Sunday, March 30, 2014

Season Update

We wanted to let you know that all 300 players have been placed on teams and we are in the process of finalizing coaches for those teams.  Coaches should be notified in the next few days with rosters, if they haven't already, and parents should be hearing from coaches early next week!  We are optimistic that practices can start soon, but of coarse, that depends on the weather!  For now, it look like Mother Nature is going to continue to challenge the beginning of our 2014 softball season, but we remain hopeful the fields will dry out soon and facilities like the ASC will open for play! 
 
Just a few reminders:
1)  Spirit Wear is available for sale through April 23rd.  Orders can be placed through Sport and Cycle at: http://www.sportandcycleteamsales.com/PlayerPacks.aspx
Access code is fastpitch.  This year's logo is:

2)  Fortuna High School is running a softball clinic during Spring Break, April 21st through April 24th.  Attached is the clinic flyer.

Pre-registration can be done online at:  

We are looking forward to the start of the 2014 softball season!  If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us!  Have a great day!
 
~Mad River-Humboldt Fastpitch Board


  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Final Player Assessment Sunday March 16th

Humboldt Fastpitch requests that all players who participate in the organization's recreation program attend one of the two player assessments.  The first assessment happened last weekend at Fortuna High School and went very smoothly with the help of the many volunteers and the Arcata High Marketing Class students.  Thank you to all that helped and to the many parents that registered their players online

The second assessment will happen this Sunday, March 16th at McKinleyville High School and will occur Rain or Shine.   Unlike last weekend, the weather for the Sunday's assessment is looking fantastic!  Just in case, please have players equipped with both cleats and tennis shoes!  Additionally, if you are still have a softball  uniform, we desperately need you to return them!  Please bring any jerseys (old or new) you have to the registration table when you arrive on Sunday.  Your assistance would be much appreciated!

The Registration table will open at 10 a.m.  However, we encourage all Parents to register their Players ONLINE BEFORE THE ASSESSMENT using the link on this blog site!  It's simple, quick and will greatly speed up the process on Sunday.  If you prefer to pay by cash or by check, register online NOW and you can easily pay at this Sunday's assessment.  If you would like to petition your player up and age bracket, please have her attend the assessment you would like her to participate.  
 
The schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. = 10 and under (8 and under players only need to attend if they are choosing to petition up!)
11 a.m. = 12 and under
12 p.m. = 14 and over
 
If you are unclear as to which session your player should attend, consider the chart below.  For clarification of any information, please send an email to humboldtfastpitch@gmail.com
 
 We look forward to seeing you at assessments.  :)
 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Order Spirit Wear Online Now!!!

This year Spirit Wear is moving online and is up, running and ready to take orders!  The website is live and will remain open until April 13th!   All orders must be placed via the web store.  We will not be carrying any excess 2014 spirit wear this year. All items will be ordered at the close of the site.  The items will be shipped to and distributed by Humboldt Fastpitch approximately two weeks after the site closes. The online process is very easy!  Just follow the link below and order what you want!  Steps to order include:
 
Go to Web store located at:    http://www.sportandcycleteamsales.com/
  1. Click on the Player Pack Tab located in the top left corner.
  2. Type in the access code:   fastpitch
Thank you to Sport and Cycle for partnering with us so that we may offer this online service!




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lets Play Ball - Register Online ASAP !!!

We made a few changes to the online registration site this past weekend to simplify it, with a few minor debugs finalized on Wednesday morning. We're hopeful these changes will make it easier for you to register your player using the Association's new online registration system.  Also please note that if you do run into problems, try registering using a different web browser.  Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers have been shown to be very compatible with the online registration system, whereas Internet Explorer has occasionally been known to result in a system error. 

A few other points about the online system: 
  • Parents can register online, but pay later with a check or with cash.  That will work just fine!  
  • You can mail your payment by check if you prefer. 
  • Parents can also pay by credit card on the secure site when registering, if they choose to do so.   
  • Please fill out the entire form as it will prevent errors and helps us greatly to register players with ASA and in conducting player assessments.
The registration period will remain open until Feb 28, after which late registration will commence.  Given the "newness" of the organization's secure online registration process,  the late registration fee has been waived and the site will remain open until March 16th.   However, we encourage parents to sign up players early.  Late registration closes on March 16, 2014, after which parents must contact Regional Rec Program Representatives or the Board of Directors to be added to a waitlist, and will be notified and allowed to register late if space is available.

We greatly appreciate parents' taking the time to fill out the online registration form and encourage all to do so ASAP!   THANK YOU!  Last season it was very challenging for volunteers to enter data from some 400 plus hand-written registration forms into a spreadsheet, as needed by the League to form teams and as required by ASA for insurance purposes. So again...  THANK YOU for registering online as early as possible!  If you have any problems with the system, please send us an email so we can work to correct it.  Looking forward to seeing you all on the fields very soon! 

Mad River/Humboldt Fastpitch Board 





Friday, February 7, 2014

Online Registration Goes Live!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Season of Humboldt Fastpitch, the Recreation Division of Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball, has gone online!  

The registration period will remain open until Feb 28, after which late registration will commence.  Given the "newness" of the organization's secure online registration process, we are waiving the late registration fee.  However, we encourage players to sign up early as it will help to organize and schedule the 2014 Recreation season.  Late registration closes on March 16, 2014, after which parents must contact Regional Rec Program Representatives or the Board of Directors to be added to a waitlist, and will be notified and allowed to register late if space is available.

