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Parent Involvement

Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

Mahtomedi Fastpitch Association Parent FAQ's

My daughter wants to play “softball”.  What’s the difference between softball, slowpitch and fastpitch?
A softball is the big yellow ball that is used in both the slowpitch and fastpitch sport.  The difference between slowpitch and fastpitch is the technique used when the ball is pitched to the batter.   In the MFPA, coaches pitch at the 8U level and kids start to learn the fastpitch pitching techniques once they get to the 10U level. 

How old do you have to be to start in Mahtomedi Fastpitch?
The 8U level is for girls in kindergarten through 8 years old and girls can play up until 14U when they’re ready to move on to the high school level.  Girls can start at any age, regardless if they’re new to the sport and have never played or if they’ve been playing since kindergarten.   All skill levels welcome!

What League do the Mahtomedi Fastpitch Association teams play in?
8U: Centennial Lakes League – Comprised of team from Centennial, White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi

10U & above: Tri –County Fastpitch

When does the summer season start?
8U/10U/12U: Practices start in April, Games start in early May

14U & above: Practices start in early May, Games start in Mid-May

When are summer season games played?
All games start at 6:00 p.m. on the following days:

8U – Tues/Thurs, one game per night

10U – Tues/Thurs, double headers

12U – Mon/Wed, double headers

14U- Tues/Thurs, double headers

How long are games?
8U: 60-minute games

10U & Above: 65 minutes or seven innings

Are there weekend Tournaments?
8U:  There is one tournament and an end-of-season playoff

10U & Above: Teams generally participate in 2-3 tournaments as well as Tri-County League Qualifier and State Tournament. Teams may also qualify for National Tournament.

Off-season Training

Off-season training helps build muscle memory, allows players to meet girls from other associations and grow their love of the sport. Below is a list of training facilities that offer off-season training for pitching, catching, fielding, hitting and more! Please note that these organizations are not affiliated with Mahtomedi Fastpitch Association. They are a list of some of the other organizations in the area that offer training.

Need help determining the proper bat size?

Determining the correct bat length and weight for your daughter can be confusing. Reference the attached guide for assistance.

Learn how to teach your daughter to be coachable

You know your daughter has what it takes to compete, but she has to be willing to work with her coach.

Learn more about the fundamentals of softball

Watch these short videos to help your daughter learn more about the fundamentals of fastpitch softball.

Drills you can do at home with the kids

10 drills you can do with your kids at home.


Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Mahtomedi Fast Pitch Association experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.


Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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