So now that your daughter has finished or nearing the end of the recreation season, what are you going to do? Do your kids switch sports? Or do they play summer ball? or may be even step up to a travel ball?
If you live in the bay area, you hit the jackpot with travel ball teams. There are SO many teams in this area. My husband and I gave our girls the option to play different sports in different seasons. We played Rec softball in spring, and a “C” ball team in the summer, soccer in the fall, and basketball in the winter. We found out that by about 10 years of age the kids actually picked the sport they like and wanted to stick with it.
So my oldest one joined competitive team a.k.a “A” ball team to play on, around 10 yrs because most of her rec team kind of split up into different sports. My younger one just joined the same “A” ball team. So no more soccer for us.
I kinda wish my kids went into golf. I like golf, but I am out numbered in my family. So, lets stick with softball. I didn’t know what are the different levels of softball when we started. What is A, B and C softball?
Well, the classification actually differs depending on where you live and what type of tournaments your coach decides to enter. In a nut shell the following is a very simple definition.
Class “A”: Team consists of high level players. Team has more than one Ace level pitcher. Team competes and consistently beats teams that are better. Team is put together by holding a try out and travels quite far to compete with the best teams in the region. Enters into showcase tournaments as kids get older to get players college scholarships. Competes in national level championship games. Very competitive.
Class “B”: Most teams at some point will fall in this category. Majority of players are above average level players. Team has strong pitching and is competitive and win some tournaments. Travels within short distance. Medium level competitiveness.
Class “C”: Team mostly consists of an all-star kids from a recreation league. Travel short distance to compete with other “C” level teams. A step above rec ball.
Again these are general guidelines and differ depending on ASA/USA or USSSA rules. In Northern California, if your player plays or has her name in the roster of an “A” ball team on April 1st then they cannot play recreation ball. Check out the NorcalASA handbook linked here.
Now comes the choices. The great weather and plenty of interest in softball has contributed to a great many travel ball teams here in Northern California. Some of the teams listed here are a little outside Nor Cal that travel to Nor Cal area to play. Are you ready for this? In no particular order..here we go, a list of travel softball teams in Northern California!
If you are looking for a more convenient way to search for teams in your area please click searchable Table of Travel softball teams in Northern California. Enter your location in the search area and a list of teams will show up. You can also browse through the locations alphabetically.
Note: If I have missed your team or if any link is broken, please post a comment or email me through the contact page and I will correct it and add the team. This list has been updated on 9/27/2018.
So there you go, you have a list of teams near you that you can check out and try out if your daughter is interested in the next level of softball. Good luck and hope to see you out in the field in one of the tournaments! Happy playing!!