CBFO Fall Ball FAQs

What leagues are offered?

CBFO offers 4 leagues ranging from 4 – 19. Age is determined by age on January 1.

  • 4-7
  • 8-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-19

How much does it cost per player? 

$120 for all leagues

* Add $23 if the player lives outside of Knox County.
** If you paid the out of county fee in the Spring, this fee is not required in the fall.
*** A $5/child maintenance fee will be applied to all credit card payments.

What is included in the registration fee?

Each new player receives a jersey and softball socks in their team color. Unless changing teams, spring players will retain their current jerseys from the fall. New jerseys are ordered every spring season.

The registration fee also provides funds for field maintenance, officials, and field directors. This is a not-for-profit organization.

Where will the games be played?

All games are played at the CBFO facility off of Northshore near the Cove.

11609 S. Northshore Dr.

See map at the bottom of this page for more details.

When/where is registration?
Registration opens online Friday, May 5th!

How are teams selected?

If your player is returning from the spring season, they will stay with the same team, unless…

  • the parent/guardian request a change
  • the coach isn’t returning
  • or the player is moving up to an older leage

If you are new to the league, you will be assigned a team for the fall season. There is no draft for fall.

When do practices begin?

Near the end of July.

When do games begin?

Beginning of August. Last fall, opening weekend was August 9th.

When do games end?

Early October.

What equipment will my child need?

Players are encouraged to have a personal glove, helmet, and softball cleats. Players may additionally want a bat and equipment bag. As players outgrow their equipment they will often donate them to the league. We do have several used bats and gloves that are available.

What size ball do you use?

The 4-7 and 8-10 league use an 11″ ball. The 11-13 and 14-19 use a 12″ ball.

What can we expect regarding practice and game schedules?

Practices are one hour. Prior to the season’s beginning, practices are held one weekday evening and one weekend. Most teams reduce to one practice per week during the season; although, a coach can choose to continue both weekday and weekend practice.

Games are usually 1-2 per week on one weekday evening and one Saturday.

Games are not played on Sundays. Wednesdays are typically reserved for rain make-ups. Some teams practice on Sunday.

The 4-7 league has games during the week at 5:45 and on Saturday at 9:00, 10:15, 11:30, and 12:45.

What can I expect for a game day?

CBFO has a unique environment on game days!

Before each game, teams warm-up then load into their dugouts. Players and coaches line the field as the national anthem is played before each game.

A live announcer announces each batter throughout the game. Electronic scoreboards keep the crowd up to date on the score.

Our concession stands have all kinds of ballpark treats like nachos and candy, drinks of all kinds, and most importantly CBFO’s world-famous hot dogs.

Will my child get to play?

CBFO requires that all players are in the batting rotation and fielding roster. Older leagues may sit out one girl per inning on defense but must rotate each inning. A player can not sit out more than one 1/2 inning. We want girls of all skill levels to have fun and to learn to love the game of softball.

What type of pitching should we expect?

It depends on the league.

4-7

The 4-7 league is a combination coach pitch and tee-ball. Each girl gets 5 pitches from the coach. After that, we bring the tee out. As many swings as it takes.

8-10

The 8-10 league is a combination of girl fastpitch/coach pitch. We have found this is an excellent way to prepare batters and pitchers for the 11-13 league and beyond.

The girls get a chance for a full at-bat against the opposing pitcher – 3 strikes or 4 balls. After 4 balls, the coach comes in and gets a maximum of 3 pitches – pending foul balls. The amount of swings available to the player is determined by how many strikes they have when the coach comes in to pitch.

11-13 and up

All girls fastpitch!

How do I get in touch with someone at CBFO?

The fastest way of communicating with us is through email at softball@cbfosoftball.org. You can also contact us through our Facebook page via Messenger.

To protect the privacy of our players, we have a closed Facebook page. We encourage all parents/guardians to signup because this is the first place to go for important notices, including rainouts. When requesting membership please indicate your relationship to CBFO.

Click here for our Facebook page.

Bonus question : What does CBFO stand for?

Cedar Bluff Farragut Optimist Club