State League

 

Softball ACT is very excited to promote a new competition on our calendar this year!

 

What is State League?

State League is a concept designed to bring the very best of the ACT together to play for the purpose of high performance development!

Held on a Tuesday night, our State team players will be drafted into various teams to compete in a high performance environment to practice game scenarios and tactics against live opposition to prepare for Nationals – it’s a development opportunity for not only our players, but also our coaches and umpires!

This will give our players the opportunity to play with and against players that may not normally happen – and importantly break down the barriers between our age-grouped squads so that players get to know their peers!

Whilst primarily designed for our players, this concept also provides our coaches with valuable game-sense and tactical opportunity, and will provide our assistant and development coaches with the opportunity to work closely with other coaches pre-tournament. We are also launching a high performance umpiring cohort within this program to develop our elite female umpires!

At this stage, the State League is a concept for our female players only – we hope to launch a Mens State League next year pending success in our Women’s program. 

 

Who Can Play?

Players in ACT State Teams (U17s, U19s and Opens) are expected to make themselves available* for a 7 week competition.

Our State Team coaches (Darrin Hebditch, Jo Lesiputty, Richard McCreedy and Vicki Bingley) have already signed up!

Coaches will take turns selecting players via a draft system!

Women’s A and B Grade players may also choose to enter the draft with the potential to be picked up by a team after our State Players categories have been selected! 

U15s players are encouraged to speak with their coach (Sally McCreedy) about their suitability for the competition – if you’re keen and your nomination is supported by the Coach, we’d love to see you develop through this competition!

*Softball ACT is understanding and supportive of working and schooling arrangements, however we hope that the community will engage with this program!

 

What are the requirements?

Players will be levied a maximum of $50 for the competition, which will be either added to invoices (for State players) or separately invoiced (for non-State players nominating independently). Softball ACT is currently sourcing a naming rights and branding partner for the State League, with the intention of further reducing the cost for players. 

There will not be any requirement for any additional training through this program – the opportunity is about game development and tactical prowess rather than skills – although our coaches will be encouraged to provide feedback around technical areas that players may be able to tighten up their skills.

 

Sounds Great – what do I have to do? 

State Team players will be asked to confirm their availability in coming weeks, at which time we will also open up nominations from non-State players looking for a run in a fantastic competition. 

 

Competition Information:

  • Dates –
    • Round 1 – 30 October
    • Round 2 – 6 November
    • Round 3 – 13 November
    • Round 4 – 20 November
    • Round 5 – 27 November
    • Round 6 – 4 December
    • Finals Night – 11 December
  • Location –
    • Hawker International Softball Centre, Hawker, ACT

 

Other ‘Stuff’:

  • The intention is for our players to play across ages – we will mix up u17s, u19s and Opens players across all teams!
  • We will draft our teams so that we have the best opportunity for even matches and a highly skillful competition!
  • Uniforms will be provided – players just wear Club playing pants and their Club cap/helmet!

 

This page will be updated as more information is made available.