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Second 2020 Deerfield Travel Softball Tryout Date is Monday July 22


Our second 2020 Deerfield Travel Softball Tryouts for 14U, 12U and 10U will be Monday July 22, 2019 5:00-6:30pm all positions. Pitchers and catchers please plan to stay from 6:30pm until finish. Tryouts will be at Maplewood Park in Deerfield. Registration is now open at


The tryout registration fee will be $250.00 and once your player is assigned to a team the $250.00 will be a credit towards your 2019-2020 softball travel fees. If your player is at camp or cannot attend the Wednesday tryout please register your player so we can confirm our team numbers.


If you are interested in a 16U team please email me at or call me at 312-771-4087 with your interest.


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

Age level

 Year of birth


2009 & later (2010, 2011…)


2007 & 2008


2005 & 2006

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 2020 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 or your player not being allowed to try out for next season's travel team. All Travel Families include camper players who leave the team prior to the Warrior Tournament if applicable.
  • 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.  



About our program, we plan to continue our fall and winter workouts that include 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 2020!!


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. 

Paul Chanan