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Indianapolis , Indiana
United States 46239
FT Flashes All-Star Softball
All-Star Softball is an additional opportunity for Franklin Township Softball Recreational 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. Only players who have played for FT Softball during the Fall and/or Spring Recreational Seasons my be considered for an All-Star Team.

All-Star tryouts are held in late May or early June for the Summer 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). If a player is unable to attend the tryouts, a private tryout may be scheduled. 

FT Softball will field 1 or 2 teams for the following age groups:

(birth years 2015 & 2016)
(birth years 2013 & 2014)
 (birth years 2011 & 2012)

Each team will include 11-12 players. The Head Coach will select players for each team based on evaluations, as well as recommendations from previous Recreational, Alliance, and/or All-Star coaches. Factors in selection will include but not be limited to, ability, attitude, availability, and team needs.

Each All-Star team will have one Head Coach selected by the FT Softball Board. The Head Coach, once assigned to an age group, will then select their assistant coach or coaches. The Head Coach will be responsible for setting a budget, and scheduling practices and tournaments. Each roster and coaching staff will be dissolved after the conclusion of each season.

Teams will practice 1-2 times per a week at the Franklin Township Softball fields during the summer months, beginning immediately after tryouts.  

All-Star tournaments are played in June and July. Tournaments will be played on weekends throughout the summer, possibly beginning Thursday or Friday evening, and finishing on Sunday.
All tournament games will be held at locations less than 90 minutes from the FT Softball Facility. A typical tournament consists of 2 pool games and then single or double elimination bracket games. Most tournaments offer a 3 or 4 game guarantee, with additional games played after each bracket win. 

All-Star fees are separate from Fall and Spring Recreational registration fees and may include (but not limited to) items such as team uniforms, additional equipment, and tournament fees. Budgets and fees will be determined by each head coach, and approved and monitored by the FT Softball Board. Sponsorship and fundraising opportunities may be available to offset costs. Please contact ftsoftball@gmail.com with specific questions regarding fees.

Player Expectations
Players are encouraged to attend all practices to learn, practice, and execute the fundamental skills of hitting, throwing, catching, base running, situational softball, and all other aspects of the game. Additionally, players will 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. A positive and respectful attitude toward all coaches, umpires, teammates, and opposing teams is expected at all times. All-Star players are representing the Franklin Township Softball Recreational Program, and poor attitudes and/or sportsmanship will not be tolerated.

Parent Expectations
All-Star 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 Head Coach. 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 coach asking a parent to leave a practice or game.

Please send all questions to ftsoftball@gmail.com.
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