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Thunder Tryouts

SUMMER 2021 Teams are Complete

Watch for Fall 2021 Thunder Tryouts

         Bring your gloves, bats, and other equipment for your position.

MORE INFORMATION: molly.coyne@bhgs.net

For those girls looking for a more competitive softball experience, Branham Hills Girls Softball has a Summer and Fall Thunder travel ball program.

Summer Thunder
Teams are formed from the players on the recreational teams after a tryout in late April.For those girls looking for a more competitive softball league, BHGS has a Summer and Fall travel ball program. Travel ball teams for girls ages 7 to 12 ( 8U -10U-12U Divisions) are selected through tryouts. There are two levels of Thunder teams in each division,

THUNDER,  compete in local and regional tournaments (minimum of 4 games on a weekend) in the B&C competitive levels playing in 2-5 weekend tournaments between Memorial Day Weekend and the middle of July.

THUNDERBOLTS, a developmental program and plays individual games against local teams.

Fall Thunder
Teams for 10U and 12U are formed separately and those teams play from late August through the end of October.  Fall Thunder fees are typically lower because the teams play in fewer tournaments. This is a great experience for players who are moving up to the next division to get early experience playing with the new rule sets they will have in the Spring Rec season.

2019 Summer Thunder Teams (8U, 10U, and 12U).              

Congrats BHGS Thunder!

The Thunder Team Selection Process

The main body of the Thunder Travel Team(s) will be selected by an evaluation team. The coach is part of the evaluation team, along with other coaches, board members & appointees. At least one member of this selection team will be someone that did not observe the girls during the season, so they would have to entirely depend on the tryouts for rating purposes. The girl's play during the spring season will be considered during this process as well.

The girls will be put through a variety of drills to rate throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, etc. They are rated on each skill & those ratings are used to select the team.

After the teams have been formed, asst coaches and managers are suggested by the head coach, and will need board approval.

First and Second teams
An initial team will be formed with the ~12 top scoring girls. If there is enough interest and coaching, a second team will be formed.

If a player has been selected to play on the first team, they can opt to instead play on the second team. If they do not want to "make" the first team, they need to communicate their wishes on the application for consideration.

Want to be a Thunder Coach, Manager, or Assistant Coach?

Prospective coaches must fill out an application to be considered for a coaching position. If you would like to apply for a Thunder coaching position, please click on the link below:
Head Coach (One per team, selected by the Board)
  • Nominates Manager and Assistant Coaches (subject to Board approval) after team is selected
  • Determines line-ups and playing time
  • Organizes and runs practices and overall strategies
  • Part of the team selection committee.
Manager (One per team, nominated by Head Coach subject to Board approval)
  • Communicates with parents
  • Coordinates registration with BHGS, fundraising, uniforms, tournament applications, travel plans
  • Communicates practice and game schedules
  • Arranges tournament potluck lunches with parents
Assistant Coach (Up to 3 per team, nominated by Head Coach subject to Board approval)
  • Assists the Head Coach and Manager with practices and games