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Little League All Stars

Little League All-Stars is not a travel team, it is a group of the best players from the spring season, as selected by the coaches in that division, who will represent our New Canaan Little League and compete with similar teams at the end of the spring season in a double elimination format starting with the "District" Tournament. The team would advance accordingly to the Sectionals, States, Regionals, and National World Series if they manage to win each pool.

All Star teams are typically available for the Minors, Majors, and Juniors division subject to player capability, availability, and coaching resource as that age group. Player selections are communicated in mid-June and the tournament play runs until the end of July or until the team is eliminated from the Little League National Tournament

 

Little League Travel
 

2017-2018

New Canaan Travel Softball

 

10u travel opportunities for girls born in

2007, 2008

 

  • Tryouts for all players not currently on one of the 10u travel teams is November 13th, 5:30-7pm at BVSA in Stamford. There will be a mandatory parent meeting following selections.

  • Goal is two 10u teams to support a long-term town travel organization, facilitate competitive all-star teams, and develop a strong high school program.

  • Play local games and local, countywide & statewide tournaments primarily in the fall, spring and summer.

  • Professional and volunteer-led winter workouts, uniforms, tournament costs and equipment included in fee of approximately $1,200-$1500 per player.

  • Town travel players are required to participate in the NCSB Recreation League during the Spring season.

 

Travel Time Commitment Throughout the Year

August

Off, Tryouts

September - November

1-3 events (practices and games) on weekends.

1-2 Tournaments

Final Tryout for open spots

December

Off

January - March

Team indoor clinic at local facility 1x/week.

Pitchers have additional 1x/week.

April - May

Rec team practice & game schedule plus one additional travel event per week.

June - July*

 

*This is our most active season*

Rec ends first week of June, travel season begins, two Practices per week and weekend doubleheaders/tournaments for team not playing in all-star tournament.

All-star selections made from rec program

rec all-stars: 3-4 practices/week for 2 weeks, then tournament schedule per Little League.


 

What is Travel Softball?

There are primarily two types of travel programming: Town Travel and Elite Travel.

 

Elite Travel teams are not part of the programming of any particular town and are free to take players from any location.

 

NCSB is in support of Town Travel. Many successful area softball programs and our town baseball program take this approach. Town Travel works in conjunction with the Recreation Program, allowing players who participate to have a more competitive experience of travel, while still being able to play with their peers and friends at the recreation level. Town Travel programs often have practice and game schedules just as full and competitive as Elite Travel teams, with the exception that they slow down during the spring season to allow their players to participate in the town recreation program. Often Town Travel programs are limited to resident players, although some towns combine when they have very limited numbers, and some towns allow players from outside to participate if they have a particular “hole in the roster”.

 

Why Town Travel?

One of the main reasons many towns in our area desire to promote a Town Travel program is to provide their players the chance to be competitive in the Little League All-Star tournament that takes place every summer. Town Travel prepares players for this higher competition. Selection to the All-Star team (which is not directly based on Town Travel participation) is a source of pride for the player. Success in the tournament is a source of pride for the league and our town.

Another reason NCSB is in support of a Town Travel program is to provide our most committed and talented players a sense of community pride and team spirit that will follow them into high school and prepare them for the excitement and competition of FCIAC and State tournaments.

 

Travel Softball in New Canaan

 

To build a strong foundation for all-stars and our high school program, the best approach is to create two teams at each division, one made up of primarily older, more skilled girls and the second team of primarily younger, emerging skilled players. Many towns in our area do this and therefore we will be able to find appropriate competition at each level. As the travel program grows and continues, the older girls from one division become the younger ones at the next level, and the younger ones move up in their same division. There may be outliers one way or another with placement of individual players, but overall this is how the program will work.

    

Selection Process

If interest warrants, NCSB will hold a tryout with multiple evaluators both familiar and unfamiliar with players in this age group. Ideally, we will select 12 players for each team.

 

Playing Time

Town Travel at this age will endeavor to help each player find the positions that suit her most and become familiar with the key skills needed there, at least one in the infield and one in the outfield. Although playing time will not be equal, all players will be given opportunities in each game to contribute to their team and enhance their physical and mental game. While skill and ability will have a direct impact on playing time, it cannot be stressed enough that effort, commitment, and attitude will all be factors weighed heavily in creating the lineup for each game.

 

8U, 12u and 14U

If enough dedicated players show interest at these age groups, teams may form in the spring for summer play.