The San Ramon Valley Girls Athletic League is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1974 to offer a quality recreational and competitive softball program to girls age 5 to 18. SRVGAL is the largest girls' softball organization west of the Mississipp

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

This FAQs page is in the process of being updated.  If you have a specific question email information.srvgal@gmail.com.
 

Does SRVGAL have an age and grade requirement?

When does the season start and end?

When and where are practices?

When and where are games?

How do I register and how much does it cost?

When do I need to sign up for the High School Division?

Should I sign up for White, Open, Blue or Red and which divisions require tryouts?

My daughter is going to tryout for a red or blue team.  When will my daughter find out if she made a team?

My daughter is going to play in the white division.  Can she make a friend request? When will she find out which team she is on?

What if I am interested in coaching a team?

What is SRVGAL’s refund policy?

What equipment does my daughter need to have?

Does SRVGAL provide uniforms?

What is the parent volunteer rebate policy?

When is Opening Day? When is Picture Day? When is Pitch, Hit & Run?

How does the playoff week and All Star Day work?

What other playing opportunities does SRVGAL offer?

Does SRVGAL have a training facility?

What do I need to think about for the safety of my player?

What is the SRVGAL Game Monitor?

 

Does SRVGAL have age and grade requirements?

The 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/blue, & 15U Red are age based. The White division along with the PreK/K, 7th/8th Open, and Senior (formally High School) divisions are grade-based division.

 

Click here for a reference chart to help determine which division is right for your player.

 

All girls must be enrolled in school or a high school program during the season of play.
The minimum age of any girl registering must be at least 5 years of age as of the December 31st prior to the current season.  The maximum age of any girl registering cannot be older than 18 years of age as of the December 31st prior to the current season.

 

 

When does the season start and end?

 

Registration for the 2022 season opens the early October.  The 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/Blue, & 15U Red divisions begin their practices January 15th. The Pre K/K, 1st/2nd grade, 7th/8th Open, Hig, and all the white divisions start their practices on February 7th (depending on field availability).  All games begin on March 7th.  The season is scheduled to conclude the end of May.  (These dates are subject to change.)

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When and where are practices?

Practices will be held once during the week and once on a weekend.  Practice days and locations vary from team to team and are not determined until the teams are formed.  Once games start each team will have one practice time either during the week or on the weekend. 

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When and where are games?

Every division will have one game during the week (Monday-Thursday) at 5:30 pm and one game on Saturday at varying times.  The location of games will depend on the division.  All fields are located in Danville and San Ramon.

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How do I register and how much does it cost?

To register your player, click on the Registration 2022 button on the home page of the SRVGAL website. Registration will open early October.

 

The registration fee for our Pre-K/K & 1st/2nd grade divisions is $355. 

The registration fee for our 3rd/4th grade White, 5th/6th grade White, 7th/8th grade Open is $405.

The registration fee for our Senior division is $325. 

 

Registration for PreK/K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th White, 5th/6th White, 7th/8th Open & Senior closes 12/23/21.

After 12/23/21, registrations will be accepted as space is available. A $25 late fee will be added to the registration fees after 12/20/19.

See our complete refund policy below.

 

Registration for 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/Blue, and 15U  Red closes 12/7/21.

A $25 late fee will be added to the registration fee after 12/7/21.

The final day for refunds for these divisions is 12/7/21.  See our complete refund policy below.

 

Additional details, including the refund policy for our High School division, can be found below.

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When do I need to sign up for the Senior (formally High School) Division?

 

We accept registrations for our High School division until all of the local school district high school softball teams have been formed.  If a player does not make their JV or Varsity softball team and they would like to participate in our High School division they may register at that time without any financial penalties.  The local high school teams usually make their final roster cuts in the beginning of February. 

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Should I sign up for White, Open, Blue or Red and which divisions require tryouts?

All of our divisions start games the first week of March and conclude in the middle of May.  The White, Open (7th/8th only), Blue and Red divisions are for 3rd through 8th grade.  All of these divisions play one game during the week and one game on a Saturday with no travel outside of the San Ramon and Danville area.  The practice start dates are different for the three divisions.  All White and the 7th/8th Open teams start practicing the beginning of March while the Red & Blue teams start practicing at the beginning of February.  

