FAQ

The Government of Alberta’s latest guidelines on youth sports:

Youth (under 18) sport, fitness and performance activities (Sept 16, 2021)

  • Indoor group classes, training, and competitions are permitted, but participants are required to:
    • screen for symptoms
    • maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
    • wear a mask, except youth while engaged in physical activity
  • Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.

*REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022 SEASON BEGINS JANUARY 1ST AND WILL END WHEN TEAMS ARE FULL

**INDOOR TRAINING FOR FALL 2021 WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER 2021

Registration for Fall Skills clinics can open as early as September 1st. Winter Skills registration opens Dec. 1st. Regular season registration opens January 1st and is open until March 13th or when teams are full, so register early. If you cannot register due to divisions being full please email president@airdriegirlssoftball.com to get on a wait list, if there is enough interest more teams will be formed.

*AGSA provides earlybird pricing on our regular registration from Jan. 1st until Feb. 15th

  1. ALL NEW players are required to provide proof of age in the form of a copy of a Birth Certificate or Alberta Health Card. Please email a copy to president@airdriegirlssoftball.com.
  2. ALL NEW players require one parent to take the one time RIS (Respect In Sport) course found here. If the course has been taken in a different sport, it is transferrable. Please log in and share your RIS number with Calgary Minor Softball.
  3. ALL U7 – U19 players are required to register with Softball Alberta’s RAMP for affiliation and insurance – click here for more information.

Nights of play are listed on our Age Divisions page here.

Games start at 6:45pm, coaches will ask you to arrive 45-60 mins prior to game time to allow an adequate warm up for the team.

Games do have a time limit for each division. There are to be no new innings after 1hr 30mins for U9 and no new innings after 1hr 45mins for U11/U13/U15/U17/U19.

We are part of the Calgary Minor Softball Association and will be playing games in Calgary and surrounding areas.  Approximately half of the seasons games are home games – Airdrie Diamonds. U9 and under will be playing in Airdrie, NW Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, and Strathmore.  U11/U13 Div 1 & U15/17/19 will be playing games in Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, Strathmore & Okotoks. Team schedules can be found here.

***Some years when divisions in the North or South do not have enough teams to have their own division they will have one combined division. In this case, teams could travel to any CMSA community for away games. For a list of all CMSA districts see here.

Individual teams will decide if they would like to participate in any additional tournaments, which are often located outside of Airdrie. 

For U9-U19 the 2022 Season will start with indoor practices at the end of February. Team placement/evaluations will be mid March. Games begin at the end of April.

U7 begins in May.


The first round of AGSA hosted skills clinics will begin in October, the 2nd will begin in January (see here for more information). Indoor gym time will begin as early as end of February, for registered players, with outdoor time beginning in April, dependant on weather. The outdoor season will open the last week of April starting with weekday games and an opening weekend tournament style of games (all teams will play 2 games Saturday and 2 games Sunday of opening weekend).

**Please note that indoor gym nights might not be on the same nights as league games – this schedule will come out once teams are formed.

See our Angels Calendar for important AGSA dates.

There are 1-2 practices per week. Each Coach/Team determines when their teams practices will be held, but it will likely be on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

AGSA welcomes all new players at all levels U7-U19 to the game of Fastpitch. Our teams play in the Calgary Minor Softball League. CMSA has divisions for all skill levels and requires players to be tiered for their skill level. This means players will be on a team with other girls of similar skill level and their team will play against other teams, from the Calgary area, with similar skill level.

Yes, AGSA offers indoor Fall and Winter clinics so our players can work on their skills during the off-season:

  • Fall indoor training to begin in October 2021, running for 7 weeks
  • Training for all players U9 – U19
  • 3 separate clinics will be offered:
    • All Skills (hitting, throwing, fielding, game play, ect.)
    • Pitching
    • Back-Catching
  • There will be no spectators allowed in the gym.
  • COVID-19 Protocols:
    • Proof of vaccination not required for youth or volunteers.
    • Participants must screen for symptoms
    • Participants must maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
    • Participants must wear a mask, except youth while engaged in physical activity
  • Please watch your email for more information from AGSA. Add our email to your safe senders list to ensure you receive all emails
  • A second round of clinics will start in January 2022

For U9 – U19:

  • All Players MUST have their own CSA approved batting helmets with dual ear flapsfastened chin strap and attached face mask.
  • All players MUST wear a jill/cup to play on the diamond.
  • All Players require a fastpitch softball glove.
  • Softball cleats are recommended but not mandatory.
  • ALL pitchers MUST use an approved face mask for all levels U10 and above.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all infielders but are not mandatory.
  • Purchasing an ASA approved bat is optional (please see bat size guide here and approved bat listing here).
  • Purchasing a softball is recommended but not mandatory (U9/11 – 11″ indoor training ball, U13 – 11″ core 47 optic ball, U15/17/19 – 12″ core 47 optic ball). 

