The Softball Committee is call for all volunteers! Now is the time to get involved! When the weather turns chilly is when we work on the details that make our season happen. We can't make that happen without great volunteers. If you have ever had a desire to help out, and want to make a positive difference in our organization, or know someone that does, please send all nominations to Jennifer Graber at email@example.com. Nominations need to include the individuals name, best contact info (phone, email, etc), what committee position the individual would be a good fit for, and if so inclined a little info about the individual. Not sure what position would be a good fit? No worries, just put unsure just want to help! All nominations MUST be in to Jenn no later than 5:00 PM Saturday Nov 14th. Elections will be held on Wednesday November 19th at 7:00 pm at The Landing Fieldhouse - upstairs in the open space behind the conference rooms. Masks are required.
As we are operating under a new operation agreement, all positions will be open for election this year. Moving forward positions nominations will happen in the years indicated in the operation agreement which is posted on the softball page.
Below is a brief description of all positions:
Softball Director will provide overall coordination and direction of the program. The person must attend or send a representative to the PRO Board meetings. The director or representative must attend at least 75% of the PRO Board meeting during the year. The director is responsible for any commitments made by the sport and seeking the PRO Board input and approval when necessary. The softball director is also responsible for calling, conducting and overseeing softball committee meetings, casting the deciding vote in the event of a tie, and oversee any grievance and protest events. At least one year of prior service in PRO is preferred. The Softball Director will assume/delegate the responsibilities of any vacant position as needed.
Assistant Director shall be responsible to assist the Director with the overall growth and development of the softball program. Represent softball on the PRO Board of Directors, as a voting member of PRO, in the Directors absence. The assistant director also: Chairs the regularly scheduled meetings in the absence of director, assist in supervising and managing the league commissioners and league coaches of Papillion Softball; Acts on requests of the Softball committee, as an exofficio member of all committees as appointed by the director; Attend all association grievance and protest hearings.
Treasurer will be responsible to ensure that the PRO Treasurer has the information needed to properly record the income and expenses of the sport into the PRO books. The treasurer along with the director will need to prepare an annual budget to the PRO Board. The treasurer will maintain an accurate accounting as it relates to the current budget; Oversee the Team Manager Treasurers for the select teams; Ensure all funds are presented to the PRO Treasurer within 10 days of collection. Serves on additional committees as required.
Secretary will be responsible to provide the PRO Board any reports requested regarding the operations of the sport. The Secretary will record the attendance at each meeting. Prepare agendas as requested by the director as well as maintain an accurate record of meeting minutes as well as distribute meeting minutes to the softball committee as well as the PRO Secretary.
Select Softball Director will oversee the committee meetings when the Director/Assistant Director is unavailable. The Select Director is responsible for providing administrative direction and over sight for the select softball program. The Select Director shall: Manage, in cooperation, with the Director, other league Directors, and outside organizations and officials, all aspects of the Select Team season in accordance with the PRO directives and policies. This includes but is not limited to: Conduct registration of player candidates and to arrange for and supervise the tryout sessions; Presides at player selection meetings; Coordinate practice time/spaces throughout the season; Keep up to date records of team rosters; Check players’ eligibility; Recruit players, coaches, and sponsors; Ensure all coaches have ACE Certification, background checks; Oversee team sanctioning; Coordinate team insurance as required within the USA, PGF, USSSA and any other organizations.
Recreation Director shall be responsible for the coordination of the Papillion Softball League, and the arrangement and oversight of all registration activities. The Recreation Director shall also be responsible for: Proper registration of players; Verification of necessary data in accordance with PRO, Association, State and National Guidelines; Communication and coordination with age commissioners as well as other necessary individuals for scheduling; Assembling of teams in accordance with past team and parent player requests; Scheduling team pictures and distribution of pictures to age Commissioners. Working closely with Scheduling Director as well as Uniform director in order for those roles to function to best ability. In the case those positions are vacant, the Softball Director and Recreation Director assume those responsibilities.
