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AGSA Recreational League

2019 Registration: Jan. 1 - March 4

  • Open to girls age 4-13.
  • Registration is based on current grade for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • March 4 is a hard deadline for a guaranteed space on a team.
  • Beginning March 5, anyone who missed the deadline can sign up for a wait list. Teams will be filled from the wait list on a first-come, first-serve basis until rosters are complete.
  • Rosters will have no more than 12 girls per team.


Age Divisions and Fees

PreK/K:  $35 (T-ball)
1st/2nd:  $80 (coach pitch)
3rd/4th:  $110 (player/coach pitch)
5th-6th:  $110 (player pitch)

League placement is based on the player's grade during the current school year. Players may play above (but not below) their grade level. AGSA reserves the right move players to the appropriate age division.

There is a $20 discount for each additional player from the same family. Financial assistance is available with an approved scholarship application. Refunds must be approved by the AGSA board. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

No guaranteed registrations will be accepted after March 4 to facilitate game scheduling with CIRL. Late registrants may sign up to join a wait list; any available spaces on teams will be filled from the waitlist on a first-come, first serve basis until all rosters are complete. Rosters will have no more than 12 girls per team. No exceptions! Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Teams are formed in early March, using a blind draft by the league commissioner and board members. The process randomly places girls on softball teams, with an effort to evenly distribute pitchers/catchers and players from each grade level. Every effort is made to accommodate carpooling requests; however, placement cannot be guaranteed. Coaches will receive a roster at the beginning of the season and are responsible for contacting their team.

*Note: If you have unpaid registration fees from a previous season, your daughter will not be assigned to a team until all fees are paid in full. Financial assistance is available with an approved scholarship application.

What to Expect

  • Practices begin in April, weather permitting.
  • Games are played on weeknights in May and June.
  • Rally Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, features season-opening games and team pictures, pending availability of our photographer.
  • Coaches are volunteers and are encouraged to schedule two contacts per week (game or practice).
  • Players will be asked to participate in an annual fundraising activity (for example, butter braid sales).
  • Players in 3/4 and 5/6 leagues interested in pitching are required to attend weekly pitching clinics. For player safety, girls are not permitted to pitch in a game until they have been approved by the pitching clinic coach. 
  • There is a season-ending tournament for 3/4 and 5/6 leagues the last full week of June. Please try to avoid scheduling vacations or trips during this time so that teams may participate with a full roster. Borrowing of players for the tournament is not allowed per CIRL rules.
  • Smoking is prohibited on all AGSA and CIRL facilities.

Equipment & Uniforms

  • Players are required to bring their own glove and wear appropriate athletic clothing. 
  • Uniform T-shirts are provided by the league.
  • Players are welcome to use their own bats and helmets; however, coaches are given a selection of bats and batting helmets for team use so purchasing these items is not rqeuired.
  • Fielding masks are encouraged but not required.
  • Metal cleats are not permitted.

About the Central Iowa Recreation League (CIRL)

With the exception of the PreK/K (Tee Ball) age division, AGSA teams compete against teams from other communities in the Central Iowa Recreation League. Every effort is made to schedule the same number of home and away games, with approximately 10-12 games played during the regular season. Teams in the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade divisions will participate in the post-season CIRL tournament during the final week in June.

Participating CIRL communities:

  • 1st/2nd: Ames, Collins-Maxwell, Colo/Nesco, Gilbert, Nevada, Roland/Story
  • 3rd/4th: Ames, Collins-Maxwell, Colo/Nesco, Gilbert, Hubbard-Radcliffe, Nevada, Roland/Story, South Hamilton
  • 5th/6th: Ames, Colo/Nesco, Gilbert, Hubbard-Radcliffe, Nevada, Roland/Story, South Hamilton


Some CIRL communities have lighted fields, but most game times are scheduled to allow for two 1:20 games per night, per field (exception: 1st/2nd age division has a three-inning or one-hour limit). Teams could be scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start in another community, so travel time must be factored in for arrival.

Official CIRL 1st/2nd grade games begin in June; there will be inter-AGSA games scheduled during May to give teams additional playing time. There will not be a post-season tournament for this age division.

3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade games begin in late April/early May, weather permitting. There will be a post-season tournament the week of June 25. Please plan accordingly. 

 

CIRL Field Locations (Directions can be found on the CIRL website here.)

  • Collins-Maxwell (Maxwell City Park): Corner of Second Street and Trotter Blvd, Maxwell
  • Colo (Carmody Park): 302 Oak Street, Colo
  • Colo (Zearing field): 400 E. Main Street, Zearing
  • Gilbert: 109 Rothmore Drive (behind elementary school), Gilbert
  • Hubbard-Radcliffe (Radcliffe): 501 Isabella Street (behind elementary school), Radcliffe
  • Iowa Falls (Legion Field): 3021 Washington, Iowa Falls
  • Nevada (SCORE Recreation Athletic Complex): 1543 Fawcett Parkway, Nevada
  • Nevada (Kiwanis Park): 701 11th Street, Nevada
  • Roland/Story (Britson Park): 617 Arthur Drive, Roland
  • Roland/Story (Hennessy Park): 213 North Park Street, Roland
  • Roland/Story (Roland Middle School): 265 South Linn, Roland
  • South Hamilton (Ellsworth): 1723 Delphi, Ellsworth
  • South Hamilton (Jewell): Deckor and Park Streets, Jewell

PreK/Kindergarten (Tee Ball) Division

  • Rosters are reduced (6-8 players) to provide more teams and a better experience.
  • PreK/K teams play other AGSA teams and do not compete in the CIRL.
  • Games have a one-hour limit.

Help Wanted: Coaches, Umpires

Recreational league teams are coached by volunteers. Parents may indicate their interest in serving as a head or assistant coach during the player registration process. Others may apply online or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Coaches are encouraged to organize at least two contacts (practices, games) per week, using AGSA's online field scheduling tool. Batting helmets, bats, balls, catcher equipment and scorebooks will be provided by the league.

Rosters will be distributed during a coaches meeting in late March/early April; coaches are responsible for contacting their teams.

In order to standardize the skills and methods being taught in our program, all coaches will be expected to attend a short coaching clinic scheduled for late March/early April,

Note: All coaches are required to attend a mandatory CIRL coaches meeting on either April 9 or April 10. Both meetings will be held at 6:00 pm at Gates Memorial Hall in Nevada. 

Background checks are required for all coaches and volunteers.

Umpires are coordinated for home games in the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade divisions. Umpires must be age 14 or older, and are paid on a per-game basis. Contact the AGSA umpire coordinator for more information.

Volunteers also are needed to assist with photographs and fundraisers.

Sponsorships and Donations

The cost of recreational league play is covered primarily by player registrations, business sponsorships and an annual fundraising activity. If you or your business are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Varying sponsorship levels available. The AGSA is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation, operated by a board of volunteers.

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