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Fastpitch League



Welcome to the Brooklyn Park Fastpitch website. BPAA Fastpitch is a sub-committee of the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association, a non-profit organization comprised of all volunteers. The purpose of BPAA is to benefit the physical, mental, moral, and character development of its members and of the youth in our community by providing major sports programs and activities for boys and girls, regardless of ability or financial status.

2021 Fall Fastpitch

Welcome to the 2021 Fall Fastpitch season! The Brooklyn Park Athletic Association is excited to welcome girls of all ages into the program, no matter their experience with the fastpitch game or softball in general. The fall league is a great way to introduce your young players to a fun, competitive game of softball. And at five weeks long, it’s a smaller commitment than the full summer program.

The Fall Fast Pitch League provides an opportunity for players to learn about the game and gain experience playing fast pitch. Practices will start in early August, after teams are established, and games (double headers) will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (first games will be held on August 21st and 22nd and the last week of regular season games will be September 18th and 19th)  The State Tournament will be held on Sept. 25th and 26th.

At the 8U, 10U & 12U levels, we will offer an introductory environment for those who are new to fastpitch or new to softball altogether. Players will learn the fundamentals of the fastpitch game and how to succeed in a fun, fastpitch environment. Throughout the age groups, we will build teams that are competitive for returning fastpitch players. It is our goal to NOT turn anyone away.

Age Divisions: Whatever age the player will be on December 31, is the age they need to play for fall 2020. So, if they will turn 13 on or before December 31, they need to play on the 14U team, etc. Please note that the Board has final discretion on player placement on a team outside of their age berth.

 • If player will be 8 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 8U. (born 2013-2014)

 • If player will be 10 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 10U. (born 2011-2012) 

 • If player will be 12 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 12U or above. (born 2009-2010) 

 • If player  will be 14 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 14U or above. (born 2007-2008) 

 • If player will be 16 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 16U or above. (born 2005-2006) 

 • If player will be 18 or younger on December 31, 2021 then you can play 18U. (born 2003-2004)


Registration begins on July 3rd and registration is due by July 31st (Registrations received after July 31st may be accepted, based on openings, and will have a $20 late registration fee added.) We expect to have the teams formed by the first week in August. The registration fee is $75.00 per player - includes a Fall Fastpitch jersey. Pants, socks and belts should be provided for by the player and should be black.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS:  BPAA does offer a limited amount of financial assistance to families residing in Brooklyn Park or Brooklyn Center and can demonstrate the need. To apply, you must provide a picture ID and most recent 1040 tax form to the Brooklyn Park Community & Activity Center (CAC) Rec & Park Office, 5600 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park.

Once the scholarship is approved, the Rec & Park Office will notify us and you will receive an email from BPAA Fastpitch that includes a discount code to use to complete your registration online.  Please allow up to 72 hours to receive your discount code via email.

DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE WITHOUT YOUR CODE OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED RATE AND IT WILL NOT BE CREDITED AFTER THE FACT. If you do plan to apply for scholarship, please come back to this online registration before July 31st, but after you've received your code.


Late and Cancellation Fees: 

 • If you would like to cancel, after being chosen for a team, you will need to get pre-approval from the Board. Please email tanyajay@hotmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request cancelation. You will be assessed a $20 cancellation fee. 

 • Late registrations must get approval from the Board. Please email Tanyajay@hotmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request late registration.


 If you have additional questions, please visit the fast pitch website at https://www.bpaasports.org/page/show/982870-fastpitch-league 

**COVID-19 guidelines: As part of registration, an additional waiver will be sent to you regarding COVID-19 and your understanding and acceptance of the risks. While Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) will do everything we can to try and minimize the risk to the girls playing and the spectators, we cannot eliminate all risk. Please know that spectators will be asked to social distance and, at this time, will not be allowed to sit in the bleachers. We will also ask that parents/guardians refrain from staying at practices and that players refrain from sharing equipment. If you have any questions about BPAA’s COVID-19 preparedness guide, please d


BPAA return to play


Return To Play Waiver

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) Fastpitch athletics/sports program, related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

1. The risk of injury and/or illness from the activities involved in the program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce the risk, the risk of serious injury does exist;
 

2. The risk to have contact with individuals, who have been exposed to and/or have been diagnosed with one or more communicable diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19 or other medical conditions, diseases, or maladies does exist, and it is impossible to eliminate the risk that I could be exposed to and/or become infected through contact with or close proximity with an individual with a communicable disease;

 

3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume all full responsibility for my participation;

4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation.  If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately
 

5. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE BPAA FASTPITCH, their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of the premises used to conduct the event ("Releasees"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE.

 

6. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, BEFORE ACKNOWLEDGING THE CHECKBOX BELOW, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY AGREEING TO IT ON MY OWN BEHALF OR ON BEHALF OF THE YOUTH PARTICIPANT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GUARDIAN ACCOUNT, AND I SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.


BPAA Fastpitch Registration

*Registration is now closed for 2021 Summer Fastpitch.

