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MVSA 2014 Tournament Achievements

MVSA 2014 Tournament Achievements

Fall League provides an opportunity for your players to learn about the game and gain experience-playing fastpitch.  Because of fall weather conditions, all games are rain or shine decision to play is made at the fields by the 2 coaches and umpires in agreement, (please don't email or call) 1/2 hour delay if lightning is present, all games will be scheduled for 1 hour and 5 minutes- allowing for the last inning to be completed, and one inning of international tiebreaker if the game is tied.  Free substitution and round robin batting is mandatory.  5 runs per inning rule during 3-week league play for 10U, 12U with 10U keeping the rule the entire season.  

Each team plays two games each Sunday against different opponents.  Game times are either 12:00 and 1:30 or 3:00 and 4:30.  There may be occurrences your team is split between times if a location has an off number of teams or fields to use. Registration fee is $70.

MVSA 2015 Tournament Achievements

COVID-19 Update to 2020 Summer Families


Unfortunately no news yet regarding our softball season.  We are continuing to plan for having a season and getting our updates from MN Softball.  We will update this site when we get any significant information.



Chippewa and Complete Game are both closed so no training activities or 10/12U evaluations in March. 

There has been no decision at this time regarding the softball season. We are taking direction from Tri County Fastpitch and will keep you apprised of decisions as we learn them.

We are currently delaying the release of the jersey order to the manufacturer for at least 1 week. We hope to get more clarity regarding the season and can then decide to move forward with the bulk order or cancel.

Former MVSA Players Recognized

Sara Medved Inducted Into Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame  

Former MVSA player and former Gustavus softball player Sara Medved Smude was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Coaches Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Smude was a pitcher for the Gusties from 2002 until 2004. 

Sara grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota and was inducted for her success as a pitcher at Totino-Grace High School from 1997-2000. During her standout years at Totino-Grace, Smude was a four-time All-Conference, All-Region, and team MVP performer, as well as earning All-Metro and All-State honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She played on three conference championship teams and the 1999 squad finished third at the State Tournament where Smude was selected to the All-State Tournament Team.  As a pitcher, she holds several school records including a streak of 67 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. She compiled a high school record of 71 victories and 773 strikeouts. In addition, Sara recorded 29 complete game shutouts in her junior and senior seasons.

While at Gustavus, she was a three-year starter on the mound and in the field and helped the 2003 squad win the MIAC Championship with a record of  21-1.  
A leader on and off the field, Sara graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and is currently Operations Manager, Medicine Specialties at HealthPartners Medical Group. Last summer she married her high school sweat heart and they are living in New Hope, Minnesota.

Rose Tusa Sets New Records During State Tournament

MVSA player Rose Tusa's performance went into the Class AA State Tournament record books while pitching for St. Anthony Village High School. Rose set two records, tied a third, and will be added to the list of pitchers to throw a one-hitter.

Tusa's strikeouts in the championship game broke the record for most strikeouts in an extra-inning game. She also set a new team mark for fewest walks in a tournament with zero, and added her name to the list of pitchers to not walk a batter in three games in one tournament.

Rose was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team. She plays for the MVSA 18U Mustangs. Way to go!

Former MVSA  Player To Play for Mankato State

Congratulations, Katie Kruse!  Former MVSA player and pitcher for Mounds View High School, Katie tried out for Mankato State's softball team as a walk-on.  She was named to the team, and the coaches cited her work ethic and strong skills as the reasons for selecting her.  Katie spent her entire softball "career" with MVSA.  Katie, we are so proud of you!

MVSA Players Named to Pioneer Press All-State Softball Team

Five MVSA players have been named to the Pioneer Press All-State Softball Teams. They are:

First Team:

Andrea Nisler - Left Field

Sammie Howard - Second Base


Rose Tusa - Pitcher

Honorable Mention:

Jessie Anderson - Catcher

Erin Bennek - Infield

We are having a hard time keeping up with all the honors being given to our high school age players! WOW! Keep up the good work.


Three MVSA Players Named to Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team

Rose Tusa (pitcher), Sammie Howard (second base), and Erin Bennek (short stop) have been named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team (first team). All three girls play on MVSA 18U teams. It's amazing to have three players from one association on this team! Congratulations to Rose, Sammie, and Erin.


Tusa Pitches Perfect Game

Junior pitcher Rose Tusa made history at St. Anthony Village High School when she threw the first perfect game ever by a St. Anthony player. Tusa struck out 17 batters and relied on the Huskies' defense for the other four outs (including her sister, Jyl, who fielded a sharply-hit ball at first base). Rose will be playing this season on MVSA's 18U Mustangs team. Congratulations, Rose - we are proud of you!


