Supporting girls softball in the communities of Dover, Durham, Lee, and Madbury, NH.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.    Where can I get the most information about DYSL?

A.    The DYSL website has general information which covers registrations, game info, cancelations, policies, etc. The address is: www.doversoftball.com

 

2.    What is involved with being a coach?

A.    View the "Coaching Information" link to the left.  Managers and coaches must apply through the coach application which is online and the league runs a background check on each applicant. They also need to complete required training before being selected. Training includes CoachSmart NH training, conducted by the City of Dover, and online Babe Ruth Certification Training.  Managers and/or coaches run the team program. Practices are usually 2-3 times per week until games start, then games and practices combined can be 2-4 times per week.

 

3.    What does a Team Parent do?

A.    A team parent basically is the team’s administrative assistant. He/She supports the team’s manager by helping with organizing the team’s concession obligation, distributing paperwork, contacting other parents through phone calls, organizing team party plans for Opening Day and the end of season banquet, handing out uniforms, or anything else the manager may deem necessary.

 

4.    Can my daughter play in a higher division than her age permits?

A.    Generally, divisions are based on the age breakdown given to us by the Babe Ruth organization.  They are: 16U, 12U, 10U, 8U, 6U. Your child’s age on 12/31 of last year determines the preferred age bracket she plays in. However, occasionally, the league permits players to play in alternative divisions. The league has a specific procedure for handling this. This process is outlined as an appendix to the league's bylaws.  It can be found under the documents section in the Spring Season documents folder.

 

5.   Can my daughter be put on a team with one of her friends?

A.    We generally do not honor these requests but you can ask. Our desire is to attempt to make each team equal in skill level. Players in the 10U and higher divisions will be assessed and teams formed through a draft. In the younger divisions (8U and 6U) we try to group players by the schools they attend or areas in which they live. 

 

6.    Can I request a specific coach or team for my child to play on?

A.    No, keeping with the attempt to make each team equal we no longer take requests for specific coaches. We also believe it is good for children to be taught by different coaches.

 

7.    What will my child’s schedule be? How often do they play?

A.    The schedule will be given to you on or about your first practice.  A coach or team parent will be calling with the day of your first practice. There are usually 2-3 team events (games or practices) per week. Occasionally, there may be more. Usually, practices and games are played weeknights and Saturday mornings with no set pattern followed.


8.  How are parents notified of canceled games?

A.    The league website is usually updated between 3 PM and 4:30 PM with cancelation info. Please check the site or opt to get text messages on your cell phone from a manager/coach. This can be done via your “contact’ tab on the website. On occasion (when the weather is “iffy”) events remain as scheduled and cancelation will be made by the coaches or scheduled umpire at the field.

 

9.  Are games rescheduled?

A. Games are rescheduled as early as possible to make sure the players get enough games in per Babe Ruth rules.  At the younger levels they may not be rescheduled dependent upon the time left to the season and the coach’s decision.

 

League Information

6U (tee Ball) – Players need to be 4-6 years old by December 31st prior to the season

The 6U league is designed to encourage first time softball players to begin learning the game.  The season begins with all players hitting off of a tee and progresses towards coach pitch by the end of the year.  In this age level, players will begin to learn the basic rules of the game and focus on the basic mechanics of throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting.  The 6U league generally meets 2-3 times per week (1-2 practices during the week and 1 game on Saturday mornings).  The practices during the week are generally 6:00-7:30pm and games on the weekend are generally held at 9:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm.  Games and practices are held on Field C at 1 Shaws Lane in Dover, NH. 

8U – Players need to be 7-8 years old by December 31st prior to the season

The 8U league is designed to continue to reinforce the skills learned in 6U.  Players new to softball and may not have played before are welcomed.  The season begins with coach pitch and progresses towards kid pitch by throughout the year.  In this age level, players will continue to learn the rules of the game, focus on making outs and make further progress on the mechanics of throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting.  The 8U league meets 3 times per week (1 practice and 1 game during the week and 1 game on Saturday mornings).  The practices and games during the week are generally 6:00-7:30pm and games on the weekend are generally held at 9:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm.  Games and practices are held on Field B at 1 Shaws Lane in Dover, NH. 

10U – Players need to be 9-10 years old by December 31st prior to the season

The 10U league is designed to continue to reinforce the skills learned in 8U.  Assessment are held for this division prior to the season to assist with creating competitive teams.  Players new to softball and may not have played before are welcomed.  The 10U league follows the rules as prescribed by Babe Ruth Softball.  Kids pitch the entire year.  The 10U league meets 3 times per week (1 practice and 1 game during the week and 1 game on Saturday mornings).  The practices and games during the week are generally 6:00-7:30pm and games on the weekend are generally held at 9:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm.  In addition to in-league games, 10U teams also play games against teams from the neighboring towns of Somersworth, Barrington and Rochester.  Games and practices are held on Field B at 1 Shaws Lane in Dover, NH. 

12U – Players need to be 11-12 years old by December 31st prior to the season

The 12U league is designed to continue to reinforce the skills learned in 10U.  Assessment are held for this division prior to the season to assist with creating competitive teams.  Players new to softball and may not have played before are welcomed.  The 12U league follows the rules as prescribed by Babe Ruth Softball.  Kids pitch the entire year.  The 12U league meets 3 times per week (1 practice and 1 game during the week and 1 game on Saturday mornings).  The practices and games during the week are generally 6:00-7:30pm and games on the weekend are generally held at 9:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm.  In addition to in-league games, 12U teams also play games against teams from the neighboring towns of Somersworth, Barrington and Rochester.  Games and practices are held on the South Side Gabarro Field located on Towne Drive off of Henry Law Avenue in Dover, NH.  Out of town games will be scheduled.

16U – Players need to be 13-16 years old by December 31st prior to the season

The 16U league is designed to continue to reinforce the skills learned in 12U and prepare the players for high school softball.  Assessment are held for this division prior to the season to assist with creating competitive teams.  Players new to softball and may not have played before are welcomed.  The 16U league follows the rules as prescribed by Babe Ruth Softball.  The 16U league meets 3 to 4 times per week (combination of games and practices).  The practices and games during the week are generally 6:00-7:30pm and games on the weekend games are scheduled.  In addition to in-league games, 16U teams also play games against teams from the neighboring towns of Portsmouth, Rochester, Seabrook, Rochester.  Home games and practices are held on the South Side Murray Field located on Towne Drive off of Henry Law Avenue in Dover, NH.  Out of town games will be scheduled.