Uniform Director shall be responsible for procuring budget friendly uniforms and coach's shirts for the recreational program. The artwork and uniforms must be presented and approved by the Softball Committee. The Uniform Director shall also be responsible for ordering and distributing all uniforms to the appropriate age group Commissioner. Maintain and control accurate inventories of left-over uniforms.
Equipment Director is responsible for approved equipment purchases. The Equipment Director shall also: Maintain and distribute softball equipment; Maintain equipment control through accurate inventories and appropriate storage practices; Report activities to the Softball Committee and prepare spring and fall equipment purchase proposals for budget preparation.
Scheduling Director shall be responsible to prepare and maintain practice and game schedules for each recreational team during authorized seasons of play. The Scheduling Director shall: Monitor the scheduled play for any need to reschedule games due to cancellation by weather or field closure; Coordinate rescheduling of any games with applicable league Commissioner and coaches by verbal confirmation; Maintain an up to date master schedule for league and tournament/end of season games; Communicate the schedule as well as any changes with the Umpire Organization; Coordinate with city and other leagues as needed for field availability; Communicate schedules to coaches, maintain up to date schedules on the papiorec.org site.
Age Group Commissioners 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, and Junior/Senior Commissioners are annually elected positions who assist the Softball Committee in registering players and selecting and managing coaches, providing support and communication to the coaches within each age division. They manage the day today operations of their respective leagues during the season in accordance with Papillion Softball League Rules.
It is perfectly acceptable to nominate yourself. If you have any questions you can contact Jenn or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthly email AND consider helping us continue to have a successful program.
All participants MUST sign the above waiver and give to your coach before you are able to practice
Plan is to start practice June 1st and games after June 18th. Check back for details regarding return to play policy. We hope to have it posted by the end of the week.
Please read the return to play and COVID prevention plan we have put in place.
Softball Return to Play Guidelines
If any player, coach, or parent spectator does not feel well DO NOT attend practice or games. Wash hands frequently. We highly encourage coaches to appoint a team parent to help with social distancing rules, ‘crowd’ control, and such.
June 1 practices can start. Rules for practices
Dugout use will not be allowed. Players’ items should be lined up against the fence at least six feet apart.
Parents must remain in their cars or drop off and pick up players afterwards. No sitting in bleachers watching practices.
Players should use their own gloves, helmet and bats as much as possible.
Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This means additional spacing between players while playing catch, changing drills so the players remain spaced out, no congregating the players while waiting to bat.
Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice. No shared drinking fountains or coolers.
Players must bring their own snacks to consume during and after practice. No shared communal snacks.
Coaches must sanitize shared equipment before and after each practice.
No sunflower seeds will be allowed during practice.
No sharing of sweat towels or cooling rags.
Girls will use hand sanitizer before practices begin.
June 18 Games can start. Rules for games
Same guidelines as above for softball practices.
No pregame meetings, no fist-bumps, line up exchanges to be done with limited contact.
Use of dugouts is permitted during games only. Only essential items in dugout – bats, glove, helmet. Bags should still lined up outside the dugout.
Bleachers located between the dugout and home plate should also be used to spread out players. Players should have designated spots to place their personal items. Coaches must designate an adult who is responsible for ensuring players are seated on the benches, unless they are actively participating in the game. For example, when a team is at bat, batters at the bottom of the lineup can sit spaced apart on the bleachers, outside of the dugout to allow for increased spaced in the dugout.
Only coaches and players in dugouts. No score keepers, no parents, no one else is allowed.
Players should use their own gloves, helmets and bats as much as possible. Shared equipment (catchers gear) will be sanitized after use. Players will use hand sanitizer before taking the field and when returning to bat. Fielding team will bring clean balls to the field and sanitize again in between innings.
Fan attendance is limited to household members of the players on the team. No use of bleachers for fans. Fans must bring their own chairs or stand. Fans should keep six feet of social distance between different household units. No fan seating or standing is allowed in the area from behind home plate to six feet past the far end of each dugout.
Teams to play next must be provided designated areas for player warm-ups that provide for necessary social distancing.
