No matter the level, teams will face challenges throughout the course of a season. How a club responds to these challenges determines the level of success the team will have.
For the 12u Hamilton Little Lads, there have been several challenges since day one. Coach Daniel Tozzi has seen his scrapy group of players battle all season.
Tozzi has been facing roster challenges since the start of the season as his collection of players haven’t taken the field together in a lengthy amount of time.
“These boys played together in the past, but when they took the field for districts this was the first time that they all played together,” said Tozzi.
Even when there is familiarity between players, everyone needs time to get onto the same page. “They needed a couple practices and games to get back in the groove of things,” Tozzi said. “The boys were able to gel together easily.”
A Short Bench
Tozzi’s roster has been trimmed to only 11 players leaving only two players available off of the bench. This small roster limits options for the team and raises the importance of each roster move made by Tozzi.
“The lack of depth has made it more difficult to figure out what your next move will be,” said Tozzi.
Despite the challenges, the Hamilton Little Lads found success and finished the season with an 8-3 record. On top of that, Hamilton won the 12u Southern New Jersey District 1 Championship
With the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series right around the corner in August, Tozzi says that his team cannot wait to get to Branson. “This has been a very interesting run and the boys are fired up to get out there.”