 *One approved pitcher’s mask and ASA approved bats are provided in the team equipment bag by AGSA.

**Required equipment can be purchased locally at Eastside Sports here in Airdrie or at any Sporting Goods store.


For indoor gym times and clinics please bring the following:

  • All Players MUST wear a jill/cup.
  • All Players MUST have a fastpitch softball glove.
  • All Players MUST have clean, non-marking runners.
  • Players should bring a CSA approved batting helmet with dual ear flapsfastened chin strap and attached face mask.
  • Players may bring an ASA approved bat.
  • Players are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

**If practicing for a back catching position, players will be required to cover their knee/shin pads with thick hockey socks.

**For U7 Players visit our Learn To Play page here

  • AGSA provides all players U9-U19 with a jersey, a pair of socks and a ball cap. The socks and ball cap are yours to keep, but the jersey must be returned.
  • You will need to purchase navy ball pants, a red belt and a navy undershirt (undershirt is optional and available to purchase through AGSA)
  • When purchasing new pants regular and 3/4 length are acceptable, new belts and pants are available for purchase at Eastside Sports in Airdrie.

The uniform requirement is:

  • An Angels Jersey
  • An Angels ball cap
  • Red Socks
  • Navy Pants
  • Red Belt
  • Navy Angels Undershirt (optional)

 

For U7 visit our Learn To Play page here

Yes, for U9 – U19, upon receipt of the jersey there is a $75 post dated cheque required to be dated for July 15th. Upon return of the jersey in a good, washed condition by the date set by the AGSA Board, the cheque will be shredded.

*Jerseys are to be handed in to the Jersey Coordinator as a team and correctly labeled. No individual drops offs please.

Yes! Show your Angels Pride by ordering our hoodies, jackets, shirts and masks!

  • Apparel Pre-Orders will begin in 2022.
  • Check back for more details.

Calgary Minor Softball requires all players in all divisions to be evaluated and placed on tiered teams. AGSA will hold mandatory player evaluations for all our divisions when more than one team is registered. Evaluations will be in March, see our Angels Calendar here. For more information on how players are evaluated visit our policies and procedures document.

An evaluations sign up will be emailed to registered players closer to the evaluation date.

AGSA does accept friend requests at all levels, you can email president@airdriegirlssoftball.com with your request. However we cannot guarantee a friend request will be accommodated. There are evaluations for U9 and up when there is more than one team. This is to place players at the correct level for their safety and skill set. 

AGSA will try our best to accommodate Learn To Play friend requests, however teams are formed by age so that players are at similar skill levels.

Umpires are provided by CMSUA for most U15/16/19 Divisions. The U9, U11, U13 and sometimes U15 divisions require teams to provide a parent volunteer to umpire for each of their home games. AGSA has put together a Parent Umpire Reference Guide, here. This document can be found in the equipment boxes at each Airdrie Diamond.

**Calgary Minor Softball Umpire Association also holds Umpire Clinics for all levels, including parents and coaches. Visit their website for Clinic schedules here.

Yes, our association is run by volunteers, there are many opportunities to help out.  Positions include; board members, coaches, team managers, score keepers, parent umpires (U15 and under) and other club events (uniform/apparel hand outs, tournaments, ect.)

Please email president@airdriegirlssoftball.com for more information about becoming a board member for AGSA.

Yes!! We offer the Timbits Learn to Play Program. Kids will meet twice per week for 8 weeks to have FUN and start learning very basic skills and ideas. Please register early as teams fill up quickly.

Yes, AGSA does provide an opportunity for boys to play fastpitch in our Learn to Play division (2013-2016). For U10 and up (2012) there is a boys division through Calgary Minor Softball. Please register with Calgary Boys Fastpitch here.

Any withdrawals on or before March 20th, 2022, will be refunded, less a $25 admin fee. No refunds will be issued after this date as AGSA has paid all fees on behalf of all our athletes.

Please apply by visiting KidSport Calgary or Jumpstart. Then register with AGSA, by sending an email to president@airdriegirlssoftball.com.

Yes. CMSA determines if games are cancelled due to weather by using the Weather Network and Canada’s AQHI. Read their weather policy here and their Air Quality Policy here.

Games will be cancelled by 3-4pm on game days.

If your player is injured and requires a visit to the doctor/hospital, please have your head coach fill out the CMSA Injury Report here and email to president@airdriegirlssoftball.com. If you wish to add to the report you may fill out your own and email it in.

AGSA ensures that all coaches in our association have a current police check and have completed the Respect in Sport coaches training course. Additionally, two adults, including one female, must be present at all AGSA events (games, practices, team building etc.)