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West Metro Thunder

14U West Metro Thunder

The West Metro Thunder is a softball partnership between Chanhassen and Chaska community softball organizations.  Our goal is to create an opportunity for girls to play competitive fastpitch softball at the A, B, or C levels.  We will form as many teams as possible based on number of interested players.  Our program leverages the strengths of the CYSA and CAA community programs to offer strong offseason training such as pitching lessons, catcher lessons, hitting lessons, skills clinics, winter workouts, and dome teams.

Player Eligibility 
All players from any community are welcome with the majority of the players expected to come from the 2 community areas.

Coach Selection 
The West Metro Thunder has paid head coaches for 14U and 16U teams.  Parent volunteers are asst coaches.


Team Formation/Tryouts
Tryouts are held Mid March.  Team roster selection is determined by the tryout results and coach assessment reports from the prior season. Coaches are selected by the West Metro Thunder committee of CAA and CYSA leaders.  The teams at 14U and 16U have paid head coaches and volunteer parent asst coaches and volunteer team managers.  

Team level is set at different levels (A, B, C) depending on the overall team competitive level.  Individuals are rostered to teams based on ability as demonstrated during the tryouts and previous-year coach evaluation.  Teams bat their entire roster and have overall equal playing time.  Players will typically play 2-3 positions throughout the season.  Week-day games are focused on player development versus a "must win" mentality.  Tournaments are more competitive and coaches will often reduce player rotation. Teams have 2-3 events per week, a combination of practices and games.  Teams primarily play their league games Mon-Thur.  Teams participate in weekend tournaments: three tournaments, Suburban League tournament, MMFL State, and National Tournament (ASA, USSSA, or NAFA) (if it qualifies).

West Metro Thunder players can consider themselves members of both associations and can participate in workouts, clinics, lessons, and other player actives with either association.