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Learn More About Travel Softball

Our travel teams play in Hudson-Mohawk District 7 by ASA Rules. Each year we form travel teams in the Spring and Fall in the following age groups:

Travel Divisions

  • 10 and under (10U)
  • 12 and under (12U)
  • 14 and under (14U)
  • 16 and under (16U)

These teams participate in a more competitive environment by playing in leagues against other area travel teams and participating in local and/or out-of-town tournaments. The types of tournaments played will vary team by team.

FAQ's

How old must my daughter be to play travel?

Currently our youngest Travel Division is 10 and Under which is made up of girls typically 9 and 10 years old. Some strong younger players may be considered for the team as well.

What are the age groups/divisions?

Unlike recreation play, which is driven by grade level, Travel Ball is driven by your daughter's birth day as of December 31st. We will assemble teams in 4 age groups - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U. Within each age group, we will create teams and attempt to match the overall skill level of the team with opportunities for play within which they will be competitive. There may be more than one team created in an age group. This is driven by the number of girls who try out, and their skill level.

When is the travel season?

The majority of Spring travel ball will be played in June and July. Some teams may take on tournaments that could extend the season from late May to August. The final schedule will be determined by each teams manager and can vary from year to year. The Majority of Fall travel ball is played in September and October. While we encourage girls to participate in both Spring and Fall this is not a requirement.

Where and when do we play games?

Teams typically travel no more than 45 minutes to play their away games and home games are played at Indian Meadows. The Hudson-Mohawk league puts together a travel season that consists of 12 games from early June through late July. Each team will play in weekend tournaments as well. Each age groups schedule will be determined by that teams manager.

Are there any special training and/or clinics?

We offer clinics typically in the fall and winter months for Pitching, Hitting and General Skills.

How can I help out?

There are many ways! Each team needs volunteers and your support is key to ensuring a successful league. Your fees do not pay any salaries – we are all volunteers. Here are positions you may consider:

  • Manager: Total administrative and operational responsibility for your team
  • Coach: Primary role is to teach the girls and assist the Manager
  • Team Parent: Administrative right arm of the Manager ensuring that non-operational tasks required are supported and that the league communication loop is open to all parents
  • Scorekeeper: Maintain the game records for the team and ensure that the game publicity provides recognition to both individual girls as well as to the team (training available)
  • Field Prep: Drawing baselines and equipment set-up/storage (training available)

What type of commitment am I making?

We cannot overemphasize how important it is to attend all practice and game functions to whatever extent possible. In travel ball, missing a couple of girls on a particular night may not be the end of the world, but being short players at a tournament is a severe drain on the team as a whole. We ask parents and players to honor the commitment to the team that is made when they accept an invitation to play. Basically, this means planning vacations not before August 1 - this includes summer sleep-away camps. Your daughter needs to be available to play in games with her team from the beginning of June through the end of July. Practices will typically start approximately 2-3 months prior to the first scheduled games.

Can my daughter be on a team with her sister or her friends?

There is no consideration for friends in travel ball. By it's nature, it is more competitive and managers are attempting to form the most competitive teams possible. Sisters in the same age group may get special consideration as scheduling would be difficult if they were placed on separate teams.

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