 2021 BPAA Summer Fastpitch Registration Form

  • BPAA Fastpitch is a traveling league with games played on weekdays in the North and West Suburbs
  • Teams will play some weekend tournaments and the regular season ends by July 31st.
  • Cost is $245/player and includes a uniform (Jersey, pants and socks). Cost for 8U is $145/player and you will be provided with a new uniform (jersey, belt and pants).
  • Skills evaluations are on February 13th, 2021 at Park Center Dome
  • The Hamline Softball team will be conducting the evaluations. Evaluations are just one of the tools used to provide coaches with an accurate assessment of each girl’s skill set along with coach’s experience with a player’s commitment to the team, game situations, and player coachability. All these factors are part of the team forming process. Girls should CHECK IN at Park Center Dome. The fee will be $30 and the checks can be made to BPAA.

 

  • 10U and 12U:  9:15 am to 11:15 am
  • 14U and16U:  11:15 am to 1:15 pm
  • 8U and 18U teams: will be assembled depending on the number of players registered. Please be sure to register as normal.

 

  • Uniform fittings will be held during the evaluations on the 13th.  
  • We are always looking for coaches and assistant coaches.

 

 

Age Divisions:

Whatever age the player will be on December 31, is the age they need to play for summer 2020. So, if they turned 13 on or before December 31, they need to play on the 14U team, etc.  Please note that the Board has final discretion on player placement on a team outside of their age berth.

  • If you were 10 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 10U. (born 2010-2011)
  • If you were 12 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 12U or above. (born 2008-2009)
  • If you were 14 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 14U or above. (born 2006-2007)
  • If you were 16 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 16U or above. (born 2004-2005)
  • If you were 18 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 18U. (born 2002-2003)

 

To register (Ends February 13 th, 2021):

 

Late and Cancellation Fees:

  • If you would like to cancel, after being chosen for a team, you will need to get pre-approval from the Board. Please email tanyajay@hotmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request cancelation. You will be assessed a $20 cancellation fee.
  • Late registrations will be assessed a $20 late fee and must get approval from the Board. Please email tanyajay@hotmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request late registration.

If you have additional questions, please visit the fast pitch website at https://www.bpaasports.org/page/show/982870-fastpitch-league

**COVID-19 guidelines: As part of registration, an additional waiver will be sent to you regarding COVID-19 and your understanding and acceptance of the risks. While Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) will do everything we can to try and minimize the risk to the girls playing and the spectators, we cannot eliminate all risk. Please know that spectators will be asked to social distance and, at this time, will not be allowed to sit in the bleachers. We will also ask that parents/guardians refrain from staying at practices and that players refrain from sharing equipment. If you have any questions about BPAA’s COVID-19 preparedness guide, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Safety

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for BPAA Fastpitch


Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) Fastpitch is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our players, coaches and parents.  To ensure we have as safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches, players and parents are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our fields and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our coaches, players and parents. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our association.

Coaches, players and parents are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. BPAA Fastpitch coaches, players and parents have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy and we encourage our coaches, players and parents to ask questions, raise safety and health concerns and offer suggestions related to the plan and its implementation.

Our families and players are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping everyone safe at BPAA Fastpitch. Involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our board members along with our coaches/players in this process by coaches/players to send their feedback to association board members.  All questions or concerns will be answered directly, shared with the broader group, or integrated within the plan. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows State of Minnesota Industry Guidance for our business, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to safety and health precautions required in response to COVID-19 and applicable executive orders.

The Safe Play: Back to the Diamond Safety Guidelines will be followed, first and foremost.

In addition, this Plan addresses the following:

  1. hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  2. engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  3. coach/player hygiene and source controls;
  4. drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocols; and
  5. communications, training and supervision practices and protocols.

 

  1. Policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick coaches/players and ensure sick coaches/players stay home

Coaches/Players have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess coaches/players health status prior to entering the field and for coaches/players to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. Employees may also use the CDC Symptom Checker for advice on when to seek medical attention or testing if they feel they may have the disease. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
     

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


If a player/coach has a known exposure to covid or has tested positive:

  • Immediately notify the coach and BPAA Fastpitch at amason0806@gmail.com
  • Team families will be notified of the occurrence.
     

BPAA Fastpitch has also implemented a policy for informing coaches/players if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at practice/game and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. These policies were established in the best interest of league families to reduce transmission.
 

If a player/coach has direct exposure to someone who has tested positive:

Player/coach cannot return to team activities until 14 days from exposure to the COVID positive person.

Team practices/games may continue as planned.

If a player/coach tests positive for COVID:

Player/coach cannot return to team activities until 14 days after positive test, assuming symptoms have resided.

Team activities practices/games will be postponed/cancelled for 14 days

BPAA has the right to modify policies for individual cases at the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

  1. Social distancing – maintaining six feet of physical distancing

Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained between players on the field through the following engineering and administrative protocols:  

 

Phase 4 (practices and games)

  • Social distance at 6 feet as much as possible
  • 25 players/coaches per field are allowed to have full practice
  • Batting gloves to be worn if a bat is shared
  • Catching gear disinfected when used by different player
  • Teams may utilize the space along the infield baseline between home and 1B/3B in order to properly space
  • Fans should observe from outfield sidelines or behind outfield fences

 

  1. Coach/Player hygiene and source controls

Coach/player hygiene and source controls are being implemented at all times.

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Stay home if a family member or someone in your home is sick. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • No player to player or coach to player contact (Ex. No high fives, no sharing water bottles)