I live in a wealthy town with a good school system that has had some really good softball programs. However, changing demographics and sports apathy are making things go downhill for softball and many other sports.
We got my DD playing travel ball at age 9 after my wife found this tournament we went to watch and realized what they were playing in rec was barely softball.
My DD wanted to become a pitcher bc our family friend (now at BC) was one. Pitching is a lot, though.
Huge shoutout to our family friend Peyton who threw an 8-inning 1-hit shutout vs #2 ranked Florida State to move to 6-1 on the season.
This was a girl who in 14-U was told by a coach that she would never pitch D1, and who as a Freshman in college was told by her head coach she was only good...
I hate to call it a curve, because she isn’t doing any spinning with her fingers. But maybe there is more than one way to throw a curve?
It’s more, palm faces catcher for drop, palm faces more towards 3rd for “cutter” or “curve”. They are just FB variations.
Sounds like you’re coaching my DD. Also 1st year 12-U. Had no idea why she was striking out so many girls in the fall vs good competition (mostly 2nd year teams). But I’ve had multiple coaches over the years comment how well she hides the ball then it’s suddenly on them.
When my daughter was 10 she wanted to leave a team in the winter, so we found a new team - simple as that. Coached was pissed - said word will get around when you leave teams. I’ve seen so many girls switch teams, it never stops them from finding a place to play. Travel is mercenariary, try...
My DD’s 11U team had pitchers throw to batters for the first time this winter yesterday, but just had them bunting.
My DD appeared to hit a girl right in the face mask and she can throws pretty hard for 11 (PR is 54mph). (I was taking video from far away in slow mo and it looks like it actually...
In NJ, there isn’t a huge difference at 10-U and 12-U between travel and club. And many town travel teams draw girls from other areas.
Last year my daughter played club in the fall and for a town travel team in the spring/summer at 10U. She didn’t live in the town she played for.