- coaches pitch to player on the team (roster bat)
- then teams switch offense to defensive
- or if 3 outs (towards end of season)
- continue this format till the 1hr or 3 innings
- No umpire
- if player can’t hit off 3 good coach pitches- player hits off tee
- Players rotate positions every inning
- 4 in the Outfield if need be
- No stealing or pass balls
- Can play with 6 - 10 players
Rules: Games shall begin at 6 pm and no inning shall begin after 1hr 15min from the first pitch. Two 7-inning games will be played (time permitting), with a 5-minute break between games. In case of weather, 4 ½ or 5 innings is considered complete. Home team provide balls and is home the first game, visitor the second game. 16 /18U utilizes a 43 ft. pitching rubber.
For ages 8U, 10U, and 12U, the Hoffman Rule will be mandatory for both games of the doubleheader. For ages 14U, 16U, and 18U, the Hoffman Rule will be optional for the first game of the double header and mandatory for the second game. Decision on lineup is to be communicated with both the opposing coach and home plate umpire during the pregame meeting.
8U: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
18U: 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.
- January 12th - Meet the Director / SFC Discussion (Hybrid in person and zoom, location to follow)
- February 7th - Rules Meeting (Hyrbid)
- March 7th - Mandatory Managers Meeting
-April 18th - All league registrations Due
-April 30th - All League fees due
-May 15th Final Schedules posted online
-May 31th First week of Games, Monday the 30th Off
- Games nights will vary over July 4 weekend (see tab below)
- July 16 & 17 SFC League Tournament (Deadline to register is July 9)
RYFSA & SFC will not allow rogue/renegade/independent teams to register or participate in their sponsors events. They must be individually registered in RYFSA or their local community organization.
"Renegade/Independent": A "renegade/independent" team is defined as any team that is comprised of players who have chosen to bypass their local association.
YOUTH PLAYER ELIGIBILITY USA Softball Minnesota
SFC League Office
RYFSA Umpire-in-Chief (UIC)
RYFSA Board of Directors
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