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Northern Virginia Girls Softball Association

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Overview

About

NVGSA provides an opportunity for girls in and around Fairfax County, Virginia from ages 5 to 18 to participate in spring and fall fastpitch softball playing seasons. All players are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of skill levels or previous experience. At NVGSA we recognize not all girls develop physically, athletically, or emotionally at the same pace.  By keeping age groups small we allow girls of the same age and skill level to compete on a more even scale.  This allows them to develop athletically at a faster rate than organizations that place kids in broader age ranges.  The house program is organized into four divisions - Coach Pitch division, the Pigtail division, the Ponytail division, and the Senior division.

Divisions

Coach Pitch: Girls from ages 5 - 6 participate in the 6U division and girls from 7 - 8 participate in the 8U division, where emphasis is placed on development of basic skills and knowledge of the game of softball.

Pigtail: Girls ages 9 - 10 participate in the 10U division, where emphasis is still on learning the fundamentals of the games. Specialized rules for this division include coach pitch after the child pitcher has thrown 4 balls (hence no walking of batters), modified stealing rules, no infield-fly rule, no dropped third strike rule.

Ponytail: Girls ages 11 - 12 participate in the 12U division. Girls are introduced to more advanced aspects of the game. At this level, the girls play a straight USA game, with slight modifications for run limitations.

Senior: Girls ages 13 - 18 participate in the 18U division. More advanced skills are introduced at this level. This division consists of girls ages 13 - 18 who are both new to the game AND those who are more experienced, including many high school JV players.

Although age is an important factor in determining the correct division for your daughter, skill are also taken into consideration. We consider it important to keep the girls challenged. Therefore, you can request to have your daughter placed in a higher division if you believe her skill level is more appropriate to the higher division.  However we maintain a high level of play at all ages and for most girls the division matching their birth year will suit them best. Ultimately, commissioners at each level will decide if a younger girl will be allowed to play in a higher age division.

Team Composition

Teams are formed by the division commissioners. The overall objective of the House League team formation guidelines is the achievement of competitive division play at the Pigtail, Ponytail, and Senior levels, based on an equitable distribution of talent, and accommodation of special requests consistent with competitive balance.  While NVGSA does its best to honor special requests, due to the many constraints in creating balanced divisions we cannot always do so.

From Our Families

I knew about the NVGSA for many years before my daughter was old enough to play. I played softball at the University of Lynchburg and a close teammate of mine always spoke so highly of her youth softball and travel ball experience. She played with NVGSA and then the FireBirds in the late 1990's. When my husband and I moved to DC and I realized we were close enough to NVGSA fields to sign up. Her first NVGSA 6U team called themselves the "Cherry Bombs" with team socks to match the name and she was hooked. Now almost four years later, she has many strong friendships and a love for the game that grows every season. NVGSA has a huge part to play in my daughter's love for softball.
—Alison Black

NVGSA has been terrific for my daughter. In addition to learning to play softball, she has learned the value of hard work to improve and how to persevere through difficulties. NVGSA does a great job at fostering relationships between teammates and maintaining a positive environment for the girls to learn and grow. I would highly recommend NVGSA to families with daughters.
—an NVGSA dad and baseball/softball coach

Important Information

Practices

How often do teams practice? Coaches are normally given one practice slot per week to use as she or he sees fit. The practices usually covers a 2 hour time slot.

Where do teams practice and play? The Fairfax County Park Authority, based upon our size and geographical location, assigns us fields. For the past several seasons our home base has been Wakefield Forest Elementary School on Iva Lane. This is our primary practice and game location for the Western teams. With the addition of the Eastern teams, we also play games and practice at Wilton Woods Administration Center located on Franconia Road. Many of our teams also use the fields at Clermont Park which NVGSA has adopted maintenance for.

Equipment

The League provides uniforms and playing equipment for each team. Each player need only provide her own softball glove and shoes. For the Pigtail division and up players should provide their own softball pants. Teams typically purchase socks as a group. Players may provide their own equipment as desired. We recommend a cleated shoe, however any soled shoe is permitted. No metal cleats are permitted. Most local sporting goods stores can assist with glove and shoe selections.

How Can I Help?

There is a block on the registration form for parents to indicate an area of support that interests them. We have positions on the Board of Directors that are open and individual Board members are always interested in having help with their "chores". Your daughter's coach is probably the most important "cog" in the wheel of success of our league. Providing assistance to her/him will help make this a more enjoyable experience for your daughter.

Contact Us

Northern Virginia Girls Softball Association

NVGSA Softball, P.O. Box 523432
Springfield, Virginia 22152

Email: [email protected]

Northern Virginia Girls Softball Association

NVGSA Softball, P.O. Box 523432
Springfield, Virginia 22152

Email: [email protected]
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