The White & Open (7th/8th grade) divisions are designed for the recreational player.  To play in the White or Open (7th/8th grade) division register your daughter and let us know what grade she is in.  She will be placed on a team without the need for tryouts.  Each team is determined from the geographical area, school attended and parent volunteer participation. White & Open practices start in the beginning of March.  

The Blue division is competitive while less so than Red.  To play in the 10U Blue and 12U Blue division each player must attend one of our tryouts. Teams are determined by tryouts and a coaches' draft, with no consideration given to where the player lives.  Tryouts are not required for the 7th/8th Open division.

The Red division is the most competitive level of play.  To play in the 10U Red, 12U Red, & 15U Red divisions each player must attend one of our tryouts.  Teams are determined by tryouts and a coaches' draft, with no consideration given to where the player lives.  

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My daughter is going to try out for a Red or Blue team.    When will my daughter find out if she made a team?

 

 The 2022 Red drafts will be scheduled December.  Dates and times will be shared soon.

  • 15U Red Draft TBA

  • 12U Red Draft TBA

  • 10U Red Draft TBA

 

The girls that are drafted by a Red team will be called and notified by their coaches within 24 hours of the Red draft night. If a player was not selected in the 10Uor 12U Red draft she will automatically be placed in the pool for the Blue draft.  If a player is not selected for a 15U Red draft she will automatically be placed on a 7th/8th Open team. There is no tryout for the 7/8 Open division. Teams will be formed based on historical player ratings provided by past years coaches. 

 

The 2022 Blue drafts will be scheduled in late December or early January.

·       5/6 Blue Draft TBA

·       3/4 Blue Draft TBA

 

The girls that are drafted by a Blue team will be called and notified by their coaches within 24 hours of the Blue draft night. If a player was not selected in the Blue draft she will automatically be placed on a White team.

 

 

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My daughter is going to play in the White or Open division.  When will she find out which team she is on? Can she request to play with a friend?

Players will find out after Feburary 6th which team they are on and who the coaches are.  There is a coach meeting on February 5th in which the coaches are given their team rosters.  The coaches will either call or email each family personally after that night.   In the younger divisions, team assignments are made according to grade, home address, and school attended.  There is a spot on the registration form to request a friend.  We do our best to meet every request but do not make any promises.  If the friend's address places her in a different geographical division we may not be able to honor the request.  Another consideration in team formation is a player’s evaluated skills.  Each player’s skill level is determined by the coaches’ ratings from the previous season.  The league works hard to make teams compatable within divisions by balancing each team with a similar mix of skill levels.  Players are not guaranteed a favorite coach, the perfect practice time or location, or a team full of best friends.  Rather, the league’s focus is on forming teams that have an equal chance of success. 

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What if I am interested in coaching a team?

Please click on the Registration 2022 button on the homepage of the SRVGAL website to fill out a coach application.  All applicants will be contacted by the appropriate age group coordinator to have a phone interview.  All persons selected for coaching assignments will be required to provide personal information and permission to SRVGAL to run a comprehensive background check.  The SRVGAL organization does everything possible to ensure the safety of your children.

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What is SRVGAL’s refund policy?

 

In the event you should change your mind and decide that your daughter is not going to play this season you can withdraw and request a refund before 1/3/22 for the 10U Red & Blue, 12U Red & Blue, and the 15U Red divisions.  The final day for refunds for all other divisions is  2/7/22.  The only exceptions are: if a high school player is drafted to her local school softball team (for example SRV Wolves or Cal Grizzles), if your family moves out of the area, or your player is injured prior to the start of the season and will be unable to play. Refunds will be given to those players.  A $20 processing fee will be taken from all refunds. To request a refund, send an email to our League Administrator at  that includes the name of your daughter and the reason for the request. 

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What equipment does my daughter need to have?

