Fastpitch Softball & Travel League FAQs

14U, 12U & 10U Youth Girls Team

 

Q: Who can play 10U, 12U, or 14U fastpitch travel softballl?
A: Any girl who will be the team age or younger on December 31, 2012 is eligible to tryout and play fastpitch. Koa’s travel teams are intended for girls who want to learn to play fastpitch at the highest level (at this age the focus is more on want than ability). Email Coach McKenna for tryout information.

Q: Where will games be held?
A: Games will be in the DC Metro Region, but within 1 hour of the Bethesda/Potomac area. Remember, this is a select travel team so be prepared for a little more driving time (but we promise, not too much travel). The exact locations of the games have yet to be determined.

Q: On what day will the games be played?
A: We have not set our schedule for the Fall 2012 Season. Games will generally be played on Saturdays or Sundays with the possibility of an occasional mid-week game. The schedule can’t be finalized until we identify the best league and/or opponents. Please bear with us in this regard.

Q: Do the girls have to be in Koa to tryout?
A: Of course not! We encourage all girls who are serious about softball to come try out for the select travel fastpitch teams!!!

Q: What do the girls need for the tryouts?
A: The girls will need to bring their gloves! We will have bats and helmets for the players, but if they have their own, they are more than welcome to bring them!!

Q: What happens if a player shows a lot of potential but is not quite ready for a Koa Select/Travels team?
A: For some age groups, we will put together developmental travel teams. These teams will have the same rigorous game and practice schedule as our select/travel teams but with a more instructional environment. Developmental travel teams are intended for kids with a strong desire to play travel and the willingness to make the time commitment associated with a select travel team.

Q: Who will coach the teams?
A: The Fastpitch Travel team coaches will be our awesome Koa staff of many former collegiate softball players! (Check out their bios here!! ) Parents will not be coaching for these teams (although each team will provide a PM – Parent Manager). Each of our coaches has a strong fastpitch background.

Q: Will the coaching be the same for both fastpitch teams?
A: Yes, each team will have their own “Head Coach” and will also be exposed to working with all the Koa fastpitch coaches. We expect to have a coach ratio of 1.5 for practices and games. This means that we would have 2 coaches 1 week, and 1 on another. On average, we strive for 1.5. We strongly believe that exposure to different coaches only benefits player development. Every parent should read our Koa White Paper on the benefits of professional non-parent coaching.

Q: What are the qualifications of the Koa coaches?
A: At Koa Sports, we believe kids can get the best training from experienced coaches and instructors. All the coaches are required to go through extensive background screening. Furthermore, they are trained to follow the plans of our Advisory Board, made up of collegiate athletes and professional players. All teams have interaction with our collegiate players. Full bios for many of our coaches can be found on our staff page. Many of our coaches are collegiate athletes, but all have extensive sports knowledge.

Q: How long is the season?
A: The Fall 2012 season will run approximately 7-8 weeks beginning on September 8, 2012.The Spring 2013 season dates are roughly March 14 through June 11, 2013.

Q: How is playing time determined on the Travel/Select fastpitch teams?
A: On the Travel/Select fastpitch teams, the games will be played 100% to win, and there will not be any focus on equitable rotation, either offensively or defensively. If there is a double header scheduled, one of the two games will be played 100% to win. The second game of the double header will be focused more on player development (everyone will bat), and there will be an equitable rotation in that game. Of course, during practices there will be equal time spent on all players, irrespective of whether that player is a “starter.”

Q: How do you determine a travel player’s field position?
A: For our travel/select teams, our coaches evaluate player skills and place each athlete in a position that will most benefit the team. Depending on the individual player’s skills and the needs of the team, kids may play more than one position in a season. Players may let coaches know of their interest in a particular field position, but we cannot guarantee game play in that position.

Q: Can parents question playing time and field position assignments for travel/select players?
A: No – not ever, never! In the travel/select environment, coaches are making decisions based on team needs. Playing time may not be evenly distributed. The first game of a double header is played 100% to win; the 2nd game is for player development. Player position assignments are assigned by the Koa coaches to achieve the best results for the team. All players will receive equitable training and attention in practices. Read our Koa White Paper on The Importance of Non-Parent Coaches.

Q: Will there be practices for the fastpitch teams?
A: Yes, the girls will practice 2 days during the week for these select teams.

Q: What are the practice expectations for the fastpitch teams?
A: As a member of a travel/select team, all fastpitch players are expected to regularly attend practices (and games). All players and parents will be required to sign the Koa Parent/Player Contract. Of course we understand that occasional conflicts may arise, but players must do their best to make it to every possible practice and game.

Q: Do the teams ever go inside and practice if you get rained out?
A: Yes! If a team gets rained out 3 times, on the third time we will try to schedule an indoor practice (subject to availability). There will not be a charge for this.

Q: Do practice times ever change during a season?
A: Yes, as daylight conditions change during the season we will need to adjust practice times. In the fall this means earlier start times later in the season and for the spring it means later start times after daylight savings time begins. We want all teams to get in as much time on the field as they can during the season so we take advantage of the longer days whenever possible.

Q: Will there be mandatory winter workouts for the team?
A: Absolutely! After the fall season, the girls will register to practice with their teammates all through the winter. These will occur between January and March, roughly once a week for 7 weeks. The winter is a great time to improve fundamentals in preparation for the spring games. We will also offer some specialty pitching clinics. These are highly recommended for girls who pitched in the fall season and wish to continue for the spring. Girls who are interested in learning to pitch are also welcome to register.

Q: Where will the winter workouts be located?
A: TBD

Q: What is the cost to play on the fastpitch team for the Spring 2012 season?
A:This cost will be $500, plus the cost of the uniform ($70). The fee covers coaching, fields, insurance, tournament fees, back office administrative work, etc. Uniforms are sold at the actual cost to Koa, there is no mark up.

Q: What if I have to withdraw from the team?
A: There will be no team/league refunds given to any individual player who withdraws after the published registration deadline. If an additional replacement player can be found to take the spot of a withdrawing player, we will be able to refund league fees minus a 20% administrative fee. The administrative fee covers among other things, time spent (1) contacting new payers, (2) adjusting rosters, (3) notifying host league, and (4) hosting a new tryout. If we cannot find a replacement player, you will receive credit for a future program.

Q. Is there any special equipment needed for fastpitch softball?
A. We will require all players to wear a mouth guard and pants. Face masks are strongly recommended for fielders.

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