About GSL recreational Leagues

Garner Sports League and the Town of Garner, North Carolina provide recreational baseball and softball programs that offer boys (baseball) and girls (softball) a great opportunity to learn and love the game of baseball or softball. Recreation baseball offers an introductory, fun playing environment for players of all skill levels.

We offer various instructional and competitive programs for participants ages 3 – 14 for girls and 3 – 15 for boys. Eligibility age for boys  is determined by May 1st and for girls January 1st of the current year for the Spring and the next calendar year for the Fall. Visit the corresponding age division page for more detailed age calculations and restrictions.

Spring Registration typically begins in January. The Spring Season begins the first weekend of April and ends in mid to late May, and could be extended into June for those that make an All-Star team or have other post season competition options. Year long registration options are available in the Spring for those players wanting to play in both the Spring and Fall seasons.

Fall Registration begins in July, and the Fall Season “Fall Ball”, begins in early September and ends the first weekend of November. There is no post season for Fall Ball.

The program fee includes uniform shirt and hat and covers team equipment, umpires, fields, and lights. Batting helmets, bats, gloves, baseball pants and cleats are not included. Visit the corresponding age division page for more details around required equipment for your player’s age division.

Divisions:

GSL currently offers two different sports with participants placed into divisions, based on age and gender.

  • Co-ed TeeBall or Coach Pitch Instructional Baseball, ages 5-8
  • Boys Recreational Baseball, ages 9 – 15
  • Girls Recreational Fast-pitch Softball, ages 9 – 14

An evaluation day is also held for the recreational programs (baseball and softball) to distribute talent throughout the recreational program to create as much balance as possible.

Teams typically practice once during the week and once on weekends prior to the start of games.  Once games start teams will play 1-2 games each week on weeknights and will practice on the weekend.  The game and practice schedule will be determined based on the number of teams in each age group and the available field space.

Garner Sports League follows Tar Heel Leagues, Inc. for rules as posted on this website. Volunteer coaches are always needed and are required to pass a background check prior to interacting with the children.

Garner Sports League recreational divisions follow USA Baseball, BBCOR and USSSA Softball bat standards and a bat must carry the corresponding stamp. Tar Heel Leagues, Inc. has adopted the USA Bat Standard for all baseball divisions.  For Coach Pitch (8U), Midget Division (10U), Little Division (12U) and Junior Division (15U), all bats must be USA Baseball approved and carry the USA Baseball Stamp or must be NFHS approved and carry the BBCOR stamp (High School) for use in Tar Heel Leagues.  Bats may not exceed 2 5/8” in diameter nor 36” inches in length. There is no rule regarding weight / length ratio.