Plympton Athletic Youth Sports (PAYS) Softball is a recreational league for girls residing in or attending school in Plympton, Massachusetts. Our mission is to teach the sport of softball, to ensure that competition remains fun and builds character, and to promote friendship and good sportsmanship. Girls of all experience levels are encouraged to join to help recognize their full potential as softball players, and share the love of a great American tradition.

PAYS Baseball & Softball Director: Mark Reilly – mreilly@plymptonyouthsports.com

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Ages

Ages 6 through 14 (Grades 1-8); Pre-K & Kindergarten will participate in co-ed t-ball.

Registration Open & Close Dates

Spring Softball:
Registration opens in January and closes in mid-February

Fall Softball:
Registration opens mid-August and closes in early September.

Season Start & End Dates

Spring Softball:
Season opens in April and closes in mid-June
*There may be opportunities for Summer All Stars at the U10 and U12 level.

Fall Softball:
Season opens in late September and closes in late October.

Where?

Practices and home games are held at the Dennett Elementary School softball field. Away game field locations will be listed in TeamSnap.

Practices

Practice days are Monday through Friday, once per week. The day is selected by the volunteer coaches usually based on their availability, and will be communicated at least two weeks before the start of the season. Practices will last about 75 minutes.

Games

Farm League games are held on Sundays.

Minor League games are held on two of the following days per week: Sundays (3:00 pm), Tuesdays (5:30 pm), and Thursdays (5:30 pm).

Junior League games are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.

All efforts will be made to reschedule games that are cancelled due to weather. Please monitor the chat on TeamSnap for discussion and communication regarding games and rescheduling. Please plan on at least 90 minutes for length of games. At the conclusion of the season in the first week of June, playoffs for Minors and Juniors are held on the above nights as single elimination.

Volunteer Requirement

Each family will need to complete one volunteer duty per season. A check for $100 will need to be given to your child’s coach in order to receive a uniform ($150 for two or more players in your family). Baseball and softball are “combined” for the volunteer requirement, so if you have a baseball player and a softball player, one check for $150 can be given to either team’s coach. The check will be returned to you uncashed at the end of the season if your volunteer duty has been completed; otherwise, it will be cashed and considered an in-kind donation to PAYS programming if you do not complete your volunteer duty obligation. Volunteer duties are your responsibility to track – please remember to fill out the Google Form on the PAYS website once your volunteer duty is complete. T-ball does not have a volunteer requirement. Please read the Volunteer Requirement Policy for more detailed information.

PAYS Softball FAQs

Is PAYS Softball affiliated with any leagues?

PAYS softball is a recreational town league, and is not affiliated with an official organization.

What if my child is interested in playing T-Ball?

Check out the PAYS Baseball section for more info!

What is included with registration fees?

Team shirt, hat, umpire fees, player’s insurance, field maintenance, practice and game equipment conditioning and upgrades as needed.

What equipment is needed?

Softball players should have their own softball pants (light gray), glove, helmet, bat, and face mask. Coaches will have extra bats and helmets on-hand if needed. Sneakers or cleats are ok, but cleats are highly suggested.

Are there extra costs beyond registration fees?

There are no expected costs beyond registration fees and personal equipment needs; however, if your team is invited to a local tournament, coaches will reach out regarding potential fees/costs for participation.

Is there a mobile app for the team?

Yes. All PAYS sports use TeamSnap for communication.

What if I miss a practice or a game?

Please do your best to attend all practices and games. We understand that there are unforeseen circumstances, and in that event, please use the TeamSnap app to mark your player as absent. You can do so in the “Schedule” tab in TeamSnap at least 48 hours in advance.

How much playing time can I expect my player to have?

Coaches want to invest in the team and the players, and this includes playing time, which is critical to player development. Coaches will do their best to balance playing time for all players.

Is softball played in the rain?

Yes – softball is played in all conditions – cold, rainy, hot, humid, foggy; however, if field conditions are unsafe, or the Town of Plympton “closes” the fields, we will do our best to reschedule the game. We will not play in thunder or lightning conditions. We will not play if, during inclement weather, it will compromise the integrity of the field/facilities. PAYS will make the decision if a field is in unplayable condition due to weather prior to 7:30 AM or 2 hours before the first game, whichever is earlier.

Is there financial assistance available for a family experiencing hardships?

Yes, on a case-by-case basis. You will need to email info@plymptonyouthsports.com to request financial assistance.

Will there be professional photos taken?

Fall soccer, Winter basketball, Spring softball, Spring baseball, and Spring t-ball will have professional photo opportunities. We will do our best to schedule these two or more weeks in advance of the photo session.

I would like my child to play up/down a division. What should I do?

This will need to be discussed with the PAYS Baseball & Softball Director, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Skilled players may be asked to move up or may be asked to play in the occasional game as needed. Players can only play up, as the levels are based on grade level. We need to maintain a fair playing environment for all teams and players.

