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RYFSA Summer Softball

This page is dedicated to the families and players of Rochester who are interested in summer softball.  

RYFSA offers youth softball players an opportunity to play and compete with league play (SFC) and tournaments.  

From seven year olds to eighteen year olds, we have a program for you.  

If you are a team from another community please visit the the SFC page for more information about league play.  

 

Summer of 2022 Information

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)
  • $14/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 $410 (Does not include Jersey Fee).

REFUND POLICY

Before April 1, 2022, players that cancel their registration will receive 50% of Registration Fee. After April 1, 2022 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.

8U

Coordinator: Chad Buchmann

Birth years: 2013, 2014 & Anyone currently in Kindergarten

League Nights: Tuesday Practice, Thursday Games

Read More about 8U (Coming Soon)

12U

Coordinator: Brittney Chon

Birth years: 2009, 2010

League Nights: Tuesday/Thursday Games

Read More about 12U (Coming Soon)

16U

Coordinator: Kaitlyn Brugman

Birth years: 2005, 2006

League Nights: Monday Games, Wednesday Games

Read More about 16U (Coming Soon)

10U

Coordinator: Joe Thompson

Birth years: 2011, 2012

League Nights: Monday Practice, Wednesday Games

Read More about 10U (Coming Soon)

14U

Coordinator: Holly Schmitz

Birth years: 2007, 2008

League Nights: Monday Games, Wednesday Games

Read More about 14U (Coming Soon)

18U

Coordinator: Kaitlyn Brugman

Birth years: 2005, 2006

League Nights: Thursday Games

Read More about 18U (Coming Soon)

Important Dates

Rochester Families and Players -

If you are interested in softball RYFSA offers a consistent schedule (as best we can) each season.

Here are general dates to keep in mind each year.  Specific dates can be found on the even calendar at the top of this page (Coming Soon).

By or before mid January -- Summer registration opens
First Week in March -- Summer registration closes
Second or third week in March -- Player Evaluations for 10U/12U/14U
Early April - Coaches and Teams Announced
May - For younger ages, practices could start in May.  For older ages that are most likely participating in HS Softball, there may not be a lot to offer in May. 
Middle of May - 10U/12U Tournament in Rochester.  Each year we host a May Daze tournament and we hope the coaches and players plan for this in their spring/summer schedule.  It's great first tournament to get the players going for their summer softball!
First week of June - SFC league play begins!  You will start weekly contests and practices (depending on your age division) that will go through the third or final week of July! 
Third weekend in July - SFC Tournament - Plan for a one or two day tournament to cap off the amazing season.  It's fun way to conclude the competition of the SFC League.  

Other weekends in June/July - We hope your coach and team will plan one more tournaments on other weekends at your coaches discretion.   The number of tournaments vary by age division.  We hope your coach communicates early on which weekends work and the team can field a team in a couple of tournaments.  

RYFSA Fees for Summer

What do our RYFSA Fees Pay For?

  • Entry into the Southeast Fastpitch Conference (SFC). Visit the SFC Page to see how those fees are used.   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)
  • Coaches ACE Training
  • $14/player Park and Recreation Field Maintenance Fee

Volunteers

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!!