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Storm Traveling Softball is offered for those individuals who are interested in competing at a higher level of competition. It requires a greater commitment, in that each participant is expected to attend all practices and weekend tournaments. Teams will typically have two practices per week, and play in 40-50 games during the season.  The Chanhassen Storm Softball traveling program players are members in the Big West League and Minnesota Softball League, and are sanctioned in the NAFA and ASA and USSSA
 
In ages 7-13, we offer a traveling program through the Big West Fastpitch League.  A focus on competition and developing skills will be strongly emphasized. Traveling teams are formed of our best players to compete with the best players from other communities in the metro area. Our goals are improvement in team and individual skills, emphasizing teamwork, equitable participation required, and exemplary sportsmanship. If number of participants dictates, we form multiple teams per age level, with A-B-C competition levels.
 
Teams are formed at the 8U, 10U, and 12U levels. Division eligibility is based on the player's age and year of birth .... NOT school grade.  
 
Storm Fastpitch
- 8U – girls born in 2012 and 2013.  Girls born in 2014 can inquire about playing at the 8U level or can particpate in our K-2 Coach Pitch program
- 10U – girls born in 2011 and 2010
- 12U – girls born in 2008 and 2009
 
West Metro Thunder Fastpitch - please visit Chaska Youth Softball Association website for more information on West Metro Thunder.

 

2021 Travel Season Travel Key Dates
 

MANDATORY TRAVEL TEAM PLAYER EVALUATIONS

DATES: July 20 and July 21 2020 - PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING BOTH DAYS

LOCATION: Lake Ann Fields

MONDAY, July 20: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 21: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Please be sure to bring your equipment (bat, batting helmet, glove, fielder's mask, water, etc.)  Wear cleats if possible.

 

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.  Pitchers and catchers will evaluate at the same time of their age group's timeslot.

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).  **Note - parents are not allowed on the fields during evaluations unless you are warming up your pitcher - then please exit the field area when her evaluation timeslot begins.

PITCHER EVALUATION SIGNUP:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FAAFF2-2021

CATCHER EVALUATION SIGNUP:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FAAFF2-2021

 

NO EVALS FOR SPRING 10U LEAGUE OR 8U TEAMS

 

2020/2021 - OTHER KEY DATES:

July:

20/21 - Travel Player Evaluations

Team Roster Announcements - no later than July 26

Practices Start - week of July 27

 

August:

8/9 - First Fall Ball games (8U and 10U on Saturdays, 12U on Sundays)

 

October/November:

Winter clinics begin

 

JANUARY - MARCH 2021:

Spring/Summer Travel and League Team registrations open

Practices Start - week of March 29 (depending on weather)

 

APRIL:

? - Fastpitch Friday!  The HS Varsity and JV will lead the girls in a couple of hours of fun games
? - Big West Coaches Meeting

May:

? - Youth Night

 

Important Big West League Dates

 

 

 

Player Evaluations
Player Evaluations are held for Chanhassen Softball Traveling Teams.  Player evaluations are mandatory.  We require that ALL players attend ALL rounds of travel player evaluations unless an excuse is approvedIN ADVANCE, through the Travel Director. All teams are final once they are posted.  Players are assigned to a team based on the skill and performance level determined by the player evaluation staff along with previous coach's input.  All decisions by the player evaluation staff are final. All players who are evaluated may not be selected to a traveling team. We may need to cut players to obtain the proper roster size. Players cut will have the opportunity to play on a League team, or we will work with our neighboring associations to find a Travel/in-house team she can join.
 
Grading players during player evaluations is not a perfect science. Player evaluation grades are only a reflection of a player’s abilities on that day.  Coaches generally select players based upon player evaluation grades, filling positions for the team and personal knowledge of players along with previous coach's input. No system is perfect and we always look for ways to improve the process. If you have any suggestions or wish to help us in this effort, contact a Board member in writing or attend Board meetings.

Players who have registered for player evaluations 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 player evaluation sessions due to illness or injury will be assigned to a team in the lowest offered level. The player evaluation staff and the Chanhassen Athletic Association Baseball/Softball Board will determine this.
 
10U and 12U Player Evaluation Categories

Pitching - Velocity, accuracy, form, multiple pitches and command

Catching - Set up, catching, blocking, throwing to bases, tossing back to pitcher on a wild pitch

Hitting - Bunting, Full swings solid contact, form

Fielding - ground balls, fly balls/pop ups, throwing

 

Hitting will be off of a jugs machine gunned at 40 MPH for 10U and 45 MPH for 12U.

Pitchers will pitch to a volunteer catching for them (hopefully one of our beloved Chan Varsity players)

Catchers will have a volunteer pitching to them (hopefully one of our beloved Chan Varsity players)

 
 
 
 
 
Teams
Recognizing that individuals will have different skills and needs, a positive environment will be created to foster contribution, accomplishment, confidence and a feeling of self-worth in all players. Each participant will be treated fairly and know they are an important part of the team. All contributions are valued. In turn, players must make the Chanhassen Softball team they are placed on their #1 sport priority for the softball season. Equal playing time is required and enforced, however coaches are afforded a degree of latitude to temporarily reduce time for players who display a distinct lack of commitment to the team. Coaches are required to communicate the specific reasons for time reduction to the player and parents in a respectful manner, and to work with the player to help rectify the situation quickly. Coaches must keep the respective Softball Director of Traveling informed of any reduced time situations.

