Char-Meck Challenge Softball FAQ**(please note the challenge program is a work in progress and may change from day to day at this point. Until we remove this note from this page, some criteria is subject to change)
Who can play? All registered Spring 2015 Char-Meck rec players who are in 8U, 10U, 12U or 16U are eligible.
How will the teams be formed? Tryouts will be held by each individual team, and rosters will be determined based on each league’s individual procedures. Teams will be registered with Char-Meck, and must provide a roster and copy of each player’s birth certificate
When and where will the tournaments be played? Tournaments will be one day Sunday tournaments, to be hosted at Char-Meck association fields. The locations are still to be determined. The tournament dates are as follows: Sunday, March 29th, Sunday, April 19th, and Sunday, May 10th.
Do teams have to play in all three tournaments? Except in the case of unforeseen circumstances, Challenge teams will be expected to play in all three tournaments.
How much will it cost? The cost-per-player, for all three tournaments, is estimated at $60. This fee accounts for umpires, trophies, tournament organization and field maintenance. Each league will be responsible for managing collection of payments from its teams. This does not include the cost of uniforms.
What teams will be playing? Each individual Char-Meck league has been invited and encouraged to field a team at all possible levels, so competition will be against teams such as Porter Ridge, MARA, South Charlotte, Steele Creek, etc., just like in rec season. For those leagues that are not large enough to support a Challenge team at any particular level, or for players who did not make the roster of their home team, Char-Meck will organize “Metro” teams. These teams will be a mix of interested players from a variety of associations, and will be a great way to maximize participation. Further Metro team information will be released in a few weeks.
What are Metro teams? Char-Meck will organize and oversee the creation of a number of Metro teams, which will be made up of players from two or more leagues. These teams will be formed, based on need, for players whose leagues cannot support a full team at a particular age level, or who do not make the roster of their league’s team at their age level. Interested players should first contact their league about playing on their home team. Metro team tryouts will be held in early March, once league teams have been formed and registered. Coaches who are interested in coaching a Metro team should express their interest, by February 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org
When will the teams practice? Team practices will be at the discretion of the coaches, though non-rec days, such as Fridays and Sundays, should be expected. Challenge practice will never interfere with the rec team practice or game schedule.
Are the rules different? Most rules will remain the same, such as restrictions on innings pitched. While rule revisions for tournament play are still under review, there will be two notable changes from rec:
8U – there will be no all coach-pitch innings. While coaches will still come in to pitch if a batter draws four balls, kids will pitch in all innings. 8U will follow 10U inning restriction rules for pitchers.
There will be no overthrow rule at any level. Defensive players will be required to stop runners from advancing by playing the ball and stopping the lead runner.
Can my daughter play Challenge at a different age level from rec? Players are eligible for Challenge only at the level for which they are registered in rec. For example, a 10U rec player may not play 8U Challenge, even if she is age-eligible.
If you have any questions, please contact Marc Sinacori