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Frequently asked questions about PWGFS

Frequently Asked Questions

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When does PWGFS play softball?
The Spring Season typically starts in March/April and ends in June around the last day of school.
The Fall Season typically starts in August and ends the last weekend in October.
For questions or specific dates please email [email protected]

When is Skills Assessment?
Skills Assessment is held in the Spring prior to forming teams. There is no Skills Assessment in the Fall.  Players typically stay on the same team from the Spring Season to the Fall Season.  New players in the fall are added to teams randomly. 

What is Skills Assessment?
Skills Assessment is the opportunity for players to show off their softball skills to coaches.  Coaches will evaluate the players so they can draft players to their team.  This allows teams to be more evenly matched, ensuring play is fun and challenging. All players of any skill level are welcome at PWGFS. 

How does the draft work?
PWGFS utilizes a ladder style draft.  Coaches and members of the PWGFS Board are present at the draft.  Coaches draft players to their team, ensuring teams are more evenly matched so everyone enjoys the game.  Any players who did not attend Skills Assessment are randomly assigned to teams, ensuring teams have even numbers of players.  Official draft procedures can be found here. If you have more questions about the draft please email [email protected]

How can I get the most up-to-date information about PWGFS?
Information can be found at  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you need more information please email [email protected]

How much does it cost to play?

As of 2023, the cost for each season is $110 for 8U players, $145 for 10U or 12U, and $165 for 16U.  There is an "Early Bird" discount of $25.  There is also a $20 discount for sibling registrations.  

Summer clinics and winter clinics have a different pricing structure.

For up to date pricing information please email [email protected].

Is financial aid available?
Please inquire about the Lacy Scholarship Fund by emailing [email protected]

How is the quality of play?
PWGFS accepts all players, regardless of ability.  Our 8U and 10U are developmental in nature and have local rules designed to teach players the game from the ground up.  All divisions have players that are brand new to the game and have been playing for years.  This mixture of new and experienced players ensures that everyone is welcome, learning, and having fun

Will you take sign-ups after skills assessment and the draft?
Yes, if there is room available on a team in your child's age division. Registering prior to Skills Assessment ensures your child will be placed on a team. If Skills Assessment has already passed, please email [email protected] to inquire about availability on a team.

What equipment will my child need?
All players will need a glove, helmet with a face guard, pants, and shoes (preferably cleats, but not required). Remember metal cleats are not allowed in PWGFS. In addition, if your child pitches, they will need a face mask as it is required for all pitchers.  Other defensive players also choose to wear a facemask, but it is optional for them.  The league has catcher's gear for those who play catcher and do not have their own equipment. If you can not afford equipment please email [email protected], to see what can be done to assist you with equipment.

Jerseys and socks are provided by the league.

What age does she have to be to play?
PWGFS takes players from age 5-16, as of January 1 of the current year.

Which division does my child belong?
We consider age as of January 1 of the current year. 
8U - Ages 5-8 
10U - Ages 9-10
12U - Ages 11-12
16U - Ages 13-16

Can my child play in a different age division?
Players can NOT play down a division.  They can play up into the next division if they meet certain requirements. For more information please email the player agent or the registrar.

Do I have to live in Dale City, Woodbridge or Dumfries to play?
PWGFS does not have any residency requirement.

I played previously in a different league. Does PWGFS have a spot for me?
PWGFS welcomes players from other leagues.  All players of different skill levels are welcome.

Do you offer development opportunities outside of the regular season?
PWGFS offers hitting and fielding clinics in the summer between the Spring and Fall Season.  Pitching and catching clinics are offered in the winter between the Fall and Spring Season.  Email [email protected] or [email protected] for  more information.

Can I play on teams in a different league/school team and on a PWGFS team.?
PWGFS has no restrictions on players playing on teams for different leagues or their school team in addition to a PWGFS team.  To ensure your child has a spot on a PWGFS team, register them prior to registration closing.

How do I become a coach in PWGFS?
Send an email to [email protected] to indicate interest, or check the appropriate box when registering a player. All PWGFS coaches must pass a background check and complete training through USA Softball, and be approved by the PWGFS board.

How do I sponsor a team or the league?
PWGFS Promotions welcomes the opportunity to work with local businesses to see how we can benefit one another.

We offer sponsorships at two levels: Team and League.

A $300 Team sponsorship provides you with your business name on the back of a team's jerseys. The girls wear their jerseys on and off the field, so it’s highly visible. You'll also get a team plaque you can display at your business, a clickable logo displayed on our website and a chance to set up a table during Opening Day.

A $500 League sponsorship includes everything the Team Sponsors get, as well as a 10-foot by 4-foot banner displayed throughout the Spring and Fall seasons at our main field at Andrew Leitch Park. 

For businesses who aren't able to do a season-long sponsorship, we offer the opportunity to promote at our field on Opening Day. For $25, you are able to set up a table and promote your wares all day! It's our 35th anniversary this year so we are expecting a big crowd.

Please reach out to [email protected] if interested, or for more details.

What are the requirements for PWGFS volunteers?
Volunteers for non-coaching positions (concessions, field work, etc.) do not require background checks, just a desire to assist in the success of PWGFS. Student volunteer hours are attainable as well; please reach out to [email protected] for details.

How do I become an umpire?
PWGFS uses a third party for its umpires, but we'll be glad to connect you with them so you can get the proper training. Email [email protected] for more information.

Are there COVID-19 mitigation safety guidelines in place?
PWGFS follows all CDC Guidelines regarding COVID-19.  At this time we have returned to regular play on the softball field.  Masks are NOT required, however, players and spectators should feel free to wear masks as they feel it is necessary to protect their health and the health of others. For more information please see our COVID Safety Plan.

I have a question that isn't listed here that needs answering.
Send an email to [email protected].
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