July & August
Our Off-Season planning begins with our tryouts that are held in mid-to-late July at for our future 10u-14u players and teams.
We ask that all current and prospective (10-14u) players attend at least one (ideally both!) of our age based Defensive tryouts held at The Edge Sports Center - Turf (191 Hartwell Rd., Bedford, MA). Additionally, we ask that all players attend the hitting portion of our tryouts, typically held at our main facility, Route 2 Athletics (30 Park Ave., Arlington, MA).
Players and families will be notified as soon as possible at the conclusion of our tryout dates for the 10-14u group via email as to whether they have been formally offered a spot on one of our Route 2 Blue Sox teams for the coming year. We understand that players typically tryout for multiple programs every summer and we want to provide every opportunity for players who are not chosen for one of our teams to tryout for another program before the end of the summer.
Our tryouts for our High School aged players will be held in mid-to-late August after the summer season and tournament circuit has concluded. Available roster spots for our High School aged teams are limited every year -- positions of need for each age group will be given a high priority; these positions are typically pitchers, catchers and middle-infielders.
November & December
Our off-season training begins the first week of November for our 13u, 14u and High School aged players.
The months of November and December are used by our coaching staff as an evaluation period to carefully select players for specific rosters in each age group. Our coaches evaluate the player's overall skill level, his potential, work ethic, chemistry with potential teammates, what the team positions of need are, and finally what position(s) the player is strongest at.
The evaluation process is a collaborative effort with the ultimate goal of creating the strongest teams possible, while maintaining as much roster balance across all of our teams.
January - March
We return after a short holiday break with the start of our off-season program for our 11u and 12u teams -- we immediately begin the evaluation process for each of our 11u and 12u teams with the goal of confirming and communicating team rosters by the end of January.
Our 13u-14u and High School aged team rosters have been confirmed and we begin to separate each team out during our defensive practices at the Winchester Sports Complex.