Greater Altoona Girls Softball AssociationAltoona, IA


2022-23 SEP Softball Club Tryout Dates

The SEP Softball Club will hold tryouts August 1 through August 6.  Please plan accordingly.

Monday, August 1 @ 5pm-6:30pm-  8U All-Player Tryout

Monday, August 1 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm-  10U All-Player Tryout

Tuesday, August 2 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm-  12U All-Player Tryout

Wednesday, August 3 @ 5:30pm-7pm-  10U Pitching and Catching Tryout

Wednesday, August 3 @ 7pm-8pm-  11U Pitching and Catching Tryout

Thursday, August 4 @ 5:30pm-6:30pm-  12U Pitching and Catching Tryout

Thursday, August 4 @ 6:30pm-8pm-  13U/14U Pitching and Catching Tryout

Friday, August 5 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm-  9U All-Player Tryout

Saturday, August 6 @ 8:30am-10:30am-  11U All-Player Tryout

Saturday, August 6 @ 10:30am-12:30pm-  13U/14U All-Player Tryout





Congratulations to our 2021-22 SEP Softball Club teams


14U Rams Black 14U Rams Gold
Head Coach- Cristen Clark Head Coach- John Dayton
Assistant Coach- Tyler Naeve Assistant Coach- Melissa Kruse
Kenna Brooker Vanna Atkinson
Ainsley Brunner Mia Blackford
Halle Clark Emelia Dayton
Miley Koogler Lauren Elsbernd
Ava Miller Cail Farley
Kyra Naeve Maddie Hall
Kendall Nicodemus Evelyn Kruse
Olivia VanDerSluis Lilly Reynolds
Lexie West Rylee Winkelman
  Brooklyn Yanske
13U Rams Black 12U Rams Black
Head Coach- Heather Osborn Head Coach- Brian Ohorilko
Assistant Coach- Bill Myers Assistant Coach- Kari Price
Oliviah Clark Brinley Cope
Ella Deines Alayna Goldsberry
Emma Hageman Carly Kielman
Maddie Lamberti Ivy Ohorilko
Riley Miller Karter Price
Hayden Myers Chloe Snyder
Josie Osborn Kailee Thamontri
Hanna Shaffer Hallie Vander Weerdt
Kate Wahman Josie Wadstrom
Anna Wahman Berkley Weiland
12U Rams Gold 12U Rams White
Head Coach- Matt Williams Head Coach- Steph Benge
Assistant Coach- Brad Askeland Assistant Coach- Barrett Rogness
Assistant Coach- Ben Kirchmann  
Blakely Askeland Taylor Benge
Tinley Askeland Taylor Blazek
Kadie Cech Sariya Gobin
Liz Egland Maylene Jones
Chelsea Harringa Isabella McDonough
Marissa Kirchmann Chesney Nepper
Riley Lang Hadley Rogness
Riya Schilling Laney Sharp
Ella Wheatly Claire Sigwarth
Lucy Williams JoJo Smith
Rilee Wooster Ava VanHoozer
  Makayla Waage
11U Rams Black 11U Rams Gold
Head Coach- Donnie Widlund Head Coach- Ryan Brooker
Assistant Coach- Scott Richeal  
McCaelyn Rae Casey Maci Brooker
Chloe Cox Hannah Dodge
Macie Doyle Lilah Frydendall
Sloane Gaffney Ella Immerfall
Avery Nelson Kaydence Kacher
Mya Osore Jaidyn Moore
Aubrey Richeal Lily Nikkel
Athena Schoenauer Nia Robinson
Carly Weigel Jada Rogers
Aurora Widlund Layla Winkel
10U Rams Black 10U Rams Gold
Head Coach- Kevin Kain Head Coach- Seth Kelly
Assistant Coach- Todd Field  
Assistant Coach- Steve Russell  
  Eleanor Bierce
Kali Bagby Clarke Dawson
Savannah Clark Zoe Enyart
Avari DeVries Maliah Hensley
Kinsley Field Bailey James
Mali Kain Brynlee Kelly
Mya McClaflin Audrey Phillips
Maeci Rogers Emma Rist
Zoey Russell Catelyn Shannon
Jordan Tiedeman Madison Van Wyk
Arianne Westbrook Malia Vanderwerff
9U Rams Black 8U Rams Black
Head Coach- Andy Smith Head Coach- Heather Cox
Assistant Coach- Ron Billingsley  
Assistant Coach- Brandy Jankowski  
Rorie Anderson Kamryn Barr
Landry Askeland Emersynn Colbert
Teryn Billingsley Lauryn Cox
Eden Brady Mallory Flynn
Gracelyn Jankowski Harper Hume
Tessa Russell Ellie Morgan
Adaline Shields Charlotte Osborn
Kaya Shortell Oaklee Smalley
Gia Smith Peighton Timmerman
Eleanor Van Der Brink Alyse VanHoozer
  Audrie Williamson




