2023 Spring Season

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This page will give you an overview of the 2023 Spring Fastpitch Season with as much information as possible.

2023 Season Reference Information

Our Parent Meeting will occur in February, 2023.

Recent Updates

Listing updates through the offseason in preparation for 2023 Season:

FOR KEY COMMUNICATIONS, PLEASE SEE OUR NEWS PAGE.

  • Nov 8 / 22 - CMSA has announced that the u9 Division will move to TUESDAY and THURSDAY games in the 2023 season.   As a result, WHS is currently reviewing dates for the Timbits group.
  • Nov 8 / 22 - CMSA has decided to keep the season length the same for the 2023 season, with the one exception that ALL u11 Division levels will finish their season by the end of June.

Age Categories

Softball programs differ based on the Year of Birth of each player.  For example, U9 will be all players that are under 9 years old as of the end of 2022 calendar year (Dec 31).  Age groups align with Softball Canada's alignment.

Age GroupBirth YearGamesLength (Hrs)PracticesEvalsRules
U7 Timbits2016 & 2017TBD*01:15NoneNoFun activities
U92014 & 2015Mon & Wed01:30WeekendsNoModified Rules
U112012 & 2013Tue & Thu01:30WeekendsYesFull Games
U132010 & 2011Mon & Wed01:45WeekendsYesFull Games
U152008 & 2009Tue & Thu01:45WeekendsYesFull Games
U17 & U192004 - 2007Mon & Wed01:45WeekendsYesFull Games

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Requests for Age Category Exceptions:  These can be made via your registration form, and must be followed with an email to info@westhillsoftball.ca.  Exceptions will only be granted to players within 1 year of the desired age category.  Determination will be considered based on team sizes, skill level (through WHS Evaluation Process), and safety of all participants.

Season Dates

For the 2023 season, Calgary Minor Softball (CMSA) will continue with the extended season for Division 1 & Division 2 tier players for age categories U13 to U19. Here are the approximate dates for our 2023 Spring Season   *U11 will end at the end of June for ALL Division levels.

Age CategoryPreseasonSeason PracticesFirst GamePlayoffs***
U7 Timbitsn/an/aApr-22n/a
U9/U11 - All Divs.Apr 10+1 per weekendApr-29Jun 12 - Jun 25
U13-U19: Div. 3Apr 10+1 per weekendApr-29Jun 12 - Jun 25
U13-U19: Div. 2Mar/Apr*1-2 per week **Apr-29Jun 26 - Jul 9
U13-U19: Div. 1Mar/Apr*1-2 per week **Apr-29Jul 5 - Jul 20

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* Pre-season Indoor practices can start as early as March at the conclusion of evaluations.
** Higher division teams will attempt to have more than one practice per week, based on availability.
*** Playoff schedules TBD for 2023 season

SEASON FEES

Fees for the 2023 Season to be determined.
For reference, please see our 2022 Fees Page

 

TIMBITS PROGRAM

Our Timbits program is run locally within West Hill Softball and does not participate in a Calgary Minor Softball League.   For more information about the program, please visit our Timbits Program link.

 

PLAYER EVALUATIONS (Mandatory)

Evaluations are run for all programs U11 to U19, and is mandatory for all players.  Evaluations are necessary to ensure placement of players on teams at appropriate levels (Division 1, 2, & 3) and specific teams.  For more information and dates, please see our Evaluation Page.

 

MODIFIED U9 GAME RULES

The Modified game (6 players on field, Home Run line, Coach pitch) will be used at the new U9 group.  You can read about the Modified rules on the CMSA Modified Rules page

 

GAME TIMES

Typical game nights start at 6:45pm across all CMSA Games.
Players are asked to arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior for warm-up & preparation, based on their age category & level

 

PRACTICES

In addition to the game schedule, coaches will schedule practices on a weekly basis, typically on weekends (Saturday or Sunday mornings, or Sunday late afternoon / evenings).  Practices will typically be scheduled for the same time each weekend.

Practices will start either indoors or outdoors in early April.  Additional fees may be collected for some team-based indoor practices (to offset the gym costs).

Division 1 & 2 teams may have additional practices during the week or weekend and may start practicing by March.

 

CALGARY MINOR SOFTBALL OPENING WEEKEND - April 29-30

All teams will participate in opening weekend, which will consist of 2 games on each of the Saturday & Sunday.  This is a great way to get into the season quickly!

 

TOURNAMENTS

Each team has the opportunity to participate in various weekend tournaments within the city and across the province or beyond (including our own WHS Tournament!).

Teams/coaches are encouraged to participate when/where they can for great team development.  SIGN-UP EARLY, spots go quickly in many tournaments.

Updated tournament listings can be found at https://www.softballalberta.ca/tournaments/listings/.
Once teams are finalized for the season, teams can determine if they would like to play in tournaments during the season.

Typically, Division 1 and 2 teams would aim to play in 2-4 tournaments.  Division 3 teams aim to play in 1 or 2 tournaments, if possible.

 

CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS / PLAYOFFS

For all age categories & divisions, each team will qualify for a city-wide league playoffs referred to as "City Championships".  Schedules are listed in the Season Dates above.

 

SOFTBALL ALBERTA PROVINCIALS

Note, provincial participation is considered part of the program for all Division 1 teams ("B" or "C" Level), and some Division 2 teams ("C" or "D" level).  WHS Teams & players are encouraged to register and compete at Provincials.

REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:  In many age categories and divisions, teams will be required to qualify to attend provincials weekend.  As of January, these qualifiers are likely to occur in Calgary on June 25-27.  This is subject to change.

Please keep the following dates in mind when planning your summer vacations, but visit the Softball Alberta Provincial site for the most up-to-date and official dates and locations for Provincial Championships.

Softball Alberta 2022 details for reference listed below: 

DatesCategoriesLevelCMSA Divisions
June 24-26QualifiersAllAll
July 1-3All U11AllAll
July 8-10U13-U19'D'Div 2 & top Div 3
July 15-17U13-U19'C'Low Div 1 & top Div 2
July 22-24U13-U19'B'Div 1

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NOTE:  Visit Softball AB for official information

 

PARENT REQUIREMENTS & INFO

2022 Season Reference Information

If you missed our Parent Meeting on February 24, please view the recordings and the presentation material for all families.