Frquently Asked Questions
Question: Whicht Age Division will my daughter play in?
Answer: USA Softball Age Divisions are changing effective September 1, 2023. Click here for updated Age Division chart.
Question: If my daughter drops out? What is the refund policy?
Answer: We can offer a full refund prior to the drafting of teams.
Question: Can players live outside of Crescenta Valley and still play in CV United?
Answer: Yes. There are no geographical restrictions to play in CV United. If you can get here, you can play.
Question: What if my daughter hasn't played before?
Answer: No problem! That’s what our recreation league is all about – learning to play. CV United spring recreation season is open to all girls, regardless of experience. The season is designed to be instructional, challenging, and fun! All age levels, every year, have players that are new to fastpitch softball – even within 12-and-under (12U) and 14-and-under (14U) age groups. Each year the teams are created from scratch using a skill assessment and drafting system aimed at balancing the teams in abilities. Every team has a mix of new players and experienced ones.
Question: Do you offer scholarships?
Answer: We offer a limited number of scholarships each season. It is recommended that you apply for the scholarship before the start of the season as scholarships are provided on a first come and funding basis. Scholarship application may be downloaded here.
Question: I have registered my daughter for the Spring Season... now what?
Answer: Mark your calendar and be sure your daughter attends the Skills Evaluation day. Blast Ball girls (ages 3-4) and girls in 6U do not attend the skills evaluation. During the last week of January, the managers will use a drafting system to form and balance the teams in abilities. During the week of the draft you will hear from your child’s manager, providing you with information about the parent's meeting, first practices, team rosters, team contact information, etc. Also check the website's homepage for relevant season start up information.
Question: What is Skills Evaluation?
Answer: It is not a "try-out"... EVERYONE makes a team. It is merely a way for us to determine each girl's skill level so we can make fair and balanced teams. At the skills evaluation, the girls will be put through a series of drills to evaluate throwing, catching (infield & outfield), running and batting.
Question: Can my two daughters be on the same team?
Answer: Yes. As long as they qualify for the same age group. Exceptions can be made if the age gap is not too large.
Question: Can we get my daughter’s friend on the same team for carpooling purposes?
Answer: The teams are formed by a draft process to ensure fair and equal placement of players among teams. Because of this process, we cannot guarantee her friend will be on the same team. In the 8U & 10U divisions we generally honor most of the requests. In the Tee Ball and 6U divisions we first honor special requests and then try to group the girls with their classmates (schools) to make it a more enjoyable experience for them.
Question: What will I have to purchase when the Season starts?
Answer: The players need to provide their own glove, face mask and rubber cleats. It is recommended to also provide your own helmet, bat and equipment bag. See our Equipment Guide for more details.
Question: When will the manager call me to start the season?
Answer: All players (except Blast Ball and 6U) must attend one of the skills evaluation days. All teams will be formed during draft week. Your team manager will contact you as soon as the team has been formed.
Question: What time are games and practices held?
Answer: During the Spring games are held occasionally during the week and on Saturdays. In the Fall games will primarily held on Sundays, with an occasional Saturday evening game for older divisions. Please keep in mind that your manager will want you at the field forty-five minutes to one hour prior to game time so that your daughter is warmed up properly. Practices can start as early as 4:00 p.m. during the week. Practice times and days are variable and depend on the season. We receive field allocation from the City of Glendale and Los Angeles County (Crescenta Valley Park). We typically cannot accommodate specific practice requests from families. If a player is selected to a team and that team practices on a day for which the player is absolutely unavailable, we will make an effort have that player switched to a team that can work with her schedule.
Question: How long are the practices and games?
Answer: Practices during the season are generally 90 minutes as teams share the field and will spend 45 minutes in the outfield practicing on outfield and hitting drills and then 45 minutes in the infield to work on infielding, base running, and game situations. Note: Some managers may extend the time from time to time to work on specific drills or skills. This will be at the manager's discretion. Games are 1 hour for Blast Ball, 1 hour 20 minutes for 6U divisions and up.
Question: Are private lessons required?
Answer: Absolutely not. Let us clarify this point. Private lessons are not required but if your daughter is a pitcher it is strongly advised because it is a skill that most managers are not able to teach and there is not enough time for individual pitching instruction during the team practices. If your daughter is an advanced player and has a desire to play in the All-Star season, hitting and/or fielding lessons are definitely an advantage, but again, not a requirement.
Question: What volunteer positions are still needed?
Answer: Our league is solely made up of volunteers and we could use as much help as you are willing to lend. At the first team meeting, your manager will ask for volunteers to help as team sponsor, scorekeeper, picture day helper(spring), team parent, field set-up parent, asst. coach, or Team Snap parent. Please help out and volunteer your time.
Question: Do I have to stay at practices and games?
Answer: We strongly encourage parents to attend practices and games. If you must leave, be sure that you are back on time to pick up your daughter or make arrangements with another parent to provide transportation. The manager cannot leave the field until he/she makes certain that all players have been picked up.
Question: Who do I call if I have problems with my manager, uniform, fundraiser, etc.?
Answer: You should always try to solve any problems through your team manager first. If he/she does not seem able to resolve your issue, you can contact the relevant Division Commissioner, or any Board Member. All directors can be reached via our Board of Directors page.
Question: I am a team manager/coach. Can I hold my team practices anywhere I want?
Answer: No. You may only practice at the time and place scheduled by the Director of Scheduling. Our insurance only covers us for fields that are assigned to us by the City of Glendale and County of Los Angeles (Crescenta Valley Park)
Question: How long is the season?
Answer: Spring Season runs from the last week in February to the first week in May. The summer All Star season runs from first week of May to the middle of July. The fall season runs from Labor day to the week before Thanksgiving.
Question: I have read all of the Q&A on this page and I still have questions. Who do I contact?
Answer: You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org