- 14U – girls ages 14 and under (born in 2003 and 2004)
2018 Season Travel Key Dates
DATES: March 10 and March 11 (see specific times below) - PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING BOTH DAYS
LOCATION: Eastern Carver County Athletic Facility (aka the new dome)
SATURDAY, MARCH 10:
9 am - 11 am - Pitching Evaluations (required for any Travel athlete wishing to pitch during the summer season) See additional sign up info below
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - 10U Travel Evaluations
2 pm - 4 pm - 12U Travel Evaluations
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Catching Evaluations (required for any Travel athlete who wishes to catch during games this summer season)
SUNDAY, MARCH 11:
9 am - 11 am - 10U Travel Evaluations
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Pitching Evaluations
2 pm - 4 pm - 12U Evaluations
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Catching Evaluations
Please be sure to bring your equipment (bat, batting helmet, glove, etc.) Wear tennis shoes or turf shoes (no cleats.)
PITCHERS & CATCHERS - You must also complete a pitcher and/or catcher evaluation. This applies to 10U Travel and 12U Travel only. Please plan on attending an evaluation slot on both days.
Sign up for a 15 minute slot using the link below. Please arrive early enough to get warmed up. (You must supply your own partner for warming up, but a catcher will be provided during your evaluation)
PITCHER TRYOUT SIGNUP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa4ae2fa3fd0-2018
CATCHER TRYOUT SIGNUP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa4ae2fa3fd0-20181
Team Roster Announcement
Practice Starts (depending on weather)
10U & 12U Big West League Games Start
14U Big West League Games Start
16U & 18U Big West League Games Start
May-July the teams will participate in three weekend tournaments
10U & 12U Big West League Qualifier Tournament
10U & 12U Minnesota Softball State Tournament
12U NAFA Northern Nationals (for teams which qualify)
10U/14U/16U/18U NAFA Northern Nationals (for teams which qualify)
Players who have registered for tryouts and cannot participate due to an injury or illness will be excused upon delivery of a doctor's note describing the player's limitations. Players excused due to injury or illness must present a signed doctor's release indicating that the player is medically fit before they will be allowed to participate in any Chanhassen Athletic Association activities. Players who miss the scheduled tryout sessions due to illness or injury will be assigned to a team in the lowest offered team. The tryout staff and the Chanhassen Athletic Association Baseball/Softball Board will determine this, with input from past coaches.
Emphasis is on skill development, teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship and respect for others. Winning is not the primary focus, however, competing and striving to win are emphasized at a minimum the following travel team opportunities.
Teams are selected to ensure that both the team and individual development needs are best served at the appropriate level of competition. The teams are selected to ensure that the talent distribution on each team is appropriate and well balanced. Team formation differs slightly at each level of play and requires the judgement of the team selection committee for optimal results. The team selection committee uses the tryout results and previous-year coach evaluations as input for individual team placement. The intent is to roster each team with 10-12 players (11 is ideal).
10U. Teams are formed to ensure each team has pitching experience on par with the overall team level of play. The teams will be formed to ensure that the distribution of talent on each team is appropriate such that the team and player development goals are achieved. Each team is fielded with pitching experience. Tryout results, grade, and previous travel experience are considered in team formation. It is recommended that players have one year of in-house player pitch division and/or fall ball experience prior to participating on the 10U travel teams. Teams bat their entire roster and have overall equal playing time. Players will typically play 3-4 positions throughout the season. Week-day games are focused on player development versus a "must win" mentality. Tournaments are more competative and coaches will often reduce player rotation. Coaches are focused on developing the pitching skills of at least 3-4 players through the season. Teams have 2-3 events per week, a combination of practices and games. Teams primarily play their games on Mondays, but it is possible to play games on Tue or Wed due to scheduling. Teams participate in weekend tournaments: three tournaments, League Qualifier tournament, MMFL State, and NAFA National (if it qualifies).
12U. Team level is set at different levels (A, B, C) depending on the overall team competitive level. Individuals are rostered to teams based on ability as demonstrated during the tryouts and previous-year coach evaluation. Teams bat their entire roster and have overall equal playing time. Players will typically play 2-3 positions throughout the season. Week-day games are focused on player development versus a "must win" mentality. Tournaments are more competative and coaches will often reduce player rotation. Teams have 2-3 events per week, a combination of practices and games. Teams primarily play their league games Mon-Thur. Teams participate in weekend tournaments: three tournaments, League Qualifier tournament, MMFL State, and NAFA National (if it qualifies).
Travel Softball Team Selection Process
• Teams are selected to ensure that both the team and individual development needs are best served at the appropriate level of competition. The teams are selected to ensure that the talent distribution on each team is appropriate and well balanced. Team formation differs slightly at each level of play and requires the judgment of the team selection committee for optimal results. The team selection committee uses the tryout results and previous-year coach evaluations as input for individual team placement.
