What is Softball?
Fast pitch softball is characterized by a 'wind mill' pitch and is very similar to baseball with base stealing and bunting. However, base runners are not allowed to lead off until the ball has left the pitchers hand.
If you have a boy who would like to play softball (and not baseball in Cochrane), please register them with Calgary Boys Fastpitch. This league will be based in Calgary and coordinated centrally.
All parents will be asked to volunteer throughout the season. Parents can sign up to be a coach, assistant coach, or manager. If you will not be in one of those positions, parents will be asked to volunteer to score keep, umpire, take care of the equipment, help set up the diamonds for play, etc. The manager will help coordinate these tasks at a team level.
Age Category/Game Nights
U10 - Tuesday/Thursday
U12 - Monday/Wednesday
U14 - Tuesday/Thursday
U16 - Monday/Wednesday
U19 - Monday/Wednesday
Practices will begin after March 1. Practice times and days will vary. Most teams will get 3 to 4 practices before the season starts - about one per week, maybe two as the season start approaches. Generally games begin the last week of April and finish by the end of June (U10/12/14). U16/19 typically finish early July.
The regular and playoff season schedule is organized by Calgary Minor Softball Association (CMSA). If you go to their site you will be able to read more about the various programs and there is also a calendar of how the season runs. http://calgaryminorsoftball.com
Games begin at 6:45. Home games are in Cochrane (except U16), away games are in Calgary or surrounding areas. See division categories (left sidebar) for more information.
Pre-Season Indoor Practices - Cochrane Minor Ball (CMB) books the turf at Spray Lakes Recreation Centre for pre-season practices. Schedules to be announced.
Regular season practices are determined by the coach.
Tournaments are optional and are decided on a team by team basis
Teams try to make up rain outs. Depending on the situation, CMSA may determine a rain out or the Town of Cochrane may close the fields. Team managers will be in close contact as sometimes it is pouring rain in Calgary but sunny in Cochrane.
Town of Cochrane Rain-out line: 403 851 2552 (call after 4pm)
Players must have their own glove and batting helmet. Helmets must be must be CSA approved with dual ear flaps, fastened chin strap, and attached face mask. CMB does supply some bats, back up batting helmets and back catcher equipment. A batting size guideline can be found here: http://calgaryminorsoftball.com/page.php?page_id=37101
Jerseys and hats are provided by CMB. Players must provide their own black pants, socks, shoes (runners or non-metal cleats) and jill protective gear. Ball pants are recommended (players do slide). Sock colors are decided on a team level.
If you have questions or need a bit more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org