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Frequently Asked Questions for Girl's Softball

When did Fastpitch Softball start at HPBA?

  • 2012 was HPBA's inaugural year for Girls Fastpitch Softball.  We started with two teams of 7-8 yr olds. 

Can my daughter play when she's 5 or 6 years old?  

  • HPBA does not offer girl-only t-ball for 5-6 yr olds.  We highly recommend at this age, that girls play Rookie t-ball with the boys.  Our Rookie division is co-ed and the teachings are the same for boys & girls at this age.  

Why are there only teams for 7-13 year olds?  

  • HPBA begins offering softball at age 7 for two reasons: 1) boys & girls begin pitching in this age division and the girls underhand, fastpitch motion is very different than boys over-hand; and 2) nearby park districts offer softball teams at this age for Hamlin to play.  As the program grows citywide, we hope to offer softball in the upper age groups.

Can my daughter play softball at Hamlin if she's older?

  • Currently, we do not have enough players or coaches to offer a girl’s only softball team in the upper age divisions. We hope to offer more teams as the overall program develops.

Who are the coaches?  

  • Coaches are volunteer parents and/or past players from local high schools.  Additionally, we tap into private instructors by hosting fastpitch softball clinics for players registered in HPBA Softball.

What gear is provided by HPBA and what gear do we need to purchase?

  • HPBA provides bats, helmets, fielding safety masks and uniforms.  Softball players need to provide their own glove.  Cleats as are highly recommended by most coaches.  Many players also prefer to purchase their own bat, helmet and safety mask.  If you have any questions about the requirements of any equipment, please contact HPBA.