The Rochester Royals are holding open evaluations for athletes at 14U, 16U, 18U for the 2019/2020 season. The Rochester Royals are a Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association (RYFSA) supported club program that is based in Rochester MN.
16U-Monday July 29th 6:00 – 9:00pm
14U-Tuesday July 30th 6:00 – 9:00pm
18U and 14U/16U Makeup-Wednesday July 31th 6:00 – 9:00pm
Check in and Warm up 5:15-6:00
ALL players, including returning Royals, will be expected to attend one of these dates.
Location: RYFSA Complex, Hwy 14E and 36th Ave SE in Rochester, MN.
The Rochester Royals will play Metro Fall Ball and 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.
2019/2020 Full Season cost is $800/player and includes two game jerseys, game pants, and Royals helmet. All players being evaluated will be expected to pay a $25 evaluation fee due at sign in on evaluation date. Selected players will have the $25 applied to season cost. Non-selected or declining players will not receive an evaluation fee refund.
Selected players will be required to register and pay full season fees by Monday, August 5th. Once selected and season fees are paid, no refunds will be permitted.
We require our players to commit to the entire Royals 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 more information contact Gary Westerland at Gary.Westerland@minneapolis.edu
RYFSA provides levels of play in 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U. In addition to our house teams, advanced play opportunities exist at 14U, 16U, and 18U within our Rochester Royals program. These teams are selected via player evaluations at the end of each summer season in August.
Player evaluations are performed by experienced RYFSA coaches and are independent from individual age group Royals 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 RYFSA are final and cannot be appealed.
Player and Family Commitment
Participation on Royals teams require 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.
Royals team fees are $700.00 per season, with $200 deposit required at end of evaluations if selected. 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
Royals 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.
Royals 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 Royals players is extensive and families will need to consider these costs prior to participation in evaluations.
Team and Coaches Expectations
Royals teams compete with elite and club teams across the Midwest. The skill level required to be selected to Royals 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 Royals 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.