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 due to the competitive nature of the sport and the fact that in tournaments winning most likely means additional games played.  The main goal is to HAVE FUN!  Winning is fun, but you do not need to win to have fun.

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 as input for individual team placement along with previous coach's input.  The intent is to roster each team with 10-12 players (11 is ideal).
 
Beginning in July of 2020 the player evaluations will determine the 10U and 12U Travel teams for both Fall ball and the upcoming Spring/Summer season.  If your duaghter chooses not to play fall ball, but will be playing in the spring, she must attend the player evaluations to be placed on a team.  The teams in the fall will look slightly different than in the spring due to girls choosing to play one or the other.  We will need to maintain flexibility with this.
 
 
 
8U
This league was developed to encourage players who are ready for more than Machine Pitch, but who are too young for 10U fastpitch.  8U Fastpitch is sanctioned the same as our 10U, 12U and 14/16U fastpitch leagues through the Big West League.  8U games are played by the same rules as 10U fastpitch softball – striking out, 3 outs an inning, etc.  (no stealing)  and there is travel to various locations around the Twin Cities.  Coaches focus on the fundamentals of softball:  throwing, catching hitting, base running.  Players still hit off of a pitching machine.  Link to 8U League Rules.

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 at positions other than pitcher and catcher (pitchers and catchers will rotate to ensure playing time along with other positions in the field).  Players will typically play a rotation of all utility 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 and catching skills of at least 3-4 players through the season.  Teams have 2-4 events per week, a combination of practices and games.  Teams primarily play their games on Tuesday evenings, but it is possible to play games on other nights due to scheduling of make up games, etc.  Teams participate in weekend tournaments: three tournaments, League Qualifier tournament, MMFL State, and NAFA National (if it qualifies).  Link to 10U League Rules.

 

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.  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 3-4 events per week, a combination of practices and games.  Teams primarily play their league games Monday and Wednesday evenings with practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings..  Teams participate in weekend tournaments: three tournaments, League Qualifier tournament, MMFL State, and NAFA National (if it qualifies).  Link to 12U League Rules.


Travel Softball Team Selection Process
 

Purpose
•          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 as input for individual team placement.

 

Selection Process
•          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 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 first team filled by head coach from list created by player agent of next highest evaluated players
 along with previous coach's input. (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


Pitchers
Pitching is essential to any softball team and in an 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.

 

Catchers
•          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.

•          A catcher is not automatically placed on a team as part of their catcher evaluation.  The catcher's team selection is based on their overall player evaluation.
 
 
Travelling Association Policy
In order to remain a traveling softball association in good standing in the state of Minnesota, Chanhassen Softball adheres to Big West League. These guidelines can be found by visiting Big West League.
 
Renegade Teams Policy
Chanhassen Baseball/Softball will not support Renegade Teams with equipment or field time, nor approve or support Renegade Teams in any State Tournament.  A Renegade Team as defined by Chanhassen Baseball/Softball is a person or team that did not initially try out for a Chanhassen Baseball/Softball Travelling Team, or is not playing on an League team. This policy pertains to participants in ages 10-16 for Softball.
 
Program Goals
• 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.
 
Extra Player
If a team needs an extra player due to a schedule conflict, sickness or injury, the player must come from within the Chanhassen Softball Association. The head coach has the option to select the player, pending the approval of the Director of Traveling and VP of Softball. The coach will select from the next level down in the same age group. If no one is available, they are then allowed to proceed to the next age group down, or to Chanhassen Softball League.  The Chanhassen Baseball/Softball Board must be notified when any use of this policy is put in place.
 
Fees & Expenses
The registration fee for traveling must be paid in full before being placed on a team in the spring. Additional expenses may include additional tournament fees, state tournament fees, national tournament fees, and travel costs to and from games.  The registration fee covers the following expenses:
·         General administration fees (newsletter postage, copying costs, storage rental, post office box, etc.)
·         Team and individual insurance and registration
·         Team equipment: coach bag, safety kit, bats, scorebook, and one set of catcher's gear
·         Big West League fee
·         Tournament registration fees including 3 tournaments, League Qualifier, State and gate fees.
·       NAFA National registration fee and gate fee.  Does not cover gift bag nor pin expenses.
·         Playing fees (game balls, field maintenance, umpire fees)
·         Does not include player's individual equipment: glove, helmet, sliding shorts, shoes, and face mask
·         Does not include transportation expenses, nor the complete expense to attend a National tournament
·         Volunteer Fee is required as a separate $150 check.  Check will be destroyed upon completion of the volunteer requirement
 

 

Registration


Registration for 8U, 10U and 12U Storm Fastpitch Softball is held between January and Early March. The preferred registration method is online at Register Here.
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 during the softball season


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.

WMT is currently being administered by our partners in Chaska.  Please visit the Chaska Youth Softball Association website for information regarding WMT teams.
 

Player Eligibility 
All players within the Draw Area as defined by the Big West League are eligible to play for the Chanhassen Softball Association.