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Frequently Asked Questions - Inhouse Division

Are their residency requirements to play for NSPL?

There are NO residency requirements to play for Newtown Square Petticoat League. Player are NOT required to live in Newtown Square to play.

What are the age requirements for the inhouse divisions? 

Age requirements were changed updated as of the 2023 season.  NSPL inhouse age divisions are now based on age as of August 31st.

  • Micro Tball – 4
  • Tball – 5 and 6
  • Minors – 7 and 8
  • Majors – 9 and 10
  • Juniors – 11 and 12
  • Seniors – 13 and up

The cutoff date was changed from December 31 to August 31 to allow for more players from the same grade to be in the same division. However, since it is based on birthdate and not grade, players may be in a division not aligned with their grade.

Can a player play in any age division? 

Players are never allowed to play down in a lower age division, regardless of years playing softball.  Players can request to play up in a higher division, however, they are required to attend an evaluation in order to be considered.  Players will be evaluated by impartial parties and must not only demonstrate an advanced ability in several areas of their correct age group, but the ability to excel in several areas in the requested division. There must also be available spots in the requested age group. All requests to play up in an age group must be directed to the division head of your current age group and the older age group. Please note that playing up in one division does not carry over to future years and you will not automatically be move up after your second year in the division.  Evaluations for future divisions will be needed. (For example – a minors division aged player who is accepted to play up in majors may end up playing 3 years in majors, unless they are again evaluated and approved at that later time.

Can I request a teammate?

For players in the Micro, T-ball, and Minors divisions, you may request that your child be placed with a particular coach or on the same team with other players who are registered in the same age division. Every effort will be made to honor your request, however, please note requests are not guaranteed. 

For players in the Majors, Juniors, and Seniors divisions, players are assigned to teams via a draft and requests are not considered. Players are evaluated in advance of the draft in order to keep the teams as fair as possible. 

(There are no refunds after teams are assigned)

When are the dates of the spring season?

The spring season runs from March through June.  Weather permitting, evaluations occur in early March, practices begin late March, and games begin early April.

When are the practices and games?

Teams will usually have 2 practices a week in pre-season and once the season starts games will be twice a week (usually one Saturday and one weeknight). Weeknight games are usually 6:00pm and Saturday games start as early at 9:00am. No regular games are scheduled on Sundays, however, make-up games due to weather or playoff games may possibly be played on a Sunday.  The practice schedule will be out when team assignments are announced with the schedule released shortly after.

What equipment and uniforms are supplied or needed?

All players are required to have their own glove and we also suggest they have their own helmet.   Players in the Micro, Tball and Minors divisions will receive a t-shirt, hat, and black softball shorts.  Players in the Majors, Juniors, and Seniors will receive a uniform shirt and socks and it is recommended that they have black softball pants, but they are not required.  In addition, all players in Majors, Juniors, and Seniors divisions are required to have a softball face mask if they are playing the infield.