 

 

EQUIPMENT:

 

 

Equipment your player should bring to practices and games tryouts is as follows:

  • Water bottle for personal use only
  • Softball glove
  • Softball bat
  • Softball Batting Helmet
  • Softball Fielders Mask
  • Catcher Gear (if you have gear)
  • Softball sliding pants & proper athletic attire.
  • Softball Cleats

SRVGAL will have equipment to loan individual players. No metal spikes are allowed.  Soft plastic and rubber spikes are permissible.  Girls in the younger age groups may play in tennis shoes.  Soccer cleats are permitted.  Click here for a short video on how to buy a bat. Helmets must be NOCSAE approved in order to be legal and safe. Helmets must also be equipped with a securely fastened NOCSAE certified mask or guard.  Click here for picture. All equipment used, SRVGAL or player provided, must comply with USA Softball (previously ASA) regulations.  Catchers must wear catcher’s helmets, batting helmets are not allowed. 

Does SRVGAL provide uniforms?

Players will be issued a SRVGAL Stompers jersey that is theirs to keep when the season ends.  This jersey must be worn in all official league games.  The coach for each team will determine what the players will wear to complete the uniform. 

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What is the parent volunteer rebate policy?

Coach, Assistant Coach, & Board Member Rebate Policy

Every Coach, Assistant Coach, & Board Member are eligible for a $150 rebate at the end of the season.  The $150 rebate will be processed automatically by the League Administrator.  No paperwork is required.

 

The Rebate Policy for Team Level Volunteeers is being updated for the 2022.  The new policy will be shared soon.

 

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When is Opening Day? When is Picture Day? When is Pitch, Hit, & Run?

Opening Day : 2/27/22

Picture Day: 4/17/22

Pitch, Hit, & Run: 4/17/22

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How does the playoff week and All-Star Day work?

 

The dates below are tentative pending field availability.

All the divisions starting in 3rd grade or 10U and older are involved in the playoff week.  The Pre K/K and 1st/2nd-grade divisions will have games up until May 9th, with no playoff structure in place. 

Playoffs, Championship games, and  All-Star Day  are planned for end of May.  Game times and days will be determined towards the end of the season.

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What other playing opportunities does SRVGAL offer?

Stompers Elite & NorCal Valley Stompers

Stompers Elite and NorCal Valley Stompers are SRVGAL’s travel ball teams.  Players typically come from the blue and red divisions.  Teams are formed by tryouts.  Stompers Elite play in the summer and sometimes into the Fall.  Girls wishing to play year-round travel ball can tryout for our NorCal Valley Stomper program.  Visit our website for more details about our the travel ball program.

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Does SRVGAL have a training facility?

The SRVGAL Academy is the training home of SRVGAL and the Stompers Elite and NorCal Valley Stompers Travel Programs.

SRVGAL Academy instructors are already working with both individuals and teams to help make their game better. If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of making your game better, contact us at  .

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What do I need to think about the safety of my player?

 

Click here for the SRVGAL COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Eyeglasses: Players who wear eyeglasses must wear glasses that are safe.  Lenses must be unbreakable and frames must be unbreakable plastic or sturdy metal.  Thin wire-framed glasses may not be worn.  Contacts are permitted.

Face/Mouth Guards: Players may wear approved face or mouth guards to protect themselves while playing in the field.

Injuries:  Players wearing orthopedic casts, braces (metal, carbon fiber, hard plastic, and like devices), or splints (air or metal) shall not be eligible to participate in any game, practice, tryout, or training session.

Jewelry:  No jewelry may be worn while participating in any game that, in the judgment of the umpire, constitutes a safety hazard to either the player wearing the jewelry or any other player.

Pets:  All dogs bite and they are also a distraction at the games.  For those reasons we ask you to please be courteous and leave your pets at home

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What is the SRVGAL Game Monitor?

SRVGAL requires a Game Monitor (GM) at every game to handle any issues related to any negative behavior that may arise.  

The SRVGAL Game Monitor Policy was instituted in the 2018 season in order to ensure that all games are conducted in a positive environment.  Click here for a description of the policy and a complete listing of the Game Monitor’s responsibilities.

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