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2017 Fall Ball League

2017 Minnesota Softball Fall Ball Dates

The meeting dates and important dates for Minnesota Fall Ball are listed below. We annually host in excess of 500 teams from throughout Minnesota at dozens of sites (34) every weekend in the Fall. It is a great way for next year's teams to get ready for 2018 play or for 2017 teams to wind down.

Most games are played on Sunday's so as not to interfere with scholastic activities like volleyball and soccer. We develop athletes. Play as many sports as you can for as long as you can!

If you have any questions about Fall Ball, please contact Dan Pfeffer at dan@josoftball.com or Tom Bye at tbye@josoftball.com.

  • August 10th - League Meeting - Location: Medina Entertainment Center.   All ages
  • August 20th - Week 1
  • August 27th - Week 2
  • September 10th - Week 3
  • September 16th - Week 4 (8U, 10U & 12U)
  • September 17th - Week 4 (14U, 16U, & 18U)
  • September 23th - 8U, 10U & 12U Fall State
  • September 24th - 14U, 16U, & 18U Fall State

Checks for Fall Ball should be made out to Minnesota Softball and sent to:

Minnesota Softball
877 Meander Court
Medina, MN 55340

8U Fee is $100. All other levels are $500.


GETTING STARTED

*If you can't edit your page it means I couldn't find your NGIN user name. Please read ALL the steps below in the getting started section before you email me AND with all of your information requested below.

Coaches, the first thing you'll notice to the team pages is that we have created a team template to get you started.  Minimally all you have to do is to update your contact information by clicking on the edit button.  However, if you want to be more creative you can edit your team page anyway you like.

If you don't have an account yet please follow these directions: 

  1. If you coached last year at any level on the Minnesota Softball page, i.e. the Big West League and had an NGIN account you are already set up.  You do NOT need a new account for each team.
  2. If you are a new coach/user you need to create an account.  In the upper left corner you will see a tab "create and account"  Click on it and follow the directions by entering your information.  **You will need to go through activation email that is sent to you after initiating account.** 
  3. OR if you have an existing NGIN account through any other sport  including other fastpitch leagues a welcome box will appear in the upper left corner and say "welcome (your name)"  "link your existing NGIN account to Minnesota Softball? Click on Become a Member"  It's that simple.

After you have joined,  please send an email to Dan@JOsoftball.com  so he knows your registered.
 
Make sure to include in your e-mail: (We have to assign close to 660 teams this Fall so the more information you provide the better)

Name
Association
Team Name
Age & level coaching i.e. A, B or C

(***Please make it simple***  i.e. Tom Bye, MVSA, MVSA Green, 14B)

Thank you

Team Formation and Rules

Register your team on-line prior to the fall league meeting on August 10th.  Make sure to rank your team 1-10.  1 is a beginner C team.  10 is a high-level A team.

Fall League provides an opportunity for your players to learn about the game and gain experience-playing fastpitch.  Because of fall weather conditions, all games are rain or shine decision to play is made at the fields by the 2 coaches and umpires in agreement, (please don't email or call) 1/2 hour delay if lightning is present, all games will be scheduled for 1 hour and 5 minutes- allowing for the last inning to be completed, and one inning using the tie breaker rule if the game is tied.  Free substitution and round-robin batting is mandatory.  5 runs per inning rule during 4-week league play for 10U, 12U with 10U keeping the rule the entire season.

Schedule:  Every week schedules are re-done by record.  For example.  Week 1= A team ranked a 5 will be scheduled against a team ranked a 5.  After week 1, teams with a record of 2-0 play against 2-0 teams, 1-1 vs 1-1, 0-2 vs 0-2.  Every week we look at the schedule and repeat the process.

Games are scheduled at Noon, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30.   IF we have an odd number of teams at a location there are occasions that we have to stagger your game schedule for your team.  i.e.  Noon and 3:00 or 1:30 and 3:00.  It rarely happens but it may.  Also, depending on how many fields we have at each age level in each region teams may have to be move from region to region to play games.

10U will play following the national rules (same as all age levels) and continue to play at 35’ pitching distance, use an 11” ball. 

8U will use the summer rules modified to reflect fall ball.  To keep cost down there will be no umpires used.

