Q. Is experience necessary?
A. Not at all, the Spring and Fall recreation seasons are designed to be a mixture of competitive and instructional play with an emphasis on fun. Teams are formed by distributing the girls evenly based on experience and skill level. In this environment it doesn't take long for new players to make friends and have fun while getting good exercise and learning how to play the game.
Q. When does the Spring season start and finish?
A. Teams are formed in late January. Practices begin in early February. Games begin in early March and run through the middle of May. The exact dates will be posted when they are finalized.
Q. When does the Fall season start and finish?
A. Teams are formed in early August. Practices begin in late August or early September. The season runs through the end of October.
Q. Where are practices and games played?
A. All regular season games and practices take place on the SSJSB FIELDS in South San Jose at Sakamoto, Hayes and Vista Park city park. Teams also participate in an inter-league game schedule with other leagues (Almaden, East Valley, West Valley, Milpitas, and Santa Clara) on their home fields.
Q. How are teams formed?
A. Balanced teams are essential for fair and competitive play. 16U, 14U, 12U and 10U teams are formed by an open draw process that distributes advanced, intermediate and beginning players equally among teams. Note: Players in 8U and 6U divisions can request to be placed on a team with a friend or familiar coach. Not all requests are guaranteed.
Q. What will I need to play?
A. The league provides a jersey and socks. It is strongly recommended that you have cleats. Sliders and knee pads are recommended safety items for 9 to 16 year olds. You will also need a glove; make sure it is comfortable and easy to open/close. New gloves should be purchased a few months prior to the first practice and then follow the break-in directions. The league provides bats, balls, catcher's gear, but it is recommended that every player have their own. Upon request a batting helmet can be issued to your player, but again it is recommended that all players have their own. Any questions about equipment can be directed to the LEAGUE EQUIPMENT MANAGER.
SSJSB has a collection of gently used equipment that we will have available, at no charge, on day of evaluations (includes cleats, gloves, helmets, pants, equipment bags, etc). Feel free to bring equipment in good shape to donate to the collection for others to pick up.
Q. How often will I practice?
A. Players in 10U-16U years old normally practice for 2 hours, twice a week. Players in 6U and 8U normally practice for 1 to 1-1/2 hours twice a week before the season starts, then once a week during the regular season.
Q. Does SSJSB have a program for advanced competitive play?
A. Yes, SSJSB organizes a summer and fall travel ball program called Quicksilver. All Spring participants are eligible and encouraged to try out for the Quicksilver program. See the Quicksilver Page for details.
Q. What if I also plan to try-out for my high school team?
A. Just register for SSJSB as usual and inform the league that you hope to play on the high school team. Your application and check will be held until you are notified that you have made the team. At that time we will cancel your registration and return/destroy your check.
Q. What is your SSJSB's refund policy?
A. Refunds will be issued up until the teams are formed by contacting the league player agent prior to the date of the team draw. This date will be posted on the web site as soon as it is determined. The team draw triggers the league uniform order, after which no refunds will be given.
Q. I have additional questions; who can I contact?
A. The easiest way to get answers is to submit your question to the league. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person for a prompt response. You may also use the board member directory to contact league representatives directly.