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Softball FAQ

What is Central St. Croix Rec “CSCR” Softball?  The CSCR Softball program provides girls grades 3-12 an opportunity to play softball in a healthy and positive environment regardless of ability or experience.  Our program is divided into two primary leagues: Tri County League and In-House League. These leagues allow for both player development and appropriate levels of competiveness.  The program is also divided by age and grade levels.

What is the “In-House” softball league?  This recreational softball league is for girls U8 (1st & 2nd grade as of the registration date) and U10 (3rd-5th grade as of the registration date). This league provides a positive environment in which participants enjoy playing softball and continue to develop and improve softball skills. Grades 5 and up are not eligible for In House Softball through CSCR.

In-House League (players based on grade-level)

U8 - Machine Pitch program for combined 1st & 2nd graders (as of the registration date).  These teams will only play other CSCR U8 teams.

U10 - Combined 3rd-5th graders (grade as of the registration date).  Players begin to pitch with coach assistance and umpires are added.  These teams will play other local in house teams. 

What is Tri County Fastpitch League?  This is a regional (local) competitive traveling softball league for girls up to age 18. The Tri County Fastpitch League was established in 1972 to promote fastpitch softball for girls in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area and now part of Western Wisconsin.  The league acts as a clearinghouse for interested communities, and limits itself to the scheduling of league games between member associations, determines State tournament advancing and corresponding player eligibility standards. The Central St. Croix Rec program offers participation in Tri-County for age levels of U10 up to U18 (level based on birth year, not grade).  This league requires player participation in annual evaluations.  Please visit https://www.tricountyfastpitch.com/home for more information regarding this league.

Tri County (players based on age and requires evaluation day participation)

U10 – U10 players include 5th graders born after December 31st, all 4th graders, and 3rd graders born before January 1st.   These teams will play other community teams within the region, examples include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, and Baldwin but may also play teams within a 60 mile radius, such as White Bear Lake and Apple Valley.

U12 - U12 players include 7th graders born after December 31st, all 6th graders, and 5th graders born before January 1st.  These teams will play other community teams within the region- examples include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, and Baldwin but may also play teams within a 60 mile radius, such as White Bear Lake and Apple Valley.

U14 - U14 players include 9th graders born after December 31st, all 8th graders, and 7th graders born before January 1st.   These teams will play other community teams within the region- examples include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, and Baldwin but may also play teams within a 60 mile radius, such as White Bear Lake and Apple Valley.

U16 - U16 players include 11th graders born after December 31st, all 10th graders, and 9th graders born before January 1st.   These teams will play other community teams within the region- examples include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, and Baldwin but may also play teams within a 60 mile radius, such as White Bear Lake and Apple Valley.

U18 - U18 players include 11th graders born before January 1st and all 12th graders.   These teams will play other community teams within the region- examples include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, and Baldwin but may also play teams within a 60 mile radius, such as White Bear Lake and Apple Valley.

Are players from other communities allowed to participate on CSCR softball teams?  CSCR softball is open for St. Croix Central students only.

Do I select the league I want my player to participate in during registration?  No. 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders (3rd graders born after December 31st) will automatically be placed on a roster at their corresponding age level within the In-House League.  All other players will be placed within the appropriate level based on our assessments held in late winter/early spring. 3rd graders born before January 1st and all 4th graders will be divided into either Tri County or In House, based on their assessment score.  All 5th grade and above will automatically be placed on a Tri County team based on their assessment score.

What about T-Ball?  Please see the information under the Sports/T-Ball tab on the CSCR web site.

Who oversees the CSCR Softball Program?  A formal softball committee was created in 2018.  Organizational details and contact information can be found under the Softball Committee tab.  We encourage community members to support our teams by joining the committee and volunteering.

What are the age requirements for the Tri County League?  CSCR Tri County League is open to girls in grades 3 up to 12.  We require girls in 3rd grade have a birthday prior to January 1st to participate in Tri County.  3rd Grade girls whose birthdays fall on or after January 1st will be placed in our In House League for the spring season.   Player level changes occur in the fall. 

What are the Tri County League competitive levels within each age group (U-level)?  A; B; C

  • A - The highest competitive level and every community shall have the right to enter teams in the A level.
  • B - The intermediate level, primarily intended to provide a uniform competitive experience for communities that are not able to compete at the A level or communities that already have teams at the A level.
  • C - This level is essentially designed to be a developmental league to provide a competitive experience until players are ready to advance to a higher competitive level.

