Rockford Fastpitch Softball fields teams at the following ages:
Players age as of Jan 1st determines the age group for the following summer.
*2015 Ages as below.
6U (tball) – players currently in Kindergarten (2014-2015 school year) or will be in Kindergarten (2015-2016 school)
8U (DOB 2006/07/08) – player must be at least in 1st grade for the 2014-2015 school year
10U – Intro (DOB in 2004/05)
10U (DOB in 2004/05)
12U (DOB in 2002/03)
14U (DOB in 2000/2001)
16U (DOB in 1998/99)
6U Girls Tball – Girls T-ball is for pre-school and Kindergarten girls (need to be 5 by Sept 1, 2015). Girls T-ball is the introduction to softball, basic skills will be introduced (i.e. throwing, hitting, fielding).
8U – This team(s) plays in a league that is a cooperative between the STMA Fastpitch Association and RAAA. This age level will participate in one weekend tournament. Practices start in late April/early May and will be held on Mondays. Games start in late May and run through early July and will be played on Wednesdays.
10U Intro – This team(s) play in the East Wright County Fastpitch Softball League, Crow River League or Suburban League. Games for this league start in mid-May. Game locations will be determined by league placement. This team will participate in one summer tournament plus one end of the season tournament. Practices start in late April/early May and games start in late May and run through early July.
10U Travel – this team(s) plays in the Crow River League or the Suburban League. This team will participate in 2 weekend tournaments, a state qualifier, and if qualifies, a state tournament. The team starts practicing in April/May until mid to end of July. This team will practice at least 2 times a week in addition to playing any scheduled games.
12U – These teams will play in either the Crow River Fastpitch League or Suburban League, depending on which league is the best fit for each team. These teams will play in 2 weekend tournaments, a state qualifier, and potentially a state tournament. Practices will start in April/May and run until mid to end of July. This team will practice at least 2 times a week in addition to playing any scheduled games.
14U/16U – Teams will be created in co-op with surrounding communities with details being determined by a joint community board between participating communities. These teams will play in Suburban League or Crow River leagues depending upon best fit for each team. These teams will play in 3 tournaments, Qualifier & State, if qualify. Nationals will be a team decision & team funded. Practices will start beginning of May. Games depending upon league will start either mid-May or beginning of June and run through end of July or beginning of August. Total registration fee will be between $500-800.00. Initial registration deposit is $275.00. Any associated travel costs are not included in registration. Evaluations for pitchers will be March 13th, STMA Middle School East, upon registration you will be assigned a time. Team/position evaluations will be March 14th, STMA Middle School East, times TBD. The 14/16 age groups are not guaranteed a roster position. Uniforms will include 2 shirts, 2 pants with belt, 2 socks & will be yours to keep.
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.