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Due to COVID-19 there are NO DIBS requirements for 2020

Update June 18, 2020

Rochester teams/players announcement:

If we are given the approval to play games on or before July 1 we are scheduling games the weeks of July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.  If we are able to play this modified schedule we will also be offering individual refunds commensurate with the registration fee.  For players who have registered for 10U we will be providing the eight game (four double headers) along with a $25 refund. For players 12U and older we will provide the four week (eight double headers) along with a $50 refund.  In lieu of the refund you may also choose to donate the refund to RYFSA for future upgrades to facilities and programs. Regardless of your preference please provide your choice of either a refund or donation by July 8th by  emailing ryfsa01@gmail.com and provide the players name and your preference.  If we are unable to play any games we will continue with four weeks of practice along with a camp to provide instruction on hitting, fielding and pitching.  The camp is currently scheduled for the evening of July 23rd and the morning of July 24th.   We will provide additional details of times to sign up for the camps as we know more about the possibility of playing games. Similar to the game schedule, if you choose not to participate in the camp we will provide the same age level refund.  

We are excited to announce that instruction and the camp will be led by former Rochester Lourdes graduate and U of MN softball alum Sam Macken along with other current & former Rochester collegiate and RYFSA softball players. 

SFC Team announcement:

As we look forward to the possible options for the summer and the impact to the season we would like to provide some details for our plans.  If we are given the approval to play games on or before July 1st we are scheduling games the weeks of July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.  If we are able to play this modified schedule we will also provide a $25 refund for each team.  There will be no SFC league tournament.  If we are not able to play any games we will provide a full refund of registration fees. 

Please take a moment to digest this information before sending us an email.  It has been crazy to say the least.

Either way, we will still offer our successful Fall League, which we would start August 22.  We are updating that page (www.ryfsa.com/fall) ASAP.  For fall, you can register as a team or individually.

Stay safe.

RYFSA Board of Directors

Summer Update 6-7-2020 - Mandatory Waiver

In order to participate in RYFSA activities in 2020, we are requiring a waiver to be completed for every player.  If you are the guardian of multiple children you will need to fill this waiver out for each player.  

Coaches will be required to fill out a waiver for themselves and additional waivers for their players.

Board members and all other volunteers will be required to fill out a roster as well.

Thank you


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Age Eligibility Table

SEASON --> 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
2017 Birth Year 8U 8U
2016 Birth Year 8U 8U 10U
2015 Birth Year 8U 8U 10U 10U
2014 Birth Year 8U 8U 10U 10U 12U
2013 Birth Year 8U 8U 10U 10U 12U 12U
2012 Birth Year 8U 8U 10U 10U 12U 12U 14U
2011 Birth Year 8U 10U 10U 12U 12U 14U 14U
2010 Birth Year 10U 10U 12U 12U 14U 14U 16U
2009 Birth Year 10U 12U 12U 14U 14U 16U 16U
2008 Birth Year 12U 12U 14U 14U 16U 16U 18U
2007 Birth Year 12U 14U 14U 16U 16U 18U 18U
2006 Birth Year 14U 14U 16U 16U 18U 18U
2005 Birth Year 14U 16U 16U 18U 18U
2004 Birth Year 16U 16U 18U 18U
2003 Birth Year 16U 18U 18U
2002 Birth Year 18U 18U
2001 Birth Year 18U

Southeast Fastpitch Conference

All players that register in RYFSA will play in the the SFC.

Division Information

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:

  • Entry into the Southeast Fastpitch Conference (SFC).   State Tournament and League Tourney.
  • Entry into our local Rochester tournament and one-two other tournaments (see tournament link)
  • Umpires (USA Softball)
  • Equipment (Bats, Helmets*, Catching Equipment, Pitching Machines & Generators)
  • Jerseys 10U - 18U. 8U will get t-shirts; Non-returned jerseys be charged $75
  • $12/player Park and Recreation Field Maintenance Fee

What is NOT provided in the registration fee

There are several items that are not covered:

  • Gloves (required)
  • Sliders (required)
  • Cleats (optional, but recommended)
  • Black softball pants or shorts
  • Compression Shorts (optional, but recommended)
  • Water Bottles: Players should be responsible for providing their own water 

*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: ryfsa01@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Family Max Benefit

There is a "family max" of $400.

REFUND POLICY

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.

What we are doing....

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!!

Need Financial Assistance?

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.


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 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!!