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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 2015 Summer - Family Information Night Event Friday 3/27
All players and families are invited to attend the family information night at Blossom Hill Elementary in the Multi-Use room from 7-8:30pm. Pizza and drinks will be provided as we present our plans for the summer season play. With 10+ Magic teams planned, there will be a lot of great fun and excellent softball action in store for players this summer. For players interested in playing at 10B, 12B, and 14B, there will be an extended tryout format this year. Please note the tryout schedules provided below for each level. Players and coaches should complete our online forms to confirm your interest. Our 8U players and players interested in 10C and 12C teams will hold tryouts on May 1st. Players should attend all tryout events listed.
Magic Summer Team Player Pre-Registration Form
Please complete the Pre-Pregistration online form for each player interested in participating on a summer Magic team. This form does not commit you to play but helps us plan our schedules for each age level.
Summer Magic Coaches Application Form
Please complete the Coaches Application online form if you are interested in being a part of the Magic coaching staff this summer. Thanks to our great volunteer coaches!
Magic 2015 Summer B Team Tryouts Schedule by Age Level
10B Tryouts Schedule for players born in years 2004/2005:
- Sunday, March 29th from 9:00am to 11:00am at Blossom Hill Elementary
- Sunday, April 12th from 9:00am to 11:00am at Blossom Hill Elementary
- Sunday, April 19th from 9:00am to 11:00am at Blossom Hill Elementary
12B Tryouts Schedule for players born in years 2002/2003:
- Sunday, March 29th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Blossom Hill Elementary
- Sunday, April 19th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Blossom Hill Elementary
14B Middle School Team Tryouts Schedule for players born in years 2000/2001:
- Sunday, April 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Foothill Elementary
- Sunday, April 19th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Foothill Elementary
Magic Elite A-Ball Program News
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 email@example.com for more information.