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2022 Dunlap Travel Softball Tryouts - Registration Now Open!

Dunlap Travel Softball Tryouts for the 2021-2022 Season - Register Now!

 

8U & 10U Thursday, July 22nd & Monday, July 26th, 6:00-7:30pm
****8U Tryout Cancelled, call/text Kevin Sletten 309.648.8561 for upcoming skills development opportunites***

 

  • Dunlap High School Softball Field
  • Attendance at both tryouts recommended
  • Wear glove, fielding mask, cleats, pants (helmet and bat provided, if necessary)
  • Pre-registration recommended via the DGSA Website
  • Contact Board President Kevin Sletten via text or phone for an alternate tryout date at 309.648.8561 or
  • 10U Head Coach Phil Munoz (4 time DGSA coach, current Dunlap High School JV head coach)

12U & 14U Wednesday, July 14th & Thursday, July 15th, 5:30-8:00pm - Rosters Completed

  • 12U Head Coach Dan Camp (35 year softball coach, including 18 years in travel & 10 years as a Varsity Head Coach) 309.453.0960
  • 14U Head Coach Kevin Sletten (7 time DGSA Head Coach) 309.648.8561
16U Tryouts Tuesday, July 13th, 6:00-8:30pm - One Roster Spot Remaining
  • Dunlap High School Softball Field
  • Pre-registration recommended via the DGSA Website
  • 16U Coach David Drake (Current Varsity assistant baseball coach at Dunlap High School, Founder & hitting instructor at Number 9 Hitting Lab)
  • Contact Coach Drake Directly for private tryout at 309.657.9136 or 

DGSA Facilities and Partnerships

  • DGSA is the exclusive travel softball partner with Dunlap Community District #323 providing access to the Dunlap High School Softball Field and Dunlap Valley Middle School Softball Field for all games and practices
  • DGSA has free year round access to the Dunlap Activity Center, an indoor practice facility with a full turf infield and batting cage
  • DGSA has free year round access to indoor batting cages at Dunlap High School for pitching and hitting
  • DGSA has free access to a private outdoor batting cage located on the property of a DGSA board member
  • DGSA has a partnership for private instruction opportunities with the Number 9 Hitting Lab located in North Peoria 
  • DGSA offers off-season strength, agility, and conditioning opportunities through partnerships with D&J Sports in Chillicothe and 360 Speed & Performance in East Peoria 
  • DGSA coordinates closely with the Dunlap Middle School and High School Softball Programs to develop players for a smooth transition into the school softball programs

 

FAQs

  • When do we start? Practice will begin in late August
  • What are the fees? $500 per year ($400 for 8U), $100 is due to confirm your roster spot, the remaining is due January 1st
  • What do my fees cover?  All field prep and umpire fees, 2 custom uniform jerseys and 1 pair of custom pants, batting helmet, equipment backpack, sweatshirt; all other equipment will be provided except for a fielding mask and cleats
  • Will I be required to fundraise?  Most of the tournament fees are covered by corporate sponsorships and DGSA wide fund raising events.  Historically, individual fundraising has been limited and decisions regarding fundraising are left to the individual teams based on the number of tournaments desired
  • How many games will I play?  Each team in coordination with their  families determines how many games they want to play; typically between 40 and 60 over the entire year via doubleheaders and tournaments in the Fall, Winter, & Spring/Summer
  • Can I play other sports? Yes, however in the Spring/Summer season, softball is expected to be first priority

by posted 06/27/2021
Top Ten Misconceptions about Dunlap Travel Softball

Top 10 Misconceptions of Dunlap Travel Softball

1. If my daughter is in travel softball, my social life is over

We are not a regional softball program; we are a Dunlap and surrounding communities softball program that will develop player skills without requiring you to spend every weekend travelling across the country to softball games. Our teams play 8-12 doubleheaders (half of which are home games) 1-2 Fall Tournaments, an occasional Winter Tournament for our more advanced teams and 4-6 Spring/Summer tournaments, mostly within 50 miles of Dunlap. There are plenty of worthy opponents nearby (i.e. Peoria, Limestone, Washington, Pekin, Canton, Morton, etc.) and many of these communities host tournaments. Typically, only 1-2 tournaments per season are overnight (i.e. Springfield, Wisconsin Dells, etc.) which provide an exciting opportunity for kids to stay in a hotel and swim while the parents spend time getting to know each other while sharing a few beverages.

 

2. My daughter cannot be involved in any other extra-curricular activities


We do not believe young athletes should focus on only one sport or activity. The evidence suggests that athletes that play multiple sports are healthier, more engaged, and become better softball players if they play multiple sports. We work hard to adjust the schedules to accommodate other recreational or travel sports when possible.


3. My daughter will burn out


We typically have a short Fall Season September to October, then Winter practices begin in November and run through March, however the only expectation is one Sunday afternoon practice, one weeknight practice for skills development (i.e. hitting, pitching, catching), optional opportunities for strength, speed and agility training, and occasional tournaments for our more advanced teams. We incorporate a lot of competitions and fun activities in the off season to guard against burnout. We want them to love the sport and stay in softball shape.


4. My daughter can be involved in multiple sports during softball season


Not really. While we fully endorse multiple sport athletes and will work with families to accommodate out of season activities, we do expect softball to be a priority April to Early July. Anything else would be disrespectful to the families that are committed.


5. I will not be able to plan any Summer vacations or other activities during softball season


Each coach is responsible for planning their own season with the assistance of our Scheduling Coordinator and are strongly encouraged to provide a complete schedule for the softball season (April to Early July) by late January to early February.


6. Travel Softball is too expensive


Compared to other activities your daughter may be involved in, the hourly cost of 3-4 dedicated volunteer coaches over 9 months is an incredible value. All equipment and uniforms are included in the annual fee and the cost of playing in tournaments is covered by corporate sponsorship with minimal fundraising. Payment plans are available for the required fees.


7. Everybody that wants to play travel softball should make a team


Our tryouts are very competitive so not everyone that attends a tryout will make a team. The number of teams at each level are determined by the quality and quantity of athletes who attend tryouts. We hope players who do not make a team continue on in recreational leagues and can attempt to make a team each year as they develop in size, skill, and strength. Fortunately, Dunlap Recreational Association is a well-run organization and an essential partner to Dunlap Travel Softball.


8. If my daughter does not start she will not get any playing time


We strongly encourage our coaches to play every player every game. Doubleheaders are a great
opportunity to bat all players and move them around to different positions. Sometimes in tournaments the coaches will elect to only bat nine players and move players around less frequently, but we would not expect any player to sit for an entire game.


9. My daughter will be a competitive pitcher if she joins a Dunlap travel team


There is not enough time during regular practices for a pitcher to fully develop to compete at this level. We will provide the fundamental instruction in practice to develop pitchers to determine if a player has an aptitude for pitching and actively coach pitchers during games, but pitchers need to spend time pitching outside of practice if they are to be competitive. Most pitchers will seek a private pitching coach at some point if they are to progress to the next level.


10. My daughter will become a Division I athlete


Probably not. Our primary goal is not to develop athletes that can play at the highest levels of the sport, though certainly possible. Instead we endeavor to provide fun, high quality instruction that will develop women of character and inspire a love for the game we are so passionate about.

 

 


by posted 07/04/2018
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