OGSL Recreation – Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost? 6U level is $125; all other levels are $195. There is usually an early-bird registration discount.
When does the season start/end? Practices start mid-February depending on weather. The Spring season finishes the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend.
Where are practices/games held? Fields used for practices are located throughout Oakland and games are played in Oakland, Piedmont, and Alameda.
Details here: https://ogsl.org/fields/
How do I apply for a scholarship for my player? Submit a scholarship request form, then fill out the online registration up to the payment details section on Teamsnap, but do not process a payment. There is a minimum fee to participate in the league. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
How old does my child need to be to start playing? What are the age groups?
By year of birth:
12/14u (ages are combined for recreational softball): 2005/06 and 2007/08
10u – 2009/10
8u – 2011/12
6u – 2013/14
Is previous experience required? No, our recreation leagues focus on skill building and learning. In addition to team practices, the league offers additional clinics for learning and refining skills.
What equipment do we need to have? Softball glove (this can also be provided if you need one) and a pair of softball pants. Cleats are also required for the 8U divisions and up. OGSL (in partnership with the Oakland Athletics) provides a jersey, hat and socks.
Do you offer an equipment exchange? Yes – See website for dates and times.
Why should my child play softball? OGSL provides the skills girls will need to play at the high school level and beyond, including college. Additionally, womens’ softball returns to the Summer Olympics in 2020, so the future for girls and women in softball is bright! OGSL has tailored the pitching at each level to make it a fun and active game (from T-ball, to Coach pitch, to player pitch!) But most importantly, studies have found that girls who play team sports are more likely to graduate from college, find a job, and be employed in male-dominated industries. And what better way to do this, than to play with, cheer alongside with, and have fun with other girls playing softball?
Do you have a travel ball team? The OGSL recreational softball program feeds into the optional, competitive Vipers travel softball program, which plays nationally against the highest level of competition (and has oversight by the OGSL Board). Multiple teams play 16u Summer/Fall, 14u Spring/Summer/Fall, 12u Summer/Fall, 10u Summer/Fall, 8u Summer.
How long has OGSL been in existence? OGSL was organized in 1993.
Can I coach my daughter? Yes! The OGSL Board includes a Coaching Coordinator that actively recruits, trains and supports new coaches.
Can I volunteer for the league? Yes! There are numerous volunteering opportunities, from just a few hours over the course of the year, to year-round OGSL Board of Director positions. Let us know what you might be looking to do!