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Program Comparison

Summer Travel vs Recreation

 

 

 Travel Summer Season

Recreation Summer Season

Goals

Develop and play softball with players of similar skill sets against similar skilled competition.  Higher level of time commitment connected with more reps through practices and games.  Some travel required for league games and tournaments.

Develop and play softball with friends with little travel.

Registration Dates Jan 3rd - Feb 4th Jan 3rd - March 25th

Age Tiers & Costs

Birth Years and Cost 

8U:  2013 -2014; $275

10U: 2011 - 2012: $475

12U: 2009 -2010; $525

Birth Years and Cost 

6U: 2015-2016; $135

8U:  2013 -2014; $225

10U: 2011 - 2012: $225

12U: 2009 -2010; $225

14U: 2007-2008; $225

16U: 2005-2006; $225

18U: 2003-2004; $225

Level of Commitment Softball should be a players primary summer sport and are expected at practices and games Players should attend as many practice and games as possible.  If girls are in another activity that conflicts with softball, please indicate on registration.

Uniform costs

Uniforms can be used for multiple years and individual pieces can be purchased separately - $116 for total (2 jerseys, pants, socks, belt); optional jacket ($35)

Jersey's and socks included in registration fee; optional jacket ($35), belt ($5), visor ($15)

Length of Season March - July (Tryouts Feb 12th or 15th)

End of April - July

March Pitching (optional)

Level of Play Travel Tiers (A, B, C) Recreation
Team Formation Leverage tryout scores & past coaches evals to form teams of like-skilled athletes creating tiered teams (A, B, C) for competitive play Anyone can play; teams formed by friend requests where possible, school; some adjustments for parity
Players per Team Goal: 10-12 Goal: 10-12
Coaching Parent Volunteers via interview process, some paid coaches for A teams Parent Volunteers

Practices

1-2 per week

1 per week through season

Optional Skills or Pitching sessions

League Games

8U: 1 per week (Wednesdays)

10U: 1-2 days of double headers (2-4 games)

12U: 2 days of double headers (4 games)

*~50/50 split of home vs. away games

1-2 days per week

Occasional double header if schedules require it

# of League Games

8U: 10-12

10U: 16-18

12U: 18-20

8-15 in season

3-5 at End of Season Tournament

Tournaments

8U: 3 Total (2 Invitationals + State)

10U: 5 Total (3 Invitationals + State Qualifier + State)

12U: 6 Total (4 Invitationals + State Qualifier + State)

*Teams may opt to play in add'l tournaments, such as Nationals at end of July.  This will be up to individual teams.

1 End of Season (8U-18U)

Potential for add'l tournament for certain levels

Total Games

 

8U: 20-25

10U: 40-45

12U: 45-50

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Fall Travel vs Recreation

 

 

Travel Fall Ball

Recreation Fall Ball

Goals

Guiding Principles of Travel Fall Program:

  1. Focus on player development and preparation at the travel level, with a specific intent to developing Pitchers and Catchers.

  2. Girls are placed on teams with similar softball skills and abilities.  The Travel Director, with support, creates teams that provide an optimum learning environment with players of similar skills to compete at a specific level in travel.

The goal for the fall recreation season is to work on development of softball skills and learn the game of softball with the ability to compete on a Recreation league level.  

    

Teams are formed by player requests and then by schools.

Ages

Fall ball is divided into age groups that players will be in the following summer. For Fall 2022, the birth years are as follows:

8U -  2014 -2015

10U - 2012 - 2013

12U - 2010 -2011

14U - 2008 -2009

League is by school grade year.  League is currently for girls entering 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the fall of 2021.

Location

Practices will be on Plymouth/Wayzata fields. 

Games games will be at sites across the West Metro.  Teams should be prepared to travel 20-60 minutes.

Practice will be at a PWYSA site.  Games will be played with PWYSA and OMGAA (Maple Grove).  Therefore, games will be in one of these cities.

Practices

Practice 2 times per week.

8U/12U - Mondays/Wednesday

10U/14U - Tuesday/Thursday

Practices will be 2 days a week in August and September.  Days of the week are selected on registration.

Games

Games will be played on Saturdays (8U & 10U) and Sundays (12U & 14U) 

 

Fall ball state tournament is on Saturday, Sept. 24th (8U/10U) or Sunday, Sept. 25th (12U/14U).

Games will be Sunday afternoons around 4pm. With the exception of one weekday game in August.  Games will be in either Plymouth or Maple Grove. 

Cost

Cost is $150.00

This includes a jersey and socks.

Cost is $100.00

This includes a jersey top and socks.

Season

Practice will start the week of August 8th, there are 5 weekends of play (not Labor Day weekend), concluding with State Tournament 9/24 & 9/25.

Season will start August 9th.  Last game will be on September 29th.