2021-22 SEP Softball Club Information


Player Costs:

The season will run September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022 for all age groups.  Individual teams will set their specific practice and tournament schedule.  8U teams will be provided a budget for approximately 5 spring 2022 tournaments.  The remaining age divisions will be given a budget for approximately 8 spring 2022 tournaments.

  • Entry into fall tournaments will be determined by each team and coach and will be an additional expense.
  • End of the season tournaments (World Series/Nationals/Regionals) are not included in the 5 & 8 game budget.  It will be up to the coaches and parents to determine participation in an end of the season tournament.  Expenses for this will be outside and in addition to the regular season games noted above.  Your team’s remaining budget  (not used, cancellations, rainouts) can be used to fund these tournaments.
  • Banners, coaches shirts, and other team expenses will be left to the individual team and coaches.  We have 2-3 different Rams apparel opportunities.


The fees for the 2021-2022 season are now set. The cost per player and fee schedule for the 2021-22 season is shown below.

2020- 2021  Cost Per Player  8U  9U-14U
Tournament Entry   $225 $360
Uniforms     $149 $149
Indoor Practice Facility $  35   $  35
Equipment/Expenses      $  33 $  33
Insurance     $  16   $  16
Total  $458   $593


2021-2022 Tournament Fee                                                                                      

Capital Improvement Funds



Volunteer Funds  $  40    $ 40
Total Balance per Player    




Fee Payment Schedule

Age Division                                                        8U           9U-14U
Registration for Tryouts $  50  $  50
Sept 15, 2021 $155  $200
Nov 1, 2021   $155 $200
Feb 1, 2022 $150  $200
Total $510  $650



  1. Uniforms
  2. Insurance
  3. Indoor practices. Indoor tunnels rent would be $40 for 60 minutes.
  4. Indoor player fielding clinic with H.S. coaches.
  5. Indoor player hitting clinic (cages) with H.S. coaches.
  6. 8 tournaments - additional tournaments (about $450 each) parents pay for.
  7. 2 weekly practices at complex. Rental would be $30 an hour.
  8. Cage hitting at complex. Rental would be $10 an hour.
  9. Pitching lanes at complex. Rental would be $10 an hour.
  10. Tournament coaches clinics with H.S. coaches.
  11. Indoor practices for beginning tournament pitchers.
  12. Outdoor players fielding clinic with H.S. coaches.
  13. Outdoor players hitting clinic with H.S. coaches.
  14. "I Score" computer program instruction.
  15. Team recognition and refreshments at H.S. game.
  16. Free players passes to one high school game.
  17. Individual and team photo opportunity.
  18. End of season party for tournament and recreation players.



Is there a fee for tryouts?

Yes, there will be a $50 non-refundable fee required to try out.  If your daughter is placed on a tournament team, this amount will be credited to your total.


Who will conduct the evaluations?

