10U Fastpitch Spring/Summer 2022
Eligibility: Based on birth year, girls born in 2012 and 2013
Overview: Developed to provide a fun, competitive learning environment, our 10U program is focused on accelerated skill development for pitchers, catchers and utility players. The full roster is batted every game and players have the opportunity to play a variety of different positions throughout the season, particularly during league games. Our approach to tournaments is more competitive and coaches will “play to win” which helps enable our teams to play more games in elimination tournaments. Games are sanctioned by the Minnesota Softball Big West league, which Minnetonka Girls Softball Association (MGSA) is a member and follows national fastpitch rules.
The season kicks off with mandatory player evaluations. Girls will be placed on teams with others at similar skill levels, with the goal of forming one “A” level team, then all other players placed on “B” and “C” teams depending on registration numbers and skill levels. Team formations are based off results from the evaluations to ensure we are developing pitchers and catchers and keeping similar skill levels together. Official fastpitch jerseys and socks are included with the registration fee.
Equipment Needed: Black softball pants (knicker style), batting helmet with cage, fielder's mask, bat, and softball glove.
Season Commitment: Mid-April through mid-July
- Mandatory player tryouts
- Two practices/week
- One doubleheader/week (Tuesday or Thursday) during month of May
- Two doubleheaders/week (Tuesday/Thursday): month of June
- Four tournaments/season:
- State Qualifiers
- State Tournament
- Other tournaments: TBD
- Optional post season play
- Travel to various locations around the Twin Cities
- Jersey and socks provided
- Equipment needed: black pants, batting helmet with cage, glove, bat, and defensive mask.
- March 12th & March 19th Tryouts, mandatory both days
- Week of April 10th, Team Practices Start (weather-dependent)
- Week of May 2nd, Games Start
- June 24-25th, 10U State Qualifiers
- July 8-9th, 10U 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.
10U FASTPITCH-Fall 2023
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 shorter, and there is a strong focus on player development.
Fall 10U teams practice twice a week up until Labor Day, then only practice once a week once school starts until the state tournament (last weekend 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 2023, there is a change in age requirements, more to come...
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.
2023 Important 10U Fall Fastpitch Dates:
- Tryouts: 7/25-7/26
- Week of 8/14: Practices Begin
- Double headers: 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16)
- State Tournament (All Teams Qualify): 9/23
10U SELECTS: AUG 23 - MAR 24
Eligibility: 10U Selects will be back for their 2nd season in Fall 23! This offering is for players seeking year-round development with a team and as an individual skilled player competing at a high level.
The team will be formed during Fall tryouts based on indication of interest to make the team, and tryout results. Players will play fall ball, dome ball and 5 tournaments August '23 - March '24 and will practice 1-2x/week.
The team will have a paid head coach, and skill-specific training from paid specialized instructors including pitching, catching, and hitting. Training will be primarily at MHS Legacy Fields and the Tonka Dome.
The cost for 10U Selects is $1500. Players that receive an invite to the team will have their fall ball registration fee applied to the cost of Selects and charged an additional $400 upon acceptance. The remaining balance will be charged as 3 installments throughout the season.
2023 Important 10U Selects Dates:
- Tryouts: 7/25 & 7/26
- Week of 8/7: Practices Begin
- Doubleheaders:8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16
- Fall Tourney, TBD
- State Tourney, 9/23
- 4 Winter Tourneys: Turkey Trot, Holiday Bash, MLK, President's Day
- Possible Iowa Tourney weekend after spring break