Bentonville Parks and Recreation offers this Parent Connection as a way to provide the information in a central location that's pertinent to parents of daughters playing softball. Several questions you might have about the season and the program can be answered on this page.
Turf Field Surface
We want everyone to be reminded that the infields at Memorial Park are synthetic turf surface. This means a lot of great things for softball, as well as some rules changes, the more important of which is that no metal cleats (whatsoever) are allowed on these fields.
We will permit rubber molded cleats to be used, but we recommend turf shoes or tennis shoes on the synthetic turf surface.
ALL PLAYERS playing in the field on Defense are REQUIRED to wear a fielder’s mask for safety.
"Uniforms" include jerseys only.
Players must have a fielder’s mask on at all times when playing defense.
Players will be responsible for providing their own shoes and any additional protective gear.
Bats must have the USSSA 1.20 thumbprint (shown below) logo to be approved for us in the league.
All batting helmets must have the NOCSAE certified helmet (shown below) logo on the helmet to be approved for use in the league.
Girls must play in the division for which their age qualifies them to. Ages, according to USSSA, are calculated on December 31 for each season. Therefore, all girls must play in the division to which their age qualified them for on December 31. See the Player Age Eligibility (PDF).
For up to date cancellations / field closings during inclement weather, please be sure to visit the Parks and Recreation Home Page, where you can view the status of each field. To become instantly notified, via email or text, when a field has been closed for game play, you may sign up to receive status updates.