Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) provides an opportunity for girls age 4½ to 18 to play/learn softball in a fun and positive environment while building self esteem, learning teamwork and stressing good sportsmanship. We strive to teach each player the skills needed to compete with their peers. All girls are welcome to play.
NYS is a member of the Indian Peaks Girls Softball Association (IPGSA). Our U8, U10, U12, U14 and U18 teams play in leagues run by them. The IPGSA is made up of city, town, and private softball programs that come together for “C” (Recreational) level league play every year. The IPGSA administers the league, sets rules, schedules games, and puts on the Tune Up and End of Season Tournaments. For more information about the IPGSA go to their website at IPGSA.com.
NYS provides each team with bats, balls, helmets, and catcher’s gear for the season. Of course, some players have their own equipment (which they are welcome to use). NYS also provides a uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks for younger teams and jersey and pants for older teams) for each player (covered by the registration fee). Players must provide their own glove. Cleats are recommended, but not required. It is ultimately up to the coach, but most teams practice twice per week until the season begins and once a week thereafter. Friend and coach requests are honored (if at all possible). The earlier that you register, the more likely it is that we will be able to honor your request. However, once a team is full, we will not add additional players to it regardless of friend and coach preferences.
All NYS softball teams, Bubblegum through U18, practice and play home games at Monarch/Hangge Fields or The Grange. U8 through U18 teams play away games in surrounding communities like Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and Erie (teams in the Bubblegum league do not have away games).
|4 1/2 to 6||Bubblegum||This is a coed introductory T-Ball program. Each team plays 6 one hour games (usually on Thursdays at 6:00 PM and/or Saturdays at 10:00 AM). There is a short practice prior to each game (there are no other practices). Kids are introduced to throwing, fielding, hitting and base running. The primary goal is to have fun.||$85|
|7 to 8||8U||Teams practice for several weeks prior to the season. Each team plays 8 games. Players are introduced to coach pitch. Each player gets a set number of pitches to put the ball in play and then, if needed, hits off a tee.||$100|
|9 to 10||10U||The season consists of 10 games. Players are introduced to player pitching. Strikeouts are now part of the game. A tee is still used in lieu of walks. The goal is still to have fun, but keeping score is now part of the game. Wins and loses determine which reams play in the end of the season tournament.||$140|
|11 to 12||12U||The season consists of 12 games. Walking and stealing (with some limitations) are now permitted. Players continue to build fundamental softball skills. Players should start to incorporate and understand game strategies.||$150|
|13 to 14||14U||Teams play 14 games. More nuances are added to the rules (dropped third strike, further pitching distance, stealing without limitations, etc). Most players are proficient at throwing, fielding, hitting and base running.||$160|
|15 to 18||18U||Teams play 16 games. Almost all aspects of the game are incorporated at this level.||$160|
|*Eligibility is based on player’s age as of January 1, 2020. Girls are allowed to play up an age group, but can not play down an age group.|