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
 

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?

Yes, new in 2021 our Red and Blue will be age-based. The old 3rd/4th Red/Blue, 5th/6th Red/Blue, and 7th/8th Red divisions will now become the 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/Blue, and 15U Red divisions. The White division along with the PreK/K, 7th/8th Open, and High School divisions will remain a grade-based division.

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


The minimum age of any girl registering must be at least 5 years of age as of December 31st prior to the current season.  The maximum age of any girl registering cannot be older than 18 years of age as of December 31st prior to the current season.

 

 

When does the season start and end?

Registration for the 2021 season opens the third week of October.  The 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/Blue, & 15U Red divisions begin their practices on 1/13/21. The Pre K/K, 1st/2nd grade, 7th/8th Open, High School, and all the White divisions start their practices on 2/8/21.  All games begin on 3/8/21.  The season is scheduled to conclude the weekend of 5/16/21.  

 

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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 Red Register Now button on the home page of the SRVGAL website.  Scroll down to select the appropriate division. Registration will open the third week of October.

At this time we will NOT be requiring payment upfront. Instead, we will ask for payment when we have affirmation from the county that we will be able to play in the spring.  This prevents families from having to go through another refund process if the unthinkable happens and we are still shut down through spring.  We want you and your girls to be excited about playing softball again and we felt that this was a great first step. Registration fees will remain the same for 2021 and those of you who have a credit from the 2020 season, your credit will carry forward to 2021.

For reference, the fees last year were $350 for our Pre K/K & 1st/2nd grade divisions and $400 for our older divisions.

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When do I need to sign up for the 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.  return to top

 

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

All of our divisions start games the second week of March and conclude at the end of May.  The White, Open, & High School divisions are grade based.  (PK/K,1st/2nd, 3rd/4th,5th//6th, 7th/8th, & HS)  The Blue and Red divisions are age-based. (10U R/B, 12U R/B, 15U R) All of these divisions play one game during the week and one game on a Saturday.  The practice start dates are different for the three divisions.  All White, PKK and the 7th/8th Open teams start the first week of February. The 10U Red/Blue, 12U Red/Blue, and 15U Red teams start practicing mid-January.  

 

The PK/K, White & Open (7th/8th grade) divisions are designed for the recreational player.  To play in the PK/K, 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. 

 

The Blue division is competitive while less so than Red.  To play in the 10U Blue or 12U Blues 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 Red 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.  

 

We are waiting for information from the county before we announce our tryout plan.  We are hoping to schedule tryouts in December.  Detailed information and links to sign up for a tryout spot will be emailed to all players registered in a Red or Blue division.

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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 2020 Red drafts are occurring on the following dates at 7:00 pm:

  • 15U Red Draft on January 5, 2021

  • 12U Red Draft on January 6, 2021

  • 10U Red Draft on January 7, 2021

 

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 10U or 12U Red draft she will automatically be placed in the pool for the Blue draft.  If a player is not selected for a 15URed draft she will automatically be placed on a 7th/8th Open team. There is no tryout for the 7th/8th Open division. Teams will be formed based on historical player ratings provided by past years coaches. Assignments for the 7th/8th Open teams will take place in February.   All 7th/8th Open players will be notified after February 5, 2021.  

 

The 2020 Blue drafts are occurring on the following dates at 7:00 pm:

  • 12U Blue Draft on January 12, 2021

  • 10U Blue Draft on January 13, 2021

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 February 5th 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 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 Red Register Now button on the homepage of the SRVGAL website and scroll down to the Coach Registration link 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 1/4/21 for the 10U Red & Blue, 12U Red & Blue, and the 15U Red divisions.  The final day for refunds for all other divisions is 1/15/21.  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?

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. 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?

To receive a $50 rebate there are a variety of volunteer activities that may be performed during the season. These include but are not limited to team parent, field prep, tryout day help,Opening Day,  and All-Star day help. Once the volunteer activity has been completed the Volunteer Rebate Form must be properly filled out, signed, and returned to SRVGAL.  Only one rebate per SRVGAL player will be issued. Payments will be processed and mailed on three dates during and after the season. More details regarding this policy, including eligible jobs and submission deadlines, can be found on the rebate submission form. The Volunteer Rebate Form can be found in the Forms section of the SRVGAL website.

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.

 

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

Opening Day is Sunday, February 28, 2021

Picture day is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Pitch, Hit, & Run is Sunday, March 28, 2021

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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 15, 2021, with no playoff structure in place. 

The playoffs will run from Monday, May 17, 2021, through Friday, May 21, 2021.  Championship games will be played on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and All-Star Day is Sunday, May 23, 2021  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 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?

 

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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