Your kid gets nominated. Most say yes, but with saying yes you are also paying more money to play into something else. It doesn't really matter, yet or at least at this age. It's kind of political, kids picked from all teams to keep all clubs happy, not necessarily the best players.

If you really don't know about travel, talk to the local parents in your town. See who plays where. If you are planning on starting travel now (7th going to 8th) it's going to to start getting a bit crazy. Parents are nuts. Find a club that is good for your kid.....or just get your kid private lessons and do lots of wall ball. If she can catch and throw very well, she'll play. There are way more school teams than travel teams, so the talent level really drops in school.