Cranberry Township Athletic Association

Softball Registration - Additional Information

The spring recreational season is for girls of all skill levels with the emphasis on skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. CTAA is one of the largest community athletic associations in the state of PA. Last year, we had over 300 girls from Cranberry, Seven Fields and surrounding areas participating in our fast pitch and slow pitch spring programs. We are interested in growing the program, so please considering inviting your friends to play along with us this season.

Many of our CTAA girls are involved in multiple spring activities, like soccer, swimming, dance, etc. To help better understand the commitment of the players for each softball league, the practice and game nights listed below are referenced from last spring season. NOTE: There is no guarantee this spring be the same as last year, but it should be similar.

Parents – We need you. If you have interest in volunteering to manager or assist in coaching a team, please note this as a comment on your registration form. All managers are required to pass a criminal history background check and a child abuse clearance.

Practices for all fast pitch and slow pitch start the first week of April. Each team will have 6-10 practices before opening day, which is the last Saturday of April. The season is played through the end of June. There is opportunity to play several weekend tournaments in June/July. Rules for each league can be found here: http://www.ctaaonline.com/association/forms/CTAAPolicyManual.pdf

Which Youth League is the Best Fit?

Unlike baseball, girls have a choice to make with softball. They can play either Fast Pitch or Slow Pitch by 3 rd grade and up. Each has their own advantages. A quick google search on “fastpitch vs. slowpitch” can give you the differences between the two. Here is a good article. http://www.womenssportsinformation.com/fastpitchvslow.html

If your daughter is considering playing for Seneca Valley as they get older, there are two options: a) SV Girls Softball (spring fastpitch - ) or SV Girls Slowpitch Club (fall slowpitch - http://www.svslowpitch.org). In addition, there are many travel ball opportunities in fast pitch at the youth level, 10U to 18U, outside of CTAA. All college level competitive ball is fastpitch.

Registration

A player’s age and/or grade determines which league they participate in. See the registration page for specific details. We allow girls to play up based on grade. Girls that are new to softball should stay in the age appropriate league and not play up based on grade. 8U players will get a jersey and sock included in their registration fees. All 10U and up players will be purchasing (for a small fee and in addition to your registration fees) a jersey(s) for the season. CTAA will subsidize the majority of the uniform costs. Note: 10U, 12U, 15U and 18U teams are selected through a draft. We try to balance team talent! Player requests can ONLY be honored in the 8U Slow league.

CTAA plays through the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) governing body. The age cutoff is December 31. So, the player’s age on December 31 is their softball age for the following year. As an example, player A with birthday on December 31 turned 9 yrs old. Her friend, player B, has a birthday on January 1 and turned 9. Player A is a softball age 9 for the spring season, while player B is softball age 8 for the spring. For spring/fall for the year, player A can only play 10U, while a player B can play 8U according to ASA age, but has the opportunity/option to play up to 10U based on being in 3 rd grade.

GPGSL

GPGSL – CTAA plays their fast pitch and slow pitch games in the GPGSL (Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball League). Most other community organizations don’t have in-house programs and play all fast and slow pitch through GPGSL. In GPGSL, we will play other nearby athletic associations in the area (like Avonworth, Butler, North Hills, Economy, Pine-Richland, Ingomar, Mars, Seneca Valley North, etc.). Half of the games in the game schedule (14-16 total games) are played at home (Cranberry Park or Graham Park) and the other half is played at other association’s fields. It is highly probably the 8U Slow League will be in-house only.

Slow Pitch

Slow pitch (8U): Our 8U slow pitch program is an in-house program that consists entirely of CTAA girls of ages 6-8 years (around 50-60 girls each spring). All of the games are played at either Cranberry Park or Graham Park. In the unlikely event we do not have enough girls for an in-house league, we will play in the Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball League as Cranberry Township. The 12-14 game season has games played typically twice a week, usually one game on Monday thru Thurs and the second on Friday evening or Saturday (typically starting 11am or later). 8-10 practices are held only in April, however, additional practices are at the manager’s discretion after the season starts.

Slow Pitch (10U, 12U, 15U and 18U): 14-16 game season with 2 (or 3) games per week. Games are typically once per weeknight and once on the weekend. 8-10 practices are held only in April, however, additional practices are at the manager’s discretion after the season starts.

Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch (10U, 12U, 15U and 18U): 14-16 game season with 2 (or 3) games per week. Games are typically played on Monday thru Thursday only. 8-10 practices are held only in April with one practice scheduled on the weekend after the season starts. For those girls interested in pitching development, we will host a 10 session pitching clinic at Haine Elementary from March-April for CTAA girls. Note: Girls are placed on teams based on previous year’s rank, skill level, and pitching ability. We try to balance the teams. Player requests will not be honored.

Adult

Women’s League: Our Women’s League is a slow pitch program for women 19 years and older. The 12 game season starts mid-May/early June (exact date to be determined) and goes through the end of July with double headers played on Sunday evenings. Registration is by team but individuals interested in playing in the league can contact the league coordinator to be put on the list of available players. Team managers should contact the league coordinator to register. For additional information: ctaa-wsbl@ctaaonline.com.

Adult Co-ed League: The Adult Co-ed League is for players 18 yrs and older. 10 game season is played one game per week on Sunday mornings. Registration is done by team, not individual. Individuals interested in playing will be placed on teams if space allows. New teams should notify the Adult League Coordinator (ctaa-adultsb@ctaaonline.com) by February 28 if they are interested in playing in the spring. Money for all teams must be submitted by March 31.

Additional questions about the different softball leagues should be directed to Les Aloi, ctaa-softball@ctaaonline.com.

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