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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? 
Player evaluations for 8U, 10U and 12U are held in mid to late January with practices beginning in February. Games begin the first weekend in March. We do not do evaluations for 6U.

Fall Ball begins in early September and ends at the end of October.

When does the season end? 
Fall Ball ends at the end of October.

Spring Ball ends in the beginning of May.

How much time is involved? 
The frequency and duration of activities varies across divisions. 
Fall Ball, there are 1-2 practices a week and one game a week on Sundays 

In Spring:
Minis (6U) - Practice 1 day a week and one game on Saturdays
8U - 8U play one weekday and Saturday games and practice for 90 minutes to 2 hours twice a week. 
10U - - 10U play one weekday and  one game on Saturdays 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. 12U plays in an Interleague division against other 12U teams from other leagues. Game locations will vary.

*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? 
Fall Ball games are on Sundays and normally start late morning and go into early afternoons.
Spring Ball game start times range from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and approx. 5:30pm 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. 6U has their own field for practices and games. Teams will probably practice on Saturdays before the playing season begins. Weekday practices times are scheduled during evening hours 5 - 8 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. 
Spring 12U plays Interleague and will have games at other leagues fields ranging from Palo Alto to Morgan Hill.

Fall Ball all age division do play Interleague and will have games at other leagues fields.

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.
We encourage players to have their own Batting helmets. Batting helmets must have face masks. If you do not have a batting helmet, the league can provide you with one.
Cleats are needed for all age divisions. Please note that metal cleats are not allowed.
Other equipment, such as bats and batting gloves, is optional. Bats must be marked “official USA 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 and socks). Girls may keep their jersey and socks. 

There may be additional fees for bows, banners, etc... for each team depending on their needs.  Check with your team mom for additional details.

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

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. For more information, please contact the league President: cgfspresident@gmail.com

How are teams formed? 
Every girl who registers is placed on a team. Teams are formed each season in order to balance teams in terms of age, skill and experience. We do hold player evaluations for 8U, 10U and 12U to determine skill level to balance teams. 

Will my child have to try out? 
8U, 10U, and 12U hold player evaluation to access the skills of every girl who wants to play.  Teams are then formed by coaches making sure that each team is balanced with girls from all playing levels.  Every girl who registers with our league plays. 

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 for both age groups to help determine if the player should play up.  Please contact the player agent for more information.

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? 
Friend requests are offered in the 6U division only.  There are no friend requests in 8U, 10U or 12U.
6U parents wanting a friend request, please email the player agent at cgfsminiagent@gmail.com

Any girl new to softball or to our league in 8U, 10U and 12U may request to be placed on a team with a friend.  Please email the player agent for that division to make the request.

CGFS's goal is to maintain a balance of player distribution based upon experience for all Spring recreational teams.

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 Spring season will include many special events, including opening and closing day ceremonies, player training clinics, Picture Day (TBA).  

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 plus work field clean up day. Parents can "buy out" by forfeiting their Snack Shack deposit that they paid up front at registration. All families that do their required snack shack shifts and clean up day will be refunded their snack shack deposit at the end of 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 committees. Volunteers are always needed to run the website, manage the snack shack, inventory uniforms and equipment, purchase and distribute trophies, coordinate picture day, help with field preparation, work a booth at events, sponsor a team, or solicit donations for the league, etc!  Please! Get involved. Our program is only as good as our volunteers.