Frequently Asked Questions
The Sioux Falls Diamonds Girls Fastpitch Softball Club is growing every year! Our players compete to have fun and become the best they can be through hard work year around. We have dedicated players who work very hard to better themselves in softball and learn teamwork and leadership skills.
We fill our teams with players who want to compete to have fun, learn and become better people and ball players.
Our coaches and parents are a dedicated group who work hard to help our players achieve their goals.
The Sioux Falls Diamonds were established in 1998 as a local team and has now grown to several very competitive teams. We are looking forward to helping our players have fun and achieve their goals!
If you have any questions regarding the Diamonds Club whether it’s about joing a team, coaching a team, sponsoring or advertising on our website, please contact the following:
- Ed Kieff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What if we can’t afford to play competitive ball with the Diamonds?
Our goal is to make this opportunity available to all players who wish to be a Diamond ball player. We have several fund-raising opportunities for the girls and their parents to help cover some or all of the cost of playing. Please speak with a coach if you have questions regarding this issue. We want to make sure all girls are able to play regardless of these issues.
Q: What about fund-raising?
Each of the Diamond’s teams has their own fund-raising events and all of the money they raise stays with their team. No money is given to the club to be redistributed some other way.
Q: What are the costs of playing for the Diamonds?
There are several costs involved:
1. Uniforms which can cost anywhere from $50.00 to as much as $400.00.
2. Travel cost include all regular travel expenses.
3. ASA registration which is $8.00.
5. Lessons if needed. Power and other training items.
6. Team costs like tournament entry fees and some umpire fees.
7. There are others but this is the bulk. As you can see it’s helpful to do some fund-raising.
Q: How often do you practice and play?
We practice about 3 to 12 hours a week and play during the months of April – July and travel a lot on weekends during those months. It takes a lot of time to be a Diamond softball player and a lot of desire and commitment. We look for those qualities in all of our players.
Q: What advantage is there to joining the Diamond’s Softball Club?
Well the first and most important is the coaching and teaching that goes on. We have several knowledgeable coaches and our players will practice as a group so there are a lot of people helping with technique and in the learning process. Our younger players look up to our more seasoned players and they can learn from them by practicing with them and watching them play. We strive to help all of our players by having many coaches available at practices. The CORE is our indoor winter conditioning facility. It rivals many college facilities and all of our players may use it as often as they wish. See more info about the CORE here.
Q: What if I want my player to play a specific position and a certain amount of time?
Playing time and position is determined by the head coach of the team. That is his or her decision and it is made for the benefit of the team. This is an issue that is not discussed because it causes too many problems. Parents in our organization who are not coaches are fans. They are encouraged to cheer for their players and the team but not coach from behind the fence. This is too confusing for our players and we ask our parents to understand this rule. Our coaches spend a lot of time working with their players and teams and we want to help both coaches and the team succeed!
Q: Does every player on each of your teams get equal playing time every game?
This is a definite no. It is not our intentions to have players on our teams just to sit them out every game, but there are situations where one or more players on any of our teams may sit out more than others. We know this is difficult on the players so we try our best to play all of our players in every game, even though we can’t some times. We are a competitive club which means we are more often than not trying to put our best players on the field to win a game. Not always, but as a rule most of the time. If you have a player who is not able to handle this type of situation we would recommend that they look in to recreation softball or another alternative would be slowpitch.
Q: When are tryouts for your teams?
We will always first post our tryouts to the website here, so keep and eye on the site for future tryouts.
Q: How can I become a coach for the Diamonds?
Call us at 605-212-5916 we would love to visit with you!