Softball Info

Annandale participates in the Crow River Fastpitch League.

League games are played on Mondays and Wednesdays in June and July.

10U plays a single game of 7 innings or 2-hour time limit and games start at 6:30pm.

12U and above play double-headers of 5 innings with a 75-minute time limit per game. These start at 6pm.

Players are not allowed to register in Annandale Traveling League unless they are full time students or live within the Annandale School District without the approval of the Annandale BB/SB Association.

Divisions are organized by tier and age (even years-only). For example the league runs the following divisions:

All rules & regulations pertaining to each age level can be reviewed at

www.crowriverfastpitch.com.

Age Determination Rules

  1. Age level division of player is determined by age on December 31 of the previous year of league participation. For example, a girl who was born on December 5, 2009 would be 9 years old for the 2019 season. A girl who was born on January 5, 2007 would be would be 11 years old for the 2019 season even though she is 12 by the time the season starts.
  2. Girls can always play up in age divisions if their skills allow advanced placement. For example, a girl who is 10 by league rules could still play 12U because she is under 12 years old.
  3. Girls can play in a lower age division but are not allowed to play in tournaments or any post-season games. They will be identified as an overage player on team rosters. (CRF League rule)
  4. All girls will be placed in their qualifying age brackets unless the parent/guardian requests player participation in an older age bracket. This must be checked on the registration form.

10U Softball

Tier I Softball Tier II Softball

* All rules and regulations for Tier I/Tier II Fastpitch can be reviewed at Crow River Fastpitch.

Annandale Traveling League's goal is to provide a rewarding and meaningful experience for softball players at all age levels. Annandale is part of the Crow River Fastpitch League which is affiliated with Minnesota ASA. Within the CRF League there are two levels of fastpitch softball: Tier I, the competitive level; and Tier II, the recreational level. The age divisions are 10U - 18U. The 10U division is not tiered as it is designed to be more instructional, with the teams evenly divided by age and ability. Most often 12U-14U levels are divided into Tier I and Tier II teams. The 16U-18U are all in Tier I, as these are the high school level teams. Often the 16U and 18U are combined as one team, depending upon the number of registered players and CRF teams.

A summary of ATL Tier I softball guidelines/expectations is shown below.

  12U Tier I 14U Tier I 16U-18U Tier I
Practices
  • 2-3 per week prior to league games;
  • Occasional practices once weekly games and tournaments begin
  • Limited practices prior to season due to Junior High Softball;
  • Occasional practices once weekly games and tournaments begin
  • Limited practices prior to season due to High School Softball;
  • Occasional practices once weekly games and tournaments begin
League Games Monday and Wednesday - Crow River League Monday and Wednesday - Crow River League Monday and Wednesday - Crow River League
Tournaments 2-4 B-C level tournaments including possibly 1 out of town tournament and/or National Qualifier 3-5 B-C level tournaments including possibly 1 out of town tournament and/or National Qualifier 3-5 B-C level tournaments including possibly 1 out of town tournament and/or National Qualifier
Post-Season (in addition to tournaments above) State Qualifier, State Tournament and National Tournament if the team qualifies. State Qualifier, State Tournament and National Tournament if the team qualifies. State Qualifier, State Tournament and National Tournament if the team qualifies.
Additional Fee $100 per player collected by BB/SB to cover tournament expenses $100 per player collected by BB/SB to cover tournament expenses $100 per player collected by BB/SB to cover tournament expenses
Playing Time-League Players will get equal playing time during league games. (ATL Rule) Players will get equal playing time during league games. (ATL Rule) Players will get equal playing time during league games. (ATL Rule)
Playing Time-Tournaments Players will get equal playing time, however positioning in INF/OF may not be equal. Playing time will be determined by guidelines established by Minnesota Softball. Playing time will be determined by guidelines established by Minnesota Softball.
Positioning
  • 3-4 Pitchers will pitch most of the innings;
  • 2-3 Catchers will catch most of the innings
  • Position players will be placed based on skills, strengths and prior experience. All players will be given an opportunity to play some INF and OF at a position the coach determines best aligns with the player's skills and abilities.
  • 2-3 Pitchers will pitch most of the innings;
  • 1-2 Catchers will catch most of the innings
  • Position players will be placed based on skills, strengths and prior experience as determined by the coach. Equal opportunity to play INF or OF positions will not be required.
  • 2 Pitchers will pitch most of the innings;
  • 1-2 Catchers will catch most of the innings
  • Position players will be placed based on skills, strengths and prior experience (including the HS season) as determined by the coach. Equal opportunity to play INF/OF positions will not be required.
Team Selection Criteria
  • Ability and Attitude based on prior experience and coach's evaluations;
  • Age/Grade level-preference will be given to the player in the higher grade;
  • Commitment based on prior years participation in softball activities
  • Ability and Attitude based on prior experience and coach's evaluations;
  • Age/Grade level-preference will be given to the player in the higher grade;
  • Commitment based on prior years participation in softball activities
  • Participation in junior high/HS softball
  • Ability and Attitude based on prior experience and coach's evaluations;
  • Age/Grade level-preference will be given to the player in the higher grade;
  • Commitment based on prior years participation in softball activities
  • Participation in HS softball
  • Positional needs