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Top Ten Misconceptions about Dunlap Travel Softball

1. If my daughter is in travel softball, my social life is over

We are not a regional softball program; we are a community softball program that will develop player skills without requiring you to spend every weekend travelling across the country to softball games. Our teams play 8-12 doubleheaders (half of which are home games) and 4-6 weekend tournaments between the months of April and June mostly within 50 miles of Dunlap. There are plenty of worthy opponents nearby (i.e. Peoria, Limestone, Washington, Pekin, Canton, Morton, etc.) and many of these communities host tournaments. Typically, only 1-2 tournaments per season are overnight (i.e. Springfield, Wisconsin Dells, etc.) which provide an exciting opportunity for kids to stay in a hotel and swim while the parents spend time getting to know each other while sharing a few beverages.

 

2. My daughter cannot be involved in any other extra-curricular activities


We do not believe young athletes should focus on only one sport or activity. The evidence suggests that athletes that play multiple sports are healthier, more engaged, and become better softball players if they play multiple sports. We work hard to adjust the schedules to accommodate other recreational or travel sports when possible.


3. My daughter will burn out


Practices begin in September and run through March, however the only expectation is one Sunday afternoon practice and usually one weeknight practice for pitchers and catchers. We incorporate a lot of competitions and fun activities in the off season to guard against burnout. We want to them to love the sport and stay in softball shape.


4. My daughter can be involved in multiple sports during softball season


Not really. While we fully endorse multiple sport athletes and will work with families to accommodate out of season activities, we do expect softball to be a priority April to June. Anything else would be disrespectful to the families that are committed.


5. I will not be able to plan any vacations or other activities during softball season


Each coach is responsible for planning their own season and are strongly encouraged to provide a complete schedule for the softball season (April to June) by late January to early February.


6. Travel Softball is too expensive


Compared to other activities your daughter may be involved in, the hourly cost of 3-4 dedicated volunteer coaches over 9 months is an incredible value. All equipment and uniforms are included in the annual fee and the cost of playing in tournaments is covered by corporate sponsorship with minimal fundraising. Payment plans are available for the required fees.


7. Everybody that wants to play travel softball should make a team


Our tryouts are very competitive so not everyone that attends a tryout will make a team. The number
of teams at each level are determined by the quality and quantity of athletes who attend tryouts. We
hope players who do not make a team continue on in recreational leagues and can attempt to make a
team each year as they develop in size, skill, and strength. Fortunately, Dunlap Recreational Association
is a well-run organization and an essential partner to Dunlap Travel Softball.


8. If my daughter does not start she will not get any playing time


We strongly encourage our coaches to play every player every game. Doubleheaders are a great
opportunity to bat all players and move them around to different positions. Sometimes in tournaments
the coaches will elect to only bat nine players and move players around less frequently, but we would
not expect any player to sit for an entire game.


9. My daughter will be a competitive pitcher if she joins a Dunlap travel team


There is not enough time during regular practices for a pitcher to fully develop to compete at this level.
We will provide the fundamental instruction in practice to develop pitchers to determine if a player has
an aptitude for pitching and actively coach pitchers during games, but pitchers need to spend time
pitching outside of practice if they are to be competitive. Most pitchers will seek a private pitching
coach at some point if they are to progress to the next level.


10. My daughter will become a Division I athlete


Probably not. Our goal is not to develop athletes that can play at the highest levels of the sport. Instead
we endeavor to provide high quality instruction that will develop women of character and inspire a love
for the sport that we are so passionate about.


2019 Dunlap Competitive Softball Tryout Information


12U Teams
Sunday, July 22nd, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Tuesday, July 31st, 5:30 to 7:30pm


8U & 10U Teams
Thursday, July 26th, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Monday, July 30th, 5:30 to 7:30pm


All Tryouts are at the Dunlap High School Field


Attendance at one is required but both is recommended. Girls should attend the tryout
corresponding to their age as of January 1, 2019. Players can play up a level, but cannot play
down (for example, an 11-year-old would play 12U, not 10U).


Email us with any questions at dgsasoftball@gmail.com


Registration for tryouts is required by visiting www.DGSAsoftball.com


No fees will be collected until team rosters have been finalized


by posted 07/04/2018
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by posted 02/17/2018
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