Coach Tia, her coaching staff and select college and high school players will be completing the player evaluations during the tryouts. 


What is contemplated in the evaluations of each player?








Timed Speed
















The scores of these individual outcomes will be collated to determine a total score per player.  Coaching evaluations and in-season stats from the previous season, if available, may also be used to determine team placement.  


How will pitchers and catchers be evaluated and divided between teams?  How many pitchers and catchers will be on each team?

It is important that a program of our caliber has skilled pitchers and catchers throughout each of its teams.  For 9U-14U, our preferred outcome is that each team has 3 Pitchers and 2 Catchers. 

We will rate each player on both overall ability and pitcher/catcher ability.  If a situation arises where a player’s general rank is significantly higher than their pitcher/catcher rank, we will have a discussion with that family about the recommended outcome and the family’s preference.  While it will ultimately be the head coach's decision on positions played throughout the season, a player who does not declare and try out as a pitcher/catcher should not expect to play these positions.  In other words, players expecting to pitch and catch during the tournament season need to “tryout” to pitch or catch.


Can a player tryout for more than one or a different age group than the one she was ‘born’ into?

Players will not be allowed to try out for multiple age groups, but should register for the highest age division in which they desire to compete.  The player will be assigned to the team/age division that is best for our program based on skills, coach evaluations, and available stats.  Players eligible for a younger age group who want to play up will not force out an eligible player within the age group.


Will tournament teams be placed for players that are “odd age eligible” (9U, 11U, 13U)?

GAGSA will continue to do this if the tryout placement fits for the player and program numbers allow.  Players that score significantly higher than their age could be placed with the older team if the Club feels that it will be in the best interest of the player or teams.  These teams are put together when there is a cluster of players that are age eligible and score within a similar range.  Program numbers and evaluation scores will dictate if these teams will be put together or the number of them within any particular age.  In other words, if program numbers do not allow for multiple odd age teams, players could be placed to the next available age to fill teams.



Will a player outside the SEP school district be allowed to try out?

Outside players are allowed to try out, but players within the district will be given priority to participate over outside players for placement on a team.  Outside players that previously lived in the district or participated in the program are considered in-district so long as their participation in the program is without interruption.  The outside players will be placed based on the evaluator’s and SEP Rams Softball Club tournament committee discretion.  The number of teams will be determined based on player and coach availability.


Is a 9th grade player eligible for SEP Rams Softball Club?

9th grade players are not eligible for the “traditional” program, therefore should not register to attend a tryout if age eligible.  If a 9th grade player resides in the district and is interested in finding a team, feel free to contact the tournament director who will attempt to find a team outside of our program to participate in.


What are the expectations of parents and players to be a part of the SEP Rams Softball Program?

We have put all of our code of conduct, volunteer, and capital improvement expectations online. 

It is imperative that you read and understand these.  This code of conduct applies to practices, games, and anytime that would be considered GAGSA time.  We have and will take recourse in given situations where the code of conduct is not followed. 


When will team announcements be made?  On or about, Sunday, August 22.  Teams may not start practicing any earlier than August 30, 2021.




2022 Individual or Group Lesson Contact List for SEP Tournament Club Teams


Cassady Knudsen (  Pitching

Played professionally in the US and New Zealand.  Graduate assistant for Mississippi State.  Served on the National Pitching Counsel.  Pitched for Mississippi State in college.  Outstanding high school player at Southeast Polk.


Vern King (  Pitching and Hitting

Coached at Southeast Polk for the past 35 years.  Currently works with high school pitchers.  Coached at all levels for the SEP Tournament Club.


Cassie Harrington (  Hitting

Freshman coach at Southeast Polk.  Played college softball at DMACC and high school softball at Des Moines North.  Teacher in the Des Moines School District.


Ashley Allen (  Catching

Assistant coach at Central College.  Coached at Urbandale High School.  Played college softball at Simpson.