ESD League - If you sign up to play on the league weekend date(s), you are considered to be in the ESD league. There are no league fees, just the per game fee. There is no league tournament at the end of the year. There are no regularly scheduled games during the week in the summer, however, if you want to schedule games with the teams that play in the league weekend date(s), you may do so in order to get your 5 league games per player for State. Your team can be in more than one league.
The goal of ESD Travel Softball League is to provide an opportunity for travel/competitive teams in the area to have a league of teams with similar skill level (or have no league) to play games and fulfill any state associations requirements concerning player participation in league games and allows young women to play fast pitch softball in an atmosphere that develops the fundamentals of softball knowledge and skills, encourages and promotes teamwork, friendly competition, good sportsmanship, character and respect for their teammates, opponents and umpires.
The ESD Travel League encourages coaches, players, fans and parents to exhibit courtesy and proper decorum at all times.
There are no fees to join ESD and no schedules will be made unless someone is hosting and ESD weekend or similar event. Teams in SD, NE, IA, ND and MN can join even if they belong to another league.
If teams would like to play league games during the summer, it is up to the coaches to arrange games with other teams in the league. Maintain your scorebooks for proof of games.
For a list of teams in the league, go to www.yanktongirlssoftball.com and click on the ESD tab. Teams, clubs or associations hosting games or weekends are responsible for expenses and lining up fields and umpires (most times teams split the costs).
The league will follow USA Softball rules with a couple of suggested exceptions:
Allow everyone to bat in your line-up and open substitution.
7 innings or 75 min. time limit.
U10 – 5 runs per inning. U12 – 7 runs per inning. If the home team is behind by more than run limit when time runs out, the game will end.
FLIP-FLOP Rule – If the home team is behind close to time running out and the inning ends, allow the home team to bat in the top of the next inning and if they go ahead, then visiting team will have a chance to bat, if not game is over.
League games can end in a tie.
Run ahead rule – 12 after 3 or 8 after 5. Since these are league games and they are intended to get the girls playing time, it will be left up to the coaches if they want to end the game or continue playing until time runs out at which point game would end.
We would like to join the ESD Travel Softball League. As a coach/team representative, I understand there are no fees to join the league and no league schedule will be made. I understand there will be some ESD league weekends in which to get in league games, other than that it is up to us to line up games with other league teams during the summer. It is my responsibility to individual register my team with USA Softball of South Dakota.
League Weekend Rules:
75 min. time limit
Games may end in a tie
Pay for the number of games you want and for either Saturday and/or Sunday games.
Pending on the number of teams and how many games each teams wants - you may be required to play an older/or younger team to get all games in.
$40.00 per game you want. Fee covers the umpire pay ($30.00 per game), game balls and field preparation-dragging, raking, chalk, etc… Each team will be notified when a schedule is done and will be posted on www.yanktongirlssoftball.com and/or Facebook: www.facebook.com/YanktonGirlsSoftballAssociation
Please send in your fees with your registration and have your team USA Softball registered before you play. The host will be responsible at these weekends to pay the umpires.
USA Softball of South Dakota requires 5 league games for each girl who participates in the SD USA State tournament. Keep your own scorebook for your records. They could be requested at the State Tournament. Any team participating in these games will be considered to be in the ESD Travel League. If your team can not make any of these games but would still like to be part of the league let us know and we will add you to the list so you can schedule games against other league teams and fulfill your SD USA requirements.
This is not a tournament, these are considered league games. USA Softball rules will be followed.
Exception we will allow you to bat everyone and allow open substitution. 10U - 5 runs per inning, 12U - 7 runs per inning. 75 min game time or 7 innings.
Games can end in a tie and in 10 & 12u Div if the home team is behind by more than run limit when time runs out the game will be over. S
Since these are league games and the ideal is to get girls game time the run ahead rule will be left up to the coaches at the time whether to continue or end the game.
Location Sertoma Park Yankton, SD