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Tourney Teams

Overview

Tournament softball is a higher level of competitiveness than recreational softball. Any players new to the sport that are considering joining a tournament team should be made aware of the following:

  • Participation on a tournament team is yearly.

  • Tournament softball is more expensive than recreational.

  • Tournament teams are responsible for funding their teams with support from the association when financially able.

  • Equal playing time is not guaranteed. 

  • Assessments are necessary to join a team.  

  • Coaches will put offers out to players determined by them and the family will accept or decline the offer. Exception is 8U. 

 

Assessment Information

Tournament Team Assessment registration is now open through Monday, June 21st.

2021-2022 Assessment Dates:

  • 8U June 23rd

  • 10U June 29th

  • 12U June 30th

  • 14U June 30th

Registration is 6-6:30pm with assessments at 6:30-8pm

Uniform sizing any time between 6-8pm

ASSESSMENT DETAILS

DCGSA board members and existing tournament team coaches evaluate
Each skill evaluated will be scored on a 5 point system, 1-5, with 5 being the optimal score.
A sampling of specific Assessment tests and drills may be seen, at each level, below. These are subject to change.


8U Assessment June 23rd Registration 6-6:30pm Assessments 6:30-8pm

 

Hitting

Infield

Outfield

Base Running

Swings off a tee.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

1. Mechanics

2. Bat Speed

Ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

1. Fielding

2. Throwing

Popfly and ground balls tossed to outfield with throws to designated base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

1. Fielding

2. Throwing

Home to first, Home to 2nd base, Home to Home (no sliding)


10U Assessment June 29th Registration 6-6:30pm Assessments 6:30-8pm

Hitting

Infield

Outfield

Base Running

Pitching (if applicable)

Catching (if applicable)

Bunt off live pitch front toss.
Swings off live pitch front toss.

3 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Bunting

  2. Mechanics

  3. Power/Bat Speed

Ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding

  2. Throwing

Popfly and ground balls tossed to outfield with throws to designated base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

1. Fielding

2. Throwing

Home to first, Home to 2nd base, Home to Home (no sliding)

Evaluated on pitch mechanics, velocity & accuracy

Evaluated on mechanics, ability to catch the pitch, throw to 2nd base

 
 
12U / 14U Assessment June 30th Registration 6-6:30pm Assessments 6:30-8pm

 

Hitting

Infield

Outfield

Base Running

Pitching (if applicable)

Catching (if applicable)

Bunt off live pitch front toss.
Swings off live pitch front toss.

3 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Bunting

  2. Mechanics

  3. Power/Bat Speed

Ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding

  2. Throwing

Popfly and ground balls tossed to outfield with throws to designated base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

1. Fielding

2. Throwing

Home to first, Home to 2nd base, Home to Home (no sliding)

Evaluated on pitch mechanics, velocity & accuracy

Evaluated on mechanics, ability to catch the pitch, throw to 2nd base

 

2021-22 Mustang Tournament Team Information

Uniform Information

A Jersey, pants, socks and belt are provided as a part of the fees.  Extra can be requested at an additional cost at the time of Assessments.  Additional fees will need to be paid before orders are placed.

Important Information: Uniform sizing for 2021 – 2022 will occur at each Division Assessment.  This includes ALL existing and incoming tournament team participants.  Due to changes in our vendor our jersey design will change for 21 – 22 season. 

 

Tournament Team Fees

  • September 15, 2021 – fee per girl due to DCGSA (approximately $100 for uniforms/ $150 for team equipment, field use, field maintenance, etc)

  • All additional fees owed to each team manager will be at the discretion of the team.  Fees will differ by team depending on if they will participate in a league and how many tournaments they will participate in each Fall and Spring.  

  • Team fundraising is allowed and determined by each team based on needs

 

Tournament Team Details & Fine Print

COACHES: All parents (especially any who have played or coached softball or baseball competitively) are strongly encouraged to volunteer as coaches for DCGSA “tournament teams”.   Anyone interested in interviewing to be a coach, should email dcgsatournamentdirector@gmail.com, as soon as possible. Application will be open until June 30, 2021.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: A player’s “age level” is determined by her age as of January 1st in the year “after” the team is created. Tournament teams are currently set up based on two year age increments (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U).  In other words, for this year, if a girl will be 8 years old or younger on January 1, 2022, she is eligible to play on an 8U team for the coming year.

ASSESSMENTS: Assessments are held by DCGSA for tournament teams at the end of June, early July each year.  New and existing coaches and DCG board members will evaluate the girls.

The players are evaluated on (1) infield play; (2) outfield play; and (3) hitting (including bunting).  

10U/12U/14U Pitchers and catchers are also evaluated (separately but on the same night).  

NOTE: DCGSA does not currently have a 14U tournament team but if there is enough interest we will attempt to form a team.  DCG High School softball starts in the Spring of 8th grade.

Players can attend assessments to “play up” (i.e. at an age higher than they otherwise qualify for).  If so, there is no guarantee they will be placed on a team at the higher age level and, in any event, a player who tries out to “play up” must also Assessment at her age level.

 

TEAM CREATION: 

8U Teams

  • Team formation and selection is determined by the DCGSA board after assessments.  Our goal is to equally divide girls amongst all the teams to ensure development of the girls within our organization.  

10U/12U Teams

  • New Team formation: If there are enough girls who attend assessments that are not picked up by an existing team; DCGSA will attempt to form a new team if a coach can be determined.

  • Team formation typically occurs during 8U. 

  • Each year teams can decide to stay together or attend assessments.  

  • Assessments are not required each year, if the Head coach decides to stay the coach for the following year (exception is if the head coach leaves and an existing assistant coach steps up to coach the team).  

  • Coaches will have the option to come to Assessments to evaluate those who are trying out.

  • Existing player Assessment:  

    • If already on a tournament team, trying out each year is optional unless the team decides not to stay together and does not guarantee a spot on their current team or another team.  

    • If a player attends assessments, it gives the current coach an option of filling the spot vacated by that player or offering an invite to the existing player.

  • Selection process:

    • Existing coaches and DCGSA board members evaluate all girls at Assessment.

    • An invite to join the team is sent by existing coaches starting on date @ time through date @ time to fill spots on the team.

    • The parents/girls will determine which team they would like to join.  They will have 24 hours to accept or decline the invitation.

    • If a girl does not receive an invite between date – date, a DCGSA board member will reach out for next steps

SCHEDULE: Tournament teams play a “fall season” and a “spring/summer” season. How much each team plays and practices is decided (by the coaches and the parents of the players) on a team-by-team basis. DCGSA provides practice field availability for each team 2 times per week.

COST: Is determined yearly to the DCSGA board of directors

REGISTRATION: Families will be asked, if at all possible, to pre-register for the tournament team Assessment.  Details about the registration process will be provided in the near future via email.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Janell Schlosser at 515-333-1226

 

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