I would like my child to be on a team with specific people. What should I do?

You can make the request in the “notes/comments” section when registering your child, but we CANNOT guarantee that it will happen. Luckily, we are a small town and are able to pay more attention to requests like these, but sometimes it’s not possible. All decisions are final and grievances or refunds will not be considered due to a player being placed on a team they don’t want to be on.

Are there clinics or opportunities outside of PAYS for my child?

Yes. When available, clinic information will be posted on the PAYS Facebook page, as well as shared in the TeamSnap app.

Who do I contact if I have questions about PAYS Baseball, T-Ball, or Softball?

If you have questions about PAYS Baseball & Softball, contact the PAYS Baseball & Softball Director, Mark Reilly, at mreilly@plymptonyouthsports.com.

General questions about policies, payment, events, etc., should be directed to the PAYS Secretary at jgervais@plymptonyouthsports.com.

When will I hear from the coach about practices and games?

Families will hear from coaches about two weeks prior to the start of the season. Please make sure you’ve downloaded the TeamSnap app, and look for an email from TeamSnap to accept the invitation to “join” the team on the app.

PAYS Softball Divisions

Co-Ed T-Ball
*Register through the PAYS Baseball registration link

Ages: 4-6 years (August 31st is the cutoff date)
Season: Mid-April to mid-June
Practices/Games: One clinic-style practice on weekdays. Some weeks, players will be divided up for a game at the end of practice. Scrimmages (“games”) are held on Sundays with other Plympton t-ball teams.

PAYS co-ed t-ball is introductory and skills-based. Players will learn basic fundamental techniques for throwing, fielding, catching, running the bases, and hitting off a tee. Scrimmages are designed to promote FUN and no score is kept.

Equipment: Players will be issued a team jersey and a hat. They will need to bring their own helmet, glove, and bat. Cleats are highly-suggested.

Volunteers: Parents are always welcome to help out as coaches or assistant coaches! No experience necessary. PAYS can assist with providing practice plans. A CORI check is required. Coaches and assistant coaches will receive 50% off their child’s registration. Register as a coach through the same link as player registration.

Farm Softball

Grades: 1-2
Season: April to mid-June
Practices/Games: One practice on weekdays. Games on Sundays. Players should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of a game.

PAYS Farm Softball is designed to build upon the skills started in t-ball, and introduce the formal concepts around games. There is coach pitching and introductions to basic fundamental techniques for throwing, fielding, catching, and batting. Teams are built and designed to allow the players to play multiple positions. Games are informal, designed for FUN, and focused on learning how to play a game using innings, balls and strikes, outs, batting orders, etc. The goal is to help the players with the skills and knowledge they will need when they reach more competitive age-levels and games with umpires.

Equipment: Players will be issued a team jersey and a hat. They will need to bring their own softball pants (light gray), mask, helmet, glove, and bat. Cleats are highly-suggested.

Volunteers: Parents are always welcome to help out as coaches or assistant coaches! PAYS can assist with providing practice plans. A CORI check is required. Coaches and assistant coaches will receive 50% off their child’s registration. Register as a coach through the same link as player registration.

Minor Softball

Grades: 3-4
Season: April to mid-June
Practices/Games: One practice on weekdays – about 90 minutes of practice time. Two games per week. Players should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of a game.

PAYS Minor Softball is designed to take players from fundamentals to a more competitive game. Kids pitch to kids. Umpires call balls and strikes, and they make out or safe calls. Coaches focus on strategy and situational play. The atmosphere is built upon comradery, good sportsmanship, and trust. Players at all skill levels are encouraged to join.

Equipment: Players will be issued a team jersey and a hat. They will need to bring their own softball pants (light gray), mask, helmet, glove, and bat. Cleats are required.

Volunteers: Parents are always welcome to help out as coaches or assistant coaches! PAYS can assist with providing practice plans. A CORI check is required. Coaches and assistant coaches will receive 50% off their child’s registration. Register as a coach through the same link as player registration.

Junior Softball

Grades: 5-6
Season: April to mid-June
Practices/Games: One practice on weekdays – about 90 minutes of practice time. Two games per week. Players should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of a game.

PAYS Major Softball is designed to be both fun and competitive game. Players become more skilled in specialized positions and games run smoother and faster. If we do not have enough players for a complete team, we will partner with another town to ensure that players have the opportunity to compete on teams at this level.

Equipment: Players will be issued a team jersey and a hat. They will need to bring their own softball pants (light gray), mask, helmet, glove, and bat. Cleats are required.

Volunteers: Parents are always welcome to help out as coaches or assistant coaches! PAYS can assist with providing practice plans. A CORI check is required. If there is a Plympton team, coaches and assistant coaches from Plympton will receive 50% off their child’s registration. Register as a coach through the same link as player registration.