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 20+ Kids on a 15U Roster?
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TouchMAll

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Posted - 08/13/2020 :  15:11:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just heard that at least one of the academies put 20+ kids on their 15U rosters this year! To be clear, Iím not talking about one of the ĎSuper Teamsí that travels all over the country playing, rather A & B level teams from Georgia based programs.

While I'm all for making kids compete for playing time, and agree that the PG rules mean we all have to have a lot of arms available to go deep in tourneys, this seems like a straight money grab to me.

Interested to hear from parents on those teams or others on their thoughts here.

hewy28

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Posted - 08/14/2020 :  20:09:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok so Iím not exactly sure about 20 + players but based on our experience at the end of 14u, with 15 kids in a PG tournament, itís almost not enough depending on the number of games played in that tournament and especially the amount in a given day. Pitchers are the biggest issue with these types of tournaments. Iíve seen a good team go through 5 pitchers in 1 game because of all the rules. Also, 15u is a big year due to high school tryouts, PG and PBR stats and any and everything that makes a kid look good for future scholarship opportunities. Coaches donít want to burn out their good pitchers and good teams will rotate their players. Itís not always ďfairĒ based on a parentís perception but daddy ball goes out the window and the best players will generally be used most (fielders and hitters).
There are organizations that are money grabbing so I would make sure that any team requesting that many kids will be playing A TON of PG and PBR and steer away from the lower level play.
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TouchMAll

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Posted - 08/17/2020 :  10:30:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good points hewy, I have a friend on one of the teams where they did this at 6 4 3, and they will only play the larger tournaments.

That said, I still see this as nothing but a money grab. If it wasn't, they would've been upfront with all of the parents when they made the bids. I know for a fact that no one on the team knew there were that many kids on the roster until they got the first team email.

The parents can vote with their wallets and walk, but the kids want the uniform so bad that they aren't willing to, even though the red flags are everywhere.

The family I know son's is more than good enough to play a lot, so I'm hopeful it works out.
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4woodbats

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Posted - 09/21/2020 :  10:37:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The problem with these crowded teams is that most of them are NOT P.O., so 17+ position players are an absolute waste of time, opportunity, and money, in my opinion. You are not getting better or scouted riding the bench. 3hrs of practice a week with a zillion players on the field and one coach talking the entire time while twirling his fungo for $3800 a season is Bull squat.

Our teams would get in 80+ USSSA games per season regularly with a roster of 12 without trying too hard. 50+/- games in a winning season consistently getting in the P.G. bracket is a vast difference especially having 17+ on the roster, and the majority of them are position players.

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