Eligibility for all fastpitch leagues is based upon a player's birth year, regardless of what grade she is in school.
For 2017, if your daughter has a birth year of 2008 or 2009, she is eligible to play 8U fastpitch.
This league was developed to encourage players who are ready for more than Machine Pitch, but who are too young for 10U fastpitch. It is a great way to introduce girls to fastpitch. In fact, 8U gives girls more at bats, and because there are no walks, it encourages the girls to learn to hit the ball. 8U Fastpitch is sanctioned the same as our 10U, 12U and 14/16U fastpitch leagues through MMFL. For the most part, 8U games are played by the same rules as 10U fastpitch softball – striking out, 3 outs an inning, etc. However, there is no stealing, no leading off, and no walks. Like 10/12U Fastpitch, there is travel to various locations around the Twin Cities. Coaches focus on the fundamentals of softball: throwing, catching hitting, and base running. Players still hit off of a “machine,” the same machine that is used in Machine Pitch.
8U Fastpitch Consists of:
- 2 practices a week
- 1 game per week
- 2-3 tournaments per season
2017's Important 8U Fastpitch Dates:
- May 20-21, MGSA's 8U Tournament at Legacy
- July 8, 8U End of Season State Tournament