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Apple Valley Fusion Fastpitch Softball

A Letter from the Director

Softball families,

We have officially reached the end of the 2020 Fusion softball season. Congratulations to all our fall teams! And thank you to all our coaches, assistant coaches, and volunteers!

This note will give you a preview of what’s to come this winter with Fusion winter clinic as well as a save-the-date for 10U and 12U tryouts for 2021. Note that 8U players do not go through tryouts.

Board positions

I want to start by reminding you that we need additional board members to help run our Fusion softball program. We need 3-4 more volunteers to fill positions such as Tryout Coordinator, Secretary, 8U/In-house coordinator and more. No experience is necessary. AND…as an added bonus, we will waive board members’ DIBS hours for 2021. Email me to get more information including the Zoom information for our next meeting (second Sunday in November). Let me be clear, if we do not have additional volunteers join this winter, the program will be at risk again in 2021.

Winter Clinic

Fusion will again offer winter clinics for 8U-14U levels. This year, we have rented the TruPlayerz facility in Rosemount for all our clinic sessions and will be the only organization in the facility during our designated times. We will be offering skills sessions by level, as well as pitching and catching time for those specialized position players. Clinics will run from January 1-February 28 and will provide a good jump start on spring 2021. Dates, times, and fees are below: 

Go here to register: https://evaa.sportngin.com/register/form/715731824. Sign up today!

You can register for skills only, pitching/catching only or a combination of the two.

  • $125 Skills Sessions
  • $75 Pitching/Catching Sessions

8U (7-8 years of age by 12/31/2020)

  • SKILLS: Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.
  • OPTIONAL PITCHING:  Sunday afternoons from 2-3 p.m.

10U (9-10 years of age by 12/31/2020)

  • SKILLS: Sunday afternoons from 4-5 p.m.
  • 1st YEAR PITCHING/CATCHING (sign up for this if 2021 is your first spring season at 10U): Sunday afternoons from 2-3 p.m.
  • 2nd YEAR PITCHING/CATCHING (sign up for this if 2021 is your second spring season at 10U): Sunday afternoons from 3-4 p.m.  

12U (11-12 years of age by 12/31/2020)

  • SKILLS: Sunday afternoons from 3-4 p.m.
  • PITCHING/CATCHING: Sunday afternoons from 4-5 p.m.  

14U (13-14 years of age by 12/31/2020)

  • SKILLS: Sunday afternoons from 2-3 p.m.
  • PITCHING/CATCHING: Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.  

Fusion Spirit Wear

If you are looking for great holiday gifts for players, parents, grandparents or more, check out the new Fusion spirit wear site. The program gets a percentage of each sale, adding to our ability to keep offering cost-effective options for fastpitch softball.

10U/12U Tryout Save the Date

10U and 12U tryouts are planned for February 14 between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Rosemount Dome. More information will be coming out after January 1, but save the date today.

Additional Training Opportunities

If your daughter is interested in additional training opportunities – either for specialized positions or just general skills, there are several opportunities available in the Twin Cities. Check out the following resources or reach out to any board member with questions.

Thank you,

Krysta Larson
Director, Apple Valley Fusion Fastpitch Softball

 

Fusion & COVID-19

In order to get girls back on the fields safely, the Fusion Board:

  1. Finalized our plan with the City of Apple Valley, EVAA and VAA. This plan has now been approved. Please review it thoroughly (Softball-specific details start on Page 13).
  2. Trained our coaches and informed our parents on the guidelines for softball this season. The slides from those discussions are now available here.

You, as parents, should review the guidance from the State of Minnesota:

  1. Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan (we are included under Organized Youth Sports)
  2. Minnesota’s Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports
  3. Minnesota’s Back to the Diamond Proposal (please note, this is NOT approved, but is a draft at this point. It will give you an idea of how our state sports organizations are thinking about the 2020 seasons).
  4. Minnesota Softball COVID-19 Guidelines/Resources Page (lots of links, but also a “Season Options” section and proposed field layout for fastpitch softball)

We received approval to start scrimmages and games, starting on June 24. We anticipate our spring teams will wrap their seasons on or around July 26 to prepare for the Fall Ball season.

We all know the COVID-19 pandemic changes daily. If we need to change our approach or pause programming due to state guidance, we will communicate quickly and clearly.

New to Fastpitch Softball?

If you are new to Fastpitch softball, please access our "new to softball" page to learn more about the EVAA Fastpitch Softball program and the options you have.
 

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Fusion COVID-19 Documents

2020 Fusion Handbook

Coaches Needed!

Coaches are needed for each level for Fall Ball and Spring Season. Find more information on the Coaches Corner Webpage.  

Fastpitch Softball Programs

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.

Important Dates

High School Information

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If you are looking for information about the Apple Valley High School Softball program, please visit http://goapplevalleyeagles.com/softball

If you are looking for information about the Eastview High School Softball program, please visit http://eastviewathletics.com/softball.