Play 3 weeks of league play on Sunday
Play 1 week of league play on Saturday for 8U-12U and Sunday for 14U-18U
Week 5 is the State tournaments played on Saturday for 8U-12U on and on Sunday for 14U-18U
Free substitution

HOME TEAM IS DETERMINED BY A COIN FLIP!


Please Read this Page for Weekly Updates on Timelines

2017 Fall Schedule

Date Day Event
August 10th Thursday League Kick off Meeting held at Medina Entertainment Center at 7:00pm for All age groups
August 8-13 Team Pages will be built and assigned editing rights for 8U-10U-12U
August 15-16 Team Pages will be built and assigned editing rights for 14U-16-18U
August 16th Wednesday Week 1 schedules will be posted for 8U-12U
August 17th Thursday Week 1 schedules will be posted for 14U-18U
August 20th Sunday Week 1 league play
August 21st Monday Week 1 Scores reported by NOON.
August 23rd Wednesday Week 2 League Schedules will be posted
August 27th Sunday Week 2 league play
August 28th Monday Week 2 Scores reported by NOON.
September 6th Wednesday Week 3 League Schedules will be posted
September 10th Sunday Week 3 league play
September 11th Monday Week 3 Scores reported by NOON.
September 12th Tuesday Week 4 8U,10U and 12U Schedules will be posted (remember 8U - 12U plays on Saturday)
September 13th Wednesday 14U - 18U Schedules will be posted by 5:00pm. (plays on Sunday)
September 16-17 Week 4 8U-12U play 9/16 and 14U-18U play on 9/17 **Most common question** Yes, ALL Teams Play in Qualifier and STATE for FALL Ball
September 17th Sunday Please have your scores posted by Sunday night. If your team is NOT planning on attending state please notify Tom Bye ASAP, Thank you.
September 18th Monday Final Rosters Due- See direction at the top of this page (step 5). For Fall Ball we are simplifying the roster process
September 23-24 State Tournament weekend. 8U, 10U and 12U play on Saturday 9/23 and 14U-18U play Sunday 9/24. $100.00 gate fee made payable to host site.

Is your association interested in hosting Fall Ball league play and State?

We are taking registrations for host sites now.  This is a great way to fund raise for your association on weekends.  We use approximately 34 sites every weekend.  So we need sites. 

 Keep in mind you must host a minimum of 2 of the 4 league dates to be considered for hosting a State Tournament.   Please have all your field information before registering.  Again,  here are the dates.  Thank you!

  • August 20th - Week 1
  • August 27th - Week 2
  • September 10th - Week 3
  • September 16th - Week 4 (8U, 10U & 12U)
  • September 17th - Week 4 (14U, 16U, & 18U)
  • September 23th - 8U, 10U & 12U Fall State
  • September 24th - 14U, 16U, & 18U Fall State

Fall ball kick off meeting

Date:  August 10th
Time: 7:00PM
Who:  All age groups 8U to 18U
Location:
Medina Entertainment Center
500 Highway 55
Medina, MN 55340

**Just because people ask.  This is NOT a mandatory meeting.  However all payments must be received by the 10th.  We will have over 500 team pages to build and over 500 schedules to complete by the 17th.   The meeting is a great way for coaches to learn the process and rules of Fall ball.  We also hand out new score books and rule books.**



Age Divisions

Fall league is an opportunity to keep playing games and developing skills.

This includes the requirement for divisions of play, and then allowing for competition to determine just what level a team will reach for league championship play.

It is simple, when figuring out what age class you will compete at for fall just ask yourself what age group you will be part of next summer.

If you are still 8 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 8U.

If you are still 10 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 10U.

If you are still 12 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 12U.

If you are still 14 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 14U.

If you are still 16 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 16U

If you are still 18 or younger on December 31st, then you can play 18U

Thank you for another successful  Fall Ball Season for 2016

Thank you to all who participated in Fall Ball this season.

  • We had 530 teams participating.  
  • Scheduled over 2250 league games.
  • Played at over 32 sites each weekend
  • Used an average of 130 umpires each weekend 
  • Conducted 34 Fall State tournaments and 750 games were played.

Obviously it takes a lot of coordination and effort by many people.  

Have a great off season!