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Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association

NEXT RYFSA Board Meeting - September 2 @ 7:30 pm

Centerstone Plaza Hotel


The Registration "2015 RYFSA Fall League Registration" is not currently available.
This Registration closed on 09/03/2015, 3:36pm CDT (CDT).

Fall League 2015 Registration is OPEN

The fall league registration is open.  This year we will be offering the discount to sign up for both Fall league and Winter dome camp at the same time. Winter dome camp will run 6 consecutive Sundays starting Jan 3, 2016 (3:30-5:30pm). Dome Camp is $100, but reduced to $75 if you sign up for both Fall League & Dome Camp.

The fall league will be open to all players currently playing 10u, 12u and 14u ball this summer.  We run our fall league from Sunday, September 13th to October 25th and end the league with a Halloween themed tournament on the 25th.  MEA Weekend is OFF.

Practices will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm each Sunday with games at 1:00 and 2:15.  All games will be held at either the RYFSA complex or McQuillan fields in Rochester.

Individual Registration will close September 2, 2015.  You cannot register as a team.

Fall League fee is $50/registration.

Dana Hlebichuk

12u Coordinator

ryfsa12u@gmail.com


Registration for Dome Camp 2016 will open after Fall League starts.



Contact RYFSA

Phone: 507-287-1659


Born-In Dates for Fall 2015 & 2016

8U: Born after January 1, 2007

10U: 2005 & 2006

12U: 2003 & 2004

14U: 2001 & 2002

16U: 1999 & 2000

18U: 1997 & 1998

 

 


RYFSA mourns passing of long time Southern Minny League Director


2016 Dome Camp Registration will Open Soon....

Dome Camp 2016

Dome Camp is for 10U, 12U & 14U.

Dates are Sunday's from 3:30-5:30pm

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7

The six-week camp teaches softball fundamentals including: batting (with & without pitching machines), pitching instruction, catching instruction, base running and fielding (infield & outfield).

Camp price is $100

Letter from a Volunteer Coach

"Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field.

My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received... angry emails, full of “suggestions,” about who should be playing where and how I... lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.”

I’m the one who answered the call when the league said they didn’t have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired. I’m busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a practice. I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.

I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.
And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we’d do that, I’d give them the chance.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do."

Author Unknown

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DIBS, Volunteering & Coaching

Do I have to Volunteer? 

RYFSA hosts camps, tournaments and special events that offer concessions & field/complex maintenance tasks to help keep registration fees down, defray tournament entry fees for our own teams, and to help cover facility and equipment maintenance and upgrade costs.

These activities require volunteer efforts to be successful. The volunteer requirement is 2 hours per registered player in the program but we do allow, although not encourage, buyouts for $100 per registrant.

A charge for the $100 Volunteer Fee will automatically be scheduled & charged to you at the end of the season if you do not complete your 2 DIBS hours, however, once the 2 hours of required volunteer work are completed, the $100 charge will be cancelled.  All registrants must complete Volunteer work before 11/1/2015.  

 

Do volunteers have choices or is a buyout available?

We do require a time commitment of 2 hours per registrant. There are a variety of volunteer times/activities but we realize that people have busy schedules and possibly multiple children involved in activities and it’s not always possible to donate time. To accommodate this, we do allow parents the option of a $100 buyout in lieu of their required volunteer hours. This allows us to hire replacement workers.

Head Coaches ONLY will receive their 2 hr. credit as they attend a mandatory coaches meeting, must pass a background check and concussion training.  They are responsible for all equipment, uniforms and scheduling practice & tournament entries.  We will however, let the Head Coach name ONE (1) Assistant Coach/Manager to receive their Dibs.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

DIBS DO NOT INCLUDE: Score keeping, planning team events or travel, updating websites, sending emails, or occasionally helping with practice.   Don't ask for Dibs unless the Head Coach approves it.  If there are Co-Head Coaches, then that's it for Dibs for that team. 

 


Coaching Fastpitch

Finding the right time for change-ups

01/14/2015, 2:30pm CST
By NFCA Educational Article

When is the right time to throw the change.....