I'd love to get some input from those on the other side of 12U in particular. We're talking about roster size lately as we move into spring. Of course we have no way of knowing if we will lose any players for spring or how many, but right now we have 11. We've been holding our 12 spot for a pitcher. But we're running into more and more issues of girls not being available for various reasons (school functions, other sports, etc.). It seems as though this will only get worse as they get older & have more scheduling conflicts.
Is 12 players the max you'd take on a 12U team? We play travel ball, right now focusing on playing wherever the best competition is. We had to pick up 2 this weekend just to have 9 at a friendly. We had to play with 9 for a couple of games in A state because of injuries and scheduling conflicts. At the same time, we don't want kids to feel like they're on the bench too much. If you've coached a 12U team that played high level ball I'd love to hear your input on roster size, how to balance having enough players (we prefer not to pick up players if we don't have to but of course we will), with not making everyone unhappy because there are too many.