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Summer Wayzata Travel Fastpitch

Summer Travel Overview

SUMMER Travel LEAGUE DESCRIPTION

The Summer Travel season runs from March to July and involves two-three practices or games per week.  Each team will also play in 3-6 weekend tournaments, including the State tournament, and if possible, a National tournament. Travel practice begins indoors in early March and moves outdoors as soon as the weather allows.  Games begin in May and the season ends in mid-to-late July. Total games including tournaments can total up to 15-20 for 8U and 40 or more for 10 & 12U.   

8-Under Metro (8U) & Big West (10-12U) league games are weeknights (1 game for 8U, doubleheaders for 10U-12U) competing against surrounding associations starting in May, both home and away. Weekend tournaments will be selected by the association and occur between Mid-May and July. It is rare that any travel team leaves the state of Minnesota for a tournament.

Click on 8-Under Metro & Big West to learn more about each league.

For 10U & 12U teams, in weeks where you have two league games, we'll add one additional night for practice. 

  • 10U - in May, league games on Tuesdays, practice on Thursdays.  In June, games will be on Tuesday & Thursday, practice on either Monday or Wednesday.
  • 12U - in May & June, league games will be on Monday & Wednesday nights, practice on either Tuesday or Thursday night.


League Levels & Details (2024)

  • 8U: Birthdays Sept 1 2014-August 31 2016 | Monday & Wednesday | Machine Pitch | Fee: $275
  • 10U: Birthdays Sept 1 2012-August 31 2014 | Tues & Thurs + 1 practice on weeks with 2 league games | Kid Pitch | Fee: $475
  • 12U: Birthdays Sept 1 2010-August 31 2012 | Mon & Wed + 1 practice on weeks with 2 league games | Kid Pitch | Fee: $525

Registration Timing (2024)

Travel registration opens January 2nd and closes Feb 2nd.  You can register at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/407678.

PLAYER SCHOLARSHIPS
PWYSA provides scholarships for registration fees to girls, who without financial assistance would be unable to participate in youth softball. PWYSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with limited funding available for scholarships. No guarantee of assistance is implied by this program. If the number of scholarship applications submitted and approved exceeds the budgetary amount available, the scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the PWYSA Board of Directors. Apply here.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT

Our association is a parent run volunteer association.  As such, we have a volunteer requirement for all registered players.  You are able to fulfill this obligation one of two ways, buyout by paying a set fee ($250), or complete required hours by completed qualifying DIBs hours (5). 
 
During your Summer Travel registration, you will be asked to select the following:
  1. I choose the buyout, to be paid with this registration
  2. I commit to completing my required volunteer hours
If you are a PWYSA Board member, head coach, top 3 assistant coaches or Team Manager, that will serve as your volunteer hours.  Any other activities (bringing treats, keeping scorebook, etc) will not qualify as your DIBs commitment unless approved by the Travel Director.
 
If you are unable to complete your committed hours, you will be expected to pay for any hours remaining and will be billed as such.  Any unpaid balances MUST be paid prior to any future registration of that player for PWYSA seasons.
 

Registration Fee Coverage

Registration fees cover the administrative and equipment needs for all of our Travel league teams for the summer. This includes umpire costs, field use fees, administrative and technology costs, insurance, and a roving instructor to assist at practices. Travel uniforms are NOT included in this fee.  
 

Questions?  Contact PWYA's Travel Director here.



Summer Travel Dates (2024)

Date Event
Jan 2-Feb 2 Summer Travel Registration
Jan 22 Big West Director Meeting @ Medina Entertainment Center
Feb 4 Summer Tryout Practice (Time:TBD) at CMS Dome
Feb 10 Summer Tryouts @ CMS Dome (only attend 1)
Feb 12 Metro Area 8U League Meeting
Feb 13 Summer Tryouts @ CMS Dome (only attend 1)
March 4 Travel Kick Off Parent Meeting 7:00pm at Wayzata High School Auditorium 1
March 5 Travel Indoor Practice Begins
March 10 Coaching Clinic: General Skills, Pitching, Catching: 6-8pm at Wayzata High School, Gym 9
Mar 29-Apr 7 Wayzata Schools Spring Break
TBD 10U & 12U Big West Coach Scheduling Meeting 6-8pm @ Medina Entertainment Center
TBD 14U Big West Coach Scheduling Meeting 8pm @ Medina Entertainment Center
TBD Coaching Clinic: General Skills, Pitching, Catching: 6-8pm at Wind Up Fastpitch
Apr 29 8U & 12U Team Photos
Apr 30 10U & 14U Team Photos
TBD Youth Day @ Wayzata Varsity Game (4:30pm start)
April 29 Big West League games begin (8U/10U/12U
May 21 Big West League games begin (14U)
June 3 Big West League games begin (High School)
June 7-9 Wayzata Warmup (10U/12U)
June 22-23 State Qualifier (10U/12U)
June 29-30 State Tournament (8U, 10U & 12U)
July 13-14 State Qualifier (14U/HS)
July 20-21 State Tournament (14U/HS)
July 19-21 NAFA 8/10/12U Nationals (*optional & must qualify)
July 25-28 Monsta 10U Nationals (*optional & must qualify)
July 25-28 NAFA 14/16/18U Nationals (*optional & must qualify)

Wayzata Travel Tournament Schedule

Summer 2023 Travel Kickoff Meeting

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last night's discussion.  It was GREAT to see everyone in person after multiple years of being on Zoom.  

