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It is not too late to try out for Deerfield 2019 Travel Softball!


It's not too late for your player to try out for Travel Softball. Our 2019 Travel Softball Tryouts were rained out last night. Our 2019 Travel Softball Tryout date is now next Monday August 27th at 5:30pm at Maplewood Park. 


Your player must register for tryouts. Please go to the DYBA website and registration link or go to the Travel Softball page for additional information concerning our travel softball program. We plan to have teams again at the 10U, 12U and 14U levels. If anyone is interested in 16U or 18U travel softball please contact me.


We plan to continue our fall and winter workouts which will be one night a week and our traditional Sunday workout at DHS to work on hitting as well as our fielding and pitching as a program.


Depending on team assignments and player availability we will consider a fall travel league or fall travel tournaments.


Please get the word out about our Travel Softball tryouts we are always looking for new players. Just a reminder our travel softball players are not required to play fall house softball BUT if your player has the time we would strongly recommend your player continue to work on their game playing fall house softball.


If you are wondering if your player is too young to start playing travel softball we have had many players begin playing travel softball at 8 years old. If you have any questions about whether your player is or is not too young to start playing travel softball or a general question about the program as always please direct any questions or concerns to me at Thank you and I hope to see all of you playing travel Softball in 2019!!


Weather Update 2019 Travel Softball Tryout Monday August 20 cancelled


We have cancelled tonight's 2019 travel softball tryouts because of the weather. The tryout is rescheduled to next Monday August 27th 5:30 at Maplewood.

Weather Update Softball 2019 Travel Tryout Monday August 20


Thank you for registering your player for 2019 Travel Softball Tryouts. Since we may have rain today I will be communicating to you thru email with any updates or changes. I will also try to update our travel page. As of now tryouts are on schedule for tonight 5:30 at Maplewood. Thank you.

2019 Travel Softball Tryout and Make-Up Date

The 2019 Travel Softball Try Out Date is Monday, August 20th at 5:30, at Maplewood Park. 

The 2019 Travel Softball Try Out Make Up Date is the following Monday, August 27th at 5:30 at Maplewood Park.

Your player must register for tryouts.


2019 Travel Softball Tryouts

Sign Up for Travel Softball Tryouts


Registration is now open at


Eligibility Requirements: All residents of Deerfield, Riverwoods, Bannockburn, as well as neighboring communities will be eligible to tryout.

Age level

 Year of birth


2008 & later (2008, 2009…)


2006 & 2007


2004 & 2005

Numbers of Players/Teams:

  • No set limits on numbers of teams: There are no set limits on the number of teams rostered at each age-group. The number of teams for each age-group will depend on interest, skill levels, and other factors. For 10U-14U, teams will be rostered based on skill levels, with the top players placed on the red team, the next group on the gray team, etc. 
  • No set limits on numbers of players: Typically, DYBA rosters travel softball teams of 12 players. However, larger or smaller teams may be rostered after tryouts

Other information:

  • Deposit: A deposit of $250.00 is required in order for players to try out for travel softball. For players rostered on any travel team, this deposit is nonrefundable and the entire amount will be credited toward travel fees (Fees for 2018 are TBD. For players not rostered on a travel team, this deposit will be refunded in full.
  • Commitment: By trying out for a DYBA travel team, players are committing to participating on any travel team to which they are selected. If a player withdraws from a travel team after being selected, she will forfeit her deposit and not be allowed to take part in the next set of travel tryouts for the following season. In effect, she will miss two (2) travel seasons before she can try out for a DYBA travel team again. Players can appeal to the DYBA Board of Directors to be considered for early reinstatement. All TRAVEL FAMILIES MUST  COMMIT to volunteering for at least 4 hours of volunteer time during the DYBA Softball Tournament. Failure to volunteer will result in diminished playing time or benching of the travel player.
  • Online registration:Players must register online in advance of tryouts. 

Please click link to get to the registration site:

·         Closed tryouts: All tryout sessions are closed to spectators.

Tryout dates & location:


  • Players should report 15 minutes prior to the designated start time; parents should return to pick up approximately 5 minutes prior to the designated ending time (unless directed otherwise at the time of tryouts).
  • Players should dress for softball with fielding mask and other appropriate gear and bring all equipment to the try out. 
  • Players should bring a drink and be prepared for inclement weather.
  • Please wear no Deerfield Travel jerseys (helmets and pants OK if no other options).
  • Results will be announced approximately one week following tryouts (specific dates/times for results announcement TBA).
  • Locations of tryout sessions may change and will be announced via the DYBA website.

As the date gets closer, please continue to check the travel softball page at for more detailed information.  


Link to 2017 Travel Softball Registration Site

Click on this link to go to the registration site.

House Softball Required For Travel Players

House League Requirements and Conflicts

All travel players through 6th grade must play in the Deerfield Spring House league. This also applies for out of District players; however, the out of district player can petition to have the house requirement waived. For example, it is doubtful a travel girl from Highland Park can opt out of the house requirement due to the proximity of the towns. A girl who is playing for DYBA but comes from the Evanston area may not be required due to logistics.

As far as conflicts between a house league function and a travel function, house league games take precedent over a travel practice and games. Managers of House and Travel teams are encouraged to work together if travel teams create conflicts. The House Spring Softball Schedule is designed to leave open at least two weeknights, Saturday afternoons and Sundays for travel activities. Travel managers are directed to schedule their games during these open times during the Spring House Season.

No travel games may/should or practices should be scheduled during the House playoffs. If Travel activities are scheduled during House playoffs, the Travel activities must be cancelled if there is a conflict.

Travel games and practices take precedent over house league practices. 

Dan McGrath


Phone: 630-743-1497