2021 Lightning Information
2021 Junior High Club Team Information and Sign Up
As softball is not an officially sanctioned sport at Little Miami Jr High, Little Miami Fastpitch coordinates and sponsors a Jr High Club team program to give girls opportunities to play with their classmates and represent their school against other schools in the area. This opportunity is available for all girls in 7th or 8th grade living in the Little Miami school district.
This season runs March to early May. Girls may participate on these teams in addition to a rec team, a Lightning team, or a sanctioned travel team. Tryouts for the Jr High Club team(s) are held at the beginning of March.
It is critically important that we understand how many girls are interested in trying out for these team(s) in the fall in order to plan for how many teams to schedule, plan for facility usage, finalize coaches, etc. To that end, we are asking you to register to indicate your intent to try out for the team (and play on the team if invited). You may do so by clicking HERE. Please do this ASAP if you are interested in playing.
For more information on the Jr High Club team, please check out the Jr High Club team page on the Menu (Pages -> Jr High Club Team) or click HERE.
Looking Forward to 2021
While we are still disappointed in how the events of 2020 have affected our softball season, we are hopeful for a more stable situation and looking forward to returning in 2021.
Please look for the following as we move to 2021:
- Registration for spring/summer 2021 teams begins in early January
- Tryouts for Jr High Club teams will be end of February/beginning of March. We will likely hold an information night in October, pending possible COVID restrictions.
For anyone with a 2020 credit to apply to 2021, rest assured we will make sure you receive information about 2021 directly as well.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2021!
2020 Season Update - Decision on Spring/Summer League
Thank you to everyone for your understanding and patience throughout these past few months.
We have spent the last few days reviewing and discussing the state guidelines and requirements for restarting youth baseball/softball leagues. With this, we unfortunately must now share that we are cancelling our season for 2020. We have been remaining patient and holding out hope, so it is with heavy hearts that we make this decision, but it is based on several factors, including:
- Our NCSL community league has cancelled the season for 2020.
- Continued closure of some parks/school facilities across our league communities
- Very restrictive guidelines for re-opening that we feel are not conducive to the atmosphere we would like to promote for our rec teams, including:
- Players must wear face masks at all times while not on the field of play
- Players must stay 6 feet apart at all times when not on the field of play
- Coaches/players must avoid physical contact
- Many other small rules changes/etc that would be a lot to manage for coaches/players
We hope that everyone understands this decision. Despite our disappointment, we really look forward to the future and plan to return in Spring 2021, hopefully with guidelines that allow us to play in a way that looks like how we are used to playing softball.
As to our refund policy, as previously shared, we are a nonprofit organization with a limited reserve of excess funds. We also already incurred some expenses in 2020 in preparation for the season before the pandemic started. Many of these expenses are for items we will now shift usage to 2021, but we are unable to return them. As such, in order to ensure we can stay afloat as an organization for the future, we must offer the following refund options for this season:
1. 100% credit to registration in 2021.
2. 80% cash refund now
Our intent is not to keep any money unnecessarily, but we also must ensure we do not put ourselves in a position where we are no longer solvent. If you are able to accept a credit to next season, that would be a huge help to the organization. If you would like cash back, the 80% is as much as we feel is feasible to account for expenses that have already occurred. There are a few items we will work to get money back for now that the season is cancelled, so once we do a final review of expenses after everything has been determined (i.e. what we can get back vs what we do not), we will re-evaluate our final financial position and if there is further opportunity to supplement the 80% refund offer we will most certainly do so at that time.
If you are OK to receive a full credit to next year, then there is nothing for you to do. We will apply your credit to next season by default. You will automatically receive notice about the 2021 season registration and how to apply your credit as we approach next year. If you would like a cash refund, please request that by filling out our online form (available by clicking HERE).
Once again, thanks so much for your patience and understanding throughout all of this. It is due to the interest, patience, and understanding of our wonderful families that we will survive this and continue to offer a strong program for the community well into the future!
Your Little Miami Fastpitch Board