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‚ÄčSEP RAMS SOFTBALL TRYOUTS   2018-2019 Season

Sam Wise Youth Complex

1000 8th Street SE

Altoona, IA 50009

Please read this page in it's entirety before registering.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COACHING FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON, PLEASE EMAIL BOHORILKO@YAHOO.COM and

Brian Ohorilko

Tournament Director

(515) 681-3567 

Kari Madole

Assistant Tournament Director

Kari Price

Assistant Tournament Director

kari.price@dmschools.org


Each player should sign up for 1 all-player tryout.

Pitchers & Catchers should also sign up for a pitcher/catcher tryout 


14U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2003 (Incoming 9th Graders See Below)

All Player tryouts: 

Sunday, July 29 - 9am to 10:30am

Saturday, Aug 4 - 9am to 10:30am

Pitcher/Catcher:     

Sunday, July 29 - 10:30am to 12pm

Saturday, Aug 4 - 10:30am to 12pm

 

12U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2005

All Player tryouts: 

Sunday, July 29 - 1pm to 2:30pm

Sunday, Aug 5 -  9am to 10:30am

Pitcher/Catcher:     

Monday, July 30 - 5:30pm to 7pm

Sunday, Aug 5 - 10:30am to 12pm

 

10U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2007

All Player tryouts: 

Tuesday, July 31 - 6:45pm to 8pm   

Saturday, Aug 4 - 1pm to 2:15pm

Pitcher/Catcher:     

Tuesday, July 31 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm 

Sunday, Aug 5 - 1pm to 2:15pm

 

8U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2009

All Player tryouts:  Monday, July 30 – 7pm to 8:15pm

Where do we register for tryouts?

Pre-register for tryout times on GAGSA.org.  The tryout registration link will be available soon.  Once your player makes a team, we will let you know when the registration for the team opens.

Is there a fee for tryouts?

Yes, there will be a $50 non-refundable fee required to try out.  If your daughter is placed on a tournament team, this amount will be credited to your total.

Who will conduct the evaluations?

Coach Tia, her coaching staff and select college and high school players will be completing the player evaluations during the tryouts. 

What is contemplated in the evaluations of each player?

Hitting

Infield

Outfield

Running

Mechanics

Form

Catch

Timed Speed

Power

Accuracy

Angle

 

Contact

Strength

Accuracy

 

Bunting

Reaction

Strength

 
 

Angle

Reaction

 
 

The scores of these individual outcomes will be collated to determine a total score per player.  We will also be using the coaching evaluations and in-season stats to assist with the decision-making process.  

How will pitchers and catchers be evaluated and divided between teams?  How many pitchers and catchers will be on each team?

It is imperative that a program of our caliber has skilled pitchers and catchers throughout each of its teams.  For 10U-14U, our preferred outcome is that each team has 3 Pitchers and 2 Catchers. 

We will rate each player on both overall ability and pitcher/catcher ability.  If a situation arises where a player’s general rank is significantly higher than their pitcher/catcher rank, we will have a discussion with that family about the recommended outcome and their preference.  While it will ultimately be the head coach's decision on positions played throughout the season, a player who does not declare and try out as a pitcher/catcher should not expect to play these positions.  In other words, players expecting to pitch and catch during the tournament season need to “tryout” to pitch or catch.

Can a player tryout for more than one or a different age group than the one she was ‘born’ into?

 

Players will not be allowed to try out for multiple age groups, but should register for the highest age division in which they desire to compete.  The player will be assigned to the team/age division that is best for our program based on skills, coach evaluations, and available stats.  Players eligible for a younger age group who want to play up will not force out an eligible player within the age group.

Will tournament teams be placed for players that are “odd age eligible” (9U, 11U, 13U)?

GAGSA will continue to do this if the tryout placement fits for the player and program numbers allow.  Players that score significantly higher than their age could be placed with the older team if the Club feels that it will be in the best interest of the player or teams.  These teams are put together when there is a cluster of players that are age eligible and score within a similar range.  Players do not tryout for odd age eligible teams.  Players may be separated in tryouts by age if numbers permit to assist with evaluations.  Program numbers and evaluation scores will dictate if these teams will be put together or the number of them within any particular age.

 

What is the cost of the season and what is included in that cost?

