: Frequently Asked Questions

Recreation Season Frequently Asked Questions

When does the season start?
When does the season end?
How much time is involved?*
When are the games?
When are the practices?
Where do we play?

What equipment will my child need?
What about team uniforms?
What does the league provide?
What about financial aid?

How are teams formed?
Will my child have to try out?
Can my child play in a different age division?
Can I ask for a particular coach?
Can my child play on a team with her friends?

What about training?
What else happens during the season?
What does the league expect from me?
How can I get involved?

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When does the season start?
Spring training begins Feb 11, 2012 for all divisions except age 6 and Under (6U) division. Teams will start playing games on Opening Day, March 9, 2013.

When does the season end?
With the Spring Recreation season ends on Closing Day, Saturday, May 18th, 2012.

How much time is involved?
The frequency and duration of activities varies across divisions. 
Minis (6U) - All games and practices are on Saturdays, with the exception of some weekdays (TBA). 6U combine short practices with short games so their activities last no longer than 90 minutes. 
8U - 8U play one weekday and Saturday games and practice for 90 minutes to 2 hours twice a week. 
10U - - 10U play one weekend and Saturday games and practice for 90 minutes to 2 hours twice a week.
12U and Up - These divisions practice for 90 minutes to 2 hours twice a week and will probably play one weekday game in addition to Saturday games. Travel to other local softball organizations included.

 
*Please note that specifics may change depending on how many girls register and how many teams are formed in each division.

When are the games?
Game start times range from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and approx. 5:30 pm on weekdays, with teams expected to have warmed up prior to game time. All games are subject to time limits which range from 1 hour for 6U divison to 1.5~2 hours for older girls. Actually playing time may exceed these limits.

When are the practices?
Field space is allocated for two practices during the week for all divisions, with the exception of 6U division, who typically only practice on Saturdays. Teams will probably practice on Saturdays before the playing season begins. Weekday practices times are scheduled during evening hours 5 - 9 pm. Typically practice is up to two hours, but coaches may elect to shorten practices. We try to give the younger girls the earlier practice times, but this will depend on the schedules of the team staff.

Where do we play?
Games and pre season practices take place at Forest Hill Elementary School. This year we are looking to add some addtional practice space in some of the local parks.

What equipment will my child need?
Each player must provide her own glove, softball pants and sliding protection (sliding pants and sliding "knee" pad(s)) in divisions (10U and above) that allow sliding. If players purchase their own Batting helmets the helmets must have chin straps and face masks. Cleats especially in the upper divisions. Please note that metal cleats are not allowed. Other equipment, such as bats and batting gloves, is optional. Bats must be marked “official softball”, may not exceed 34" in length.

Players are advised to bring a water bottle and jacket or sweatshirt to all activities and to carry sunscreen to day games and practices. If you have equipment your child has outgrown, please consider a donation to our equipment bank.

What about team uniforms?
Each player receives a team uniform (numbered jersey, socks and visor). Girls may keep their jersey, socks and visors.

What does the league provide?
The league provides fields, umpires, adult supervision, uniforms, accident medical insurance and team equipment. All players receive trophies, photographs.

What about financial aid?
Campbell Girls Fastpitch Softball welcomes all girls who want to play softball. No girl is turned away for lack of funds. We provide payment plans, additional fund-raising, and full and partial scholarships, asking only that parents pay what they can afford and possibly volunteer some additional time so that our scholarships may be used to fund as many girls as possible.

How are teams formed?
Every girl who registers is placed on a team. Teams are reformed each season in order to balance teams in terms of age, skill and experience.

Will my child have to try out?
No. Teams are formed by random draw within age/skill classifications. Players are never drafted. Every girl who registers with our league plays.  Players who are new to the league or who are petitioning to play up may be evaluated in order to help us form balanced teams.

Can my child play in a different age division?
Girls may petition to play in the next older division. Petitioners may be asked to attend a skills evaluation to ensure that they will not be put at risk by playing with older girls.

Can I ask for a particular coach?
No. Girls may not ask for a specific coach. However, unless otherwise requested, if a parent or guardian is on team staff, his/her child will be placed on that team.

Can my child play on a team with her friends?
Buddies (two players) are offered in the Minis and 8U divisions. We also have a buddy system in the upper divisions (10U and up) for first-time softball players only. CGFS's goal is to maintain a balance of player distribution based upon experience for all Spring recreational teams. For more information, contact one of the Board members.

What about training?
Campbell Girls Fastpitch is committed to training. Training opportunities include league sponsored clinics for players, coaches, pitchers, managers and scorekeepers.

What else happens during the season?
The 2013 season will include many special events, including opening and closing day ceremonies, player training clinics, Picture Day (TBA), plus a special end of the season tournament.

What does the league expect from me?
All adult participants, with the exception of umpires, are unpaid volunteers. Registration fees account for less than 50% of the per child cost required to run the program. All other funds are generated by donations from the community and from our own fundraising. The Snack Shack is our primary fundraiser. Parents are required to work 2 shifts (per player) in the snack shack. Parents can "buy out" of the Snack Shack for $50 per player. Parents and players are also expected to help at the field clean up day to get the ballpark ready for the season. 

How can I get involved?
The work involved with running a sports league staffed entirely by volunteers is monumental. Help is always needed. Some jobs require commitment for an entire season, while others involve only a few hours work. In addition to team staff positions, we welcome applications for board membership and for umpires. Volunteers are always needed to run the website, manage the snack shack, inventory uniforms and equipment, purchase and distribute trophies, edit and publish the yearbook, coordinate picture day, help with field preparation, work a booth at Event Day, sponsor a team, or solicit ads for inclusion in the yearbook, etc!  Please! Get involved. Our program is only as good as our volunteers.