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 LGCS Fastpitch Travel Teams Program

Summer and Fall Seasons - Competitive Fastpitch Tournament Softball

Featuring Magic Teams Playing at Elite A, B and C Levels

 

 

Magic Elite A-Ball Program News 

See the "Magic Elite" Page for Details About 2015 Season 14A and 16A Team Tryouts

Magic Elite teams are designed to support our program and the local high school programs in our extended community. During the high school season we do not compete, but will hold weekend practice sessions. After the high school season teams can be expected to practice or play 3-5 days per week and to play 6-8 tournaments including one or more "Showcase" event. The fee for Magic Elite participation is expected to range from $800-$1100 dependent on tournaments, outside coaching, facility fees and other costs.
 
Over the past few years the competitive softball landscape has changed dramatically, with many new "A Ball" programs promoting a path to college scholarships and visibility to recruiters. Many of these programs charge seasonal fees upwards of $2000. We strongly encourage players and parents to take a good look at the various programs and fully understand the financial, travel and time commitments required, as well as the track record of each organization.  Our Magic Elite teams will play in the same tournaments and "showcase" events, and Magic has a proven history of players from our organization moving on to play at the collegiate level. Our 2013 14U "A" team took 2nd at NorCals and placed 13th out of 128 teams at Western Nationals in Colorado - the highest finisher of all Northern California "A" teams.  Several Magic "B" teams in recent years have won NorCals and also brought home championships in multiple "A" tournaments.  The Magic Elite teams will build on this tradition of success, providing a great path forward for players from younger Magic age groups. 

 


What is "Magic"?

Magic is a competitive fastpitch tournament team program offered by LGCS Girls Softball for summer and fall season play.  All participants on Magic teams are selected from kids that play in our rec program (the exception being Magic teams playing with the "A" level designation).  Magic teams play competitive softball in weekend tournaments throughout the summer.  Tournaments start in late May upon the conclusion of our rec season.  Players develop new skills and take their skills and talent to a new level.  Great friendships, enduring memories, and plenty of great softball await our Magic teams each season.

When Are the Magic Seasons? 

Magic summer player evaluation events are scheduled for May1st.  The first tournament is typically played over Memorial Day weekend. Most teams will play in 6 to 8 tournaments total.  Magic teams are reformed in late August for fall season play with the highlight being our organization's fall tournament each October.  Fall teams play in fewer tournaments and typically only practice 1-2 times each week with the season ending in early November. 

What Are the Tournaments Like? 

Most tournaments are in the immediate Bay Area, although teams often go to one or two "away" tournaments in places such as San Napa, Luis Obispo, or Lake Tahoe — and those away tournaments are historically the most memorable.  Teams may also qualify for regional or national tournaments in locations throughout the western United States.  Teams usually play three pool games on Saturday and then Sunday is single elimination day — keep winning, and you could play three games on Sunday into the afternoon. Some tournaments might require a game on Friday evening.

What Are the Rules? 

The tournaments use ASA fastpitch rules. For the most part, the 12U and 14U players are already using these rules during LGCS rec league games.  But there are important exceptions —ASA doesn't use "continuous batting," there are no minimum playing-time rules, and there are no per-inning run limits. For the 10U division, there is no "coach pitching" — 4 balls is a walk.

Is There an 8U Magic Program? 

Yes there is an 8U program but for summer season only!  There are fewer tournaments with teams usually playing 4-5 events, and the intensity level isn't quite the same as that of the older age groups, but it is a great introduction to competitive softball.

What Are the Costs? 

Typically costs are about $450 per player at most levels for the summer season, less for 8U players, although teams that play in a larger number of tournaments will have higher fees. For 8U Magic the cost is typically in the $350 range based on fewer tournaments.  This fee includes the uniforms, the tournament fees, some professional instruction and insurance. Travel expenses and personal equipment are extra (such as personalized Magic gear including equipment bags, sweatshirts, jackets, etc.).

How Big of a Commitment Is Magic? 

Most summer teams have two mid-week practices and a weekend practice or tournament. It is expected that the Magic is the girl's highest priority extra-curricular activity during the summer season. Girls who miss practices may get less playing time at the tournaments. However, summer is summer, and it is not uncommon for girls to miss a week or so due to previously scheduled plans — just let the manager know your availability at the tryouts.

How Are the Magic Teams Selected? 

Players will be selected through tryouts typically at the beginning of May for summer play or in late August for fall play.  "A" level teams will be formed after tryouts held in the November time period for spring/summer play and then again in August for fall play.  Information on schedules for the Magic evaluations will be posted on the league website.  "A" designation teams are open to any player that attends a tryout and is selected to play.  Any girl playing LGCS rec ball is eligible for summer and/or fall Magic teams playing "B or C" designation. And fall Magic is open to any player whether part of our rec program or not. Unlike recreation league play, friends, schools, etc. are not factors in being chosen for a team.  Players selected for a specific team are expected to play on that team.

 

If you have questions or would like to register for Magic play, please contact the Magic Commissioner, Dave Burt, via email magic@lgcsfastpitch.org for more information.