In response to registration trends and budget constraints, both Eagan Fastpitch as well as Eagan In-House Softball will be merged into one Eagan Softball board with responsibility and governance over all age groups and softball programs. While the goal of this change is to improve our EAA softball program(s), we feel a streamlined board is necessary to administer our programs and to ensure Eagan Softball remains regarded as one of the premier sport programs of its kind in the state of Minnesota. With these structural changes will come some necessary modifications to our in-house/development programs.
Starting in 2013, Eagan Softball will continue to offer in-house softball for girls at three levels - grades K/1, 2/3 and 4/5. However, due to the decrease in number of participants over the past few years at the in-house upper age levels, we will no longer be offering slow pitch softball at either the 6th – 8th or 9th – 12th grade levels.
If your desire is to continue to play slow pitch softball outside of those three grade levels, we encourage you to look toward our neighboring communities and city rec leagues to see if they offer slow pitch softball at other age levels. Below is a brief outline of the development/in-house program that will be offered by Eagan Softball this year.
2013 EAA Softball Development (In-House) Program
Similar to other EAA programs, Eagan Softball coaches will be provided information and training to assist in practice planning, skill instruction as well as integration of fun and competition into the player’s development. However, it is Eagan Softball’s desire to use the early ages to make an introduction into softball and a gradual transition to the fast pitch softball format.
At K/1, the emphasis will be on learning the basics of softball - throwing, hitting and fielding. Coach pitching will be the standard and we will decrease the number of games over historical levels, but increase the number of practice and development opportunities. At 2/3, we will continue to use coach pitch as the standard, but we intend to introduce league-wide pitching instruction to encourage development of that skill. In addition, we will build in additional practice time as well as formal fielding and hitting clinics to all participants. At 4/5, the game will complete its’ transition to child (fast) pitch, with Eagan teams playing in a local league against teams from surrounding communities (likely other 196 schools). This will not be an all-in travel league, as travel will be limited and no weekend tournaments will be played. There will be about a 50/50 mix between games/practices and additional clinics with instruction will be made available.
As you can imagine, with these changes there remains a need for more parental involvement to make this new direction a success. Specifically, we are looking to add 3 or 4 additional board members to our Eagan Softball board to help in planning, coordinating and delivery of the ‘new’ development programs geared toward the younger ages. If you are interested in becoming involved and shaping the future of Eagan Softball or have questions/concerns, we invite you to contact one of us.
Dana Glass-Anderson, Director of Softball
Ken LaChance, President
In House Softball Director