Greater Altoona Girls Softball AssociationAltoona, IA



We are excited to announce that with over 130 players that tried out, we were able to place 12 teams for the 2017-2018 season.  Your coaches will be reaching out to you directly to discuss fall practice times and potential tournament play.  If you should have any questions/concerns, please email: 
You will see something new this year; "odd-year" teams, (13U & 11U). With an increasing amount of girls playing softball in central Iowa, and in conjunction with the USSSA director, we are placing teams at these divisions that can be allowed to play teams at both their division and the division up.  For example, the 11U Black team can play in 11U tournaments and 12U tournaments, allowing for a more competitive playing experience.  
Thank you for your support of the Greater Altoona Girls Softball Association (GAGSA) and the SEP Rams Softball teams! 
Di Taylor (outgoing Tournament Director) 
Brian Ohorilko (in-coming Tournament Director) 
Coach Stiles (SEP Rams Head Softball Coach) 



Sam Wise Youth Complex

1000 8th Street SE

Altoona, IA 50009



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 12/31/2002


All Player tryouts:  Saturday, July 29 - 9am to 10:30am

     Saturday, Aug 5 -   12pm to 1:30pm

Pitcher/Catcher:    Saturday, July 29 - 10:30am to 12pm

                                   Saturday, Aug 5 -    1:30pm to 3pm


12U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2004


All Player tryouts:  Saturday, July 29 - 12:30pm to 2pm

     Sunday, Aug 6 -      9am to 10:30am

Pitcher/Catcher:    Saturday, July 29 - 2pm to 3:30pm

                                   Sunday, Aug 6 -    10:30am to 12pm



10U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2006


All Player tryouts:  Sunday, July 30 -  9am to 10:15am   

     Saturday, Aug 5 - 9am to 10:15am

Pitcher/Catcher:   Sunday, July 30 - 10:15am to 11:30am

   Saturday, Aug 5 - 10:15am to 11:30am


8U Tryouts – player born after 12/31/2008

All Player tryouts:  Sunday, July 30 - 12pm to 1:15pm


Where do we register for tryouts?

Pre-register and sign-up for tryout times on  Please be sure to complete both parts.  We will let you know when the registration sites are active.

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?








Timed Speed
















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.  Please be transparent about the player's skills and interests.  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.

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.

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

The season will run August 2017 – July 2018 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 2018 tournaments.  The remaining age divisions will be given a budget for 8 spring 2018.

  • 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. 


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 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.  Please see Di or Steve if this is not clear.


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

If a 9th grade player is interested in playing with the Rams Softball Club, the player and parent/guardian must meet with the high school coaching staff and a SEP Rams Softball Club representative prior to tryouts.


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 14th.  


Di Taylor

2016/2017 Tournament Director

(515) 306-2796