2019 Spring Recreational Information and Registration


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Spring season is the most popular time of year for softball!  Over 250 girls participate in BHGS softball in Spring.  All girls are assigned to a team and get playing time, regardless of physical ability, skill level, or financial situation.  The rules and coaching are adjusted based on age level, so everyone has fun.  Girls as young as five years old really can play softball.

Events and Dates

  • Spring registration runs open October to January.
  • Evaluations for team placement (10U & 12U only) are held in late January.
  • Free skills clinics are held in late January and early February.
  • 10U and 12U divisions begin practices the first half of February; 6U and 8U divisions begin practices the second half of February.
  • Opening Day and Picture Day are held on two separate Saturday mornings in March.
  • Closing Ceremonies are Saturday in mid to late May.

Included in Registration (6u-12U)

  • Seasonal fee includes jersey, socks, yearbook, trophy, visors (6U only) and photo
  • Team banner is included in registration fee
  • Free skills clinics are held before the season starts and mid-season (Register early to receive notification, they fill up fast!)

Gear Requirements (6U-12U)

  • Required gear to be purchased by family includes softball mitt, cleats, pants
  • Highly recommended gear includes a batting helmet with face-mask.  The league has a few helmets, but they are shared.
  • Optional gear to be purchased by family includes batting gloves, belt, bat.
  • The league is open to all girls, regardless of financial situation.  We typically host a Recycled Equipment Table at Opening Day.  Please contact someone on the board if equipment costs are prohibitive for your family.  We will find a way to discreetly get your daughter geared up.

Additional Costs and Family Commitments (6U-12U)

  • End of season celebration / Coaches gifts - Some teams opt to have a year-end celebration party and/or collect donations for coaches' gifts.  These are optional fees, usually $10 to $30 per player.
  • Team Sponsor - Everyone on the team is expected to help find a team sponsor, a company that donates at least $300 for the season.  Typically, sponsorship comes from a local business, team business owner, or corporate sponsors.  The sponsor's logo is included on the team page in the yearbook.  Although the league is dependent on sponsorships to operate (and keep fees low), families are never expected to "chip in" to cover this sponsorship if the team can't find a business to contribute.
  • Snack Shack - Parents are required to volunteer in the Snack Shack.  Games and practices will not begin until the Snack Shack has the necessary number of volunteers.  The Snack Shack Coordinator works with the Team Managers at the beginning of the season to coordinate shifts. If you cannot do your shifts, you can “buyout” using the $75 deposit.
  • Parent involvement - It’s our experience that your daughter will appreciate and benefit enormously from your involvement, and we highly encourage you to attend your daughter’s practices, games and related softball team activities.  In addition, most Coaches and Managers appreciate any extra help they can get so please volunteer to help at practices, games or in team support positions. Don’t worry if you “know nothing about softball”- every parent has something to offer.

Parent Participation

BHGS is 100% volunteer-based organization.  From the board to the coaches, all are volunteers. We cannot exist without your help.  Parents are required to volunteer their time in some capacity including, coaching, assistant coaching, game day field preps, cleanup and maintenance.  Learn about volunteering on the the Board page.

Friend Requests

We understand the importance for young players to have the opportunity to play with friends.

Players in 6U can make requests to play with a friend (a buddy). Only one friend request per player, please. To request a buddy, complete the information on the registration form.

In 8U, we will not be doing friend requests this year.  Only exception is any new player to softball or the league can put in a friend request.  Only one friend request per player.

Siblings playing in the same age division will automatically be placed on the same team unless the parent/guardian requests that they be placed on separate teams.

Divisions for Girls

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Little Hitters (3-4.5 years old)

  • Little Hitters are for girls born in 2014 and 2015
  • An introductory program to the BHGS softball program. Players will learn the basic skills of throwing, catching, base running and hitting.
  • Practices/Games will be Saturday mornings for about 45 minutes
  • Location is Alta Vista Elementary School
  • BHGS T-shirt included with registration
  • Fees: $50


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6 and Under (6U)

  • 6U level is for girls born in 2012 and 2013
  • They learn basic fundamentals of throwing, hitting and catching.
  • Practice/Game are normally on one weekday evenings (Monday) and Saturdays.
  • Location is Alta Vista Elementary School
  • Ball and rules are adjusted for the littlest players - 6U Rules
  • Fees: $150


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8 and Under (8U)

  • 8U level is for girls born in 2010 and 2011
  • They learn hitting, throwing, and catching along with the rules of the games.  Pitching is done by players with occasional coach pitch.
  • Practice /Game are normally on one weekday evenings (Wednesday) and Saturdays.
  • Location is Alta Vista Elementary
  • Rules are age adjusted - 8U Rules
  • Fees $180


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10 and Under (10U)

  • 10U level is for girls born in 2008 and 2009
  • They learn fundamentals along with rules of the game.  Players pitch and learn base stealing. Teams play in inter-league (against teams from other leagues) and against other BHGS teams.
  • Practice/Game are normally on one to two weekdays (Tuesday/occasional TBA) evenings and Saturdays.
  • Location is Alta Vista or other local field
  • 10U Rules
  • Fees $200


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12 and Under (12U)

  • 12U level is for girls born in 2006 and 2007
  • Most players have experience in playing but players with no experience are encouraged to play. Teams play in inter-league (against other team from other leagues) and against other BHGS teams.
  • There may be two practices a week and/or 2 games a week (one weekday Thursday/TBA and one Saturday)
  • Location is Alta Vista or other local field
  • 12U Rules
  • Fees $200


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14U / 16U (Quakes)

  • Grades 7-11
  • Comprised of players from five leagues (Campbell, Los Gatos-Saratoga-Cupertino, Sunnyvale, West Valley and BHGS)
  • Level of play is based on ASA (American Softball Association) championship rules.
  • All players bat in the line-up and open defensive substitution is allowed.
  • Tryouts and a draft are used to assign players to teams.
  • Friend requests have lower priority than competitive balance.
  • Fees $245