Fall Ball Team Creation
There are no tryouts for fall ball. However, recognizing that team cohesiveness is important in developing players and teams, we will do our best to keep players together that mutually request each other.
We recognize that during the fall season, many girls will ‘age up’ to a new level (i.e. 10U to 12U). We will use position need, past player experience, player evaluations, and feedback from coaches to fill in gaps left from older girls moving up. This means that there are no guarantees that a player will remain with their usual spring season teammates.
We will continue to evaluate how we maximize each player’s potential and building competitive teams for the spring season.
Players may request one friend to play with for fall ball and these requests should be mutual. We do our best to honor these requests.
Registration opens late June for a few short weeks.
This is a great time for new players to get started in the EFP program with our shortened 6-7 week season. Tryouts are held only for a 12U-Select team if a team is formed. This does not happen every fall season.
The Fall Ball season begins early-mid August with practices and ends late September with Fall Qualifiers and the Fall State Tournament. All teams will play in both the Qualifiers and the Fall State tournament. The Fall season focuses on the introduction of the sport to new players, the development of all players, and the experience gained by playing fastpitch.
All teams play double header games against different opponents in weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. Game times are at 12 pm & 1:30 pm or at 3 pm & 4:30 pm. There are a few exceptions to this schedule.
** 8U-10U teams play on Saturdays
** 12U-18U teams play on Sundays
Fees 10U -14U: $120
2019 Age Levels
We anticipate having 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U teams. The Fall Ball age group in which girls play is based on their age at 12/31 of the current year (i.e. some girls age up in the fall from their Spring/Summer teams)
*** Girls born in 2011 may play 8U if the parents and coach feel she is best served at the younger age group. Either the player is coming right from in-house or has not already played one year of travel.
This is still a traveling program so players will travel outside of District 196 for games. Travel distances depend on where other registered teams are based.
Fall Ball Uniforms
EFP will provide a shirt. Players will provide light gray pants, royal blue socks and belt.
Equipment: Click here to see the Equipment list
Starting in Fall 2019, 8U and 10U will play all fall games on Saturday. 12U-18U will play all fall games on Sunday's. We are doing this to relieve the high demand/shortage of umpires on just playing on Sunday's.
Practice schedule will be determined by the head coach, and will held be 1-3 times per week.
All league games are double headers and are scheduled for the last weeks in August prior to Labor Day weekend and the Sunday following Labor Day weekend. Weekly game schedules are posted each Wednesday for Saturday & Sunday games and are based on scores posted from the prior week.
2019 Minnesota Softball Fall Dates
Minnesota Fall State Tournament (All teams play)