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2022 SLOW-PITCH Softball Registration IS OPEN!

Edina Girls SLOW-PITCH Softball League Registration IS NOW OPEN!  

Here is some key information to know about our upcoming 2022 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.

ESA will offer 3 options for SLOW-PITCH Softball registraton this year:

  • Register for ONLY 2022 K-5 Pre-Season Skills Clinics (optional to register; able to complete softball league registration after 2nd Pre-Season Clinic - by 3/30)
  • Register for BOTH 2022 K-5 Pre-Season Skills Clinics and 2022 K-8 Summer SLOW-PITCH Softball League
  • Register for ONLY 2022 K-8 Summer SLOW-PITCH Softball League or  ONLY 2022 9-12 Co-Ed Summer SLOW-PITCH Softball League

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 10, 2022: Registration Opens
  • February 27 & March 13: K-5 Pre-Season Skills Clinics (optional to register)
  • March 30, 2022: Registration Closes
  • April 19, 2022: Coach's Clinic
  • April 24, 2022: Kick-off Event: Meet Your Team + Skills Clinic (K-8)
  • May 2, 2022: Season Begins (1 day/week K-8 during school year)
  • June 6, 2022: Begin 2 days/week (2-3, 4-5; 6-8: double headers begin)
  • July 5-6, 2022: No Games 
  • July 14, 2022: Regular Season Ends 
  • July 15-16, 2022: End of Season Tournament (all ages & leagues)

SKILLS CLINICS

Pre-Season Skills Clinics for K-5:

In order to allow new players to learn the game or returning players to refresh their skills, ESA offers 2 pre-season skills clinics for grades K-5.

Special note: If your child is uncertain about playing softball, the pre-season skills clinics are a great opportunity to allow your child to try the game first, before committing to the full season. Then, you have the option to register for the season, after the 2nd skills clinic (registration closes March 30th).  

Pre-Season - Clinic Dates (nominal fee for both clinics):

  • Sunday, February 27, 2022: Skills Clinic for K-5
  • Sunday, March 13, 2022: Skills Clinic for K-5

Included with 2022 K-8 Summer Softball League Registration:

  • Sunday, April 24: Season Kick-off Event: Meet Your Team + Skills Clinic (K-8)

COVID-19 NOTE

COVID-19 guidance from the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the CDC continues to evolve daily.  If new MDH or CDC guidance were to change any plans or dates for our Pre-Season Skills Clinics and/or the Summer Softball League, the ESA board will communicate out additional information to all participants who have registered. 

Helpful 2022 Season Information

WHAT AGE GROUP DO I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR?
You will sign your child up according to the grade level she is in NOW for the 2021-2022 school year.  For example, if your daughter is currently in 1st grade, she will play in our K-1 league. 

WHEN ARE PRACTICES/GAMES? 

Note: The below is based on the 2021 season and is subject to change in 2022. Please use as general guidance only, as days and times may change in 2022 based on field availability.

  • 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 on Monday, May 2nd, 2022 and goes through Saturday, July 16, 2022. Pre-season skills clinics will once again be offered this year! 

PLEASE REFER TO OUR FAQ PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION!

2022 SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY - UMPIRES AND HELPERS NEEDED

Do you know a responsible and confident young person that is looking for spring/summer job in 2022? Do they love sports, like working with kids and desire a job being outdoors? Maybe your daughter or son, a babysitter, friend of the family or a neighbor? We'd love to hear from them! 

Team Helpers: For K-1 and 2-3 teams, ESA is looking for young individuals interested in helping out the coach and the team during the practice and game play. For these age group leagues, coach's pitch, players are still learning the game and  scores are not kept.  Commitment:  All practices/games are held during the week in the evenings starting May 2nd and going through July 16, with end of season tournament play. 

Umpires: For 4-5 and 6-8 teams, ESA is looking for young individuals interested in being an umpire for game play.  For these age group leagues, players begin learning to pitch and the umpire calls balls, strikes and outs, along with keeping score.   Commitment:  All practices/games are held during the week in the evenings starting May 2nd and going through July 16, with end of season tournament play. 

  • Experience: Previous softball playing experience a plus, but not required
  • Umpire Clinic: An umpire clinic will be held in the spring to learn skills needed (TBD - April 2022)
  • Age Requirement: 14 years or older
  • Hourly Pay:  Umpires earn $30/hr (4-5, 6-8 leagues) and helpers earn $20/hr (K-1, 2-3 leagues)

If you know someone interested, please have them reach out to Cassie Bonstrom at cassie.bonstrom@gmail.com.

ESA COVID Plan Highlight

2022 SEASON NOTE: The below COVID preparedness plan was created in 2021 and will continue to evolve and be under review by the ESA board, as we enter the 2022 season to align with the most current guidance from the MN Department of Health (MDH). Please know our goal is to provide a safe and healthy softball season for all players, coaches, parents and spectators alike! 

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COVID PREPAREDNESS PLAN

ESA has the following COVID preparedness plan in place in accordance with latest MDH updates to COVID 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 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, or is quarantined, please stay home.
  • Do not attend if you have been exposed to someone with COVID or are awaiting a COVID 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 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 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 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, or is quarantined, stay home.
  • Do not attend if you have been exposed to someone with COVID or are awaiting a COVID test result.
  • Masks/face coverings are not required for spectators.
  • 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 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.

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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Seeking Members to Join the Edina Softball Association Board

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 ajjarmuz@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the board or have questions about available positions.  Thank you!

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 Updates

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.