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Frequently Asked Questions about NVGSA

During spring and fall registrations, we frequently get asked many questions regarding girls' fast pitch softball and NVGSA specifically. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and our answers to them.

Q: When does registration begin and end?
A: Our spring registration begins during January and ends around the last Day of February. Our fall registration begins in June and ends in the last week of July

Q: Is there late registration after the deadline?
Yes, we will take late registration requests up until the beginning of the season. In the spring that is around the last week in March. In the fall, that will be around the 1st - 2nd week in September. Although we will accept late registrations, team placement is always based on space availability.

Q: Do I have to mail in the registration form?
If you choose not to sign up online during regular registration, you should mail your form into the address at the top of the registration form.

Q: Once I send in my form, when can I expect to be contacted?
Our coaches will receive their team list and equipment for the spring season around the 2nd weekend in March. For the fall season, they receive their rosters on the 2nd weekend in August. You should be contacted shortly after that.

Q: What are your age levels?
We group the girls as follows: Coach Pitch (8u) 5-8 yrs old, Pigtails (10u) 9-10 yrs old, Ponytails (12u) 11-12 yrs old, Seniors (18u) 13-18 yrs old.

Q: If my daughter is more experienced, does she have to play at her age level?
NVGSA is a developmental league. Girls who play many seasons will be more advanced than those who just start. With such tight age groups, we recognize that more experienced girls should play up the next level, with approval of the parent and the league.

Q: When will the season start?
In the spring, practice begin in mid March and games begin mid April. In the fall, practice begin mid August and the games start around the 2nd weekend in September.

Q: How many practices a week will we have?
Before the season begins, each team will be assigned up to 2 practice days and 1 batting cage time a week. It is up to the coach to decide how many of those to use. Although most coaches in the 10u, 12u, and 18u level hold as many practices as they can. Many of the coach pitch managers opt to have fewer practices during the pre and regular season.

Q: How many games will we play?
In the spring season, we try to play 12 games (weather abiding) with a single or double elimination playoff at the end of the season for all but the coach pitch level. Post season games will vary based on the number of rain-outs we incur. In the fall, we will play between 8 - 12 games. As we emphasize development even more in the fall, we do not have fall playoffs or all-star games.

Q: When does the season end?
The spring season should end on or near the last weekend in May. The playoffs will end before the end of school. An all-star game will be played sometime near the end of the season. The fall softball season will end by the last weekend in October.

Q: What days do you play your games on and at what times?
We try to split the number of games in half and play half or more of of the games on Saturday and the remaining games on a weekday. Our weekday games typically start at 6pm. Weekday games which are scheduled for a field with lights will begin around 6:30pm. There may be an occasional Sunday game. When the county assigns field space, they consider Sunday as a playing day and use that in their formula for assigning fields.

Q: Will you practice during the season too?
Yes, besides the 1-2 games a week, each coach will be assigned 1 practice day and 1 batting cage day (if he/she chooses to use it). Some coach pitch managers choose not to practice during weeks with weekday games.

Q: Where do you play your games?
Fairfax County Rec Dept. determines the fields for all sports organizations, and no team is guaranteed a field from season to season. In the past seasons, our main fields have been at Wakefield Forest Elementary School (Route 236/Braddock Road area near NVCC Annandale campus), Wakefield Park Rec Center (Braddock road), South Run Park (Ffx. Cnty Prkwy), Clermont Park and Wilton Woods Administrative Center (Franconia / Lee District).

Q: With so many fields, where can I expect to play?
We separated our teams into 2 divisions (areas), east and west. The eastern division practices/plays at Clermont Park and Wilton Woods Administrative Center (Franconia / Lee District / Telegraph Road). The western division practices/plays at Wakefield Forest Elementary School (near Annandale NVCC). Both divisions will have games under the lights at Wakefield Park Rec Center (Braddock Rd & 495) and South Run Park Rec Center (Ffx Co Pkwy & Reservation Dr). Choose the division to play in based on which field is easiest for you to get on week nights and weekends.

Q: If my daughter plays for the High School JV team, can she play NVGSA?
Yes! High School varsity and A level select team players are permitted to play only with special permission from the league.

Q: Does the house league conflict with High School JV softball?
Yes, for a few weeks their seasons will overlap in the spring.

Q: If my daughter plays JV, should we sign her up to play in the house league too?
Yes! All the area High School coaches recommend to continue playing softball after the school season ends. They encourage the girls to play on select teams or local house league teams. NVGSA coaches understand that there will be a conflict or 2 in the beginning of the season, but that occurs with Girl Scouts, Band, Drama, and other school activities. Ultimately, you need to decide if you want to play softball into mid June or not.

Q: Should JV players wait to sign up until the end of the JV season?
No! Do NOT wait to sign up. Our teams may be filled and space may not be available. So, sign up early.

If you have any questions regarding NVGSA, please send an email to .