Mason Meteors Program

Updated Wednesday June 19, 2019 by Mason Youth Softball.

Mason Meteors Program

The Mason Meteors program mission is to allow talented youth softball players in the Mason Youth Softball (MYS) league to compete at a higher level.  The program is designed to instruct advanced players who chose not to play or are unable to play select softball. 

These teams compete in the North Cincy Softball League (NCSL) as an “A” level recreational team.  The Meteor teams play a higher-level schedule and play the same 14-game schedule as the “B” level teams, but with their higher fees they get more winter training and play a number of tournaments.  The coaches are expected to work independently to develop their understanding of the game, best practices in skill development, and overall coaching skills.  The intended result is to provide a higher skill level development program for girl’s fastpitch softball players within the Mason community. 

The Mason Meteors program follows NCSL by-laws governing player eligibility. 

In order to develop a sustainable Meteors program, coaches are encouraged to maintain age diversity within their roster such that, in any one year, a few players are either advancing an age division or remaining in an age division.  This will ensure experienced players are available for the next team advancing into an age division and potential slots are available for players already at the next age division from within the Mason Youth Softball organization.  In seasons with multiple teams at an age division, coaches will be permitted to designate a ‘core’ group of players to remain together consistent with core principles in the general MYS league.  The core concept was developed to maintain continuity with players and allow teams to be competitive with the other teams they were playing in the NCSL program. 

The Meteors program is overseen by the MYS Board who has the responsibility to select and nominate the head coaches and establish the tryout dates & procedures.  The selection of the head coaches for the teams is subject to background checks.  The selection of players is at the evaluators’ discretion with assistance from the head coach in consultation with the MYS Board.  The head coach will recommend their assistant coaches from the parents or legal guardians of the players selected for the team and must be approved by MYS Board.  The head coach is responsible to notify all players regarding their selection to the team and will share information regarding online registration to confirm commitment to the program.  The roster is to be completed and submitted to the MYS President no more than 2 weeks after the completion of tryouts.  If recommended by the head coach, and approved by the MYS Board, up to 2 positions may be held until late fall/early winter for a final tryout led by the head coach and assistance from other evaluators.
 

METEOR SELECTION PROCESS:

Tryout Dates:  Tryouts are held near the end of the regular season for the following year (mid to late June)

  • Time slots for each age group 10U, 12U, and 14U
  • One make-up date for all divisions

Head Coach Selection:

  • The MYS Board is responsible for selection of Meteor head coaches
  • The MYS Board will select a head coach for each age division before tryouts and post on MYS website
  • Meteor head coaches must have coached at least 1 year in MYS and have a positive track record with respect to coaching and demonstrating positive leadership
  • If during the tryouts it is determined that a sufficient number of players can fill a roster for a second competitive team, the MYS Board will assign a coach from the pool of interested coaches
  • Assistant coaches will be recommended by the Head Coach and approved by the MYS Board

Core Player Identification:  In seasons with more than one team at an age level, a coach will be permitted to designate a core from their previous year’s official roster. 

  • The core list will only be activated in cases where there is more than 1 team formed at an age level
  • Coaches must provide a list of core player candidates to the MYS Board in advance of tryouts
  • Any core player who does not participate in tryouts or does not effectively communicate non-availability for tryouts and has not scheduled a make-up tryout will be removed from the returning core player listing
  • The Softball Board will verify that core players do wish to remain on the core; otherwise they are placed in the draft pool.  

Tryout Notification: An open tryout invitation will be posted on the MYS website, and an email sent to all softball players to tryout out for the 10U, 12U, and 14U Meteors program.

  • An email will be sent to coaches asking them to encourage talented players to try out and to provide any recommendations on players to the Softball Commissioner for follow up

Tryout Process: Tryouts will consist of softball skill evaluations defined by the MYS Board and returning coaches to include items such as: hitting, throwing, fielding, and base running.

  • All players must go through the tryout process (including core players)
  • Scoring will be done by a panel of evaluators selected by the MYS Board
  • Players are expected to play in their respective age division.  Players desiring to play up an age division must obtain pre-approval from the MYS Board prior to trying out for the next higher age division

Player Selection Process:  Selection of the roster will be done by head coach in consultation with the MYS Board.

  • Coaches are advised to achieve some level of age diversity within their roster to help build a sustainable Raptors program wherein talent is developed and shared between teams over time
  • While the number is not mandated, and will vary from year to year based on available talent, coaches are requested to target at least 25% (e.g., minimally 3 out of 12 players) of their roster in each age range
  • The evaluators’ scores, comments from the evaluators, recommendations from other MYS coaches, and other input will be used in the selection process
  • In age divisions with more than one team:
  • The team with the fewest core players will draft first
    • If equal number of core players, a coin toss decides
    • Coach’s draft alternately until a team reaches their maximum roster size, thereafter, the remaining coach drafts roster from remaining tryout participants
    • A player declining an offer to join a team is placed at the bottom of the drafting list and cannot be drafted onto the other team until all other tryout participants have been offered a spot
  • Players not selected for a Meteors team will be notified by the head coach or the MYS Board
  • Players not selected for a Meteors team have the option to request their previous coach during the regular MYS sign-up process

**Approved by the MYS Board on 6.4.19




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