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8U TRAVEL FASTPITCH

8 & Under (8U) ‘Travel’ Fastpitch Softball


8U Fastpitch is a step-up from In-House softball with the primary focus being to introduce the fastpitch game to all players. 

The ultimate goal of the program is that the girls have fun and continue to learn softball fundamentals while playing in a competitive environment. 

 

We will strongly emphasize the 'right' way to field, hit, throw, and catch.


About 8U Travel Fastpitch

Traveling – What does this mean?

Traveling simply means that our ‘league’ games include teams outside of Eagan.  Our 8U teams have ‘traveled’ to neighboring cities such as Edina, Rosemount, Eagan, Bloomington, Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, So St Paul, and Apple Valley to name a few.  There are about 50 teams in the 8U league.  The league does their best to ensure that teams do not have an unreasonable travel schedule and games are played as close to their home base as possible. 

Traveling indicates a step-up in competition.  Both of our fall teams competed very well with the other 8U teams in the league. Each team we face has a range of player development. The best part of a season is seeing each girl progress in some area from the start to the end. 

We encourage any player with a moderate to strong interest in softball to consider joining the 8U program.  The league is 100% about fun and development and NOT about winning games.

 

Notable Differences Between 8U Travel and In-House:

  • Pitching – 8U uses a “Louisville Blue Flame” pitching machine (spring loaded)
  • Scoring – score and records are kept for league/tournament play
  • Fielding – 8U games record outs; no stealing or running on over-throws
  • Equipment – 11” ‘real’ balls are used (same as the 10U teams; no softies)


The 8U rules for the Bloomington and Eagan tournaments are attached.  These are very similar to what we expect to use for the “League” games.

 

Equipment:

Click here to see the Equipment list.

 

Uniforms:

8U players will purchase GRAY pants for the 2018 season.
Jerseys, socks and belt are provided. 


Questions?

If you still have questions after reading through the website, please contact:

Kim Turner

EFP Community Director


8U Information


Eligibility:
Any girl born in 2008 or later

Cost:
$110 Registration Fee
(includes jersey, socks, league games and 3 tournaments)

Registration:
Opens:   January 16, 2017
Closes:   February 16, 2017

Player Evaluations & Jersey fitting
Date:  February 17, 2017
5:30 - 7 pm @
 Rosemount Dome
 

Season
Practices will  start in April. Games start May 10th and the season ends with the State Tournament in July 8-9.


Practices  
April: Mon/Wed nights from 6:00-7:30 pm (in gym or outside based on weather)  
May-June:  Mon/Wed nights from 6:00-7:30 pm.


Games - Mon/Wed
Game schedule is published by TriCounty League of MN in late April. http://www.tricountyleaguemn.com/  Single games are played starting May 10 and run for 8 consecutive weeks ending on June 28th.  Last 2 games are double headers. 


Tournaments

  • Bloomington Bash
    (Sat, June 10, 2017)  

  • Eagan Down N' Dirty
    (Sunday, June 18, 2017)  

  • 8U State Tourney
    (July 8-9, 2017) 
    Rosemount



Player Evaluation & Team Placement

If we have registered players to field 2 teams (minimum of 20, max of 24), we will place the girls onto their respective teams making the teams as even as possible. All players must attend the Player Evaluation Night at the Rosemount Dome.   

We take into consideration (1) special request made at the time of registration (i.e. friend) during the team formation process for Fall Ball. Requests must be mutual.  Requests are not guaranteed. With the Spring/Summer season, evaluations are used to place all girls onto equal teams.  


A Note to 8U Parents

Based on community need, there may be an opportunity for the top 8U players to be invited to the 10U tryouts. This would apply to second year 8Us only.  It will be determined based on registration numbers and the number of teams that we are able to form. 

Applicable candidates will be notified directly by EFP.


8U Travel Documents Needed


These items must be turned in:

  • Volunteer deposit ($250 check-Payable to EFP) 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (if new to program)
  • A recent photo of player

FALL BALL INFORMATION

8U Travel Fall Ball (Aug-Sept)


Registration
Registration opens in late June. This is a great time for new players to get started in the EFP program with our shortened 6-7 week season. 

The registration fee is $60, which includes a jersey and an end-of-season tournament.  

Registration is open for three short weeks and 8U Registration will accept the first 24 players.


Season   
The fall season begins early-mid August with team practices and ends in late September.  The fall season focuses on fun, introducing the sport to new players, the development of all players, and gaining experience playing fastpitch. 
 
Please see our Fall Ball page for more information.

Volunteer Requirements


ALL parents from the MN Stars, 8U Travel, League Only and all Tournament Travel teams are required to volunteer about 9 hrs (2 Dib shifts per player) at either the Eagan Down 'N Dirty Tournament in June or the Northern National Tournament that we host in July.  This is our only form of fundraising for the program.  

The revenue from these tournaments helps keep our program costs down.  These funds help pay for items such as; fields, equipment, admin fees, player insurance, tournament entry & gate fees and dome time that all Eagan Fastpitch players can utilize in the winter months.  A volunteer deposit of $250 is collected at tryouts. The check will only be cashed if your volunteer hours are not fulfilled by the end of the season.  You can choose to forfeit this deposit in lieu of working your volunteer hours.

This applies to all traveling members of our Spring/Summer Leagues. 


If you have any questions about the 8U program, please contact:

Jacki Stalboerger

Director of Softball

Kim Turner

Community Teams Director