The 2017-2018 Tigers tourney teams are dominating the fields this year! 

Tryout Evaluation Details

WDMGS sources objective independent evaluators from area instructional organizations and training facilities to score our tryouts. WDMGS also seeks feedback from all tournament and recreational team coaches, as additional criteria in our player ranking process.

Each skill evaluated will be scored on a 5 point system, 1-5, with 5 being the optimal score.

Specific tryout tests and drills may be seen, at each level, below.

8U Tryout

Hitting

6 swings off a tee.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Mechanics
  2. Power/Bat Speed

Infield

Three ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Outfield

Four balls (2 in air, 2 on ground) tossed to left field with throws to 3rd base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Baserunning

Home to 2nd base, after final swing of hitting segment.

10U Tryout

Hitting

3 bunts off live pitch front toss.
6 swings off live pitch front toss.

3 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Bunting
  2. Mechanics
  3. Power/Bat Speed

Infield

Three ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Outfield

Four balls (2 in air, 2 on ground) hit to left field with throws to 3rd base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Baserunning

Home to 2nd base, after final swing of hitting segment. No slide, just run through the base.

12U Tryout

Hitting

4 bunts off live pitch front toss – 2 sacrifice and 2 for hits.
6 swings off live pitch front toss.

3 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Bunting
  2. Mechanics
  3. Power/Bat Speed

Infield

Three ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Outfield

Four balls (2 in air, 2 on ground) hit to left field with throws to 3rd base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Baserunning

Home to 2nd base, after final swing of hitting segment. No slide, just run through the base.

14U Tryout

Hitting

4 bunts off live pitch front toss – 2 sacrifice and 2 for hits.
6 swings off live pitch front toss.

3 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Bunting
  2. Mechanics
  3. Power/Bat Speed

Infield

Three ground balls hit to shortstop area with throws to 1st base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Outfield

Four balls (2 in air, 2 on ground) hit to left field with throws to 3rd base.

2 criteria will be evaluated:

  1. Fielding
  2. Throwing

Baserunning

Home to 2nd base, after final swing of hitting segment. No slide, just run through the base.

10U-14U Fees ($550)

Tryout Deposit: $50
Team Acceptance Fee: $300
October 1: $200

8U Fees ($400)

Tryout Deposit: $50
Team Acceptance Fee: $200
October 1: $150

Other Fees
Uniform Top(s) ~range between $50 - $75 for jerseys
Players purchase their own black pants, socks and belt

*Fees reflect 2017-18 rates and are subject to future change.

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Tournament Team Details & Fine Print

COACHES: All parents (especially any who have played or coached softball or baseball competitively) are strongly encouraged to volunteer as coaches for WDMGS sponsored “tournament teams”.  Interviews by the WDMGS board of coaching candidates will take place during the week of June 13, 2017.  Anyone interested in interviewing to be a coach, should complete the application form available here, as soon as possible. Application will be open until June 12.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To play for a tournament team, a girl must: (1) meet the age requirements for the team (see below); (2) have at least one parent or guardian who lives in West Des Moines (or attend a West Des Moines public school); and (3) play in the WDMGS “rec league” for the upcoming season (players who did not play in the rec league this year are eligible to play for a tournament team next year so long as they meet the above-noted criteria).  Decisions about possible changes to these requirements will be made before the creation of the teams for next year.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: A player’s “age level” is determined by her age as of January 1st in the year “after” the team is created.  Tournament teams are currently set up based on two year age increments (8U, 10U, 12U and 14U).  In other words, for this year, if a girl will be 8 years old or younger on January 1, 2017, she is eligible to play on an 8U team for the coming year (2016-17).  Decisions about possible changes to these parameters will be made prior to the creation of the teams for next year.

TRYOUTS: Tryouts (conducted by age group) for next year’s tournament teams will be held during the week of June 20th.  Details about which age group will tryout which night will be forthcoming soon. Tryouts are conducted by at least three persons with no affiliation with WDMGS (past and current college players and current coaches and instructors from other teams, organizations and businesses).  The players are evaluated on (1) infield play; (2) outfield play; and (3) hitting (including bunting) off of a pitching machine.  Pitchers and catchers are also evaluated (separately but on the same night).  Players can tryout to “play up” (i.e. at an age higher than they otherwise qualify for).  If so, there is no guarantee they will be placed on a team at the higher age level and, in any event, a player who tries out to “play up” must also tryout at her age level.

TEAM CREATION: Current tournament team and rec league coaches provide written standardized evaluations of their current players.  Using both the tryout scores and coach evaluations, tournament teams are created by a panel of WDMGS board members.  The goal is for the teams to be created by mid-July.  Decisions about possible changes to these procedures will be made prior to the creation of the teams for next year.

SCHEDULE: Tournament teams play a “fall season” and a “spring/summer” season.  How much each team plays and practices is decided (by the coaches and the parents of the players) on a team-by-team basis.

COST: The current cost to play for a WDMGS sponsored tournament team is $550.00 ($400.00 at the 8U level).  Currently, the amount charged covers all costs associated with being on a tournament team with the exception of teams that decide to play an unusually high number of tournaments.  In that case, families on the team may be required to pay “more” than the above-noted sum(s) to cover the cost of the additional tournaments.  The above-noted costs may increase slightly this coming year to cover things like the cost of WDMGS’s new indoor training facility, increased tournament and gate fees and uniform costs.  Decisions about possible changes to the price for playing on a team will be made prior to the creation of the teams for next year.

REGISTRATION: Families will be asked, if at all possible, to pre-register for the tournament team tryouts.  Details about the registration process will be provided in the near future via email.

QUESTIONS: Please contact WDMGS Vice President Jason McArtor at the form below.

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