What do the team colors mean?
Blue – is our highest-level team and will play the most competitive schedule. More experienced players with more advanced skills will typically make up this team’s roster. The goal is for our Blue teams to be able play a competitive schedule, to win against local competition, and to be able to at least compete against teams from the better-known stronger programs in the regional area. We would also like our Blue teams to be good enough to participate in a National tournament at season end each year.
White – is our second level and will play a schedule commensurate with the competitive level of the players on the roster. This will vary from year-to-year based on the experience of these players and in some years may be closer to the Blue team.
Gray – each year is different. In some years, a Gray team can be a sister team equal to the White team; in others it might be a third team with different goals and expectations (i.e.— a younger team may be more developmental), depending on the players in the program. This will vary from year to year based on the experience and ability level of these players.
My daughter did not make the Blue Team, what does that mean for her development as a player?
Each year we hold tryouts to give all players the opportunity to play at the level where they can grow and have success. Players improve and grow at different rates and in many instances, a player on the White or Gray team will have the opportunity to play more innings at positions that are most suited for their skills which will lead to their growth and improvement as a player. This may mean that they start at or get moved to a White or Gray team. No player on a Blue team is guaranteed a spot on it the next season, so we are able to promote other players who may be deserving of a spot on a Blue team.
We have had many success stories of players who ended up playing in college who have played for years on a White or Gray team, In many cases it gave those players the opportunity to play and develop at positions that they may not have otherwise been able to if they were behind other players on another team. This is especially true for pitchers who might be the second or third pitcher on one team, but on another team, they will pitch the innings they need for development. In our experience, if a player works hard, they will achieve future success no matter the level they play. And dealing with disappointment and overcoming adversity is a huge part of the athletic growth process.
My daughter tried out. Will she always make a team?
Not always. We are a travel program and not a park district or house program, and cannot guarantee every player will make a team. Many factors go into an invitation to play. One is a player’s own ability level as evaluated by our Player and Coach Development Committee (who have decades of collective experience in evaluating players and forming teams). Another is determining how many teams can we form given the numbers of pitchers, catchers, and overall available players that can reasonably compete at an age level. While our goal is to keep as many players playing as possible, the game gets harder and more competitive as the players move up age levels. A player who we were able to assign to a team at 12U may not make a team at 14U. While we do not relish telling players that we do not have a place for them, we have a limited number of roster spots on each team. In some cases, individual players simply will be unable to compete at the travel level at which we want our teams to play. When we place players and form teams, we want to do everything we can to put them in a position to succeed.
How does the coaching work?
For most levels, our Player and Coach Development Staff supervise a deep bench of former fastpitch players to train and coach our teams. We want to ensure that all our players and teams follow the goals, practice methods and protocols that are used at our 18U level. The goal is to provide our players both a fun softball experience, and to be trained to be ready to play at more competitive levels in the future. Our structure also allows us to have more coaches in the program, particularly during the Summer, as some of our coaches attend college during the school year. During the Fall, Winter and early Spring, players are trained by all of our local coaches. During the summer, there are assigned coaches for each team and they will do most of the instruction for their assigned team. We feel that this provides quality training and skill development along with valuable mentoring to build self-esteem and life skills.
What will the season entail?
Fall: Clinics, Practices, Scrimmages, and Games typically over the course of 6 weekends in Sept and Oct. The older ages (16U and 18U will typically do more in the fall than the younger ages. Mostly Sundays, but some activities may be on other days. This is a great time to build skills. We build our schedule to try to accommodate other sports. If your daughter is a participating in a Fall Season sport, we know that may take precedence. When no fall season sport conflict is present, we ask that players plan their schedule around our fall sessions. Activities on average once per week.
Winter: Indoor training typically on Sundays in Dec, Jan, Feb, and March. Weeknight open hitting and pitching may be available as an option. Activities on average once per week with an option for one weeknight per week.
Spring: Outdoor practices and scrimmages during April with games typically starting in May for those teams with no high school players. Activities on average 3 times per week.
Summer: Outdoor practices and games during June, July, and early August. Tournaments on some weekends which usually include games on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Activities on average 4-5 times per week.
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