The season will run August 2018 – July 2019 for all age groups.  Individual teams will set their specific practice and tournament schedule.  8U teams will be provided a budget for approximately 5 spring 2019 tournaments.  The remaining age divisions will be given a budget for approximately 8 spring 2019 tournaments.

  • Entry into fall tournaments will be determined by each team and coach and will be an additional expense.
  • End of the season tournaments (World Series/Nationals/Regionals) are not included in the 5 & 8 game budget.  It will be up to the coaches and parents to determine participation in an end of the season tournament.  Expenses for this will be outside and in addition to the regular season games noted above.  Your team’s remaining budget  (not used, cancellations, rainouts) can be used to fund these tournaments.
  • Banners, coaches shirts, and other team expenses will be left to the individual team and coaches.  We have 2-3 different Rams apparel opportunities.

 

The fees for the 2018-19 season have yet to be determined by the board.  The cost per player and fee schedule for the 2017-18 season is shown below.  Fees for the 2018-19 season could increase from the previous season.  Once fees are determined by the board for the 2018-19 season, the fees will be distributed and posted accordingly.

2017 - 2018  Cost Per Player  8U  10U-14U
Tournament Entry   $205 $345
Uniforms     $130 $160
Indoor Practice Facility $  55   $  55
Equipment/Expenses      $  26  $  26
Insurance     $  10     $  10
Total  $426    $596
(Net $ Loss to GAGSA)  ($51)   ($51)

                                                                                        

2017-2018 Tournament Fee     $375    $545
Capital Improvement Fund   $ 15  $ 15
Volunteer Funds  $  40    $  40
Total Balance per Player     $430 $600

                           

     

Fee Payment Schedule

     
Age Division   8U 10U-14U
Registration  $  50  $  50
Sept 1, 2017 $130  $185
Dec 1, 2017   $125 $185
Feb 1, 2018  $125  $180
Total $430  $600

                                                   

Will a player outside the SEP school district be allowed to try out?

Outside players are allowed to try out, but players within the district will be given priority to participate over outside players for placement on a team.  The outside players will be placed based on the evaluator’s and SEP Rams Softball Club tournament committee discretion.  The number of teams will be determined based on player and coach availability.

 

Is a 9th grade player eligible for SEP Rams Softball Club?

9th grade players are not eligible for the “traditional” program, therefore should not register to attend a tryout if age eligible.  However, incoming freshman can sign-up to participate in a modified tournament program to complement the freshman high school team.  Please register on GAGSA.org by August 5.  There will not be try-outs for this team.  Any player wishing to play and paying the required fees will be able to participate.  Fees will be based on the number of tournaments played, therefore will be less than the fees paid for a full season of Rams Softball Club.  Those fees will be determined at a later time.

The freshman tournament team will participate in 3-4 tournaments in the fall depending on tournament schedules and the availability of players.  Practices may occur in the fall and winter, however tournament training shall not interfere with any SEP HS softball training.  Players will participate in the high school spring league in April and high school season in May-July.  If opportunities present where additional games are desired, the tournament team might play an additional tournament in the spring and summer.  Players and families are required to agree that any player moved up to the varsity squad will not be eligible to continue to participate in the freshman tournament team.  

 

What are the expectations of parents and players to be a part of the SEP Rams Softball Program?

We have put all of our code of conduct, volunteer, and capital improvement expectations online. 

It is imperative that you read and understand these.  This code of conduct applies to practices, games, and anytime that would be considered GAGSA time.  We have and will take recourse in given situations where the code of conduct is not followed. 

 

When will team announcements be made?  By Monday August 13th

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9th Grade Option to Play for SEP Rams Softball Club

Incoming freshman can sign-up to participate in a modified tournament program to complement the freshman high school team.  Sign-ups will take place over the summer at a time consistent with sign-ups for the Rams Softball Club.  There will not be try-outs for this team.  Any player wishing to play and paying the required fees will be able to participate.  Fees will be based on the number of tournaments played, therefore will be less than the fees paid for a full season of Rams Softball Club.

The freshman tournament team will participate in 3-4 tournaments in the fall depending on tournament schedules and the availability of players.  Practices may occur in the fall and winter, however tournament training shall not interfere with any SEP HS softball training.  Players will participate in the high school spring league in April and high school season in May-July.  If opportunities present where additional games are desired, the tournament team might play an additional tournament in the spring and summer.  Players and families are required to agree that any player moved up to the varsity squad will not be eligible to continue to participate in the freshman tournament team.