Eligibility: See Age Eligibility Chart https://tonkasoftball.org/tonka-fastpitch/
Overview: Developed to introduce girls to fastpitch, while meeting the needs of families and players who want to be involved in Tonka Fastpitch from the beginning. Our 6U program teaches basic softball fundamentals, including throwing, catching, hitting and base running, with the goal of building player confidence and a love for the game. Rules are similar to higher age fastpitch levels, with modifications to enable learning and player development. Teams bat the lineup every inning, there is no leading off or stealing, and no walks. Pitching is done by coaches with the support of a tee, when needed. As the season progresses, players will start hitting off a machine to help with the transition to 8U. Games are played against other local communities with 6U programs, which provides a fun, competitive environment, while supporting early fastpitch player development.
Teams are formed by school, while accommodating friend requests as best as possible. Official fastpitch jerseys (similar to the higher age level fastpitch teams) and socks are included with the registration fee.
Season Commitment: Mid-April through July.
6U Spring Fastpitch Consists of:
- 1 practice a week
- 1 game per week (Mondays or Wednesdays)
- 1 tournament per season
- 1 softball given to promote practice at home
- Fastpitch jersey and socks
- 6U fastpitch clinic in April
- Local Travel (western suburbs)
Tryouts: There are no tryouts for 6U. Teams will be formed by schools and friend requests.
Equipment: Black pants/shorts, softball helmet with cage, softball mitt, softball bat. Defensive masks are optional for 6U players.
FALL INFO FOR 6U FASTPITCH
**Info coming Summer 2024
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 and games.