Showcase Softball is an additional opportunity for players in Zionsville Little League (ZLL) to be on a team in which the players practice more, play additional games on Sundays, and compete against other leagues in a stronger competitive environment.
Players must try out for the team, pay additional fees above the normal registration fees, and the season is played simultaneously with the recreational season. Showcase players MUST play in the recreational league in 2015.
In addition, Showcase participants will have the opportunity to participate in open gym practices this winter at the Boys&Girls Club West beginning in January.
For more information on any age level showcase team please reach out to Steve Strecker, Director of Player Development at Steve Strecker.
Showcase Softball Program Description
Showcase is an additional opportunity for players in Zionsville Little League (ZLL) to be on a team in which the players practice more, play additional games and compete against other leagues in a stronger competitive environment. Players must try out for the team, pay additional fees above and beyond the normal ZLL registration fees, and have team activities in the fall and winter leading up to the season. The Showcase season is played simultaneously as the recreational season is played until the end of the recreation league season. Showcase players will play on ZLL recreational teams as well as being a member of the Showcase team.
Each roster and coaching staff will be dissolved after the conclusion of each season, and new tryouts for players will take place at the conclusion of all star play and end of season tournaments. For example: the 2015 Showcase teams will hold try outs in August/September once all teams from ZLL have completed end of season tournaments and all star tournaments, and once school has started so that all kids are assured of being present.
Showcase games are typically played on Sundays in the spring and summer. In order to play at high levels the teams will practice in the winter months. ZLL understands many players play other sports (ZLL encourages playing multiple sports) in the fall and winter but if request players make effort to get to team activities when there are no conflicts. Players should make an attempt to attend practice; however, the winter workouts are optional.
Showcase Committee: An oversight committee shall be formed consisting of three sitting board members to oversee the development and implementation of the Showcase program along with the Player Development Officer. The Player Development Officer will oversee the day to operation and will serve as a liaison between coaches and the oversight committee, as well as the Board of Directors.
Teams: Each age group,10U and 12U, will be permitted to have (1) or (2) teams if enough players desire to participate and managers commit to leading the team. If there are enough players in an age group to field two teams of 12, then 24 players may participate from each age group.
Player Evaluations: Evaluations will occur in August, September, or October. Evaluations will be specific to age group and only players of the same age will go thru evaluations together. Evaluations may be on one or more dates as determined by the evaluation staff. The evaluation process will include skills, drills, and possibly scrimmage game(s). The evaluation process may or may not be the same depending on player ages. The evaluation staff will make written notice to their intended age group with regard to dates, times, agendas and communicate directly with parents. The evaluation staff will provide the oversight committee and the Player Development Officer a ranking of all players at the end of tryouts. Optimal try out days are Sundays with the necessary exclusion of calendar events that would significantly affect attendance.
Managers: Each Showcase team will have one Manager. The oversight committee and the Player Development Officer will discuss each Manager’s qualifications, experience and knowledge and then vote on each Manager after receiving evaluation data. The Manager, once assigned to a team, will then select their assistant coach or coaches.
The Manager will coordinate with indoor facilities to schedule winter practices and will schedule games. No Showcase game will be played after 8 days of the ZLL Championship day. Games are intended to be played in April, May, and thru 3rd week of June. Opponents should be within a 60 minute drive of Lions Park. It is recommended that games not be scheduled on the weekend prior to Championship day.
Showcase games shall not interfere with ZLL recreational league scheduling. And, ZLL insurance does not cover unaffiliated/unsanctioned tournament games.
Player and Manager selection: After the ranking reports are received from the evaluation staff, the oversight committee and the Player Development Officer will then select the Managers. The oversight committee and the Player Development Officer will then select the players for each team based on the combination of the evaluations, end of season evaluations and recommendations by recreational, showcase or All Star manager and coaches. Factors in selection will include but not be limited to ability, availability, attitude and team needs. The oversight committee and the Player Development Officer will make the final selections for each team.
Open roster spots will filled under the supervision of the oversight committee and the Player Development Officer.
Player expectations: Attend practice and winter work outs to learn, practice, and execute the fundamental skills of hitting, throwing, catching, base running, situational softball and all other aspects of the game. Playing in a minimum of 2 innings (6 outs) and one at bat as is the minimum game play requirement.
Parent expectations: This is a voluntary program which does not guarantee equal playing time for all players in any way similar to the recreational softball league. Playing time is determined by the Manager. He/She will determine the best batting order most conducive to scoring runs, determine the best defensive alignment according to ability, and determine when to have players pitch/catch according to ability.
Financial: Parents will be required to pay an additional fee once the player is selected to the team. This will cover additional uniforms, equipment, alliance fees, and umpire fees. There may be an additional fee for additional tournament games.