What are the travel requirements for players/parents in the Tri County League?  Central St. Croix Rec softball teams playing Tri County can expect travel to both local and more distant (within a 60 mile radius) communities for away games.  Examples of local communities include River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond, Baldwin, and Prescott. Examples of distant communities include Apple Valley, White Bear Lake, and North St. Paul. Players and parents can expect 2-3 tournaments (within a 90 mile radius) on weekends during season.

If my daughter plays Tri County, will we be playing softball every weekday/weekend all summer?  No!  There are 16 regular games and typically 2-3 tournaments each season, plus state qualifiers, state, and potentially nationals.  The Tri County season runs from early May through the end of July. Regular season games are scheduled during the week (typically 2-3 nights).  There will be one weekend tournament at the end of the season.  In addition, individual teams may play in as few or many tournaments as decided by coaches and player parents.  

How are players selected for Tri County teams?  An evaluation of all CSCR softball registered players (3rd - 12th grade) will take place annually in the winter/spring. 

What is the player evaluation process?  On the day of assessments, each player will be assigned a number and given an assessment form.  No player names will be used during the assessment process.  Reminder: Participants must be registered for softball through the CSCR web site.

Who evaluates each player?   St. Croix Central High School coaches will conduct the evaluation of each player.   In addition, high school softball players may assist with setting up and tearing down the gym for assessments.

Will a player be automatically placed on a Tri-County or In House team if they participated on a Tri-County or In House team the year prior? No.  Players will be re-evaluated each year and placed on the appropriate team based on skill level. All 5th grade and above will automatically play Tri County.

Will parents be allowed in the gym to watch the evaluation?  To maintain the integrity of the evaluation process, access will be limited to players and evaluation staff. Youth coaches will be allowed to observe but not participate.

Will parents be allowed to see their player’s evaluation results?   Players will be assigned numbers and names will not be used.  Assessment results will be kept confidential.  If parents have questions about player development, we encourage them to reach out to softball director, Corey Sanders, for direction from coaches.

Will a player be allowed to “play up” to the next U-level?  In other words, if a 10 year old player would like to play on the U12 team (vs the U10 team), will this be allowed?  Players will be able to play with other kids within their current age level.  Tri County age rules (as listed above) will be enforced.  Any playing up exceptions will be based on a shortage of players within the next level team and those players impacted will be determined by evaluation day results.

What happens if my player does not make the Tri County team?  The Central St. Croix Rec offers an in-house softball league.  All players not playing in Tri County will be assigned to an in-house league roster.  All players will be notified after the evaluations whether they are placed on a Tri County team or In-House team.  Notifications will be communicated during the month of March.

How are the In-House rosters selected?  The CSCR Softball Committee will create all team rosters.  The committee is dedicated to creating balanced rosters allowing for competiveness and proper player development.  

How are the coaches selected for each team?  Based on those who volunteer during the registration process, the CSCR Softball Committee will select all coaches and assistant coaches.

When does registration open?  Softball Registration opens in January and closes three weeks later. This early registration allows everyone to be prepared for the upcoming season, including roster and coach selections, scheduling, field assignments, etc. 

What is the cost for player registration?  Central St. Croix Rec Softball fees are as follows:

  • U8 - $40 per player. (Late fee of an additional $25 will be applied)
  • U10 through U18 - $100 per player.  An additional $75 will be charged for players who participate in the Tri County League.  (Late fees of an additional $25 will be applied)

How is my registration fee spent?  Central St. Croix Rec strives to keep all registration fees at a minimum and as affordable as possible.  Our fees are very favorable in comparison to other communities and include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • League fee of $575 per team
  • Two paid tourneys per team, up to $400 each
  • Jerseys
  • Spare team equipment: helmets, facemasks, bats, catcher's gear
  • Practice equipment: soft toss nets, wiffle balls, tees, practice balls, and ball buckets
  • Totes and bags for equipment
  • Official game balls
  • Umpire fees
  • Paying an individual to chalk a field
  • Chalk
  • As needed: field chalker machine, temporary outfield fences, field updates
  • Portion of Rec Board Admin hourly pay
  • Portion of monthly equipment storage shed fee
  • Coach background check fee 
  • Coach concussion training fee

When does spring softball season start/end?  Generally, practice for Tri County teams begins in April with games starting in May. In House practices begin in May with games starting in June. Spring/Summer softball ends in mid-July.  The coach of each team will communicate start dates once rosters and schedules are completed in late March/early April.