Do most competitive teams/players (8-12 yrs old) play both League ball and Travel Tourney Ball?
Do you bank on having a strong league turnout to make it worth your time to play league ball?
Our town has a steady stream of ball players but for most girls growing up in our rural area they spend age 8-12 playing our local Cal Ripken league, which all in all is pretty weakly coached. This, like in most areas is coached by volunteers/parents and not very competitive- and aside from the year end goal of a birth to the World Series, it’s a FAR shot and the few teams we have sent have never placed very high.
Our rural town has the capability to produce strong players successfully when we start them young and work them on up just like any other area but we might only retain 1 really strong team per age group and even then we’ll have to mix 9/10 and 11/12. We are not like other places that have all 10 y/olds or 12’s in their roster.
My concern lies in that my father and I coached the league team together this year and although I enjoyed seeing the skill and growth build in our team (which was of all skill levels) we are interested in building a STRONGER team. And we differ in opinion about if it is even worth putting in the 2 months of league ball because it is very counterproductive and the more skilled players tend to play down a bit because on lack of challenge. Our goal is to build a 10U Team that can compete statewide-
Is it possible when we are splitting our time with a rec team? Or should we do both league and tourney ball team practices to build up what would be an All-Star team for Word Series?