Summer Stars program video
Tryouts for the Summer Stars teams will take place May 19 at 1:00PM for all divisions.
Summer Stars (pictures)
The Third year is a charm
We have honed the Summer Stars program over its first two years to make it better than ever. This year Summer Stars is a standalone program which offers a different kind of softball experience than Nova - or any other. While it shares core ambitions with Nova – inspired skill building, healthy competition, and interpersonal development – it continues with a flavor of its own in the way teams are formed, reformed, and blended each week.
Bigger and better than ever
This year Summer Stars will sport three divisions of two teams each for 8U, 10U, and 12U/14U. Each player will try out for the division in which she will be playing in the Recreation Season next year. (For example a first year 8U player will become an 8U Summer Star, but a second year 8U player will become a 10U Summer Star.) Of course, this means the player has a leg up when the next Recreation Season arrives in the spring. (If you want to be amazed at how important this is, be sure to read Malcolm Gladwell’s book named “Outliers”.)
How to become a Summer Star
Selection for Summer Stars is based on performance at a tryout event. Trying out for Summer Stars is entirely independent of Nova tryouts this year. In fact, it is independent from the Recreation Season as well. We welcome all comers and will select the best 26 who try out for each division. These tryouts are held after the Nova selections are announced. This year one does not have to try out for Nova first, nor does a player have to have played in the spring recreation season. The important matter is that the best available players who are enthusiastic about the game are selected to compose teams that will make the summer softball experience the most exciting and rewarding possible.
What to Expect
While the Summer Stars program is more rigorous than the spring recreation program, it does not inhibit players with the anxieties of win/loss ratios, extreme competitive stress, nor travel rigor. Summer Stars is focused on skill development and fun. Players practice hard and play harder – always at home and always at the same location and with hand-picked coaches and team staff. These are experienced people who really love the game and who give their all to the players. The Summer Stars program just strives to help players develop their skills and confidence. It certainly prepares them well for the next year’s Nova tryouts if that is their ambition.
Every week in June and July the all the players practice together in their own division for a minimum of two week days, honing their existing skills and learning new ones in preparation for the next “Big Game”. Saturday is game day when each player finds herself on a newly composed team (either red or white) within her division – each team blended by the staff to bring out the best in competitive play. The girls repeatedly play both with and against their best buddies during the course of the season. As such each player experiences the greatest variety of team dynamics and variety of play.
What is Summer Stars?
Summer Stars is a program focused on further developing a player’s softball talent. It is a program in which experienced players become better players under ideal conditions. Because all Summer Stars events are local, and all players are know one another, players have more fun and less performance anxiety in both practice and play. (These are two key determinants to the speed of skill development.) However, because it is not a beginner’s program, skill development is geared toward advanced concepts beyond basic softball proficiencies. Player development is accelerated due to the stress free, positive energy of the program.
How does it work?
Twice weekly each division’s four coaches develop the capabilities of the 26 players in their division through drills to develop new skills and/or address to the skills most needing improvement. Typically the coaches rotate groups of players through stations which focus on particular skills such as base-running, hitting, fielding, catching, and pitching. Additionally, drills that include the entire group of players working together are conducted.
Just before the weekend game, the coaches compose two distinct teams of these players and make the lineup. These teams are blended to provide the most competitively balanced event possible. It is rare that a given team’s composition is repeated even once during the season. Typically each player arrives for the game with ready to put on either team color: red or a white. Only then does she discover who she will be playing with and who she’ll be playing against – and who her coach is for the day.
Thus the games are always played among friends and in familiar territory – but they are formal games with paid umpires. Players learn more by having the most fun and least anxiety, even though the competition can be fierce. It is in these game environments that players get real-time experience in on only practicing their skills but also developing “Softball IQ” – game strategies and smart playing. The coach for each team holds a post-game recap with refreshments, providing positive reinforcement as well as calling out areas to work on in the week that follows before the next big game.
When is the Summer Stars season?
Tryouts will be held on May 19 at 1:00 PM. The first event will be at Stevenson Park on June 1st. The season will conclude with the final games played on July 27. Practice is scheduled twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays with a game every Saturday.
What are the costs?
You can count on a fixed price of $225 for the season. This includes field fees, umpire fees, insurance, and jerseys which the players will keep. All equipment is provided for players who do not already have their own. We have scholarships available for cases where needed.
How big a commitment is Summer Stars?
Summer Stars is an entirely volunteer basis program, with the exception of paid umpires. Without parent -volunteers the program will not happen. Parents, you are needed and must volunteer for one of the many roles available: field crew, score keeper, chaperone, team manager, assistant coach, etc.
Of course summer is a time for family vacations, and that is fine. We have planned for this, but it is imperative that you and your player’s availability be registered in the TeamSnap website so that your coaches can make meaningful practice plans and a weekly game lineup. Other than family vacations, your player’s priority should be Summer Stars.
How are the teams selected?
Membership in Summer Stars is now based on player performance and parent involvement. Tryouts will be held on May 19 at 1:00 PM. The best 26 players in each division will be selected based on performance as evaluated during tryouts. Players need not have played in the MVLAGS recreation season, nor must they have tried out for Nova.
Want to know more?
By all means write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are waiting to hear from you.