10U Fastpitch Spring/Summer
Eligibility for all fastpitch leagues is based upon a player's birth year, regardless of what grade she is in school.
For 2022, if your daughter has a birth year of 2011 or 2012, she is eligible to play 10U fastpitch.
10U is a developmental league, and it is our desire to maximize the playing experience for every athlete in our association. Players should be afforded the opportunity to play at a variety of positions. The focus is skill development for pitchers, catchers, and utilities. The MN Softball Big West, of which MGSA is a member, has thriving leagues at all levels of competitive play. 10U games are played by national rules (link below). 10U plays with an 11" ball (same as 8U), and the pitching distance is 35'.
Tryouts are required for the 10U level. Tryout evaluations in March allow MGSA to build teams upon player abilities and skills. Our goal is to form one A level team, then all other players will form B or possibly C teams based on numbers and like-skill level. We base team formation off of results from evaluations to ensure we are developing pitchers and catchers as well as keeping like-abilities together.
10U Fastpitch Philosophy
The program’s primary focus is player development in nature. Girls will learn the game of fastpitch in a competitive environment. The full roster is batted for all games. Girls on average will play 3-4 different positions (or more) throughout the season. During league games, positions are fairly liberally rotated and winning is second behind getting girls at bats and opportunities at different positions. Tournament games are typically more competitive, and coaches will play to win to enable playing more games in elimination brackets. The commitment to fastpitch is typically at a high level and attendance is important relative to player development.
10U Spring Fastpitch Committment
- 2 practices per week
- 1 batting cage per week
- 1 double header per week in May
- 2 double headers per week in June
- 4-5 tournaments per season
2022 Important 10U Spring Fastpitch Dates:
- TBD (2 days in March), 10U Tryouts
- TBD (usually last weekend in June), 10U State Qualifiers
- TBD (usually 2nd weekend in July), 10U End of Season State Tournament
We ask for players that want to join fastpitch to be dedicated to this sport. We want to keep our rosters small in order to get girls more playing time, but in order to do that, we need girls to be committed to softball during the season. We expect players to attend all practices, doubleheaders, and tournaments.
Season: April through July
Fall Fastpitch Season is when girls age-up to the next level. The rules are the same as spring/summer ball (above), the season is short, and there is a strong focus on player development.
Fall 10U teams practice twice a week up until Labor Day, then only pratice once a week once school starts until the state tournament (last weeekend of September).
Like spring/summer, we operate under the MN Softball League, however unlike spring, competition adjusts each week based on your results from the prior week(s). Double Headers are on Saturdays and typically located in the southwest metro (EP, Hopkins, Wayzata, Chanhassen, Bloomington, etc.) There may be some longer travel days, but usually no more than 1/2 an hour drive (the league sets the schedule). You will not know who/when/where until about a few days prior to the games. Game time doubleheaders are either 12 & 1:30 p.m. or 3 & 4:30 p.m.
For 2021, if your daughter has a birth year of 2011 or 2012, she is eligible to play 10U fastpitch.
Tryouts are required for the 10U level. Tryout evaluations in July allow MGSA to build teams upon player abilities and skills. We base team formation off of results from evaluations to ensure we are developing pitchers and catchers as well as keeping like-abilities together.
2021 Important 10U Fall Fastpitch Dates:
- Week of 8/9: Fall Practices Begin
- Double headers: 8/21, 8/28, 9/11, 9/18 *No games Labor Day Weekend (9/4)
- TBD, Fall Skills Clinic
- State Tournament (All Teams Qualify): 9/25