HEIGHTS HEAT FALL TRAVEL SOFTBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
What is the Heights Heat?
The Heat is the travel softball program sponsored by the Berkeley Heights PAL. This is a competitive program where teams from Berkeley Heights will play teams from other surrounding towns in various leagues.
Who can play?
The Heat softball program is open girls ages 6 to 15. Since this is a competitive program, previous softball experience is preferred. Players with little to no experience may be eligible to play if there is room on the roster within their age group and ability level. Please contact Jason Joly if you have questions about if this is the right level of play for your daughter.
What is the time commitment?
Players should be available for at least one practice per week and 1-2 games on weekends (Games are often doubleheaders during the Spring season). Practice will start in late March and games will begin in early April. The playoffs will conclude by Memorial Day.
How are teams formed?
Team rosters are based on age requirements from USA Softball. Here are the age division breakdowns for the spring season and summer seasons.
14U (14 and Under): Players born between 1/1/2007 and 12/31/2008
12U (12 and Under): Players born between 1/1/2009 and 12/31/2010
10U (10 and Under): Players born between 1/1/2011 and 12/31/2012
8U (8 and Under): Players born before 1/1/2013
Team rosters within each age bracket will be organized by skill level using tryout evaluation data. We hope to field at least one team for each age bracket and will add additional teams if registration levels allow.
Tryout dates are being finalized and will be announced soon. All players will be required to attend a tryout for the spring season in order to be placed on a team. Tryouts will be run by independent evaluators and will assess throwing ability, fielding skills, hitting and baserunning. We will also assess pitchers and catchers during the tryout. Please review the BH PAL Tryout Policy for more info on tryouts.
What are the differences between the divisions?
8U: The 8U division is a competitive instructional league with modified rules that allow players to learn the game while developing their skills. Coaches pitch to batters from their own team and Coaches are also in the field with their teams on defense to teach players. An 11-inch ball is used at the 8U level.
10U: The 10U division is the first-time players face pitching from opposing players. Pitchers will throw from 35 feet and an 11-inch ball is used. This division still has some rules modifications to help keep the game fun while players continue to learn the rules and strategies.
12U: At the 12U level, the rules modifications are removed and teams play under high school rules. Pitchers throw from 40 feet and a 12-inch ball is used.
14U: At the 14U, teams play under high school rules. Pitchers throw from 43 feet and a 12-inch ball is used.
How much does it cost to play?
The cost of the program is $225 but there is an early payment discount of $25 if you register by January 22nd. The fee covers league/tournament fees, umpires, team equipment and supplies, etc. Uniforms and individual player equipment are purchased separately as needed.
How do I register and what is the deadline?
You can register HERE. Registration is open until January 29. There is a $25 early payment discount if registered and paid by January 22nd.
I have questions – who can I talk to?
For additional information, please e-mail Jason Joly at email@example.com or call 917-701-8077.
Open to: Girls
In Grades: 1 to 9 for 2021-22 School year