Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Tuesday January 18, 2011 by NGMSA.

What is the Niagara Girls Minor Soft Ball Association?
The NGMSA is one of the leaders in female sports in Niagara, we pride ourselves on teaching the game of softball, and fielding strong house league and travel teams.

What is the difference between Softball and Baseball?

- In Softball the Pitcher is standing on ground that is level to the Batter, and throws underhand. While in Baseball, the Pitcher is standing on a 'mound' that puts them at a higher level then the batter, and the Pitcher throws overhand. Also, the distance between the Pitcher and Batter is shorter in Softball than Baseball as well.

Field and Bases
- In softball, the size of the field (diamond) and the distances between the bases are generally shorter than in Baseball.

Balls and Bats:
A regulation softball is significantly larger than a regulation baseball, and Softball bats are made out of different material than Baseball bats.

How do I sign up my daughter?
Please click the Register Online button when registration is open.

What is the difference between House League and Travel League?

For those getting into the game, here's what to look out for in terms of House League vs Travel teams for your daughter:

Time Commitment
- Commitment is the biggest difference between house leagues and Travel Teams. Travel teams log lots of time. They practice two or three times and play two games per week. Competitive teams also participate in several tournaments during the season. There's even a likelihood a tournament may conflict with school attendance. House leagues have one game and one practice per week. For some house leagues, there is participation in extra skills practices and tournaments.

- Tryouts for competitive teams are expected. These players are then placed on teams according to skill and ability. House league teams are made up of players from a range of skill and experience levels where the teams are balanced for even play.

- Travel teams will travel across Ontario, while House League teams typically play only in their community.

What are the age guidelines for the different divisions?
Mite - 9yrs and under
Squirt - 10 & 11
Novice - 12 & 13
Bantam - 14 & 15
Midget - 16, 17 & 18
Junior/Intermediate - 19yrs and older

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