Below is the content we covered in our presentation.  Reach out to me with any follow up questions you might have!


Tryouts

PRACTICE TRYOUT (FREE)

Location: Central Middle School Dome
Date: Sunday, Feb 4
Times: 

  • 10U: 9:00-10:30am
  • 12U: 10:30-12:00pm
  • 8U: 12:00-1:00pm

Objective: run kids through similar drills that they will perform in the tryout

TRYOUT LOGISTICS (2024)

Location: Central Middle School Dome
What to wear: Athletic leggings or softball pants, athletic shirt or jersey
What to bring: Bat, Glove, Fielding Face Mask, Tennis Shoes, Water Bottle

Dates (must attend one):

10U Saturday, Feb 10th

  • 9:45 am: 10U Check in Pitchers & Catchers
  • 10:00-11:30 am: 10U Pitchers & Catchers (P/C Evaluation & General Evaluation)
  • 11:10 am: 10U Check in Non-Pitchers & Catchers
  • 11:30-12:30 pm: 10U Non-Pitchers & Catchers (General Evaluation)

8U Saturday, Feb 10th

  • 12:00 pm: 8U Check in
  • 12:15-1:30 pm: 8U General Evaluation

12U Saturday, Feb 10th

  • 1:15 pm: 12U Check in Pitchers & Catchers
  • 1:30-2:45 pm: 12U Pitchers & Catchers (P/C Evaluation & General Evaluation)
  • 2:30 pm: 12U Check in Non-Pitchers & Catchers
  • 2:45-4:00 pm: 12U Non-Pitchers & Catchers (General Evaluation)

Tuesday, Feb 13th

  • 7:00 pm: All Check in
  • 7:30-9:00 pm: All Ages General Evaluation
  • 9:00-10:00pm: 10/12U Pitchers & Catchers Evaluations

SKILLS EVALUATION

  • Infield: Range, hands, feet, arm strength, accuracy
  • Outfield: Range, hands, feet, arm strength, accuracy
  • Hitting - Machine: Mechanics, bat speed, power, contact, bunting
  • Hitting - Front Toss: Mechanics, bat speed, power, contact
  • Running: (60 & 120 feet)

TRYOUT ABSENCE POLICY

In order to most effectively place players on the appropriate traveling softball team, it is necessary that all players take part in the respective traveling softball tryouts, receive an evaluation by the evaluators, and be considered for a traveling team based on their tryout score.

However, we understand that circumstances will arise that will prevent a player from participating in the tryout (example: injury or illness).  These circumstances need to be approved by the PWYSA Traveling Softball Selection Committee to be an "excused player".  An "excused player" may be eligible and placed on a traveling softball team even though they were unable to participate in the respective tryouts.

In such situations, the following procedures will be followed by the PWYSA Traveling Softball Selection Committee in an effort to place players appropriately within the PWYSA softball programs (traveling or rec league):

  • Excused players prior year rankings will be reviewed
  • PWYSA softball coaches familiar with the excused player will be consulted to obtain perspective of the players softball abilities compared to others at the same age.
  • Others familiar with the excused player may be consulted to obtain additional perspective when deemed necessary.

*NEW* Age Chart for 2024 Season (impacts Fall 2023-Summer 2024)

*** With the new MN Softball age rules, PWYSA has decided to let those impacted by the changes to decide which age they want to play in.  Due to this some girls may be eligible to play at 2 different levels.  

***MN Softball groups 16U & 18U together into a High School (HS) league.

Start

  End Playing Playing
Birthdate TO Birthdate Age Division
9/1/2004 TO 8/31/2005 18 18U
9/1/2005 TO 8/31/2006 17
9/1/2006 TO 8/31/2007 16 16U
9/1/2007 TO 8/31/2008 15
9/1/2008 TO 8/31/2009 14 14U
9/1/2009 TO 8/31/2010 13
9/1/2010 TO 8/31/2011 12 12U
9/1/2011 TO 8/31/2012 11
9/1/2012 TO 8/31/2013 10 10U
9/1/2013 TO 8/31/2014 9
9/1/2014 TO 8/31/2015 8 8U
9/1/2015 TO 8/31/2016 7
9/1/2016 TO 8/31/2017 6 6U
9/1/2017 TO 8/31/2018 5

 

Uniforms

 

All travel players will need to have a full uniform.  This consists of:

  • White Uniform
  • Gold Uniform
  • Navy Pants
  • White Socks
  • Gold Socks 
  • Navy Belt
  • White Belt

Optional Items for purchase include:

  • Jacket
  • Batting Helmet
  • Bat Bag (Mini or Large)

Uniforms pieces can be purchased at Travel Uniforms – Wayzata FastPitch.  

Spring 2024 Wayzata Travel Teams - Teams Posted Below

Congratulations to all of our players on their hard work leading up to and at tryouts.  Below are their team assignments for the 2024 Summer travel season.   Teams are listed upper left as top teams, then to right in rank order. 

I'm still working on head coaches for those where "TBD" is listed.

Our Travel Kickoff meeting will be Monday, March 4 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Wayzata High School Auditorium 1. 

Practices will begin Tuesday, March 5th.  

8U Travel Teams - Summer 2024

8U Travel Teams - Summer 2024

10U Travel Teams - Summer 2024

10U Travel Teams -Summer 2024

12U Travel Teams - Summer 2024

12U Travel Teams - Summer 2024