RECREATION DIVISION softball skill assessments are tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 9th at Fortuna High School and Sunday, March 16th at McKinleyville High School and will run from 10 am to 1 pm.  Please note players 8 years old and under do not need to attend. If an 8-year old wishes to play up, however, they must attend one of the skills assessments. Specific times for assessments for each age group are as follows:  Age 10 and under at 10:30 am, Age 12 and under at 11:30 am, and Age 14 and older at 12:30.  Please plan to arrive prior to your specific assessment time to allow time to warm up!  We need to stress the importance of player attendance at assessments as player evaluations will allow effective distribution of players to teams.

For more information about the Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association, Its Recreational Program Humboldt Fastpitch, or its Competitive Travel Program, the Mad River Mist, check out posts on this website, our organization's fact sheet, browse our facebook site, or click the Questions link at the bottom of the online registration intro page! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pitching & Catching Clinics Being Offered

It's not too late to sign your player up for the clinic series at College of the Redwoods this month!  Players may pick and choose their clinic participation or may sign up for all clinic sessions. Sessions start February 2nd, and continue February 9th, February 23rd, and finish March 2nd.  For more information regarding the sessions being offered:

Pitching:  The pitching clinic is designed for pitchers who are looking for a warm up routine that will assist in strengthening pitching mechanics for the sake of preventing injury as well as assist them with increased pitch accuracy and speed. When attending only one clinic, the area of focus for that particular pitcher will be the evaluation of her motion to determine the weakness that when corrected will provide the greatest amount of impact on her mechanics and pitch.  By attending all clinic series, pitchers will have developed a solid foundation of drills that will carry them forward in their pitching career as they develop and practice on their own.  Pitching sessions run 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Catching:  The catching clinic is designed for catchers looking to elevate their skill to the next level.  Catching stances will be evaluated, discussed, and practiced along with skill areas including but not limited to:  pitch calling, framing, blocking, throwing mechanics for stealing baserunners, as well as the development of communication and leadership.  Catchers truly are facilitators of the plays and should be encouraged to take a leadership role on the field for the sake of directing traffic.  Catchers will be taken through a series of drills to assist them in improving in their areas of weakness as well as exercises that will develop their strength, conditioning, and coordination.  Catchers ages 7 to 11 run 12:30 to 2 p.m. and catchers ages 12-15 run 2:30 to 4 p.m.
 
Registration for all sessions will start 20 minutes prior to clinic time.  It is encouraged that players bring cleats AND tennis shoes!  In some cases, players may start inside and then move outside or vice versa!  If you have yet to pre-register, please do so at:
 
If you have any questions, please let us know!
~Mad River-Humboldt Fastpitch Board

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy 2014! The Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association’s Recreation League, Humboldt Fastpitch, is looking forward to another action-packed season of softball… and we hope you are too! We are pleased to kick off the year by announcing some exciting program updates!

1. REGISTRATION:
 Registration for Humboldt Fastpitch is going online! At the end of the January, Humboldt Fastpitch will be rolling out its new online registration website! VERY COOL! Watch our website for details.

2. SAVE THE DATES! (*Dates and Locations Subject to Change)
      • February 1st: Online Registration Opens • February 28th: Registration Closes (Late Fee
          Incurred After This Date)
     • Player Assessments on March 9th at Fortuna High School and March 16th at McKinleyville
         High School. (Attendance Highly Encouraged)
     • April 1st: Season Kicks Off • May 3rd/4th: Opening Tourney (Location: TBA)
     • June 7th/8th: Finale Tourney (Location: TBA)

3. CLINICS:
Humboldt Fastpitch is committed to identifying and promoting clinics and camps that may be of interest to our local players. Participation in these events is a great way to tune-up and improve a player’s softball skills. Upcoming clinics in our local area include:

  •  January 25th-26th: Humboldt State University For more information:   http://hsujacks.com/sports/2011/12/20/SB_1220115344.aspx?path=softball

  •  February 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and March 3: For Pitchers and Catchers For More Information: See Attached. Space is Limited. To Pre-Register a Spot: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wzzgClDUGPxBitaNZUZf87_Gtf_rSV8R5W0wOeujdFg/viewform

  •  April 21st-April 24th: Fortuna High School Tune Up Clinic
     For More Information: Email: ehelms@fuhsdistrict.org

  •  Other Clinics on the Horizon:
         - Eureka High School Tune Up Clinic
         - St. Bernard's
         - Summer Tune Up Clinic

More information to come as it evolves....

4. TRAVEL SOFTBALL:
In addition to hosting the Humboldt Fastpitch Recreational Program, the Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association runs a competitive travel ASA Softball Program, the Mad River Mist. The travel program will be actively recruiting players ranging in age from 10u to 18u. If any of you are interested in receiving travel program information, along with practice times and location, please email us with player name, age, and phone number.

5. Call for Help!
Humboldt Fastpitch expanded far faster than it ever expected! Last year, over 400 players participated in our league. We need volunteers to help facilitate the nature of the work! If you have any interest in volunteering, whether it be coaching, field prep/maintenance, snack bar, fundraising or serving on the Humboldt Fastpitch Rec Program Committee, we could use the help! Please email us or contact one of your regional representative to express your interest in helping us to improve the 2014 softball season for our youth and the betterment of our communities! Regional Reps include:
  • Frank Gonsalves, North County
  • Jennifer Pinard, North County
  • Ageana Brett, South County
  • Rick Todd, South County
  • Robb Foley, South County
  • Ryan Colegrove, East County

6. Board Meeting:
 January 28th, 6:30 p.m. Cal Courts Conference Room Cal Court Members… Next time you enter the facility, please take a moment to thank the staff for allowing us to use their conference room at no cost to our local youth softball program. Thank you Agatha and Larry Nord!

   ~Mad River-Humboldt Fastpitch Board