Hello everyone. My name is Bill Held, and I am now the coordinator for the EYA Travel Softball Programs. I would like to take a few minutes to let everyone know what our plans are for this Spring’s season. We are fielding teams at 10U, 12U and 14U. Here is a breakdown:
10U is coached by Traci Krapf. There will be tryouts held in early March. To play for them, your daughter can NOT be 11 before Jan 1st. There was a lot of interest last year. If we have numbers and coaches, we can field two teams.
12U is coached by Roy Anders. Tryouts will be held in March if they are needed. They have a good core of girls but could use more. To play, your daughter can not be 13 before Jan 1st.
14U is coached by me. We are having tryouts in early March. This team will also be our tournament team for 14U (follow us on Facebook: Emmaus Sting), and will enter three tournaments this spring, including one in July where we will make a weekend trip to Maryland. To play, your daughter can not be 14 before Jan 1st.
Our 16U team is coached by Mike Grabowski and has decided to become strictly a tournament team.
General info about travel:
Travel ball is an important step for girls who enjoy the sport, and especially important for the girls that plan on playing later in middle and high school. If you have never played you might be intimidated by the thought, but you should not be. While it is competitive, it is not overwhelming. The coaches do expect a commitment from the girls (no missing practice without a good reason, being serious about getting better). The season is over at the end of June and there are playoffs that extend into the first weekend of July, so consider taking your vacations after it is all over. You don’t want to leave your team shorthanded (most coaches only keep 11-13 girls). This year, if you are trying out for a travel team, you don’t pay anything when you sign up. You only have to pay after you make a team. If you have any friends who you think might be interested, forward them this email. Just be mindful, I will not cut a girl from the East Penn district in favor of a girl from out of the area (exceptions occur, like a girl that has played on team in past but moved, or a girl who already made a team when there were low numbers). Also, the teams will be having inside workouts (and outside, if the weather gives us a chance) over the next couple months before tryouts. If you would like to be on the email list for your team so you can be included, email me and I will hook you up with the proper coach. Lastly, most parents are notorious procrastinators. If you are going to sign up, please do so quickly (remember, you don’t have to pay until you make the team). This will allow us to find extra coaches in the event we have multiple teams at an age group. Hope to see everyone soon!
I will be at signups held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus Saturday the 17th to answer ANY questions, or just to talk softball. Signups are 9-1. I will be there from 945 on. Please come by if you have any doubts or trepidation. If you think your daughter has improved and is ready for the next level of competition, give her a chance to shine!
If you can’t make it in person, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always available to talk about the girls and the game.
All registration fees are listed on the "register" page.
New this year, if your son or daughter is trying out for a travel program, please register them but do not pay the registration fee. The fee will be due once your child has made that team and they start their 1st practice. If your child does not make the travel team, they will be placed on an intramural squad.
The Procedure for forming all recreation (not travel) teams will follow these guidelines:
For example: A-Ball ages 9-10
Team # 1Team # 2Team # 3
Jake age 9 John age 9 Joe age 9
Jeff 9 Jerry 9 Jeff 9
Bill 10 Bob 10 Brian 10
Matt 10 Mike 9 Will 10
Eric 9 Al 9 Fred 10
Team #2 would have first pick in the draft due to the fact that they only have one 10 year old. They will then pick another 10 year out of the pool to create a team with an equal amount of 10 year olds if there are no 10 year olds to choose from they still have first pick of a 9 year old. This pattern would continue until all names are pulled from the pool and placed on teams in an even fashion.
The roster from the previous season will be the base of the team.
Players will stay on the roster of the team they played on in the previous season and will stay on that teams roster for the duration of their playing years or until the team would dissolve because of lack of players.
All players who enter the A program will be placed into the "pool" and placed on a team with equal age appropriate players ( as close as possible)
All new registrants for the program or players that teams were dissolved will be broken down into age appropriate categories referred to as the "pool". These names will be chosen as a closed ballot and separated according to age.
A count of players by age will be categorized.
Players the were on the "fall" ball roster are not automatically guaranteed to play on that team in spring unless they were on that roster the previous spring then they would continue to move up with the team.
Starting with the team with the lowest count of players; the coordinator and or coach will draw a name from the pool to even out the teams as close as possible.
EYA will honor children of coaches to be placed on the same team.
EYA will honor siblings to be placed on the same team.
EYA will nothonor transportation issues to be placed on the same team.(Previous participants have taken advantage of this situation
EYA will not guarantee request for specific teams or coaches. Each request will be handled on a case by case basis
EYA will notguarantee that all requests will be honored.