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 coordinates closely with the Dunlap Middle School and High School Softball Programs to develop players for a smooth transition into the school softball
When do we start? Practice will begin in late August (optional workouts, hitting and pitching clinics will be available in July)
What are the fees? $425 per year, $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 35 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 your first priority
When will I know if I made a team? We plan to have all rosters completed by July 15th
Important Tryout Information
Please arrive few minutes BEFORE tryout time begins so we have ample time to check everybody in
There is no fee to tryout
Tryout attire will be that of a full practice: pants, cleats and sliding shorts (if you have them)
Please bring the following equipment: Glove, bat, batting gloves, helmet, fielding mask, catchers gear (we have a limited number of bats, fielding masks, catcher's equipment, and ample helmets if needed)
Be prepared to pick up your athlete at 7:00pm (if they are pitching or catching, they may go as late as 8pm)
We will be holding the tryout in accordance with the Restore Illinois Phase 4 plan, so upon arrival, please maintain 6 feet of separation from non family members until we have a chance to distance the athletes
It may be hot, so we will take plenty of breaks, but water CANNOT be shared, so please bring plenty of water and cold rags
Have your athlete use the restroom prior to coming to the field to reduce interruption
Take your athlete's temperature prior to coming to the field. If she has a fever or any other symptoms of illness, DO NOT send her to tryouts (she will still get an opportunity to tryout at a later date)
Please email us at with any general questions or call/text a coach if you have a team specific question.
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) and 4-6 weekend tournaments between the months of April and June 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
Practices begin in September and run through March, however the only expectation is one Sunday afternoon practice and usually one weeknight practice for pitchers and catchers. 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 June. Anything else would be disrespectful to the families that are committed.
5. I will not be able to plan any vacations or other activities during softball season
Each coach is responsible for planning their own season and are strongly encouraged to provide a complete schedule for the softball season (April to June) 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 goal is not to develop athletes that can play at the highest levels of the sport. Instead we endeavor to provide high quality instruction that will develop women of character and inspire a love for the sport that we are so passionate about.