If you are new to Fastpitch Softball, this page will provide you with information about the various options available for players - including time commitment, competitive level, and structure.
|Program||K-1st In-House||Local Inhouse||Traveling||Traveling|
|In-house||8U C-Ball /League-only||10U & 12U C-Ball / League-only||10U-16U Traveling|
|Registration Period||Registration close April 1||Registration closes late February||Registration closes late February||Registration Period Registration closes April 1 Registration closes late February Registration closes late February Registration closes mid-August (Fall Ball) and early February (Spring)|
|Ages||Grades K-1||7-8 (as of 12/31/19)||9-12 (as of 12/31/19)||9-16 (as of 12/31/19)|
|Time commitment (games/practices combined)||2 days/week||2-3 days/week||3-4 days/week||4+ days/week|
|Competitive Level||Fun and development||Fun and development with moderate competition||Moderate||Moderate to high|
|Game Days||Mon/Wed||Wed||10u (Tue/Thu) / 12u (Mon/Wed)||tbd|
|Pitching||Coach Pitch||Machine Pitch||Kid Pitch||Kid Pitch|
|Practices can begin||Late April||Late March / Early April||Late March / Early April||Late March / Early April|
|Season begins||Late April||Late April||Late April||Late April|
|Season ends||Late June||Late June||Mid/late July||Mid/late July|
|Activities||League games||1 League game week, 1 optional State Tournament (typically Bloomington or Rosemount)||League games, season ending traveling tournament||League games and tournaments|
|# Tournaments||0||1(State Tournament)||1-2(State Qualifier & potential State if team qualifies)||4-6(Inseason: 3-10U, 4-12U and higher, State Qualifier, State, potential Nationals)|
|Cost||$50||$100||$170+ (10-12U)||$245+ for 10U. $275+ for 12U|
Fastpitch softball is generally the most competitive form of softball and is the same sport you see in High School and College competition. Fastpitch differs from slowpitch softball in that the pitchers deliver the ball with a speedy windmill motion as opposed to a slow, looping motion. Slowpitch softball is offered in some youth programs and also adult leagues but fastpitch is the competitive sport girls advance to as they get older.
Traveling Fastpitch Softball (link) serves girls from age 8-16. Traveling Softball includes league games and practices on weeknights and tournaments on weekends. The Summer season runs from April through July. Girls do the pitching at all age levels, and the Traveling program involves competition against the better players in the South Metro and beyond. Teams are formed on the basis of tryouts and girls are grouped based upon their age as of January 1 of the current year.
Traveling Fastpitch levels: 10U (10 and under), 12U (11-12 years old), 14U (13-14 years old) and 16U (15-16 years old).
League-only (LO) Traveling Softball (link) serves girls age 8-12 with a summer season running from May through July. League-only differs from full Traveling Softball in that LO teams generally don't participate in weekend tournaments so the time commitment is moderate. At 10U+, girls do the pitching, and LO involves competition generally one tier lower than full Traveling. At 8U, a pitching machine is used in place of coach-pitch or girl-pitch. Girls must be 8-12 years old as of January 1 of the current year. Teams are formed based on interest level - no tryouts are required. If a player tries out for the full Traveling program but does not make a team she will be placed on a LO Traveling team.
League Only Traveling levels: 8U (7-8 years old), 10U (9-10 years old), and 12U (11-12 years old).
K-1 Coach Pitch Softball (link) serves girls age 6-7 (Kindergarten through 1st grade) with a Summer season running from late April through June. Teams generally play two games per week. At the youngest ages, coaches pitch. The In-house program is focused on both fun and skill development. Girls play at their current grade level as of the start of the season. Teams are formed, when possible, by placing girls with other players from their school or neighborhood.
Many players start by playing in-house softball at a young age. If you are unsure of whether to start with in-house softball or a traveling program, there are numerous options for getting started: