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Eden Prairie Fastpitch Softball

The Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association is a non-profit, volunteer managed youth sports organization dedicated to promoting excellence in girls’ fastpitch softball. The goal is to develop and teach the fundamentals of softball in a healthy, safe, and positive environment. 

Recognizing that individuals will have different skills and needs, a positive environment will be created to foster contribution, accomplishment, confidence and a feeling of self-worth in all players. Coaches will strive to see that each participant will be treated fairly and know they are an important part of the team and that their contribution is valued.


Changes Beginning 2017

Beginning 2017, Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association has joined other community fastpitch softball associations in the Big West League, a division of Minnesota Softball. 


Changes Beginning 2016

Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association is changing its league structure in order to better accommodate our players and families. Our #1 goal remains the same in that we desire to offer and deliver a positive fastpitch softball experience for our players at every age level.

Some terms used in the past such as “In-House” and “Travel” will no longer be used. Due to the changing structure of past “In-House” leagues, it became clear that our "In-House" teams were having to play teams at venues farther away than some of the locations our “Travel” teams had to go to.

Beginning 2016, all EP Fastpitch teams will play in the Suburban League against opponents from primarily our area. Possible opponents include, but are not limited to: Edina, Richfield, Minnetonka, Chanhassen, etc. All teams will be placed in leagues with similar skill levels – giving each team the best chance to succeed.


Philosophy

We want to grow and develop the athletes in the community by providing the right level of training and competition for each athlete. By offering and delivering a positive fastpitch softball experience for our players at ever age level, we believe we can make a difference with in the lives of our athletes and the community.


Program Goals

  • Provide effective, high quality softball training for players and coaches at all levels, by providing opportunities to play competitively and developing their athletic skills to advance to another level. 
  • Provide a structured program that is cooperative with and respected by other community programs.
  • Create a fun and entertaining environment for the players, families, coaches and community.
  • Seek to maximize the potential of every player in the program.
  • Develop players and teams that are able to compete at a national level.
  • Encourage and foster player participation for the full length of a player’s youth sports career.
  • Foster the importance of teamwork and the understanding that all team members play an integral part in the success of the team.
  • To promote skill development and create a positive self-esteem for every player

League Play

There are two seasons for fastpitch softball:

  • Summer season is from mid-April to July. During the summer season, the EP Fastpitch 8U, 10U, and 12U teams play in the Big West League.
  • The fall season is Aug-Sept and is played in the Minnesota Softball League.

Eligibility (2018)

Eden Prairie fastpitch follows the ASA guidelines for teams:

Division Age Date of Birth within the calendar year
8U 8 and under 2009, 2010 and 2011
10U 10 and under 2007 and 2008
12U 12 and under 2005 and 2006

 

Players are eligible to participate, subject to the following criteria, if :

  • They are a resident of Eden Prairie
  • Attend an Eden Prairie school (regardless of city of residence)
  • A parent with which they live, works in Eden Prairie
  • If none of the above criteria are met, non-residents may be allowed to play if the EP Fastpitch Board determines that additional players are need to field a team at an age group or to provide a team w/ needed pitching and/or catching
  • Must have paid all applicable fees – past and present
  • Must have filled out all required forms, including any signed waivers and commitment forms required

Team Formation

The emphasis at the 8U, 10U and 12U levels is player development. Athletes will focus on learning the fundamentals of the game, playing as a team, and having fun.

Teams at the older age levels also stress fundamentals but add more game strategy and advanced skills. Teams typically have 10-14 athletes. An evaluation process for Summer teams is held in the late spring timeframe. Players are placed on teams based on evaluations and other criteria (such as key skills i.e. pitching/catching).


Playing Up

All players must register and complete the Player Evaluations at their current age level (the youngest age group they qualify for). A player may be asked to play up (a higher age division) based on the position that is determined by the Board to be needed for the current season. 


Volunteering

Volunteer hours are an important part of making the association successful and for keeping costs low. A small amount of volunteer time is expected from all families during the season. A buyout option for the summer season is also available at time of registration. The most common volunteer opportunities performed by families are:

  • concession sales
    • indoor or outdoor concessions
  • field maintenance
    • grooming, raking, and/or chalking fields during tournaments

Volunteer duties are managed by our Concessions Manager. For more detailed information, please visit our Volunteering webpage (here).


Registration

Registration is completed online at epfastpitch.com for both Summer and Fall seasons. It is the player's and parent's responsibility to seek out registration information – watch for announcements on our Facebook page or on website at www.epfastpitch.com


Fees and Expenses:

2017 8U 10U 12U Grade 7-8 High School
Competition Level   Black Red White Black Red White 3CV 3CV
Cost per Athlete $75 $400 $300 $175 $500 $300 $175 $175 $195

 

  • General administration fees (postage, copying costs, storage shed rental, post office box, etc.),
  • Uniforms,
  • Team insurance,
  • Equipment expenses,
  • League fee,
  • Playing fees (game balls, field maintenance, umpire fees, tournament fees)

Coaches

All coaches for the 8U, 10U and 12U age divisions are volunteer coaches, and often are parents of a player on their team. The EPFPA requires coaches to complete a background check and a concussion awareness program. Prior to the start of the season, coaches participate in a coaches clinic provided by the EPFPA. Head coaches are ACE certified.


Team Photos

During the summer season, EP Fastpitch Picture Day will allow families to purchase individual and team photographs by a professional sports photography organization. 


Inclement Weather

We are required to call off practices and games when threatening or poor weather is in the area. League administrators make every attempt to provide notification by 4 pm.  The City of Eden Prairie will ultimately make the call for field use by 3 pm.  Wet fields become a hazard to players and are difficult to maintain. Coaches/Team managers are notified by the league administrators and typically manage a call list to notify parents.