Flashes Alliance Softball Alliance Softball is an additional opportunity for Franklin Township Girls Softball players to be on a team in which the players participate in additional practices and games, while competing against other leagues in a more competitive environment. Any player who is selected for an Alliance team is also required to register for the FT Softball Spring Recreational Season, as the Alliance season is played simultaneously as the Recreational season.
Tryouts Alliance tryouts are held in September/October for the following Spring Season. Tryouts will be specific to each age group and only players from the same age group will participate in tryouts together. Tryouts may be held on one or more dates as determined by the evaluation staff. The evaluation process will include skills, drills, and possibly scrimmage game(s).
Teams FT Softball will field 1 or 2 teams for the following age groups, depending on tryout participation:
8U(birth years 2013 & 2014) 10U(birth years 2011 & 2012) 12U(birth years 2009 & 2010) 14U(birth years 2007 & 2008) Each team will include 12 players; if there are enough players in an age group to field 2 teams of 12, then 24 players may participate from each age group. The Manager will select players for each team based on evaluations, as well as recommendations from previous Recreational, Alliance, or All-Star coaches. Factors in selection will include but not be limited to, ability, availability, attitude, and team needs.
Managers Each Alliance team will have one Manager selected by the FT Softball Board. The Manager, once assigned to an age group, will then select their assistant coach or coaches. The Manager will be responsible for setting a budget, coordinating with indoor facilities to schedule winter practices, and scheduling games. Each roster and coaching staff will be dissolved after the conclusion of each season.
Practices Teams will practice at an indoor facility during the winter months, typically beginning in January. Players should make an attempt to attend winter workouts, however these practices are optional. Outdoor practices will begin once the weather allows. When scheduling Spring Alliance practices, every attempt will be made to not interfere with a player's Recreational practice, but if this is not possible, players may alternate practices each week.
Games Alliance games are played in April, May, and June. All games will be double headers and played on Sunday's. Alliance games will not interfere with FT Softball Recreational games, which are held on Saturday's. No Alliance game will be played later than 8 days after the FT Softball Championship Weekend. All games will be held at locations less than 60 minutes from Wanamaker.
Fees Alliance fees are separate from Spring Recreational registration fees and may include (but not limited to) items such as team uniforms, winter practice facilities, additional equipment, and umpire fees for games. Budgets and fees will be determined by each head coach. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions regarding fees.
Player Expectations Players are encouraged to attend winter workouts to learn, practice, and execute the fundamental skills of hitting, throwing, catching, base running, situational softball, and all other aspects of the game. Outdoor spring practices will allow the players to utilize each of these improved skills on the playing field. Minimum game play requirement for each player is 1 at bat, and a minimum of 2 innings (6 outs) in the field per game.
Parent Expectations Alliance Softball is a voluntary program which does not guarantee equal playing time for all players. The environment is more competitive than Recreational softball, therefore playing time requirements are not as restrictive. Playing time, defensive alignment, and batting order is always determined by the Manager. Determinations are based on the most conducive line-up for scoring runs, pitching and catching experience, and overall defensive ability and effort. Negative comments toward players, coaches and umpires will NOT be tolerated and may result in the manager asking a parent to leave a practice or game.
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