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
 

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, 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.  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 fee policy?

When is Picture Day?

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?

 

 

When does the season start and end?

Registration for the 2018 season opens the first week of September.  The red/blue divisions begin their practices on February 1 and their games begin March 19. The Pre K/K, 1st/2nd grade, High School and all the white divisions start their practices on March 1 and their games begin on March 24.  The season concludes the weekend of Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday May 27th.

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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 with 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?

Registration fees for the 2018 season are:
 
$325 ($250 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee) for Pre-K/K & 1st/2nd until November 29, 2017, which includes the $25 early bird discount.  
$375 ($300 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee) 3rd/4th white to High School until November 29, 2017, which includes the $25 early bird discount.
$375 ($300 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee)  all red/blue division October 31, 2017, which includes the $25 early bird discount.
$350 ($275 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee) for Pre-K/K & 1st/2nd from Nov. 30, 2017 until Dec. 21, 2017.
$400 ($325 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee)  3rd/4th white to High School from Nov. 30, 2017 until Dec.21, 2017.

$400 ($325 + $75 refundable parent volunteer fee) for all red/blue divisions after November 1, 2017

 

 

After December 21, 2017, only if space is available, a $25 late fee will be added to the registration fee.
*Registration closes 12/21/2017.  Depending on space availability registrations may be accepted after 12/21/2017.
All fees include a refundable $75 volunteer fee.  See the Volunteer Refund Policy here.
 
 

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

 

The exception to the above registration deadlines is the High School Division.  We accept registrations from that division until all of the local school district high school teams have been formed.  If a player does not make their JV or Varsity 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, Blue or Red and which divisions require tryouts?

All of our divisions start games at the end of March and conclude at the end of May.  The white, 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.  White practices start the beginning of March while blue and red practices start at the beginning of February.  Therefore the blue and red participants do receive an extra month of practice times.  

 

The white division is designed for the recreational player.  To play in the white 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 practices start in the beginning of March.  All girls that did not make a 7/8 Red team or did not tryout will be placed on a 7/8 White team.  

 

The blue division is competitive while less so than red.  To play in the blue division each player must attend one of our tryouts.  Teams are then determined by tryouts and a coaches' draft, with no consideration given to where the player lives.  Blue practices start in the beginning of February.  

The red division is the most competitive level of play.  To play in the red division each player must attend one of our tryouts.  Teams are then determined by tryouts and a coaches' draft, with no consideration given to where the player lives.  Red practices start in the beginning of February.  

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

 The red drafts are occurring on the following dates at 7:00pm:

  • 7/8 Red Draft on Monday, December 11
  • 5/6 Red Draft on Tuesday, December 12
  • 3/4 Red Draft on Thursday, December 14

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 red draft she will automatically be placed in the pool for the blue draft.

 

The blue drafts are occurring on the following dates at 7;00pm:

  • 5/6 Blue Draft on Monday, December 18
  • 3/4 Blue Draft on Tuesday, December 19

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.

Team assignments for the 7/8 Blue teams will take place in February.   All 7/8 Blue players will be notified after February 15.

If a player was not selected for a red or blue team she will automatically be placed on a white team.   

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

Players will find out after February 15 which team they are on and who the coaches are.  There is a coach meeting on February 15th in which the coaches are given their team rosters.  The coaches will either call or email each family personally after that night.   No player may request a specific coach and no coach can request a specific player.  In the younger divisions, team assignments are made according to grade, home address, and school attended.  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 comparable 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 coach registration button 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 December 21, 2017.  There will be no refunds after December 21, 2017.  The only exception is if a high school player is drafted to her local school team (for example SRV Wolves or Cal Grizzles).  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?

SRVGAL provides bats, balls, helmets and catcher’s equipment to each league team.  Players are responsible for providing their own softball glove and cleats.  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.  Some players prefer using their own helmet and 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.

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Does SRVGAL provide uniforms?

Players will be issued a SRVGAL 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 fee policy?

A $75 volunteer fee is included in the registration fee.  To receive reimbursement for this $75 a variety of volunteer activities may be performed during the season.  During the season various volunteer opportunities will be available.  These include but are not limited to team parent, field prep, tryout day help, and All Star day help.  Every coach and assistant coach will automatically receive their reimbursement at the end of the season.  No paperwork is required for the coaches or assistant coaches.   Once the other volunteer activities have been completed the Season Volunteer Reimbursement Form must be completed and returned to SRVGAL.  Payments will be processed and mailed on three dates during and after the season.  Please refer to www.srvgal.org for a complete explanation of the volunteer reimbursement.  The volunteer reimbursement form can be found here.

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When is Picture Day?

Picture day is Sunday, April 15.

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How does the playoff week and All Star Day work?

All the divisions starting in 3rd grade and older are involved in the playoff week.  The Pre K/K and 1st/2nd grade divisions will have games up until May 19 with no playoff structure in place. 

The playoffs will run from Monday, May 21 thru Friday May 25.  Championship games will be played on Saturday, May 26 and All Star Day is Sunday, May 27th.  All game times and days will be determined towards the end of the season.

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What other playing opportunities does SRVGAL offer?

Future Stars

If your daughter loves the game and wants to improve her skill level Future Stars can help.  This is a paid program that focuses on the fundamentals of the game.  There are two practices a week along with occasional hitting time in the SRVGAL Academy.  Each session is taught by experienced coaches with the goal of pushing each player to their maximum potential.  It is for young players from 7 to 10 years of age.  Look for emails for registration information.

Stompers

Stompers and Valley Stompers are SRVGAL’s travel ball teams.  Players typically come from the blue and red divisions.  Stomper tryouts for the summer will happen in April.  Girls wishing to play year round travel ball can tryout for our Valley Stomper program.  Visit our website for more details concerning 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 and 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 for the safety of my player?

 

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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