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ARE YOU NEW TO SOFTBALL?


WHY SOFTBALL?

Did you hear about youth softball from a friend or neighbor and want to find out more? 

First, you're in the right spot.  We offer programs for girls ages 7-18 who live or attend school in Moorhead, MN. If you have a child that is interested in softball, have them check out our new to softball videos posted in the right column.

We offer two types of teams for girls:  in-house teams, that play in a league against other local area teams of the same age, and travel teams, that play in a league and also play in regional tournaments on the weekends.

does my daughter have to be on an in-house and travel team?

No.  All girls who play Moorhead Crush are placed on an in-house team, and girls who want the extra experience of playing tournaments can try out for a travel team.  

Are there travel teams for all age levels?

We start our travel teams at the 10U age level.  

what equipment does my daughter need?

We ask each player to provide their own helmet (with facemask), tennis shoes or softball cleats, softball pants, socks, and glove.  Moorhead Crush will provide jerseys, bats, and balls.  Girls are welcome to have their own bats if they prefer.  

how do you decide which age division my daughter will play in?

We use their age on Jan. 1 of the year they will be playing in.  So for example, a girl who is 10 on Jan. 1, but turns 11 in February, will be placed on a 10U team.  Occasionally we need to move players up to a higher age division to split the teams more equitably.  

what is the time commitment for softball?

Inhouse teams generally practice one night a week for between 1.5 and 2 hours and have double-header games one night a week.   Girls who are also on a travel team will typically have an additional night of practice, one additional night of league games, and then usually four weekend tournaments throughout the summer.  

how long is the softball season?

The summer softball program typically runs from practices starting in mid-May, games beginning in early June, and wrapping up mid- to late-July, depending on which league your daughter's team plays in.  High school players will need to follow their coach's guidelines in terms of when they can start playing summer ball.

what does my registration fee pay for?

Registration fees pay for equipment (bats, balls, catcher's gear, etc.), field maintenance, league entry fees, umpire fees, jerseys, and stipends for our travel coaches.  Registration fees are usually not enough to cover all season expenses, so we rely on our sponsors and fundraising to help support our program.

is there an extra fee to play travel ball?

Yes.  Because we try to hire coaches for our travel teams and due to the cost of tournament entry fees, there is an additional fee for any player who is on a travel team.

Resources

Beginner’s Guide to Calling Pitches

By Ken Krause, Fastpitch Lane 08/06/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Start low and out. Most hitters don’t like that pitch and will let it go by for a free strike. “When in doubt, throw low and out.”

How to Coach a Softball Team of Beginners

By Rolando Rosa, Youth1 03/06/2018, 12:00pm CST

I don’t let them use a glove to field with at the first practice. They learn the catch ground balls barehanded using two hands.

3 Reasons Why Your Softball Grip Matters

By Lindsey Wallace, Rip-It Blog 07/20/2017, 9:45am CDT

When fastpitch softball players look for a bat they normally seek a bat that has the balance they want, pop, a fast swing speed, and a desirable design. 


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