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SVGSA Frequently Asked Questions...

1. What age groups does SVGSA offer in the spring season? 

a. Typically, SVGSA offers teams at the 8U, 10U and 12U levels. There are separate skill level teams  per each age group…8UB, 8UA, etc. The “B” skill level is typically for new and/or developing  players. The “A” skill level is for higher skilled players in that particular age group and played at a  more competitive level. Players will be assigned to a team based on evaluation and/or on  registration numbers. 

2. Does SVGSA offer tee-ball? 

a. No, SVGSA does not offer tee-ball, but at the 8UB level, a tee IS used after a girl receives 5 pitches  from a coach and if she does not make contact. There are no strikeouts at this level and score is  NOT kept. THIS LEVEL IS 100% INSTRUCTIONAL. Most 8UB teams are made up girls in pre-k,  kindergarten and 1st grade. 

3. What equipment does my daughter need to play softball? 

a. Each girl will need their own glove, player field mask and cleats. These items can be purchased at  such places as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon , Walmart, etc. SVGSA encourages parents to  purchase an actual softball glove for their daughter and not a tee-ball size glove. With using an 11  inch softball (8U & 10U age group), a tee-ball size glove makes it difficult to catch the larger size  ball. Items such as batting helmets, and bats will be provided by SVGSA. 

4. How long is the season? 

a. The spring softball season starts in March and runs into early June. Mandatory indoor team clinics begin towards the end of February (time and location TBD). Outdoor practices and games will begin in  March/April (time and location TBD). 

5. When are practices and games? 

a. Outdoor practices will begin in March/April. Teams will typically have two practices a week. Practice days  will be determine by coaches. Games will take place during the week and on weekends. The game schedule will not be available until the later part of March.  

6. Is there traveling required? 

a. All SVGSA teams participate in the Berks County Girls Softball League. All SVGSA teams will  compete against other teams in the county (Hamburg, Wyomissing, Fleetwood, etc.) All home  games will be played at the SVGSA field complex located in Bern Twp. next to the Bern Pool. A team’s  game schedule is split 50/50 with half of all games being played at home and the other half away. 

7. Do I need to do fundraising? 

a. There is one mandatory fundraiser that all families must participate in OR pay the monetary opt-out  fee. 

8. Does SVGSA provide financial assistance? 

a. Yes, SVGSA does provide financial assistance on a case by case basis. If assistances would be  needed SVGSA does ask that you reach out to SVGSA via email: OR by contacting SVGSA President: Ryan Martin at: 610-413- 5698

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