ABGSL provides fun recreational and competitive softball for girls in grades K-9 on fields all across Albany and Berkeley, CA. The league's main recreational season runs from March til June with competitive and additional recreational programs at other times of the year. Founded in 1983, ABGSL is a non-profit, all volunteer league that offers a positive softball experience for every girl who wants to play.
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Thank you to Fentons for joining the party and coming to the Bat-a-Que! They will be there ready to sell BIG scoops for $5 dollars of a variety of flavors! We are so excited to have them!
Thank you to the Albany rotary club for generously sponsoring the top prize of the bat-a-que! POOL PARTY!!! The top three fundraising teams will enjoy this wonderful event the last Sunday of the season!! Than you to the Albany rotary club!!
Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League
ABGSL is an independent, locally run league, created 31 years ago by families who wanted to provide a recreational league in which their daughters could be active while having fun, learning team skills and making new friends.
The individual registration fee remains reasonable so as to be accessible to many, but doesn’t provide all we need to replace aging equipment, pay substantial field rental costs, maintenance fees to the local municipalities and offer scholarships to those in need.
The Bat-a-que is our only fundraiser and your support would go a long way toward ensuring the future of this worthy organization.
ABGSL Bat-a-que 2016 overview:
It’s time for Bat-a-Que, the league’s annual mid-season fundraiser festival. BAQ is a time for our softball community to work together, play together and raise money for the league.
The funds raised at BAQ help cover the basic costs of a recreational season, award scholarships, replace old equipment, pay extensive field maintenance fees, and allow us to have a coach consultant (Coach Bo).
Bat-a-Que 2016 will be at our home Lyman Diamond at Fielding Field on May 7th from 9:00-3:00 There are no practices or games that day. A Bat-a-Que schedule of events has been communicated separately per email and by team and is located on the website for reference.
Batathon (fabulous prizes – see below)
Dunk the Coaches
Carnival Games and Activities
Lunch (free for participating, registered players; for purchase otherwise- Please bring cash! Many vendors do not take credit!- Checks are also ok with many)
Team and individual photos (free to registered players; extras for purchase, see incl. order form)
ABGSL goods available for purchase
The Batathon is the main event at Bat-a-Que. It’s also the fundraiser component. Here is how it works:
Each team now has their very own fundraising website. ALL girls will have access to this link and can raise money for their team to win prizes through the website. Each team will have a team goal (see below), customize their own site and be able to earn money for their team to win a fabulous prize! We no longer raise money individually. This is a team effort so everyone gets a prize if the team’s goal is met!
In the weeks leading up to the Bat-a-Que players should send out the team website link to family, friends and neighbors to support all the good things girls’ sports bring to our community for donations. ALL donations are tax deductible as we are a non-profit organization.
If girls have people who cannot access the website to donate money, we still take checks and cash. ALL of that money should be collected as a FLAT fee (not by distance) and collected and turned into the manager of the team for tallying. The manager will then turn it into the bat-a-que coordinator PRIOR to the bat-a-que. We no longer take bat-a-que money AT the bat-a-que.
We no longer sponsor by distance either. At the event girls will still bat for distance to win additional team prizes. At the Batathon every girl gets 5+ swings at soft tossed pitches. After the farthest ball has rolled to a stop the distance is recorded. If a player cannot attend May 7th she may designate a teammate to bat for her.
Every player in attendance WILL participate in the Batathon.
Team Prizes for your fundraising efforts:
There are three ways to earn prizes:
1. Reach your team fundraising goal
2. Reach the highest league fundraising goal
3. Reach the distance fundraising goal.
The following 2015 BAQ prizes are given to teams who raise their team fundraising goal:
$1200 collected by the entire team; ALL girls earns a 2016 Bat-a-Que t-shirt
$2400 collected by the entire team; ALL girls earns a 2016 Bat-a-Que hooded sweatshirt
$3400 or above collected by the entire team; ALL girls earn a 2016 BAQ t-shirt and a private softball lesson from Coach Bo to be scheduled with your team.
*BAQ shirts are not otherwise available for purchase. Sample photos OR actual garments will be available for view on the day of. Prizes can be decided AFTER the bat-a-que and will be compiled by ALL managers and turned in to the bat-a-que chair by May 11th because girls will have until a few days after the Bat-a-que to continue to raise/collect money. After May 13th we will no longer count money raised towards prizes.
The following 2016 BAQ prizes are given to the top THREE teams who raise the most amount of money, league wide:
Private Pool Time: The three teams that are the most successful in their fundraising efforts by the May 10th deadline will have private ABGSL-three-teams-only access to the El Cerrito Pool on Sunday, May 29th 4:00-6:00 (regular season ends Saturday, May 28th). If your team is one of the three winners you have the option to have your end-of-season team party at the pool.
The following 2016 BAQ prizes are given to teams who meet their distance goal:
Batathon Distance Prize:
The team from each of the divisions (Micro, Youngers, Middle and Older) with the highest average distance hit will receive a gift card to a local business near by! Distance goals will be set by division (obviously Micro will be a little less than Older) and relayed to each team the day of the bat-a-que.
Batathon Distance Prizes will be distributed at the BAQ: Micros and Youngers during lunch ceremony, Middle and Older after Batathon
If you have any questions please contact Negar Souza at email@example.com
Thanks for your participation and support of ABGSL
A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the unveiling of the new sign at Jane Hammond Softball Field this past Saturday. Council member Susan Wengraf remarked to the crowd that this is the first sports field in Berkeley named after a woman. We couldn't think of anyone more deserving than Jane. Thank you Jane for all you've done for ABGSL and the thousands of young female athletes that have played in our league over the years.
ABGSL is a 501(c)(3) organization that solely relies on volunteer and community support. All donations to us are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Make a donation by clicking the Donate button.