Lately I’ve seen a bunch of new organizations pop up on Facebook who are advertising themselves as “Travel Rec” or “Rec Travel” programs.
Interesting marketing ploy—curious what it means.
Maybe a rec team that plays some local tournaments?
At the younger age groups, it seems losing the bottom 2-3 players every year is common as they often seek a team where they fit as a starter.
Has anyone dabbled with just going with a roster of 10 and having recurring guests available as needed? Guest players are plentiful in our area.
Looks like USSSA in PA/NJ really pushing going to pay at plate.
As an example of the math:
Last year, it cost $650 to enter states at 12u.
This year it’s $532 to enter plus $60 pay at plate.
With 3 pool games plus at least 1 bracket game that’s an additional $240 which equals $772 total. An...
Anybody follow any Facebook softball pages like “The Fastpitch Zone”?
I have been amusing myself reading it the last few days. My favorite are the posts from parents whose daughter is the best player on the team yet is always sitting the bench.
They share their tale of woe about how the coach...
Watched a replay of a 12u 2021 LLWS Softball game btw Oklahoma and NJ.
No radar but announcer commented OK pitcher was throwing low 60s. Maybe true, maybe not.
Anyway, I was totally amazed at the strike zone. The umpire was consistently giving the pitchers the call on balls that were totally...
I see coaches of more mid-level programs using either “coach has 30 years of experience” or “coach was a former D1 player” as selling points, etc.
Are there any commonalities in terms of background among coaches of the top National travel teams/programs?
Based on my limited knowledge, it...
I just found out tonight about a 2010 birth year girl who just quit existing team and is returning to a prior team. This is her 6th team switch since 2019—she is first year 12u.
That’s got me thinking, what are some of the most frequent flyers you have seen in terms of changing teams?
Seeing the annual post-fall season attempts of teams to pick up new players—specifically a backup catcher, another pitcher and the utility player.
Some verbatim pitches below:
“Did the fall not work out as you expected? Were you fed a bunch of false promises? Did your daughter not develop the...
12B Saturday pool game USA Softball
Rules sent prior to tournament say finish the batter Saturday, finish the inning Sunday. 75 minutes.
At the coaches/umps meeting at the plate. Umpires say that it is finish the inning both days. “That is the way this organization always does it and that’s...
Just an observation—
Nine years ago there were two 12u tournament teams within 30 miles of our area of Pa.
Today there are over 25 teams at 12u in the same geography. Two at A, a few B and many Cs.
Some teams are holding their 5th round of “final tryouts” as they still don’t have enough...
12u B level Sunday bracket game. Time has officially expired, finish the inning.
Visitors batting, trailing 5-3
Runners 1st and 3rd, both average speed
#2 hitter at the plate is 0-1, BB on the day
#3 hitter follows and is 1-2 with two hard hit balls
Catcher has average arm but its 12B...
Cancellation policy states USSSA keeps 20% of entry fee—even if entire tournament was rained out from the start.
Their rules—which they do fully disclose up front.
Thoughts on that policy vs other orgs? Wondering how it compares.
Played a 12u USSSA game today where opposing runners were leaving early. Rival teams—tight, low scoring game.
Between innings, discreetly asked base ump if he could keep an eye on it. He dismissively says
“I’ve been watching it, no one is leaving early”.
The leaving early...
Fully 2nd year 12u team still playing B level.
Posting on Facebook about going 3-0 with 33-3 run differential in one tournament and going 6-0 with 59-12 run differential in the other—-competing against combo of 11o teams, mixed 12B teams and a 10u team playing up.
Any thoughts on the origin and benefits to anyone other than the tournament organizers of a pay at the plate structure? I’m guessing it’s simply a way to give the false appearance of a lower tournament cost—but maybe I’m missing a benefit.
I know we have some umpires on this forum. Is it...
Wondering if anyone has any funny stories about mis-management of statistics in GC??
Today I checked the box score of a 10U game for a local organization with notorious stat inflation and was amused to see a player recorded a two RBI bunt triple to the catcher—Boy I wish I was there to see how...
Is recruiting players to join a team at 12u considered bad form?
By recruiting I mean—Basically reaching out directly to parents of talented girls you know in other organizations or have faced in tournaments.