8-Under Focus MEETING
Going in to our 8th official league year we appreciate any feedback that you can provide. We have grown from 26 teams to 74 teams in 2021. Even if you are not currently participating we want to hear your opinion. For those of you that have been around for a long time remember when 10-under was added? We now have over 200 teams in the metro area alone.
Our goal for the 2022 season is to have 80+ teams participate.
Date: Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy 55, MN 55340
Please note. The last two pages of the power point are notes shared by Bloomington and Minnetonka on how their associations have grown their 8-Under programs.
Thank you to Molly and Kelly for sharing!
Attention all 8U coaches. ALL teams that have played in the league do not have to qualify for State, you are automatically entered. This years state tournament will be held on July 9th and 10th. The $100.00 gate fee will be made payable to TBD and turned in at check in.
Your signed roster is also due at the time of check-in.
There is no tournament registration form.
If you are unable to participate please email by Monday, July 4th.
Tom: email@example.com or
Please register and pay your $100 league fee for your 8-Under team by April 11th. (Final Big West meeting)
Make check payable to and mail to:
877 Meander Court
Medina, MN 55340
Tie Breaker Rule: The offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the player who is scheduled to bat last in that respective half inning being placed on second base (e.g., if the number five batter is the leadoff batter, the number four batter in the batting order will be placed on second base. A substitute may be inserted for the runner). **For 8U the inning will start with 1 out. After one inning of playing the tie breaker rule a coin flip will be done to determine a winner.**
In order to ensure the coaches can focus on instruction with players at the 8U level, the home team will provide a non coach parent umpire/or a youth cadet umpire if you had one trained. The parent ump/cadet will keep track of the pitch count and strikes as well as enforce the rules set forth for the 8U league. Should the parent ump/cadet question a play, they may defer to offense and defense coaches in field to help make the final call.
The initial rules were created by Minnesota Softball Staff after consulting with many other states about how they conduct 8U softball. The idea is to get kids playing short games, learn how to play the game properly, and to enjoy playing the sport. The premise of this is not to develop pitchers. You can and should work on pitching during every single practice, with every single kid. If you have a kid that is an advanced player for that age, place them on a 10U team if feasible. Now entering our 8th year being organized the rules have evolved to meet the needs of associations and coaches to help make the sport better and to make it grow.
These rules were modified at the March 15, 2022 8-Under focus meeting.
It was voted on in 2022 to allow non-league teams to play in the State Tournament. However, all teams must play by the same eligibility rules. The state tournament fee for non-league teams is $100 to enter and $100 gate fee payable to the host site.
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Coaches allowed on the field: