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Not Pushing at 10U.

May 24, 2013
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So Cal
My favorite time of year is when we are done with summer travel and go back to rec for a few months. The idea you don’t get better is mostly BS and is done for the purposes of separating you and your money. You can buy into the idea if you want, but i know better.

It is so enjoyable this time of year getting a good five or six inning game in and then going home for the weekend. If I had to piss away my whole weekend for 10 months a year in TB, I wouldn’t do it.

For profit tournaments rely on the bad mouthing that rec ball gets. Truth is, if it wasn’t for rec ball, Tb wouldn’t even exist.

We had a few guys in our rec program that would badmouth it to some of the better girls parents and recommend they leave to travel teams. Now that those guys have moved on, everybody is a lot happier. Most of the parents that he recommended leave have come back and said they wish they never did.

Let your girl have fun playing this game. And if the day comes when she says she really wants to play TB, that’s fine too
Your experience hasn't been our experience.

I think rec ball is awesome. Our league does wonderful job providing a place for girls to learn the game, have fun with their friends, and develop a love for the sport. For most of them, that's enough, and that's great. For others, it's not enough. Some thrive off having their skills challenged by playing with and against top-level players. Some thrive off the dedication and hard work it takes to be able to compete at that level. For those players, making the move to TB is the right choice.

Can girls get better playing rec ball? Sure. They grow and get stronger, they get more experience, and they become better players. In every example I've seen, however, not once has the skill development of a long-time rec player matched the skill development of a TB player. When a player isn't being challenged, their development slows significantly. I see the skill level gap in school ball every year when my DD gets mixed back in with the girls she started playing the game with, but have stayed in the rec league. Every year, I see the skill level gap widen.

IMO, it's important that we realize that "fun" means a lot of different things to different players. One of the most fun things in the world for my DD is being successful on the field against the very best competition...and doing the work it takes to have those moments is not wasted time. That kind of fun isn't for everyone.
 
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May 24, 2013
10,264
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So Cal
Wow!! Our rec spring season is $90 and fall is $55. All stars is $50. If you don't mind me asking, where do you live? Our rec league wouldn't exist if we charged families $250 per kid.
Fees for our rec league (spring season)..

6U $175
8U $200
10U, 12U & 14U/16U $225
Fees for siblings are discounted $15.

Included in the registration fees are jersey, pants, picture package and yearbook. USA registration and supplementary insurance are also provided. Fees also cover a portion of the costs associated with running the league such as umpire fees, field rental costs, field maintenance, background checks for volunteers, etc.
 
May 22, 2019
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Hope to get there soon. Probably won't happen today, though. My DD is making her pitching debut tonight. I'm going to do my best to not yell key phrases that make absolutely no sense to anyone but me and maybe, just maybe they make sense to DD. I think my best case scenario is freaking out on the inside, but quiet on the outside. Probably need to watch her innings from the truck on GC.
Don't yell anything to your child when they're playing, except "great job"!
 
Feb 10, 2018
32
18
Virginia
Fees for our rec league (spring season)..

6U $175
8U $200
10U, 12U & 14U/16U $225
Fees for siblings are discounted $15.

Included in the registration fees are jersey, pants, picture package and yearbook. USA registration and supplementary insurance are also provided. Fees also cover a portion of the costs associated with running the league such as umpire fees, field rental costs, field maintenance, background checks for volunteers, etc.
Here in Northern Virginia, in the Spring Little League season, it cost $205 to register each of my three kids (including sibling discount!). All Stars is a $150 "donation." Fall Ball costs $150 per kid. Currently only paying for two kids in the LL because my oldest aged out this past spring.
 

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