The Minnesota Stix program is holding open evaluations for athletes at 12U, 14U and 16U for the 2020/2021 season. This program is a Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association (RYFSA) supported club program that is based in Rochester MN.
There is a $25 tryout fee payable upon check-in.
18U (2002 &2003) - Yes we have enough interest! Wednesday August 19: 6pm
16U (2004 & 2005) -Monday August 17: 6pm
14U (2006 & 2007) -Tuesday August 18: 6pm
12U (2008 & 2009) - Wednesday August 19: 6pm
Check in and Warm up time: 5:30pm
ALL players, including returning Royals, will be expected to attend one of these dates.
Location: Rochester Softball Complex, Hwy 14E and 36th Ave SE in Rochester, MN
The Minnesota Stix program will play a competitive summer league schedule and weekend tournaments from June-Nationals in early August. We travel to the best of the TC tournaments, as well as tournaments throughout the Midwest.
2020/2021 Full Season cost is $975/player and includes two game jerseys, game pants, and Stix helmet.
Selected players will be required to register and pay $500 deposit and remainder of fees by October 1, 2020. Once selected and season fees are paid, no refunds will be permitted.
We require our players to commit to the entire schedule. If selected, players will be expected to play the fall schedule (one weekend day per week/6 weeks) and the entire summer schedule from June through 1st week of August.
For questions: contact Eric Gapinski: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Macken at 507-254-6304
Hannah Nelson is the head coach of the 12U Minnesota Stix team. Hannah was born and raised in Rochester and is excited to start coaching with the Minnesota Stix. She played six seasons for Lourdes High School’s Varsity Softball team then went on to play three years at the College of St. Benedict. From St. Ben's Hannah has a degree in marketing communications and a minor in graphic design. Since graduating in 2016 Hannah has joined the RYFSA Board and works as the lead catching instructor for RYFSA’s dome camps.
Jaimi Stejskal is the head coach for the Minnesota Stix 14u team. A graduate of Macalester College, Stejskal was a starter all four years, playing center field and short stop. She graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Psychology and K-6 Elementary Education. Following graduation, she was hired as the head assistant coach for her alma mater. After coaching at Macalester for 2.5 years, she became the head softball coach at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. After competing in the 2006 season, Stejskal left coaching at the college level and moved back to the Rochester area where she has been actively involved in youth fast pitch for the last 14 years, serving as a member of the RYFSA board of directors, coaching at Lourdes High School and providing pitching lesson to area youth. She works at Ironwood Spring Christian Ranch as the Program and Marketing Director and lives in Stewartville with her husband, Mark. She is a proud step mom of six kids and two grandkids, and her FB feed is filled with pictures of her two dogs, cat and six chickens. She is an advocate for diversity, equality and inclusion, and serves as the board for NAMI SE MN (National Alliance on Mental Illness), where she works to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Katie Harrington is the assistant coach for the 14U Minnesota Stix team. Katie was a utility player in high school and won all conference at 4 different positions and all state army her senior year. Katie is currently a senior at Monmouth University in New Jersey and has started all four years as their left fielder. She is a leftie slapper/hitter. Katie loves animals and her family owns two rescues. Currently she studying with anticipated graduation this spring with a bachelors degree in science health studies. Katie is aspiring to be a nurse and continue her education in an accelerated nursing program. She loves giving back to her community and volunteering regularly for autism runs. Katie is super excited to join this team and give back to the game that has given her countless opportunity and life long lessons. She is self described as an open book and will always answer any questions given to her. Katie says she believes that hard work will get you anywhere in life!
Abbey Gapinski is the head coach for the MN Stix 16u team. Abbey is a 2018 graduate of Rochester Lourdes high school where she participated in softball and volleyball. While at Lourdes high school Abbey was a 3 year letter winner in softball, named HVL all conference 3 times, named all-area, all-section, and first team all-state twice while at Lourdes. Abbey also holds the single season hits allowed record and lowest career ERA at Lourdes. Along with Lourdes softball, Abbey is a 5-year Rochester Royals softball Alum. Abbey currently pitches for the Luther College softball team where she will be a junior in the upcoming fall and is majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and early childhood. In her free time Abbey enjoys giving pitching lessons to area youth softball players as well as reading books and spending time with family and friends. This is Abbey’s second year coaching at the 16u level for the Stix (Royals).
RYFSA provides levels of play in 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U. In addition to our Gold and Silver house teams, advanced play opportunities exist at 12U, 14U and 16U within our Minnesota Stix program. These teams are selected via player evaluations at the end of each summer season in August.
Player evaluations are performed by experienced coaches and are independent from individual age group team coaches. Interested players will be evaluated on their skill in several areas, including hitting, throwing, fielding, speed, and knowledge of the game. Specialty positions, including pitchers and catchers, will be evaluated for roster spots in these positions. Player evaluation decisions of the Stix are final and cannot be appealed.
Player and Family Commitment
Participation on Stix teams requires a very high level of commitment. Players will be expected to attend practice as scheduled and participate in scheduled league games each week. Possible fall and winter league play does exist at the discretion of individual team coaches. Weekend tournaments with travel from June-August, including State, Regional, and National tournaments, are an integral component of this program and players are required to attend. This commitment extends to the players family as well, as it is the family responsibility to ensure players attendance. If you are unable to make this type of commitment, players should not participate in evaluations.
Stix fees are $975.00 per season. These fees support tournament and league registration fees, uniform costs, field maintenance, umpire costs, and other RYFSA operating expenses. Travel costs are the responsibility of each player/family and can include transportation and hotel accommodations for out of town tournaments. Individual equipment, such as bats, gloves, spikes, bags, etc. are also the responsibility of each player.
Fund Raising and Sponsorship
Stix teams are encouraged to fund raise and cultivate sponsorship; however any donations and sponsors remain with RYFSA, not individual teams. RYFSA is a non-profit volunteer organization and relies on the generosity of sponsors to provide a softball experience to all players in our organization.
MN Stix players are not eligible for scholarships. Funds raised for scholarships are focused on new players in need, exposing them to softball. The financial commitment for Minnesota Stix players is extensive and families will need to consider these costs prior to participation in evaluations.
Team and Coaches Expectations
Stix teams compete with elite and club teams across the Midwest. The skill level required to be selected to Stix teams demands significant talent to be competitive against this level of competition. Equal playing time, extensive and regular player position rotation, and equal innings for pitchers will not be provided. While the focus of these teams is assisting in further development of advanced skills, the ultimate goal is to compete and win.
League and Tournament Selection
RYFSA will select an appropriate league and tournament schedule for Stix teams and assist team coaches in registration for their schedule. The tournament schedule will be one that challenges these teams and provides for appropriate competition. While coaches will have input, final schedule will be determined by RYFSA.
RYFSA will determine team budgets. Fees assessed to players shall be sufficient to cover tournament and league registration fees, uniform costs, field maintenance, and umpire costs. All expenses will be subject to approval by RYFSA. Any excess of unspent funds is the asset RYFSA, not individual teams.