Arlington Spirit (Summer All-Star Program)
General InformationUpdatedThursday April 21, 2022 byPaul Bolejack.
The AGSA is pleased to announce that we will be running a Summer All-Star (Spirit) program for the summer of 2022. We are planning to have a full program at the 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U levels. We will also attempt to field an 18U team if there is enough interest.The decision on how many teams we will have for each age group depends upon: 1) The availability of appropriate quality coaches; 2) Sufficient interest in participation; 3) Adequate participation in key skills positions (pitcher and catcher) that could allow the team to be competitive at the All Star level. Participants in the Spirit program MUST be playing in the house league during the spring season. An exception will me made at 18U if there are not enough AGSA players.
Coaches for the AGSA All-star Spirit program are currently being selected via an application process. This program depends upon having dedicated coaches who want to see girls improve their skills in a positive and fun setting. We hope to once again be able to hire some additional help to provide some skills coaching for hitting, catching, fielding and game management. The All-star Spirit teams will be supported by the AGSA in terms of handling all rostering and tournament entries. Coaches will set the team schedule – and AGSA will help in identifying potential scrimmage teams as well as appropriate tournaments.
The concept of this program is to allow girls who want to improve their softball skills; play at a more competitive level and have a taste of the travel/tournament programs to have a chance to do that. This program has be running for 8 years now. Three years ago the 15U team was add and last year the 18U team was added (with a little help from new friends from Vienna, McLean and Springfield).
This is a competitive program and playing time is not guaranteed. The goal is to provide an opportunity for those players who are interested in improving their softball skills and/or playing in a tournament or travel setting. Players are expected to participate in Spirit practices in addition to House games and practices. During the House season, House league activities have priority. For the summer season, players will participate in 1-2 weekly practices/games and 2-4 tournaments, mostly in Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. For players, there will be an additional cost for participation in the Spirit All-Star program. Scholarships are available.
There will be no playing up. We may have multiple teams in one age group. Additional information will be sent out once coaches are selected. We plan on having open practices at the 8U level in late April and early May. Tryouts will be conducted in mid to late May and the team selected soon after tryouts. Player available is a very important part of the selection process and coaches will require information on summer availability as part of the tryout registration process. However, not be available all of June and July will not exclude you from consideration. Coaches will just need to consider availability when determining how many players to take on the team.
If you have questions about the coach application or any general program questions, please contact Paul Bolejack, Spirit Commissioner, at email@example.com.