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2021 ERAA Traveling Softball Key Dates

Here are the key dates for the upcoming 2021 travel softball season:

  • March 18, 19, 25 and 26:  Player Showcases at HESC and GL
  • May 1-2, 2021:  Raptors Heading to the Dells!
  • May 5, 2021:  League play starts for 12U (Mon-Wed)
  • May 6, 2021:  League play starts for 10U (Tues-Thurs)
  • June 1, 2021: League play starts for 14U (Tues-Thurs)
  • June 25-27, 2021:  Tri-County State Qualifiers (10U/12U)
  • July 10-11, 2021: 10U/12U State Tournament
  • July 17-18, 2021: 14U State Qualifiers
  • July 22-25, 2021:  NAFA Nationals for 10U (Cottage Grove), 12U (Eagan)
  • July 24-25: 14U State Tournament
  • July 29-Aug 1, 2021: NAFA Nationals for 14U (Lakeville)
  • August 5-8, 2021:  Monsta Nationals (all ages)
  • August 14-15, 2021: All-Star Weekend
  • August 21-22, 2021 (likely): Start of Fall Ball
  • September 25-26, 2021 (likely): Fall Ball State

Offseason Training Opportunities

The fall/winter months provide a great opportunity for the girls to tweak their skills without the game to game pressure to produce results.  To facilitate this, we have compiled a list of coaches and trainers that are available for private lessons, particularly for pitching and/or hitting.  Please contact Shane Seif (saseif@gmail.com) or Hank Spuhler (eraatravelsoftball@gmail.com) with any questions. 

In addition, ERAA will again host a series of off-season training opportunities to improve your skills starting in January - every Thursday (HealthEast), Friday (Great Lakes -- hitting) and Sunday (Great Lakes -- pitching) through April. 

Thank you again for support ERAA Softball,


Patrick Schei, Darren Schwankl and Travis Swanson
ERAA Coach/Player Development Directors

Hank Spuhler
ERAA Softball Travel Director

TRAVEL COACH CERTIFICATION

The East Ridge Athletic Association- Softball program is utilizing the Trusted Coaches Membership Program. The Trusted Coaches program is a comprehensive membership program that offers essential training, education and screening necessary for a youth coach via a nationwide criminal background check‚ first-aid trainingconcussion instruction and Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach® character education course.

 

 

Hank Spuhler

ERAA Softball Director

Craig Sondag

ERAA Travel Softball Director

Traveling/Competitive Program

Below is information regarding our Traveling/Competitive Softball program.

  • Teams play in the Tri-County Fastpitch League
  • League games are played twice a week
  • Teams play other teams from metro area communities
  • Teams play at the A, B, or C level
  • Teams are formed based upon results of fall tryouts
  • Teams have many practices throughout the season
  • Teams play three association tournaments as well as the Tri-County tournament during the season
  • Some teams move on to play in the state tournament and possibly the mid-west Nationals tournament
  • Level of play is far more competitive than that of the Rec program
  • Growth, development, and opportunity are the focus of the program