A Note About the ASA Softball Age Requirements . . .
The calendar date the American Softball Association (ASA) uses to determine eligibility for girls' fastpitch softball teams, January 1, creates issues for many of our players, parents, coaches and teams because it can often divide classmates and force them to play at different levels.
Once again in 2017, the park district will attempt to allow kids to play with their classmates whenever possible.
- Please remember that regardless of the class in school, players born prior to the Jan. 1 deadline cannot play down a level. For example, a 4th grader who turns 11 prior to Jan. 1, 2017, must move up to the 12U level, even though many of her classmates may still be eligible at the 10U level.
- Please also note that the park district reserves the right to enforce the Jan. 1 deadline if the need arises. For example, we may not be able to move all our 5th grade girls up to the 12U level in a given season because doing so may not leave enough players left to field a 10U team that season.
Communication will be the key and we'll do everything we can to keep our players, parents and coaches notified and up to date.
10 & Under Softball
The park district will sponsor at least one 10U team in the Fargo-Moorhead Summer Fastpitch League for the sixth consecutive summer.
League games will be played at a variety of location in the F-M area beginning in early June. Game dates and times will be announced as soon as that information becomes available.
Players who turn 11 years of age after January 1, 2017, are eligible to play 10U softball.
Coaches: Madison Foss, Leah Schatzke, Lexi Buhr and Makelle Gulleson
Dates: Monday through Thursday, late May through mid-July.
Location: Practices at the Tinta Tawa Park Diamonds, games at various sites.
Equipment: Players need their own gloves and must wear rubber-spiked shoes. All other game and practice equipment will be provided.
12 & Under Softball
Casselton's 12U team will participate in the F-M Summer Fastpitch League in 2017.
Pre-season practice will begin in late May and league games will begin in early June. Game dates and times will be announced as soon as they become available.
Players who turn 13 after January 1, 2017, are eligible to participate at the 12U level.
Coaches: Angie Will, Leah Schatzke, Maddy Foss, Lexi Buhr and Makelle Gulleson
Dates: Late May through mid-July.
Location: Practices at the Tinta Tawa Park Diamonds, games in Casselton and at a variety of locations in the F-M area.
Equipment: All players need their own gloves. Rubber-spiked athletic shoes are recommended.
14 & Under Softball
Our 14U fastpitch team will compete in the F-M Summer Fastpitch League with teams from Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Kindred, Hawley and Valley City.
Practices will begin in late May and games will begin in early June. 14U games will be played at the Mickelson Field complex in north Fargo, with selected games in Casselton.
Players who turn 15 years of age after January 1, 2017, are eligible to play 14U softball.
Coaches: Trevor LaRoque and Sierra Amundson
Practices: Tinta Tawa Park Diamonds
Games: Casselton and a variety of F-M sites
Equipment: Players need a glove and rubber or metal-spiked athletic shoes.
18 & Under Softball
Our 18U fastpitch team will also compete in the F-M League. Practices will be held in Casselton and games will be played in Casselton and at the Mickelson Field diamonds. Scheduling information will be available at a later date.
Players who turn 19 after January 1, 2017, are eligible to participate at the 18U level.
Head Coach: Scott Kost
Dates: Late May through mid-July.
Practice and Game Times: TBA
Equipment: Metal spikes are allowed.