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    2021 Edina Softball Association Tournament

    Our tournament will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Van Valkenburg Fields.  It's a great way to celebrate the season!  Preparations are being made to finalize food, drinks, and snack options.  K/1 and 2/3 teams will each play one game, 4/5 teams will each play two games, and 6/8 and 9/12 teams will each play one game.  Please see the schedule below.  If interested in helping to put on the event, please contact Cassie Bonstrom at cassie.bonstrom@gmail.com.

    ESA Tournament Schedule - Saturday, July 17, 2021

    Van Valkenburg Fields

    K/1

    1:30 pm Field 1 Pink Panthers/Red Robins

    1:30 pm Field 2 Blue Jays/Green Xtreme

    1:30 pm Field 3 White Storm/Yellow Jackets

    2/3

    3:00 pm Field 2 Blue Jays/Red Robins

    3:00 pm Field 1 Green Xtreme /Pink Panthers

    4/5

    4:30 pm Field 1 Pink Panthers/Green Xtreme (winner plays championship game)

    4:30 pm Field 3 White Storm/Blue Jays (winner plays championship game)

    6:00 pm Field 1 Championship game

    6:00 pm Field 2 Consolation game

     

    6/8 –7:15 pm Field 3

    9/12 – 7:15 pm Field 1

    2021 Regular Registration Closed

    Still interested in registering?

    The regular deadline for registration has passed but we sometimes can accommodate late adds. If you are still interested in registering for the summer season, please email Cassie Bonstrom at cassie.bonstrom@gmail.com. In your email, include your daughter's name, her CURRENT grade and school. Please keep in mind that we can't guarantee friend requests for late adds, and your player's name will not be printed on her jersey. 

    REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR 9-12 CO-ED LEAGUE

    Information about the upcoming Edina Softball season! Read the information below and if you have additional questions, please reach out to Cassie Bonstrom at cassie.bonstrom@gmail.com or 612-720-4641!

    WHAT AGE GROUP DO I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR?
    Please sign your child up according to the grade level she is in NOW for the 2020/2021 school year.  For example, if your daughter is currently in 1st grade, she will play in our K-1 league. 

    WHEN ARE PRACTICES/GAMES?
    K-1 league: Thursday evenings at 6:30pm
    2-3 league: Mondays and Wednesday evenings after 6pm, only Mondays until the school year ends, 
    4-5 league: Tuesdays and Thursdays after 6pm, only Tuesdays until the school year ends
    6-8 league: Monday double-headers after 6pm
    9-12 league: Wednesday evenings

    HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
    The season begins the first week of May and goes through July 18, 2021. There are no preseason clinics being offered this year. 

    PLEASE REFER TO OUR FAQ PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION!

    ESA COVID-19 Plan Highlight

    ESA has recently updated our COVID-19 preparedness Plan in accordance with recent MDH updates to COVID-19 Organized Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth and Adults.   A summary of the current ESA guidelines is:  

    Coaches and Players

    • Conduct and submit a self-assessment (click HERE for link) each day before attending the activity to determine if any COVID-19 symptoms are present.  If your player or anyone in your family has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or above, is feeling ill or exhibiting COVID symptoms, has been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or is quarantined, stay home.
    • Do not attend if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
    • Masks/face coverings are not required for players or coaches.
    • Masks/face coverings are recommended for players and coaches when social distancing cannot be maintained (ex. bench/dugout).
    • Players should use hand sanitizer before entering the field and after practice. 
    • Players should not share equipment (water bottle, gloves, bats, catching gear); if catcher's gear is shared between players, coaches will disinfect between each player use.
    • All participants (players, coaches, umps, spectators) should conduct a self-assessment each day before attending the activity to determine if any COVID-19 symptoms are present. 
    • The no touch rule will be in effect: coaches, player, umpires refrain from high fives, handshake line and any other physical contact.  A “tip of the cap” or other way (have the team make up a cheer or saying). will be used as a salute to the opposing team to promote sportsmanship following the game.
    • Notify edinasoftballinfo@gmail.com if you have a positive COVID-19 test. You will be contacted for additional information to share with MDH.

    Spectators

    • Conduct a self-assessment each day before attending the activity to determine if any COVID-19 symptoms are present.  If your player or anyone in your family has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or above, is feeling ill or exhibiting COVID symptoms, has been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or is quarantined, stay home.
    • Do not attend if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
    • Masks/face coverings are recommended when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Spectators should maintain a 6-foot distance, spreading out along the first and third base lines, the outfield and avoid clustering behind home plate.
    • Please leave the facility immediately following your game.
    • For games you are attending that are the second scheduled game of the night at the field, please don’t arrive until 10 minutes prior to game time.
    • Notify edinasoftballinfo@gmail.com if you have a positive COVID-19 test. You will be contacted for additional information to share with MDH.
    • The ESA will follow MDH guidance on notifying participants in a session where there was a risk of exposure from an attendee.

    COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

    Please read the document below that lays out the full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for the Edina Softball Association.

    Seeking Members to Join the Edina Softball Association Board

    We are rapidly approaching the 2021 Edina Girls Slow-Pitch Softball season.  While we are putting in place the necessary COVID-19 related precautions, our goal is to still offer the same family-friendly experience that focuses on teaching players the rules and skills of softball while also encouraging good sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-confidence.  With that goal in mind, the Edina Softball Association Board needs your time and effort to make this season successful.  Several board members have retired due to daughters having aged-out of the program and we urgently need additional board members.  Email Andrew Jarmuz at ajjarmuz@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the board or have questions about available positions.  Thank you!

    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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    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 2021 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.