AGE GROUP GIRLS 5-18
What is Travel Softball?
Travel softball teams are designed for
girls who want to play at a higher, more challenging level. She must
have above average skills and understanding of the game. When a girl
plays with a select team, her teammates all can hit and catch. There may
be a wide range of skill levels, but they all know the basics. The girls
know the rules and how to play the game. In addition, they must be
extremely dedicated to becoming a better player and must be willing to
commit a great deal of time to the team.
What are the
age divisions for travel softball?
Select teams are private
organizations. They usually consist of several teams from ages 10 to 18.
All age divisions are based on Birth Date and your child must meet the
restrictions to play the division. Ideally, the divisions for travel
However, not all leagues have these
division; some have no teams in one age group, and more than one in
another. It varies from team to team, from year to year. Within each age
division teams are broken into two or three levels (A, B or C) with the
A team being the best. Your child's seating during try-outs determines
the level that they will play.
How do I Register?
for softball can be from November through January depending on the
league . Forms for registration can be obtained on
the organization's web site or at your local sporting good store. Many
organizations give you the option to register on line. A birth
certificate is required at this time to prove the age of your child.
for travel/select softball will be in January or
is usually a nominal fee for tryouts. Try-outs
will normally be several days.
Players make teams based on merit
only, so not all players are assured of making a team, as in
When Is the Travel Season?
Travel season typically begins in early March with practices and the
games usually start in Mid April.
travel teams generally play games on Weekday nights, at various locations. which could be a distance from your
The regular season typically ends near
the end of June and then July is reserved for tournaments and playoffs.
Most select teams play many
tournaments throughout the season. At these weekend tournaments the team
will typically play three games on Saturday. Games on Saturday are based
on a time limit, as opposed to playing a certain number of innings and
are usually played for about an hour and 15 minutes. The teams’ win loss
record determines the seeding for the next day. Teams play on Sunday to
determine the tournament champion. Games on Sunday are usually played
for 1 hour, 30 minutes. Your first loss puts you out of the tournament.
You continue playing, (usually two or three games) until there are two
teams left who haven’t lost. The championship game is played for seven
innings. The first and second-place teams (and sometimes the third-place
team) are awarded a trophy at the end of the tournament.
Cost To Participate
Select softball is run by private
organizations, so all the expenses are paid for by you, the parent.
Therefore it is much more expensive than recreational softball.
First there is an annual fee.
The majority of the fee goes toward tournaments, plus field and facility
rentals for practices. The fees vary greatly based on where you
live and your access to fields. The approximate cost for
annual fees is from $1000 - $2000. In addition to your registration fees
you will need to purchase a full uniform which includes socks, (one for
Saturday and one for Sunday) for approximately 100.00. For long distance
tournaments you will need to add hotel, possible airfare and meals to
the cost. In addition you will need to purchase your child's
equipment (see below for details). Remember you will pay for these fees
throughout the year.
Softball Equipment Needed....
in select softball includes protective gear, a bat, gloves, a ball,
batting helmets, ,
water bottle and
You must provide
your child with a fielding glove, made of leather or similar material. You should check with your coach or local
sporting goods store to determine the size and style that your child
needs. There are a variety of gloves based on the position
that your child plays. Gloves used in
softball are generally larger than the ones used in baseball.
Leather glove used by
players in the field. Allows the fielder to catch the ball
easier. Approximate cost: 30.00 - 300.00.
Leather mitt worn by
catchers. It is better padded and much wider than a
fielders glove. Approximate cost: 30.00 - 300.00.
Glove worn on one or
both hands by the batter. They offer additional grip when
batting glove is not normally required but may be preferred.
Approximate cost 15.00.
Helmet worn by batter.
This is a required piece of equipment used for head protection.
Approximate cost 40.00.
Face Mask (optional, highly recommended)
helmet for face protection. Approximate cost 40.00.
Designed to shade the
eyes from the sun. Baseball cap should be used for
Softball shoes that
increase traction on dirt or grass. Approximate cost
players use "sliding shorts"
otherwise known as compression short for other sports like soccer,
etc... These shorts help,
protect the upper thigh when
sliding towards second, third, or home plate
|Bag used to
hold and carry equipment. Approximate cost 100.00.
The bat used by the batter is made of metal or composite materials
(carbon fiber etc). It may be no more than 34 in (86 cm) long, 2.25 in
(6 cm) in diameter, or 38 oz (1.08 kg) in weight.
Approximate cost 250.00.
If your daughter is a catcher, in addition to the above, you
will need to buy catching gear. Chest protector, leg
protectors, and mask. Approximate cost 100.00 - 200.00
|Sweat Pants and Sweat
Approximate cost 50.00.
Each team wears distinctive uniforms. The uniform includes a cap, a
shirt, an undershirt, tight sliding shorts, and shorts or pants;
the components for which
standards are set.
These items can be purchased at any sporting goods store,
Wal-Mart, Kmart or Target.
Did you know....
Softball has a set
number of innings, usually seven or nine. An inning is one series of
both teams playing offense and defense. At the end of the nine innings
the team with the highest score wins.
There are 9 players on a softball team.
The playing field is divided into the infield and outfield
The lines between the bases are 60’ apart and when joined they form a
“diamond”, inside the baseline is known as the infield
Outside the baseline but inside the playing field is called the
Any ball going outside the 1st or 3rd base line is a foul ball.
In this situation the runners can not advance and the batter gets another try unless the ball
was caught in the air, which translates to an out.