OK, that may be a bit harsh. But I'm sort of bummed out about a travel team tryout yesterday. Here's our story...
DD (12 in June) had played soccer for a couple years and got tired of it. Wanted to try softball. That was 1st year 10U. Spent most of the time in the outfield (when she got off the bench). At the end of the season she decided she wanted to learn how to pitch, so we go to the local pitching coach. She pitched Rec league fall & spring. Was on a glorified "all star" travel team put on by the Rec league. Started travel season as #2 pitcher, fell to #3, then came back to #2. Fall ball last year had a total of three games because of rain outs. Continued pitching lessons (once a week) through the winter. She's trying out for the middle school team and tried out for an area travel team yesterday.
She's been taking pitching lessons for less than two years. She has a fastball in the high 30's/low 40s, starting to hit her marks (low inside/outside) and a change up she's working on. She has a bad habit (about 50% of the time) of crossing her arm across her chest on the follow through.
The travel team coach after seeing her hit and pitch simply said she has potential. Said he needs to talk to the other parents to see how many kids they want on the team (he said he currently has 11, but one is a "maybe" and doesn't like girls sitting on the bench). We'll find out later this week. DD said she tried her best in the tryouts but knows she could have done better (some nerves).
She likes team practice & pitching lessons, but doesn't like when it's just her & me. I can send her to the basement to throw against a mattress in the cold wx, but she won't do it on her own (unless I tell her in the morning to do it, then sometime during the day she will).
I feel like I've posted all this before, and I guess what I'm asking for now is... I don't know. I'm not planning on her getting a D1 scholarship (yes, I HOPE she will, but not counting on it). *I* want her to play & contribute through HS. She says she wants to play through HS (of course, this could change). I guess the question is how many years/seasons does it take to (not really the right word) excel?
I should also point out I continuously ask her if she wants to play softball, and she always says "yes". I've told her I won't be upset if she says "no", but we'd have to find some activity for her. SHE told me she wants to try out for the travel team.
Like I said, I'm just kind of bummed about the tryout yesterday. If I had to rank her skill set, she's probably an OK 'B' player. She's better than Rec, but nowhere close to being able to compete (hopefully yet) on an A team.