An aquaintence of mine( I coached his dd) runs a new ( started last year) club here in our state. They have a 12u team currently and are starting a 10u team this fall. He called me last night and asked me if I want to run the 10U team for the club. He is a good guy and wants to build this club the right way and truly develop girls.
After hearing what he had to say, I agreed to take the 10U team. There are certain policies the club has already in place, rules, etc.... However, he has given me the authority to do things my way with the clubs full support ( within club guidelines).
So here we go. At least one thing is resolved.........I know where my dd is going to play.
The good news is that I have already recruited 2 very good pitchers/players. My dd is a P and has played everywhere, so I can use her where the team needs her most. Then I recruited and got a commitment from an aquaintence of mine who I also asked to coach with me. His dd is a good little pitcher and she should be a 1B/3B for me as well. Most of all both these kids can REALLY hit.
Now Im going to try and poach a girl from the 10U team my dd was thinking about joining. Her parents have been pretty frustrated with the way thing have gone so far. She is about small enough to fit in my pocket, but the kid has an amazing compact swing and has a nice arm. Lead off hitter/2B comes to mind with this one.
Lastly, it seems like the BIGGEST issue I will have is getting parents who can afford club dues. Many of the girls we are targeting come from poor neighborhoods and dont have much. That is the reason they are even available. Because they have talent but their parents dont have the resrouces to ever give them the opportunity. I have decided that if a player(s) is a good fit for us, we wont let money be the reason they cant play. This may mean a lot more fundraising and a lot more work, but I remember being there when I was a kid and It stunk!
Thoughts???? BTW, My inital thoughts were to have a roster of 12. Any thoughts on this?
Girl 1: Big, not very fast, good pitcher, great bat, smart player ( P/1B/3B)
Girl 2( dd): tall, fast, good picther, great bat, great bunter (P/SS/C/CF)
How would you fill out the rest of the team? Or at least, how would you try?