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2019 Fastpitch Evaluation Times and Dates:

CAA Softball looks forward to organizing fun and competitive fastpitch teams for girls pre-K to 13 year olds (age permitting.)

Mandatory Evaluations will be held for 10U Travel, and 12U Travel only (NO Evaluations for 8U or League teams)

DATES: March 9 and March 10 - PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING BOTH DAYS
Specific times for each age group will be posted as the dates get closer.  Pitchers and catchers should plan on attending a separate tryout for your specific skill.

LOCATION: Eastern Carver County Athletic Facility 

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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:

Meg Stone – 

 

 

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Hosted tournaments are a huge success!!

The CAA Storm softball hosted two MMFL State tournaments (12U & 16U) at the Chanhassen Lake Ann Park.  Thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make the events a huge success and an outstanding fund raiser for our program.  
 

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Storm Fastpitch - This is STORM Country!!!

Join the "Storm Fastpitch - This is STORM Country!!!" group on Facebook to get connected to the on-line community of Chanhassen Storm fastpitch fans.  Post your team's information and pictures from the season.  This group's membership is controlled and limited.
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