Division Levels

View Royal Fastball Association

What are the differences between “A","B" & “C”Divisions?

The View Royal Fastball Association wishes its athletes to play the game of softball, develop their skills, athletic abilities and to have fun .In order to achieve these goals, it is important that all players play at a level that suits their abilities, and fits with their willingness to commit time to their team. Softball BC allows its members to play at either an “A”, “B”, or “C” division level. The three levels allow players to experience softball in the context of their existing skills and their available free time.

“A” Division

Within District One the only girls "A" teams are the Devils, run by the Victoria Fastball Club

Our Association works closely with the Devil's on player and coach development initiatives. In fact, in 2007, there are 25 former View Royal players in the Devil's organization.

The "A" teams represent the highest level of fastball available. Tryouts are held in September with the selected team having indoor practices from October thru March. These teams will play 65-95 games between March and August. They automatically go to the Provincial Championships and from there the top three teams go to the Canadian Championships. Players for "A" teams make a considerable time commitment, and there is a large fundraising component to help pay for the travel.

“B” Division

The “B” Division is for those athletes who wish to play competitive ball and who either may not have tried out for the “A” division, or are wishing to experience a higher degree of competition. The “B” teams usually have pre-season gyms to begin conditioning athletes starting in January and continuing till the start of the season.

In order to be selected for a “B” team, the athlete must attend team tryouts for their division. This process allows athletes to earn a spot on a “B” team. Athletes are evaluated on their basic softball skills (throwing, fielding, batting), as well as pitching and catching skills. The goal of tryouts is to pick the best players and create competitive teams relative to the rest of the division. The number of “B” teams carried by View Royal is dependent on registration.

The “B” teams participate in regular season league games, as well as have the option to sign up for as many tournaments as they wish during the year. There is an expectation that the athletes on these teams attend practices and games on a regular basis; are committed to the team; and are willing to accept more competitive atmosphere. A typical “B “ team would play 35-55 games a year. There are guidelines for “fair play” of athletes, but it is up to individual coaches to decide when the good of the team overrides the right to fair play. For example if a team is in a gold medal game of a tournament and the starting line up is performing well in a tight game, there is no Softball BC or VR Association rule that states a player on the bench must be inserted into the game to play. That said, each coach strives to give his players the chance to compete in those situations as the goal is to raise each athlete to their most competitive level.

Depending on the team there may be a requirement to travel, fundraising to purchase equipment or pay for tournaments. Parents should expect to be asked to assist the coaches for these activities. At the end of the season there are District playoffs with the winner advancing to a Provincial Tournament. To summarize, try out for the team; expect a challenging and competitive atmosphere, and be prepared to commit more time and energy into the program.

“C” Division

The “C” Division is for athletes who wishes to play the game at a less intense competitive level or whose skills are still developing. There is still the opportunity for player development, but overall the number of games and tournaments is usually lower than those in the “B” or “A” divisions. There is no try out process for the “C” division teams, but teams are created to provide a balanced skill set.

The teams in the “C” Division also have the opportunity to compete in tournaments as well as league play. On occasion, “B” teams may call up “C” players for league games or tournaments with the permission of the coaches. A typical “C” team would play 20-30 games a year. At the end of the season there are District playoffs with the winner advancing to a Provincial Tournament. To summarize, expect a more recreational atmosphere, but with opportunities for player development.