What is the Brattleboro Heat?
The Brattleboro Heat is the premier fastpitch youth softball program in the Southeastern VT region. Its teams play in summer softball tournaments against the best players from New England.
Do I have to live in Brattleboro or VT to play for the Heat?
No, Heat players come from throughout the region including Western MA and NH. Heat players have come from almost 20 different high schools the past few seasons.
What does it take to be a Heat player?
Heat players are passionate about playing softball and looking to improve their skills while having fun and meeting other girls who share their passion for the sport. Heat players are committed to the team and their teammates.
What is the Heat’s practice and tournament schedule?
Heat 14U and 16U teams practice 2 times each week during the season while the 18U team typically practices once a week. Practices are held from 6-8PM in Brattleboro. Each Heat team plays in 5-6 weekend tournaments starting in late June and ending by early August.
What role do families play in the Heat?
Supportive families are a big part of the Heat’s formula. Playing summer travel softball is a big family time commitment and involves travel to practices and tournaments. Heat teams tend to play an exciting style of softball and our families are our biggest fans.
What are the tournaments like?
Tournaments are a passionate softball player’s dream. For starters, we play against very good teams at a level above where our players compete during their school seasons – and we are very competitive. Tournaments include 3 “pool play” games on Saturday to determine seeding for the single elimination Sunday format. Going to the semifinals means playing 5-6 games over the course of a weekend. Given our location, many of the tournaments we play in involve overnight stays for many of the families which gives the girls a great opportunity to bond as a team and as friends.
How does the Heat do in tournaments?
Despite being a small program relative to the teams we compete with, Heat teams are very competitive and typically have a winning record for the season. Heat teams often make it to the semifinal level of tournaments.
Who are the Heat’s coaches?
Heat coaches are all volunteers with significant coaching experience in softball and often other sports. They are deeply committed to the team and the Heat program. All coaches must be certified by the USASoftball/Amateur Softball Association (ASA) which includes a background check.
How much is the registration fee?
The Heat has been able to keep its fees well below similar programs. The $350 fee for 2017 includes tournament entry fees, ASA/USASoftball registration, insurance, team equipment and uniforms. The Heat will not turn away a committed player because of financial reasons. Note that these are the lowest fees around – especially given the number of tournaments and year-round opportunities. Many of the programs we compete with cost upwards of $1,000 annually with many over $2,000.
How do I get more information about joining the Heat – or how do I try out?
Contact Mark Bodin firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information or express your interest in playing for the Heat. Winter workouts are a great opportunity to meet Heat coaches and players and try out for the team.