NHYBS Softball travel teams, “The Pride” are committed to providing players with a rich and fun softball experience. Our season begins in August with evaluations and continues thru July 31 (except 8U).
We are focused on team spirit and providing many opportunities for players to further develop their softball skills via advanced training and higher competitive play in both league and tournament play. Each of the teams will have the opportunity to compete for a league and multiple tournament championships.
If you plan to play for The Pride, please know that the commitment to the team shall run from fall until end of July. Players must be committed to the team and are expected to be available for practices, games and weekend tournaments 100% of the time (unless prior arrangements have been made with the team manager).
Each of the travel teams will participate in Babe Ruth districts and the MidState Summer League, which begins in early-June. League play will typically consist of 2 weekday games (home and away) for 5-6 weeks followed by playoffs - all concluding by July 31. In addition, each of the teams will typically participate in several weekend tournaments in the time between mid-April and July 31 (schedule TBD). Tournaments are typically within a 2-hour drive. Teams may participate in the local MidState or Readington Fall League, which begins in early September and runs through the end of October. Games in the fall typically consist of a weekend doubleheader and teams may elect to participate in fall tournaments at the discretion of the coaching staff.
Team activity during the offseason will be light to allow for school and spring league commitments (typically 1 practice per week and possibly a tournament in April / May). It is recommended that summer vacations and/or camps be planned after July 31. Team activity in the fall season starts in late August and runs through the end of October with teams running optional but highly encouraged winter clinics.
Each team will carry approximately 12-15 players but the exact number is up to the head coach for each team. Selection to the team does not guarantee playing time in each game but every player will get playing opportunities.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The final roster may not be immediately determined after the initial clinics and practices. Managers reserve the right to hold roster spots open in order to address needed skill sets (I.E. Pitching, Catching).