Coach's Corner

2020 Region 5-AAAAA | SPX Physical Forms | Softball Resources 

SoftballPlease be aware that practice will be held each day after school, unless otherwise announced, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. On some occasions, we will end earlier or later, but on most days we will end promptly at 6:00 PM. We expect each player to be ready to start practice at 3:30 PM each day.

On weekdays when school is not in session, we may have practice. Times for those occasions will be given to players prior to the date. Players are responsible for communicating this information to their parents and other relevant parties.

Please DO NOT schedule vacations during the softball season. From the first day of tryouts through the last game, players are expected to be present at all practices, games, meetings, and events. Please do not schedule appointments during practice/game times.

If a player cannot attend practice, it is the responsibility of the player to contact her coach ahead of time to give an explanation. If a player misses a practice, then she is responsible for contacting her coach, or another player, to find out what she missed and when the next practice will be held.

If you do miss practice, plan on seeing a change in your playing time. Practice is crucial to player and team development. We simply cannot give playing time to players that do not come to practice. Unexcused absences from practice may result in disciplinary action, including suspensions from games. Excessive absences from practice will result in a player being excused from the team.

Players are to be ready to practice at the start of practice. This means that players should arrive early to setup the necessary equipment and be dressed accordingly. Players should have the slider pads, cleats, tennis shoes (to wear in the indoor batting cage), glove, bat, visor/hat, and any other needed equipment. Jewelry should NOT be worn during practice.

All players are responsible for bringing water/sports drinks to practices and games. Coaches will make the best effort to have water available at practice and games, but sometimes will be unable to accommodate due to time or other occurrences.

Players are responsible for communicating schedule additions and changes to relevant parties. Coaches will tell players at practice of date/time/location changes. The player must communicate this information to her parent(s) and other relevant parties. The coaches will update this website in a timely manner, but sometimes technology does not always work correctly, so we must rely on players being responsible.

Players shall wear appropriate attire when going to softball games - both home and away. Tennis shoes are most appropriate to wear until arriving in the dugout to put cleats on. Uniform jerseys should be tucked in at all times. Jewelry should be removed prior to arriving in the dugout - this goes for both practices and games.

Players are expected to treat all team equipment with respect and care. Equipment setup and cleanup is the responsibility of all players. No player is exempt from this. Players are expected to chase down balls that have left the field or batting cage - whether it is an over throw or a foul ball. Players are responsible for returning loaned equipment (uniforms, bats, catcher's gear and other items) at the conclusion of the season - in the same condition it was issued in. Players are responsible for all related fees for participation in the softball program - fees should be paid prior to the first game of the season.

Our GHSA region alignment for the 2020 Season is region 5-AAAAA. Region members will play each other twice during the regular season, with those results determining seeding for the region tournament. The top four finishers from the region tournament will advance to the state playoffs. The first two rounds of the state playoffs are three game series (October 13-15 and October 20-22). The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship (October 29-31) will be held at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Ga., the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

  • Chamblee Charter High School
  • Clarkston High School
  • Decatur High School
  • Lithonia High Schoo​l
  • MLK High School
  • Northview High School
  • Southwest DeKalb High School
  • Stone Mountain High School
  • St. Pius X Catholic High School

The Board of Trustees is keenly aware of the challenges you face with regard to  physicals for the 2020-2021 school year. In response, they have approved an exception to allow physicals that are valid through the end of this school year to be valid through July 27, 2020 which is the first official date for practice for 2020-2021. This should assist schools in scheduling team physicals this summer or allow more time for your athletes to schedule a physical with their personal physician.

To Summarize:

  1. Athletes with physicals valid through the end of this school year are given an exception through July 27, 2020. At that time a new physical for 2020-2021 must be on file prior to participation.
  2. Any athlete whose physical expired prior to the end of the school year must have a current physical on file prior to participation.
  3. Any student new to your school must have a current physical on file prior to participation. If the student is a transfer and brings a physical with them, it must meet the criteria listed above.