Summer Travel SoftballUpdated Wednesday January 24, 2018 by Robert Elkins .
PW PAL D-BACKS 2017 SUMMER TRAVEL SOFTBALL
There is a balance that needs to be struck between local intra-mural little leagues and full-blown cut-throat travel programs. There should be a place where competition and skill development is more important than winning any particular game. A program where every kid makes the team instead of being cut or slotted to "B" or "C" teams before they're even teenagers. PW PAL is that place. Sports for kids should put their needs first, developmental and otherwise. They should be "kid-centric." In an era of adult-managed games, we sometimes put our ambitions for our kids before their needs; not here. At PW PAL we use only professional coaches to run our teams. As PW PAL Director, I insist on a culture that focuses on skill and player development. Learn to play the game the right way, instill a love for the sport into every player, bond with your teammates and then the fact that we also have great on-field success is truly secondary.
Play Summer Travel Softball for PW PAL and enjoy a competitive program that remembers that enjoying your Softball Summer Season is a way better experience than sitting in your car for hours every weekend driving to some remote tournament. We compete in 2 overnight tournaments, play a competitive league schedule of mostly weeknight double headers under the lights in Port Washington, have weekly clinic style practices run by high level coaches, and do all this at the cost of a non profit program.
SYRACUSE HOME RUN CLASSIC (Syracuse NY) Friday July 13 – Sunday July 15.
TURN UP THE HEAT (Hershey PA). Friday July 27 – Sunday July 29. Team visit to Hershey Park after games.
ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Memorial Day Weekend “Cancer Research Fundraiser” @ Ozone Park, and LDP Father's Day Weekend co-host (Port Washington and Newbridge Park)
NJBL SUMMER SOFTBALL LEAGUE A league we have won championships in more often than not. Mainly weeknight double headers starting after July 4th and play offs ending by August 12th. Most games will be played weeknights at PAL under the lights.
LDP SUMMER SOFTBALL LEAGUE A league we were undefeated Spring Champions and lost the Summer Championship game after an undefeated Season. Games in Port, Brooklyn and Queens. Mostly weekends starting weekend of June 22 and playoffs ending by August 12th.
PRACTICES Clinic style practice every Thursday night 7 pm run. starting May 24. Regular weekly practices will vary and once school ends will be 2-3x per week. Between games and practices count on 5 days a week of softball. All weeknight events are at night, weekend events are mornings as much as possible.
COST: $750 (plus travel costs). Limited Scholarships available if needed. REGISTRATION: Sign up now at www.pwpal.org.
Remember, we don't make cuts, we make players.