Want to support area athletic programs and help CAA earn extra cash to put toward field improvements and scholarships? The Storm Booster Club is giving us the opportunity to earn money for our youth programs by working concessions or selling tickets at Chanhassen High School athletic events.
CAA’s Fastpitch Softball In-House Program will be undergoing a few changes for the upcoming season. We are getting ready to open registration and wanted to make you are aware of a few key changes. There will be an Open House / Q & A Session on Thursday, January 12 at the Chanhassen High School Forum – Room S100 from 6:30 – 8:00 should you have any questions regarding these changes, or you may contact any of our Softball Operations Committee members listed at the bottom of this message.
Addition of 8U Program – CAA will implement an 8U program this year for any player born in 2008 or later. 8U has gained popularity in the past several years in our neighboring communities and focuses on teaching the fundamentals and ensuring girls gain confidence in their softball abilities.
Rules designed to promote a safe development environment
Pitching machine for consistent hitting experience
Regulation softball that doesn’t bounce up and hit fielders
No extra bases on overthrows
League Teams – In addition to our Travel Teams, CAA Fastpitch will now also offer League Teams. With the addition of League Teams, we will eliminate our In-House program. Our League Teams will closely emulate what previous years’ in-House teams were doing with some minor changes
League teams will allow our In-House program to transition to age groups based on birth year (instead of grade) to align with other leagues. League teams will exist at the following levels
2004/2005 will be 12U instead of grade 5/6/7
2006/2007 will be 10U instead of grade 3/4/5
2008 and younger will be 8U instead of grade K/1/2/3
League Teams will participate in Suburban League (the same sanctioned league our Travel teams play in.) Suburban League offers a variety of ability levels and will allow our girls to continue to play nearby while seeing more variety of competition. Suburban League offers weeknight double-header games, and nearby communities have teams in this league (Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Shakopee, Bloomington, and Chaska.) Playing in Suburban League will also ensure our former In-House players use rules consistent with Tournament teams
Weekend / Tournaments - League Teams WILL NOT be required to play in weekend tournaments. However, there are several tournament opportunities available including a year-end tournament that will provide an opportunity to play against a wide variety of teams from across the metro area. If a League team decides to participate in a weekend tournament, CAA will assist with the registration, but the cost will need to be covered by the families on that team (approximately $30-$40 per family; which typically guarantees 4 games.)
Season Dates - the season dates for league teams will be April – mid-July. Suburban League games typically start in early May and will conclude in late June. There will be an opportunity to play in a State Qualifier and State Tournament (weekend tournaments) IF the league team decides they want to play.
Cost – the cost of League teams will need to cover the expense of the teams’ participation in the Suburban League as well as the cost of play (fields, equipment, insurance, etc.) but it will be lower than a Travel player due to fewer tournaments.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to contact one of the members of our Softball Operations Committee:
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