As our community and the world navigates its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, we know there is a great deal of uncertainty about when life may resume to normal.
Please know that the RYFSA Board is still hoping to have a 2020 season and will do its best to do so even if it’s a modified schedule. Unfortunately, governing authorities may prohibit that from happening if the pandemic continues into the summer.
We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on our website RYFSA.com as we get more clarity about the situation.
Board Meeting: April 5th @ 6:00pm Centerstone Plaza Hotel
All Evaluations have been Postponed until a later date. The new date or course of action is TBD.
Rochester Softball Complex - Meeting by concession stand
The board will be meeting in the coming days/week to determine a course of action and will communicate once we know more. Stay Healthy.
6:00pm @ Centerstone Plaza Hotel
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The Registration "Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association" is not currently available.
8U: ($75) – This is a league that meets twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday) beginning the first week of June, however teams may begin practicing earlier. No practices or games the week of July 4th. It is an instructional league with the emphasis on softball fundamentals and participation. The league will use a pitching machines and "T". Live pitching will be encouraged and introduced.
10U: ($130) – This is a SE (local) Minnesota league that meets twice a week beginning the first week of June, however teams may begin practicing earlier. 10U teams will have the opportunity to travel a couple of times(short distance) and play against neighboring teams. No practices or games the week of July 4th. It is an instructional league with the emphasis on softball fundamentals and participation. The league will be played on Mondays/Wednesdays. Your player will be asked to attend an evaluation session to assure correct ability placement.
12U: ($200) – This is a SE (local) Minnesota traveling league, which plays games twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday) and starts the first week of June. You will get to play in a Rochester tournament in May/June and another 1-2 tournaments that will be arranged by your coach. Your team can play more if your coach desires. Don't let the word "traveling" scare you! "Traveling" can mean you must drive across the town of Rochester! You would travel outside of Rochester only 4-5 times during the season. You may get an opportunity play in a state tournament as well! Your player will be asked to attend an evaluation session to assure correct ability placement.
14U: ($200) – This traveling league, plays games twice a week (Monday/Wednesday). As age increases, so does the competition, so you will get your chance to try your skills against some better softball players. In addition to tournaments, you may also get a chance to play in a state tournament.
16U: ($200) – This is a traveling league. Most of the players in these age brackets are people you have played with or against in the high school softball leagues. Tournaments vary, and will be arranged by your coach and if you qualify you may have the opportunity to play in a state tournament.
18 & Under: ($125) – This is a traveling league. Most of the players in these age brackets are people you have played with or against in the high school softball leagues. Tournaments vary, and will be arranged by your coach and if you qualify you may have the opportunity to play in a state tournament.
Special requests for team placement can be made, but the RYFSA board reserves the right to reject these requests.
The fees charged by the RYFSA pay for:
There are several items that are not covered:
*Helmets - Each team is provided team helmets, but we strongly recommend each player have her own helmet, if possible. Each helmet MUST have a chin strap and mask, and both the helmet and mask MUST be stamped NOCSAE. Colors and Designs are optional, but reflective surfaces may be ruled as distracting by some umpires.
Please contact RYFSA: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
There is a "family max" of $400.
Before April 1, 2020, players that cancel their registration will receive 50% of Registration Fee. After April 1, 2020 no refunds will be issued. NO EXCEPTIONS.
A portion of your registration fee goes to complete capital improvements. We need to buy equipment for the new concession facility and put the finishing touches on the new field. Lastly we will plan to light the fields!!
RYFSA provides financial assistance to those players who reside in School District 535 and are not able to afford the total cost of registration. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to all girls who wish to play. Please fill out the financial assistance form that is available during registration.
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 November 1st.
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.
How do I sign-up for my volunteer shift(s)?
1) Be sure to log-in to your Sport NGIN account, then select the DIBS button on far right of options bar. Select the event dates, times, and tasks that you would like to reserve.
2) Use the players name as the person who is actually completing the dibs requirement. Use the parents email & phone number.
BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL & CELL PHONE NUMBER WITH YOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR YOUR DESIRED SHIFTS.
Important: When you have completed your DIBS, log back into NGIN, find your DIBS and mark Complete. Failure to do so could result in NO CREDIT for your DIBS.
Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association is requesting that one Parent/Guardian or both participate in some form of Volunteering activities.
We have added more opportunities this year, so look at all the options!!