FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Our mandate for taking part in the School’s Softball League is to present opportunities to home-schooled children – boys and girls, ages under 9 – under 19! (previously home-schooled children who played for Homespun and then went back to school are also welcome if their current schools do not offer softball). Home schooled children attending ‘cottage schools’ are considered on an individual case by case (by interview), taking into consideration the degree of parent involvement in schooling and in the activities of Homespun.   If you are uncertain, please continue with registration – you will be contacted to arrange an interview if necessary. 

WHEN DO WE PLAY?

We expect participating families to commit for our season (training sessions and games) which runs from the beginning of June 2024 until end of September (Primary School teams) and end of October (High School teams).  Our practice sessions are held on Monday Afternoons (14:00 onwards).  League games commence after the July school holidays; primary school teams generally play their games weekly on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons (14:00 onwards), while high school teams’ games are scheduled for Friday afternoons and/or Saturday mornings.

More info is available on the “CALENDAR FIXTURES + GAME RESULTS” tab. This is a google calendar that can be shared with you. Instructions are on the website.

17 May                 :               Registration for 2024 at discounted rate ends

25 May                 :               Homespun Fun Day (ideal opportunity to meet/reconnect and to experience the joys of softball)

27 May                 :               Training Starts

13 July                  :               Softball Day – Friendly games for all teams before league starts

July                        :               Primary School & High School League starts after the Friendly games

WHERE DO WE PLAY?

All training takes place at Rietondale Park / Crafford stadium in Soutpansberg Road. League games are played either at our home fields or away at the various participating schools’ venues. 

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/TYNbP3SpoWLTqjWK8

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Homespun is a community of parents (and even grandparents) and their children who work and play together, sowing their time and effort and reaping new friendships, skills, health, and the opportunity to practice competitive sport as members of this unique and special community.  Parents, and even high school players, are invited to step up and become involved in any one of numerous opportunities available.   No prior experience is required – just passion.

Opportunities:

  • Umpiring
  • Scoring
  • Coaching
  • Team Management
  • First Aid
  • Various Administrative Roles:
    • General Administration
    • Financial Administration
    • Clothing Administration
    • League Coordination
    • Home Game Coordination
    • Glove Rentals Administration
  • Facilities Management
    • Dressing Rooms/Toilets
    • Facilities/Handy Man
  • Sponsorships

You are welcome to reach out via e-mail to homespunsoftball@gmail.com to indicate with what you would like to become involved.

INVOLVEMENT COST?

An Annual fee of R1100 per player for the 2024 season is payable.

 A statement will be sent for the season, which is payable in four monthly instalments (end of June, July, August, September).

If a player decides to stop playing after registering, you have to NOTIFY us via e-mail at homespunfinances@gmail.com. Partial waiving of seasonal fees will only be considered in exceptional cases.

For any financial enquiries please e-mail us at homespunfinances@gmail.com .  If you are struggling to make ends meet financially, please contact us to discuss potential sponsorships.

WHAT EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING DO I NEED?

Homespun provides a team bag to every team that contains the basic equipment needed by a team (bats, balls, bases, catching gear & helmets).

GLOVES:

Every player needs his/her own glove for the season. Homespun offers gloves to rent at R150 per glove per season: You will be notified later in the season how to apply for a rental glove.

GAME UNIFORM:

All High School and Primary School players play with a game shirt which you will be required to purchase @ approximately R350 (price to be finalised) and black pants (player’s own). We do have a few pairs of Homespun black pants available to loan and game shirts to rent at R100..

Everyone plays with Homespun caps. The Highschool and U13 Girls play with visors. This is compulsory and you have to buy your own. Supporters can also order caps or visors. Order forms will follow for these and other clothing items.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS:

Under 19 teams play with a First Team shirt (purple&red)

Under 14, 15 and 16 teams play with a High School shirt (black&red)

PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYERS

Under 13 and younger plays with a Primary School game shirt (blue&red)

 

T-ballers play with their own tracksuit pants and a T-shirt that will be provided.

 

See the “EQUIPMENT” page for more information.