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Softball Frequently Asked Questions

What is ODGSL?

Rockville Softball participates in the Old Dominion Girls Softball League. This governing body oversees play rules, rosters, and schedules. Participating leagues include Rockville, Bethlehem, Charles City, Glen Allen, New Kent, Sandston, Varina, and West Point.

Spring 2018 League Rules
Fall 2018 League Rules


Field locations can be found here.


When is the start/end of the season?

Prior to the start of the Spring season, a player evaluation will be held to determine player skill. Typically held toward the end of February, this is an important step in ensuring players are evenly distributed among teams. A draft is held immediately after, and practices will begin the following week.  Spring season games will commence mid-March with a joint Opening Day Ceremony held with the WRYA Baseball League. T-ball teams will not practice often (if at all) once gameplay begins (games are generally twice a week - one weeknight plus one Saturday). Older age groups typically practice one to two times a week, with games one to two times a week. The regular season will conclude the weekend following Memorial Day weekend with a Double-Elimination End of Season Tournament.  Tournament brackets are determined based on season standings. 

Fall season teams are determined as soon as registration closes (generally the end of August) and gameplay will begin the weekend following the Labor Day holiday and continue towards the end of October. This season is intended to be more instructional and developmental than the spring season and the rules are altered a bit as such. Coaches generally only practice one to two times a week. Games are usually Sunday double-headers, but may also include occasional weeknight games. Play will conclude with a blind-draw, single-day, single-elimination Fall End of Season Tournament.


Why is my daughter not with the coach/player requested?

Although Rockville Softball attempts to accommodate requests, they are not guaranteed. There are many factors involved when determining teams, and we ask for your understanding in the event your request has not been honored. For special circumstances, please contact Softball Commissioners Keith Winder or Bonnie Rightnour.


What equipment will I need to purchase?

Your player will need a glove, cleats (optional for t-ball, no metal cleats allowed for any age level), batting helmet (must have facemask), bat (must read "Official Softball Bat" or "Official Fastpitch Bat"), and fielding face mask (required for 8U & 10U, optional at older ages but highly recommended). Catching equipment is provided. 

Registration includes a team jersey and socks. Coaches will instruct each team on what color pants and belt are needed to complete their uniform.

Registration also includes discount coupons and Deal Days for Dick's Sporting Goods to help offset expenses. 


How do I stay connected?

Be sure to follow and share our Social Media! @RockvilleGirlsSoftball on Facebook

For field closure information, please call the ODGSL Weather Hotline at 804-965-1811. Press 6 for Rockville School Park. Field status will be updated approximately 2 hours prior to game start time. No message regarding closings should be interpreted as the fields being playable.

Rockville also utilizes RainedOut to alert players when Rockville fields are closed due to bad weather or poor field conditions. You may opt in by texting RVBASEBALL to 84483 to receive alerts or click here. Please note, these alerts are for Rockville School Park fields ONLY. As a result, the ODGSL weather hotline should be considered the main source for softball field information.


Why do I have to work concessions?

Without our wonderful community and team of volunteers, Rockville Softball would not be possible. By registering your child, you acknowledge that Rockville Youth Sports is a volunteer organization and will be required to work in the concession stand. It is mandatory that a member from each family donate their time 1-2 times per season.  If you are not able to make your scheduled time, you must find a substitute or hire someone to take your place.

If you know someone that needs volunteer hours, or would like to be on call for hire, please contact rockvilleconcessions@gmail.com


What are All-Stars?

At the conclusion of the spring regular season, each age group may assemble an All-Star Team to compete in the annual Babe Ruth League World Series Tournament Trail. The trail consists of Sectional, State, Regional, and World Series Tournaments. For tournament information, please visit www.baberuthleague.org or baberuthworldseries.org


How can my child be considered for All-Stars?

Teams must play a minimum of 10 games in order for players to have post-season eligibility. Coaches will nominate players from qualifying teams to be considered for all-stars. Players must have participated in at least 50% of their team's spring season games to qualify. Coaches will meet to consider/discuss all nominated players and determine a final roster. If you feel you would like your daughter to be considered, please be sure to notify your coach or Softball Commissioners Keith Winder or Bonnie Rightnour


What can I expect if my child is selected for All-Stars?

All-Stars requires a much more intense practice schedule than the regular season. Families should expect around four to five practices per week and play time is not guaranteed. Typical expenses include approximately $80 for uniforms and fees, as well as associated travel expenses, which may require overnight stays as teams advance through the tournament trail. 

Tournament information may not be released until late in the season. We understand that this makes scheduling and planning difficult for families, but please ensure you are able to attend all tournament dates before agreeing to participate. If you feel you cannot meet these expectations, please do not allow your child to be considered for All-Stars.  


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