• Top 8 evaluated players from evaluation day automatically make the first team.
• Head Coach of first team is selected from parents of top 8 players (head coachmay be selected from next 4 players if no one from top 8 players registered and were selected by coach committee)
• Final roster spots for first team filled by head coach from list created by player agent of next highest evaluated players. (This list will include at least 6 next highest evaluated players and players within next appropriate scoring range determined by player agent and Travel Softball Director)
• First team approved by Player Agent, Softball President, and Travel Softball Director
• After first team is selected, next highest 8 evaluated players automatically make the second team.
• Second team Head Coach is selected from parents of top 8 players (head coach may be selected from next 4 players if no one from top 8 players registered and were selected by coach committee)
• Final roster spots for second team filled by head coach from list created by player agent of next highest evaluated players. (This list will include at least 6 next highest evaluated players and players within next appropriate scoring range determined by player agent and Travel Softball Director)
• Second team approved by Player Agent, Softball President, and Travel Softball Director
• Same process used if there is a third team
Pitching is essential to any softball team and in effort to provide as many opportunities to develop pitchers; we have process for assigning pitchers
• The pitchers will be ranked by evaluations. The top 2 pitchers will automatically make the first team even if the either pitcher is not in the top 8 overall evaluated players. If a pitcher is not in the top 8, they are counted as one of the manager’s picks.
• The remaining pitchers will be assigned evenly across the remaining teams (i.e. if 6 pitchers evaluate, 3 per team with 2 teams or 2 per team with 3 teams)
• A pitcher who evaluates on the second team or lower as a pitcher, but makes a higher team as a position player has the option to play for the higher team. That team is not required to have that player pitch if they choose to play on the higher team. There is no guarantee that this player will pitch.
• A pitcher can opt to play with the second or lower team where she will be one of the 2 starting pitchers even if she is an automatic top 8 pick for the first team.
• A catcher can opt to play with the second or lower team where she will be one of the 2 starting catchers even if she is an automatic top 8 pick for the higher level team.
• Provide effective, high quality training for players and coaches at all levels.
• Provide programs that are cooperative with, and respected by, other community programs.
• Strive to create a fun and entertaining environment for the players, families, coaches and community.
• Seek to maximize the potential of every player in the program.
• Develop players and teams that are able to compete at a top level.
• Encourage and foster player participation for the full length of a player's youth sports career.
• Foster the importance of teamwork and the understanding that all team members play an integral part in the success of the team.
• Promote skill development and create a positive self-esteem for every player.
• Display exemplary sportsmanship always.
Registration for 8U, 10U and 12U Storm Fastpitch Softball is held between January and February. The preferred registration method is online at www.chanathleticassociation.com.
Flyers are available through the schools and the Chanhassen Recreation Center. Players must provide a copy of their birth certificate with picture identification at registration.
Refunds: see the CAA Baseball/Softball refund policy under documents
Travelling Coach Selection Process
Anyone interested in coaching a team must check the appropriate area on the registration form. In the event that there are multiple people interested in being the head coach, the CAA Baseball/Softball Board will evaluate the candidates on their commitment to coaching, previous coaching experience, knowledge of the game, and coaching philosophy to select the head coach. The head coach and Chanhassen Baseball/Softball Board will select assistant coaches based on the same criteria. Selection criteria includes at a minimum the following items:
• Previous youth coaching experience, including feedback from prior seasons.
• Knowledge of the game of Softball
• Ability to teach players of all skill levels
• Attendance and active participation in coach and player clinics.
• Ability to represent CAA with the utmost respect and sportsmanship.
• Ability to provide positive reinforcement to players in both practices and game situations.
• Completion of winter coaching clinics is a plus
• ASA ACE Certification is expected for travel coaches
• This must be the coaches’ top priority and only traveling team.
14U, 16U, and 18U West Metro Thunder Girls Fastpitch Softball Information
The West Metro Thunder is a softball partnership between Chanhassen and Chaska community softball organizations. Our goal is to create an opportunity for girls to play competitive fastpitch softball but without the year long expense and time commitment of club teams. We will form as many teams as possible based on number of interested players.
In 2010, WMT fielded two 16U teams that played in Suburban League B. WMT Blue won MMFL B State and qualified/played at NAFA in Shoreview.
In 2011, WMT fielded three 16U teams that played in Suburban League A (one team) and B (two teams). WMT Black qualified for Nationals and played in the NAFA Nationals in Omaha NE.
Plans for 2012 include fielding three teams again.
Our goal is to take players who are freshmen/sophomore/JV players and give them an opportunity to continue playing summer ball without the intense practice/tournament schedule of many Club teams, and for a fraction of the price since we are community based teams. Many if not all of these girls will continue on with high school ball, and A/B level competition at 16U is highly competitive. ½ of our teams are aging up to 18U’s this year, and we need players trying out at all positions.