Rockford Fastpitch Softball fields teams at the following ages:
Players age as of Jan 1st determines the age group for the following summer.
*2016 Ages as below.
6U (tball) – players currently in Kindergarten (2015-2016 school year) or will be in Kindergarten (2016-2017 school)
8U (DOB 2007/08/09) – player must be at least in 1st grade for the 2014-2015 school year
10U – (DOB in 2005/06)
12U (DOB in 2003/04)
14U (DOB in 2001/2002)
16U (DOB in 1999/00)
6u-(girls tball) Teams will practice & scrimmage each other using 10? soft softballs. Tuesday/Thursday practices will begin mid May through end of June. 6:15-7:30 pm. Girls will primarily hit off of tees. Late season hitting from coach pitched will be introduced. Click HERE to register. Tshirt & visor provided & yours to keep.
8U – This team(s) plays in a league that is a cooperative between the STMA Fastpitch Association and RAAA. Practices start the third week of April and will be held on Mondays. Games start mid May and run through early July and will be played on Wednesdays. Tournaments: 1 weekend tournament, date TBD. 1 end of season tournament with STMA and will be played weeknights. Uniforms: Tshirt, pants & visor will be provided & yours to keep.
10U – this team(s) plays in the Crow River League or the Suburban League. Practices begin the third week of April. Games start first week of May and run through mid to end of July. Tournaments: 2 weekend tournaments, a state qualifier, and if qualify, a state tournament. New in 2016: Uniform will be purchased separately through our provided vendor and owned by players.
12U –this team(s) plays in the Crow River League or the Suburban League. Practices begin the third week of April. Games start first week of May and run through mid to end of July. Tournaments: 2 weekend tournaments, a state qualifier, and if qualify, a state tournament. New in 2016: Uniform will be purchased separately through our provided vendor and owned by players.
14u-16u- Crow River Revolution – Teams are a co-op between Rockford, St. Michael and other surrounding communities. For more information please see Crow River Revolution page or contact Michelle Byers firstname.lastname@example.org OR Mike Pedersen email@example.com
Playing up an Age Level
The Softball board reserves the right to move any player up to the next level to cover any specialized needs in accordance with program objectives.
Requests from a player to play-up to the next level, must be submitted in writing to the Associate Softball Director, with the Softball Director on copy.
- The player must have approval from all legal guardians.Request must be received 7 days before the evaluation date.
- Player must attend the evaluation with her current age level.
- The player must achieve evaluation scores that place her in the top 3 of her current age.
- The player must also attend the evaluation with the next age level.
- The player must place in the top 6 of the next age level in order to qualify to play up.
- The Softball Board, will discuss the appropriate team assignment of the player once all conditions above are met giving consideration to the following:
o Impact other players at the play up level, including negative impact to other position players
o Specialized position needs including impact next age level pitchers and catchers Appeals will be handled by the RAAA Executive Board.
If a decision that has to be made which has a direct affect on the child and/or team of the child of the Softball Board/Committee/RAAA Executive Board member, input and consultation will be sought by other committee members not directly affected by the final decision.