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Only things we were catching was fish – No softballs

Have you ever felt burnt out from the activities and things you are required to do day in and day out?  Well, we took a BREAK from all of that last week.  Sometimes you just have to unplug and just leave it all behind to refresh your spirit.  Specially in this day and age we live in, plugged in all the time, it was really a treat to leave it all behind.  Nature is like a battery charger for our spirits.  The only things the kids were catching were fish and catching up on the Zzzz..

catching fishMost of the time last week, we didn’t even know what time it was or what day it was.  It was a great feeling!  Have you ever experienced it, not knowing what day or time it is?  I am not asking about the time you got hit in the head from your kids throwing  the softball while playing catch 😉  If not, try it sometime, without getting amnesia. It is a great feeling.

We also experienced what is called “Rain” while we were out. Extreme amounts of it in short period of time.  I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t driving while it poured down. Well, it will be back to reality this week.  The kids have already been warned to start hydrating from Wednesday for the weekend tournament in central valley since it is going to be extremely hot.

I get at least a few questions every month from parents asking for recommendation for softball training for their kids who are age 14 and up.  I just wanted to add a little info here if that will help them.  If your kids have played at a B or C ball level tournament and you are looking for more training, and if you live in the Bay area, you can have them go to a softball camp run by either the college teams or Nike sports camp or Cutting edge softball camps etc.  I have listed some options under the softball summer camps area.  If you are looking for a 14 U and up travel ball “A” team, then you can see the list by clicking the link above and check their website or contact their head coach to see if they are looking for players and what position they are looking for and when their tryouts are.  There is no one team that will make everyone happy.  It is a trial and error process and you have to try to see if the team’s teaching methods and training works for your kids.

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend.  Back to reality now! Thanks for reading.

 

Travel softball in Northern California

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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!

All American Mizuno

All American Sports Academy

CA Yard Sharks

Central Cal Dirt dogs

Cal Breeze

California Crossfire

California Lady Magic

California Riptide

Cal Nuggets

Castro Valley Synergy

Central Coast Athletics

Clovis Rockets Ortiz

Diamond Girls

Davis Lady Demons

Elk Grove Thunder

Fremont Flyers

Grapettes

Gilroy Chaos

KG Hitters

Lady Hustle

Lady Wolfpack

Magic

Mad River Mist

Milpitas Renegades

Nor Cal Blast

Nor Cal Blitz

NorCal Diehards

Nor Cal Krusherz

Nor Cal Hotshots

Nor Cal shockers

Nor Cal dirt dogs

Nor Cal Valley Stompers

Silicon Valley Fusion

OBS Monarchs

Runnin rebels

Ripon Cyclones

San Jose Lady Sharks

San Jose Strikers

San Jose Sting

Salinas Storm

Salinas Wildcats

Sorcerer

Tri-county Smash

USA Elite

West Bay Warriors

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!!