Post-game handshakes or interaction between teams are prohibited.
When games end, the leaving team must sanitize the dugout area. No postgame talks at the field are permitted. Fans and players must leave the playing area and return to their cars immediately after the game.
The team to play next must remain in their designated warm up area until the prior team has finished sanitizing and is completely out of the dugout.
Fans for upcoming games must remain in their cars during player warmups. They will be permitted to come to the field once the team they are there to watch enters the dugout area.
Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practices and games. No shared drinking fountains or coolers.
Players must bring their own snacks to consume during and after practices and games. No shared communal snacks. No sunflower seeds during games or practices.
Coaches must sanitize shared equipment before and after each practice and game. Dugouts and bleachers must be sanitized at the end of each game. Bathrooms need to be sprayed down and sanitized at the end of each game.
Concession stands are not allowed to be open.
Registration is CLOSED and we are forming teams. If you need a late registration please contact email@example.com and we will evaluate numbers in that age division to see if there is space available.
Once again we are looking forward to another great season.
Coaches will be confirmed followed by team formation. Players' parents will be notified as soon as teams are formed around March 25th. Equipment handout and coaches' meeting will be Sunday March 29th.
Every effort will be made to honor requests. We are attempting to keep as many teams/players together from previous seasons as possible. If you DO NOT wish to have the same coach as last year please note that in the comment section. If you do wish to definitely have the same coach as last year, please annotate that also. Please know that not every coach returns and some move up in ages. We do our best to keep as many previous players together as possible.
UNIFORMS- we will be taking sizes for uniforms again this year. Please order up if you are unsure. We do have to pre-order uniforms and do our best with sizing based on past years. We will try to get as close to requested size as possible but you may receive one size up.
Practices will start the first week in April. Games will begin in May. Ages 10U and older will complete the season with an end of season tournament the last week of June. Dates are still tentative and will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
Registration will CLOSE March 11th. No late registrations will be accepted.
Below is the size chart from the vendor. Please use this as a guideline. Please make sure you are looking at the right information. We will be ordering YOUTH or WOMEN sizes, NO MEN sizes will be ordered. We will do our best to get you as close to requested size as possible.
|League||Age||Age Determined By|
|8U Coach Pitch||6 - 8||as of January 1st of this year|
|10U||9 - 10||as of January 1st of this year|
|12U||11 - 12||as of January 1st of this year|
|14U-18||13 - 18||as of January 1st of this year|
Spring Softball Registration costs:
|8U (Coach Pitch)||6 to 8||$75|
|10U||9 to 10||$100|
|12U||11 to 12||$110|
|14U-18u*||13 and up||$115|
|SelectTeams (10U-18U)||9 - 18||Check with your Coach!|
*Age Groups may be combined
Many times we get asked about bat size and what type of bat players need. Here is some helpful information in helping you to select the proper size bat and glove for your player. Just remember, it should be comfortable for them and it doesn't have to cost a fortune at this age and level!
In 2011 Papillion Softball announced the formation of a select program call the the Outlaws. This select program is for players who are both willing and possess the necessary skills to compete at a higher level than recreational softball. The Outlaws Select Team girls play in a fall league and in the spring season as well as up to 10 tournaments in the spring/summer season. The players commit to year-round practices and games and play competitive softball to prepare for play at the high school level.
For more information, visit the Outlaws Teams page or contact a member of the Softball Board.
Your questions are very important to us! We are always looking for ways to improve our program and love feedback from our families! The following is the fastest process to follow when you have a question for a Board Member.
Coaches and Parents,
Papillion Softball will be communicating rainouts and last minute changes this year via text messages.
Please open the below hyperlink, enter your cell number and subscribe only to Papillion PRO Softball. You can either cut and paste the below link, or click the picture, and it will redirect you. After you sign up, it will ask for a "validation code." Make SURE to complete the whole process.
Thank you for your help in ensuring important communication is received. We appreciate your help and look forward to another great year of softball!
Director of Softball