in-person sign up sessions for ABC's recreational softball program have already been held, however...
        
Teams have filled up in many age divisions, however, ABC will accept late registrations on an "as space available" basis. We do all we can to place everyone on a team, but eventually teams do fill up (even newly created ones), so we cannot make an absolute guarantee of placement on a team.  Late registrations are processed in the order received, so the sooner you send your information, the better your chances of being placed.
       
To submit a late registration, go to the Contact ABC page and send the following information:
     -- Name of player (child)
     -- Full date of birth (month/day/year)
     -- Gender (male / female)
     -- Name of parent/guardian
     -- Best contact telephone number
     -- Indicate if you are willing to assist with coaching or managing a team
      
You will be contacted if there is available space on a team in your child's age group.
   
Please see the Softball Sign-ups page for more information.
    
   
-- IMPORTANT NOTE -- 

Formation of teams depends on having parents or other adults help to coach and operate the team.  Youth sports league teams can exist only with responsible parental/adult involvement.  If you want to know what is involved in coaching or running a team, just ASK!  (See more on parental involvement below...)
   

Who can play?

Age levels for Youth League softball teams are 9 through 18.  Younger players (4 to 8 year olds -- with birthdates from January 2008 through April 2013) are eligible to participate in ABC's Training League program.  Read more…
 
See the softball age chart for the specific age division assignment based on date of birth.  Players MUST be at least 4 years old BY April 30, 2017 and cannot be over 18 years old on January 1, 2017.
 
There are no residency requirements to play in our sports programs.  ABC Ball Park is a not-for-profit youth sports organization and is collectively owned by the families whose children participate in its sports programs.  If you can get here, you can play here!
  
   
Where is ABC Ball Park?

ABC Ball Park is located at 10050 Livingston Avenue, St. Ann, MO -- just north of St. Charles Rock Road and St. Gregory Lane - about 1 mile east of Lindbergh Blvd.  Get map…


What is the cost?
 
There is no initial up front cost to register as an individual player at ABC.  Players pay their share of the team fee when placed on a team.  The fee shown below is for an ENTIRE TEAM -- this amount is divided equally among all team players. 
 
Team registration fees are:
     $450 - Training League teams (T-Ball / PAL Ball / GAL Ball) – 12 game season
     $750 - Youth League teams (pre-high school age) – 14 game season
     $775 - High School divisions (high school age) – 14 game season
 
Once placed on a team, additional costs may be incurred for team expenses – such as for uniforms and/or team equipment, when needed.  While teams are encouraged to keep these expenses as low as possible, players & parents should be aware that these costs depend on the decisions made by the team as a whole and a shared among all players on a team. 
 
Teams may attempt to offset these additional costs (and perhaps even the team fee) by obtaining sponsors, conducting fund raisers, etc.  These activities, when conducted, are the sole responsibility of each team.  
 

When are the games played?
 
The 2017 softball season at ABC will begin on Saturday, May 6 and continue into July.  High school age teams begin playing games in mid to late May.
 
Games are played 7 days a week – Monday through Friday evenings beginning at 6:00 pm, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday (beginning at 12:00 noon).
 
Training League teams typically play games on Friday nights, Saturday mornings / afternoons, and some Sunday afternoons, but scheduling situations may cause some games to be played on other days of the week.
 
Youth league teams play a 14 game season.  Training League teams (Tee Ball, PAL Ball, and Gal Ball) play 12 games.
 

When are practices?
 
Practice schedules are determined by each individual team.
 

Photo ID Card?
 
Photo ID's are required for all softball players.  New players to ABC (or the NCTL) or those with expired ID's must come to one of the scheduled ID card sessions scheduled prior to the season.  Read more for currently scheduled dates… 
 
Bring the child (for a "photo” ID), proof of age (birth certificate or expired ID card), and $5.00.
 
ID cards are valid for 3 years and can be used for all ABC sport programs.  If you have a non-expired ID card from another sport, it can also be used for softball.
 

How can parents help?
 
Parental volunteer involvement is crucial to the success of our youth sports programs.  Each team needs volunteers to help manage and coach, make phone calls, be a scorekeeper, etc.  The ABC softball commissioners can give you guidance on what is required to manage or coach a youth team.  
 
ABC Ball Park requires that background checks be performed on all volunteer managers and coaches.  The cost of up to three (3) background checks per team is included in the team fee.  The fee for additional background checks is $9.00 each.
 
Don’t just sit in the stands.  A group of kids needs parental volunteers to help them become a team.  Without the managers and coaches, the kids don’t play.  Come out and help guide your child and her teammates through their softball experience.  Help teach the game, help teach sportsmanship!
 

More information?
 
For full details on when and where can I can sign up, go to the Softball Sign-Ups page.
 
Need more info or have questions about our recreational softball program?  Contact our softball commissioner, Sue Tegeler, at 314-344-3268 or send an e-mail message on the Contact ABC page.
 
For those young enough to play in ABC’s Training League:  Questions?  Contact our training league commissioner, Homer Case, at 314-369-0969 or send an e-mail message on the Contact ABC page.
 
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