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Registration Dates

Registration for all teams in the 2021 Eden Prairie Fastpitch Softball program opens on: 

  • February 1, 2021

The registration deadline for summer teams is 11:59:59pm March 7, 2021

Parent Information Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person meeting is not feasible. We hope to develop some kind of way to reach out to you about how our fastpitch softball program works and for you to have questions answered. 

  • TBD

When the Parent Information Meetings have concluded; you may find (or download) the PowerPoint presentation (link not ready).

Softball Skills Clinics

The EPFA conducts player development clinics during the offseason to work on softball skills for new and existing players.  These are conducted on SUN evenings at the Eden Prairie High School Activity Center.  

We will be hosting an "Eagles Clinics night with EPHS Softball Players" in February.  This will be a fun night for girls to attend that have not played softball before as well as for our seasoned players.  Fun for all!

Also in February, EPHS Asst Varsity Coach, Jim Bayer, will be hosting his famous fielding clinics on Thursday nights in the EP Dome.   

Please watch the website home page for more details as they become available.  

 

EP Fastpitch does not conduct tryouts anymore. Instead, players are evaluated for the skills they possess and the evaluation scores will assist us when creating teams. To prepare them for the Player Evaluations, we will conduct a "Evaluation Preview" Clinic to take players through the same skill tests we use during Evaluations so they know what to expect. 

  • Sundays, February 21 and 28, EPHS Dome

More information about our "Evaluation Preview" Clinic will be posted by early February.

Softball Player Evaluations

Prior to the regular season, the EPFPA will evaluate prospective players and assemble teams of varying competition levels. We encourage players to attend our "Eval Prep" Days clinics on:

  • Sunday, February 21 and February 28, 2021

The 2021 Player Evaluations will be conducted on:

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021

Attendance for Player Evaluations is mandatory. Details for Player Evaluations will be provided by mid-February. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend Player Evaluations on this date, contact us. 

Look for more information on our website and Facebook page regarding these events, nearer to the actual dates.

Team Selection

After receiving Player Evaluation scoring data, EP Fastpitch will sort through the results to determine the best way to assemble teams. They should complete forming softball teams by the end of the second week of March. Announcements to families regarding the roster will not be made until coaches are found, certified and assigned to teams. It is our goal to have the team's head coach announce team placement to families around March 15th. Players unable to participate in Player Evaluations will be placed to teams at the discretion of the EP Fastpitch Softball Directors.

Prospective First Day of Practice

After teams are formed and coaches are organized, we hope to arrange time and space for coaches to conduct indoor practices (usually at a nearby elementary school gym) as early as Sunday, March 21. The City of Eden Prairie will determine when teans will be allowed to use the fields for outdoor practices. Our hopeful date is Sunday, April 18

Expected Regular Season

8U Single-game regular season games, WEDs beginning May 5
  Double-header regular season games, WEDs, beginning June 9
  Last regular season game July 7
10U Double-header regular season games, TUEs beginning May 4
  Last regular season game  June 22
12U Double-header regular season games, MONs beginning May 3
  Double-header regular season games, MONs and WEDs, beginning May 3
  Last regular season game June 23


All 8U games start at 6:00pm. All 10U/12U games start at 6:15 pm. Games end in 65 minutes or 7 innings, whichever comes first, and may end in ties. There will be a 10-15 minute intermission between double-header games. 

Picture Day

We have selected TBD as EP Fastpitch Picture Day. Details will be announced closer to that date. 

End of Season

All teams participate in a final tournament at the end of the regular season. 

  • 10U, 12U State QualifierJune 25-27, locations vary
    • Teams that win a game during the State Qualifier earn a berth to play at the State Tournament
    • Teams without a win during the State Qualifier will end their season.
  • 8U State Tournament, July 10-11locations vary
    • 8U season ends; girls with 2011 birthdays can look forward to 10U Fall Ball. 
  • 12U State Tournament, July 17-18, locations vary
    • Teams must win a game during the State Qualifier to play in the State Tournament.
    • Teams without a mid-season tournament win (for a berth to Nationals) will end their season.
  • 10U State Tournament, July 10-11, locations vary
    • Teams must win a game during the State Qualifier to play in the State Tournament.
    • Teams without a mid-season tournament win (for a berth to Nationals) will end their season.
  • NAFA Northern Nationals
    • Teams must earn their berth to Nationals from a mid-season tournament win.
    • July 22-25: Northview Park & Lexington-Diffley Fields, Eagan
    • July 25-18: Lamar Field & Grey Cloud Elementary, Cottage Grove
  • Monsta Girls Fastpitch Championships, August 5-8, locations vary
    • Teams must earn their berth to Nationals from a mid-season tournament win.
    • 10A & 10 B/C : Dred Scott Playfields, Bloomington
    • 12A & 12 B/C : Aronson Park, Lakeville
    • 14A & 14 B/C, 16A & 16 B/C : Chisago Lakes HS, Chisago Lakes