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2020 Summer Softball Season Cancelled

Dear Families, 
 
In light of last week's announcement of the COVID-19 guidelines by the State of Minnesota and the City of Edina, the Edina Softball Association (ESA) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 summer softball season. 
As you may be aware, the additional guidelines released last week allowed for the opening of limited group activities with the following restrictions: 
 
  • Must follow social distancing measures by maintaining 6 feet between participants
  • Must be a total group size of 10 or less: this includes coaches, players, parents, and instructors
  • Avoid shared equipment
  • Continue to practice hygiene and other safety practices as recommended by the CDC
  • No games, scrimmages or face-to-face interaction is allowed
The ESA has determined that adhering to the guidelines and creating an inclusive, fun, and family-oriented season is not possible. The ESA prides itself on teaching fundamentals of softball, which includes teamwork and interaction with other players. Maintaining social distance guidelines and limiting the number of people would not be true to the softball experience.  
To keep the spirit of softball alive this summer, the ESA will be providing a softball to each girl to practice at home this summer. We will be reaching out the first week of June with further details on how and when to pick up the softball. 
 
Like you, this is not the way we had envisioned for our summer program. However, the health and well-being of our players and families is our number one priority. 
 
To that end, the ESA is providing you three options: 
1.) 100% Refund (less original transaction fees)
2.) 100% Donation to ESA to support our program efforts
3.) 50% Refund / 50% Donation
A donation to the ESA would be greatly appreciated since the ESA has already incurred the majority of our expenses for the year, including promotional activities and equipment purchases, without the ability to have our year-end season tournament fundraiser. Your donation would be greatly appreciated to maintain the quality of the program and help the ESA provide an exceptional 2021 season.
 
Please use the following link to indicate your refund and/or donation choice. If we do not receive your response by May 31, 2020, we will consider your choice to be a donation.  
 
 
We will miss you all and look forward to returning to the field next summer. 
 
Sincerely, 
The Edina Softball Association
 
For additional questions please reach out to Liz at liz.gerlach@icloud.com 

Thank You for a fun-filled 2019 Season!

Thank you all for your commitment and participation to make this league possible. Our goal is to create a family-friendly and affordable experience where all girls can learn and have fun at any experience level. 

A special thanks to our sponsors for supporting our league Tradition Bank, Rojo, and Nicklasson Sports.

 

How To Size a Slowpitch Softball Glove?

When it comes to choosing a slowpitch softball glove, it's important to consider the age and size of the player.  As she grows and becomes more skilled, she will need a larger glove to match her skills and expectations.

In slowpitch girls and women's softball (as well as adult co-ed) we use an 11” ball, while in fastpitch and men's leagues they will use 12".

You will find the size marked on the thumb or last finger the glove.  Also, you will find that various brands (Mizuno, Easton, Louisville, Wilson) size their gloves differently.

For K-3, a glove between 9-11" is recommended.  For the youngest players, some gloves are so small that a ball can barely fit inside.  However, the player's hand and strength might not be enough to handle a glove that is much bigger.  We use Incrediballs at the K-1 level so injury is avoided, but at grades 2-3, a proper fitting glove is important.

For grades 4-6: 10-11".  Again, this can depend on the size and strength of the player.

For grades 7th through adult: 11.5-12.5"

Most girls are ready to move to a bigger glove in 7th grade, usually the last one that they might need.

Finally, whatever glove you pick, please take a Sharpie and write your contact info.  Many, many gloves are left behind every year.

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Thank You! 2019 Edina Girls Softball Sponsors

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We are looking for parent support and involvement!

Please consider supporting the Edina Softball organization with your time and talent. We currently have volunteer and board roles open for the 2020 Season. If you are interested in attending a Softball Board Meeting reach out to Andrew at ajjarmuz@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Weather Hotline

The City of Edina will update their weather hotline if games are canceled due to weather. Keep in mind this line is not updated after 4:30 p.m. Updates after 4:30 p.m. will come from the website, Facebook page or team coaches. 

Weather Hotline:
952-826-0368

The Edina Softball Association (ESA) offers recreational and travel slow-pitch softball for Edina girls grades K-12.

ESA goals include having fun, teaching the rules and skills of softball, encouraging good sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-confidence.