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Welcome to the Northfield Fastpitch Softball Association Website

We are a non profit organization focused on growing the girls fastpitch softball program in Northfield.

We offer a traveling league for competitive players in the spring/summer and for a brief 6 week season in the fall.  

5v5v5 Registration Open

The Northfield Fastpitch Softball Association want to see players back on the field. With social distancing in mind, our association will offer a 5v5v5 program during the month of July and possibly into August. Games and practices will be played during weekday evenings. Players will be placed on teams based on age and skill level. 

What’s 5v5v5?

  • A game consists of three (3) teams competing against each other in a 5 innings game.
  • Each team plays defense for two-thirds of an inning (nine outs) and shall bat five times.
  • An "Infield Team" and an "Outfield Team" play defense. While the "Batting Team" takes their turn at bat.
  • All three teams rotate positions for one cycle (nine outs) to complete one inning.
  • The winning team is the team that scores the most runs (of course).
  • Other than the three-team format, normal age appropriate fastpitch softball rules apply.
  • Each team will have a coach who will assign positions, batting order and substitution decisions

For more details see the 5v5v5 Rules and Guidelines document below. 

Cost

The fee will be $25 cash or check only to cover field and insurance costs. The NFSA will collect payment the first evening of play.

REGISTER HERE

Registration closed for summer season

Registration for the 2020 summer travel softball season has closed.  Check back for fall ball registration in July. 

Please email admin@northfieldfastpitch.org if you have questions or concerns. 

 

PLAYER'S AGE & FEES

A player’s age on December 31, 2019 determines that player’s age classification:

  • 18U: 1/1/01 - 12/31/02    = $325
  • 16U: 1/1/03 - 12/31/04    = $325
  • 14U: 1/1/05 - 12/31/06    = $325
  • 12U: 1/1/07 - 12/31/08    = $325
  • 10U: 1/1/09 - 12/31/10    = $275
  • 8U: 1/1/11 or later           = $225

*Financial assistance is available through the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative. Please contact the Northfield Community Action Center to access a scholarship.

VOLUNTEER FEE

Parents will need to submit a check for the $150 Volunteer Fee, per player, at the first coach’s meeting. Families must complete 6 volunteer hours, per player. Once the 6 hours are completed, the check will be destroyed. If a family chooses not to complete the 6 hours, the check will be cashed by July 31st. Volunteer hours can be completed by family members 18 years of age and older.  Players are welcome to help with concession stand shift but may not work alone.

 

EQUIPMENT

Custom jerseys will be provided for players to keep at the end of the season. Participants need to provide socks, black pants, helmet with chin strap/cage, and glove.  Fielding masks are not required, but are highly recommended for safety.

TOURNAMENTS

The NFSA will provide funding for up to two tournaments per team. The Tri County State Qualifier Tournament and the State Tournament are also included in the registration fee. 

PLAYING TIME

  • Equal playing time in not guaranteed. Over the course of the regular season, each player will get a fair and ample amount of playing time. Coaches have the authority to limit playing time if a player has absences from games and/or practice. 
  • If a player is going to miss any game or practice, the player or a family member must notify the coach in advance. Failure to do so may result in a loss of playing time.
  • The State Qualifier and State Tournaments follow strict ASA rules which restrict substitutions on the line-up card. These rules may result in reduced playing time for some players as the coaches use their best judgement to field the most competitive team.

PAYMENT OPTION

PAY IN FULL Submit total player fees online today upon conclusion of this online registration session via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account.

PAYMENT PLAN:  Fees are divided into 2 equal installments with the first half to be collected online today upon conclusion of this registration session via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account. The remaining balance will be automatically debited from the SAME ACCOUNT on March 15, 2020.

  • If you wish to use a different account to pay the balance, please log in to your Sport Ngin account BEFORE the first day of payment to update your account information.

 

COVID-19 Update: Summer travel season canceled

The Northfield Fastpitch Softball Association Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 summer travel season. The decision to do such was based on three main factors:

  1. Northfield teams will not have access to Rock Fields until July per the school district.
  2. With current events being as they are, the Minnesota Department of Health has been slow to provide clear guidance and a timeline regarding game and tournament play creating uncertainty that makes planning difficult at best.
  3. The board has concerns that the Minnesota Softball plan to return to play does not adequately address safety concerns expressed by our families on a recent survey. The NFSA’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our players, coaches, umpires and families.

Refund Information

The Northfield Fastpitch Softball Association will hand out refund checks and jerseys from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23rd at Rock Fields. If those hours don’t work for you, please email admin@northfieldfastpitch.org to make arrangements for pick up.

Several families have generously offered to donate their spring registration fee to the NFSA. Thank you!  If you’d like to donate yours just let Andy Hauskins know at pick up and he will shred your check. Please don’t feel obligated to donate though.

The NFSA will refund registration less a $40 cancellation fee. The fee covers the cost of the jersey and processing fees. Refunds amounts are as follows: $285 for 14U and 12U; $235 for 10U; and $185 for 8U.

The NFSA will cover other pre-season costs that have already been incurred. 

In the meantime, there are many things you can do as parents to keep your children active, and to keep them building their skills. There is a plethora of online tools, drills, videos and programs, many that are free, that provide solo instruction as well as ways you as a parent can assist. There are some resources available on the Coaches and Clinic webpage.

 

Minnesota Softball League

See what's going on with the Minnesota Softball League.

Traveling Softball Season Schedule

  • 8U  -  Season runs from May 6 - July 8th,  First practice will be mid April.
  • 10U – Season runs from May 7 – June 23rd.  First practice will be mid April.
  • 12U - Season runs from May 5 – July 7th.  First practice will be mid April.
  • 14U - Season runs from May 19th – July 7th.  First practice will be mid May.
  • 16U - Season runs from June 1st – July 8th.  First practice will be mid May.
  • 18U - Season runs from June 2nd – July 7th.  First practice will be mid May.
  • ** all schedules are tentative and will be finalized at a later date.

  • 1 practice per week (minimum), time will be set by the coach
  • Typically there are no games the week of the 4th of July 

Mark Your Calendars!

See season details here!

2020 Tournament Dates

Date Level of Play Location
6/26-6/28 10U State Qualifier TBD
6/26-6/28 12U State Qualifier TBD
7/13-7/14 8U State Tournament TBD
7/18-7/19 10U State Tournament TBD
7/11-7/12 12U State Tournament TBD
7/11-7/12 14U State Qualifier TBD
7/11-7/12 16U State Qualifier TBD
7/11-7/12 18U State Qualifier TBD
7/18-7/19 14U State Tournament TBD
7/18-7/19 16U State Tournament TBD
7/18-7/19 18U State Tournament TBD