Q. Is experience necessary?
A. Not at all, the Spring recreation season is designed to be a mixture of competitive and instructional play with an emphasis on fun. Teams are formed by distributing the girls evenly based on experience and skill level. In this environment ti doesn't take long for new players to make friends and have fun while getting good exercise and learning how to play the game.
Q. When does the Spring season start and finish?
A. Teams are formed in late January. Practices begin in early February. Games begin in early March and run through the middle of May. The exact dates will be posted when they are finalized.
Q. Where are practices and games played?
A. All regular season games and practices take place on the SSJSB FIELDS in South San Jose at Sakamoto, Hayes and Vista Park city park. Some teams may also get an opportunity to play one of their games at PAL Stadium. Lastly, some divisions may participate in a mid-season tournament that may be played on one of our sister league's (Almaden, East Valley or West Valley) home fields.
Q. How are teams formed?
A. Balanced teams are essential for fair and competitive play. 16U, 12U and 10U teams are formed by an open draw process that distributes advanced, intermediate and beginning players equally among teams. Note: Players in 8U and 6U divisions can request to be placed on a team with a friend or familiar coach, not all requests are guaranteed.
Q. My daughter's friend plays softball.....is she in your league?
A. Probably! SSJSB is the largest league in our area with anywhere from 280 to 330 famlilies.
Q. What will I need to play?
A. The league provides a jersey, pants and socks. It is strongly recommended that you have cleats. Sliders and knee pads are recommended safety items for 9 to 16 year olds. You will also need a glove; make sure it is comfortable and easy to open/close. New gloves should be purchased a few months prior to the first practice and then follow the break-in directions. The league provides bats, balls, catcher's gear, but it is recommended that every player have their own. Upon request a batting helmet can be issued to your player, but again it is recommended that all players have their own. Any questions about equipment can be directed to the LEAGUE EQUIPMENT MANAGER.
Q. How often will I practice?
A. Players 9 to 16 years old normally practice for 2 hours, twice a week. Players 5 to 8 normally practice for 1 to 1-1/2 hours twice a week before the season starts, then once a week during the regular season.
Q. Does SSJSB have a program for advanced competitive play?
A. Yes, SSJSB organizes a summer travel ball program called Quicksilver. All Spring participants are eligible and encouraged to try out for the Quicksilver program. The Quicksilver program begins after the Spring season ends and runs through summer. See the Quicksilver Page for details.
Q. What if I also plan to try-out for my high school team?
A. Just register for SSJSB as usual and inform the league that you hope to play on the high school team. Your application and check will be held until you are notified that you have made the team. At that time we will cancel your registration and return/destroy your check.
Q. What is your SSJSB's refund policy?
A. Refunds will be issued up until the teams are formed by contacting the league player agent prior to the date of the team draw. This date will be posted on the web site as soon as it is determined. Any money paid for candy fundraiser or sweatshirt purchase will not be refunded. The team draw triggers the league uniform order, after which no refunds will be given.
Q. I have additional questions; who can I contact?
A. The easiest way to get answers is to submit your question to the league. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person for a prompt response. You may also use the board member directory to contact league representatives directly.