We are rapidly approaching the 2022 Edina Girls Slow-Pitch Softball season. Our goal is to continue to 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 the upcoming 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 email@example.com if you are interested in joining the board or have questions about available positions. Thank you!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESA Tournament Schedule - Saturday, July 17, 2021
Van Valkenburg Fields
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
3:00 pm Field 2 Blue Jays/Red Robins
3:00 pm Field 1 Green Xtreme /Pink Panthers
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 –6:00 pm Field 3
Information about the upcoming Edina Softball season! Read the information below and if you have additional questions, please reach out to Cassie Bonstrom at email@example.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 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
Please read the document below that lays out the full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for the Edina Softball Association.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The City of Edina will update their website if games are canceled due to weather. Updates will be posted at edinaparks.com. ESA will also pass along weather information via email.
The Edina Softball Association (ESA) offers recreational 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.