How do I register my daughter?
You can register Online at SVGS website: svsoftball.com (mid to late November)
When does Registration Open?
Online Registration usually opens mid to late November. An email is sent to all previous year's SVGS members announcing Open Online Registration. Banners are placed at local school announcing open registration. Announcements are also placed in Scotts Valley school newsletters in November and December.
When does Registration Close?
Open Registration closes January 14, 2018
Late Registrations will be taken if room is available through Saturday, January 21, 2018
How much does it cost to play?
$100.00 per player (Early Bird discount of $5.00 off will be apply if registered on or before November 30.)
$25 late fee starts January 1st
Do I need a copy of my daughter's birth certificate?
No. Our league is divided by grade level, not birth date.
How long is the softball season?
Practices begin in February, Games run March through May.
Do I have to live in Scotts Valley to play?
No. Everyone is welcome to play in our league.
When and Where are practices?
Coaches select practice times and days at the coaches meeting after team have been formed - late January. Practices usually start the first week of February. All practices are at Siltanen Park. Practice times can start anytime after 3:00 pm through dusk. Most teams practice twice a week until games begin- usually 1 weekday evening practice and 1 weekend practice. Once the league games start practices will change or be modified due to game conflicts.
When do games start and end - Opening Day and Closing Day?
"Opening Day", Saturday, March 3 2018
"Closing Day", Saturday, May 19, 2018
Is there a formal Opening Ceremony?
No. Our "Opening Day" consists of team pictures and the Hit-a-thon fundraiser starting at 8:00 AM, followed by the first league games. Pictures and Hit-a-thon Schedules to be assigned to each team.
Is there a formal Closing Ceremony?
YES, Saturday May 19, 2018 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m. @ Siltanen Park lawn area in front of Snack Shack. All players are acknowledged, All T-ball players are awarded a trophy, Pony, Junior & Senior divisional trophies are awarded to 1st & 2nd place teams, All-Star medals and End of the Season tournament championship and runner-up t-shirts are also awarded.
When is Picture Day?
On Opening Day - Typically, first Saturday in March. Teams will be assigned times starting at 8:00 a.m.
What is the Hit-a-thon?
The Hit-a-thon is the league's only fundraiser. It takes place on Opening Day. Players are given a packet of 20 "sponsorship" forms to address to friends and family asking for a monetary donation to the league associated with how far they hit a softball. Flat rate donations are an option. Each player is given three balls to hit off a tee. The longest distance is recorded. Teams will be assigned a Hit-a-thon time starting at 8:00 a.m.
When will I be contacted by a coach?
You should be contacted by a coach by the the end of January. If you have not, please email Maria Gauthier at email@example.com
What days and times are games played?
Teams play two games per week. One Saturday game at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and one weekday game either Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday usually 5:00 p.m. There may be some shifting of weekday start times depending on Daylight Savings, Rain outs and Scotts Valley Middle School Softball conflicts.
How long are the games?
T-ball games are 60 minutes. No new inning to start after 55 minutes of play.
Ponytail, Junior & Senior Divisions are 75 minutes.
Time Limit Rule - Unless the score is tied, No new inning is to start after 75 minutes of play. If a game is tied after regulation time limit innings have been played the International Tie Breaker Rule will begin the following inning and continue until a winner has been determined.
International Tie Breaker Rule: The offensive team shall begin with the player who is scheduled to bat last in that respective inning being placed on second base.
When will the game schedules be out?
Game Schedules will be emailed to members and posted to the website by the middle of February.
What is the Placement Clinic?
For grades all players in the Junior and Senior Divisions (Grades 4-8). It is a fun and informal setting where players are asked to throw, catch, hit and run. This gives the coaches and league officials the opportunity to evaluate the player's skills and is intended to help balance the skill levels of the teams during team selections.
Placement Clinic Date for 2018?
Date: Saturday, January, 20, 2018
Location: Siltanen Park- Junior and Senior Softball Fields - located on Vine Hill School Road, Scotts Valley.
Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM
•All Junior and Senior division players MUST attend the Placement Clinic.
Bring a glove, cleats and batting helmet. A face guard is required on your helmet. League helmets are available to use if you do not have a personal helmet.
•Players wanting to "play up" at a higher age division must attend the Placement Clinic and demonstrate higher level skill to qualify for possible advanced placement. Please contact Maria Gauthier at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an evaluation.
What equipment is supplied by the league?
The league provides bats, balls, a uniform t-shirt, socks and shared league batting helmets. Purchasing a personal batting helmet for your player is STRONGLY recommended to prevent the spread of head lice.
What equipment do I NEED to get my daughter?
Players need a glove and cleats. Be sure to purchase a glove big enough to catch a softball. A "softball" glove is recommended. A baseball glove's pocket is often too small to catch a softball safely and can be dangerous to use for a beginner. Softball cleats have a toe cleat. Soccer cleats do not. Either is fine for our league. The toe cleat gives better traction but if you already have a pair of soccer cleats there's no need to go out and buy a new pair.
Additional RECOMMENDED equipment includes, softballs to practice at home, softball pants and a "personal" batting helmet. *See note below. Also, sliding shorts worn under softball pants and a sliding knee pad are encouraged for the Junior and Senior Divisions (grades 4-8).
*HELMETS - Every player MUST wear a batting helmet. Batting helmet are REQUIRED to have face guards attached. If your daughter already owns a personal helmet, you can purchase a face guards to attached to it. Bring the helmet with you to the sporting goods store to have it fitted with the proper face guard. The League will supply a few helmets for each division, but personal helmets are STRONGLY recommended to prevent the spread of head lice. This does happens every year!
What size ball should I buy?
T-ball (K-1) and Ponytail (grades 2-3) use an 11" (soft) softball
Junior Division (grades 4-5) use an 11" (hard) softball
Senior Division (grades 6-8) use a 12" (hard) softball
Where can I purchase softball equipment?
Clothing and equipment items can be purchased at any sporting goods store. Locally there is Sport-About Equipment, Big 5, Play-it-Again Sports and K-mart.