MIAC All-Tournament Team

Brenna Healy, first-year third baseman for the Hamline Pipers, was named to the MIAC All-Tournament Team on May 7. Healy went 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks in the Pipers' two tournament games. Her .667 on base percentage was second-best in the tournament. Brenna is a member of MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team, and has played for MVSA since she was 8 years old.


Athena Awards

The prestigious Athena Awards are presented annually to one female athlete in her senior year at each public and private area high school. This year, two members of the MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team received the award: Sammie Howard of Mounds View High School, and Erin Bennek of Totino-Grace. Sammie plays second base for the Mustangs, while Erin is short stop for the Eagles. Sammie will attend the University of Minnesota on a softball scholarship; Erin has yet to decide which college she will attend in the fall.

New Jerseys for the 2021 Season

New Jerseys for the 2021 Season

ALL Players MUST order new Jerseys for this upcoming year (these will be used for at least two years). 

Click here to order:

Come and see what size is best you TONIGHT at our try on Events!

Monday, March 29 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm - 1172 Red Fox Rd, St Paul, MN 55112

You do not need to come to a fitting, You can order on line. 

Jersey Ordering Deadlines: 

ALL Jersey orders needs to be in by April 4th, 2021

Jersey # 1 (for all 10u-18u) Chose one of the size option for this logo:

Jersey # 2 (for all 8u-18u) Chose one of the size option for this logo:

There are Child/Youth/Adult sizes/options to choose from.

All will be the "crew neck" style.


Jersey #1                           Jersey #2

Softball Uniform Requirements: 

-New Jerseys (for games - teams will pick which shirt to wear to each game.)

-Black Softball pants (you can choose to get on the Jersey Site or on your own)

-Socks  (Coaches/teams will decide what those will look like)

-Belt (Optional)

-Helmet with a face shield 

-Cleats, gloves and bat

Summer Start Up!

Welcome to 8U Softball Program - Where it all begins!


8U For 2021 will be a local Coach Pitch league with Centennial and White Bear Lake.

This is a great way to introduce the girls to the game of fastpitch using the same rules as 10U fastpitch – striking out, 3 outs an inning, etc. However, there is no stealing, no leading off, and no walks. Like 10/12U Fastpitch, there will be travel to other local associations.  Coaches focus on the fundamentals of softball:  throwing, catching, hitting, and base running.  

There are no tryouts for 8U. Girls 7 or 8 years old on December 31st of the previous year are eligible to play.

8U Fastpitch Commitment:

  • 1 practice/week - Sundays at Rice Creek Fields (possibly more)
  • 2 games/week - Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at Lexington Fields
  • Centennial Tournament: Father's Day weekend
  • State Tournament: TBD
  • Games start in early May
  • Season will wrap up the last week in June

What to bring:

-Please have your daughter bring a LARGE labeled water bottle (drinking fountains are not on)

-Bring a bat, gloves, face mask and helmet (every time)

-Bring Hand Sanitizer for your daughter 

-A cloth Face Mask is highly encouraged. 

-Bathrooms will be open, however, only one girl in at a time


Each 8u girl will be required to purchase a new shirt/jersey before the season begins. You will need to know your jersey number. If you have not received one yet, let me know.  Jerseys will cost about $20.00 

What to wear to PRACTICES?

-T-shirt , Back pants (Softball or leggings) or shorts & Cleats or Tennis shoes

What to wear to GAMES?

-MVSA Jersey , Back pants (Softball or leggings), Cleats or Tennis shoes and Black socks

-If your daughter has long hair, please have her put it in a ponytail or something to keep it out of her face while playing. 

Most games will be held in Lexington MN on Tuesdays and Thursday Nights.  Games will begin the first week in May. 

We will also have the opportunity to participate in some scrimmages - those days/times are TBD


Please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions 

- Amy Morphew MVSA 8uVP 763-291-9174


NOTE: Field Addresses:

Rice Creek Fields  - 5880 Rice Creek Pkwy - Shoreview, MN 55126

Lexington Fields - 3800 Woodland Road Lexington, MN 55014

8u Fall Ball

2021 Fall Ball

Sunday Evenings (2 weeknight practices)

5 Weekends: All Games at Lexington Fields

August 22nd & 29th September 12th, 19th, & 26th

Other teams in our league include Mahtomedi, WBL, Centennial, Soderville & Forest Lake

All games are Coach Pitch at 8U Level For Girls Ages 6, 7, & 8 as of 12/31/2021

Cost- $30.00 >> Includes Games and Paid Umpires

Take your Softball to the next level with Optimized Training!

The dates are set✅The links are up✅ We are ready to rock this winter!✅

Optimize is super excited to be hosting softball specific clinics this Winter.

Don’t miss your chance to train with Abby Rehberger at her world class training facility in Blaine, MN.

Optimize will host an 8-week 14-18U all skills clinic starting January 2nd. Emphasis on 1-hour hitting and 1-hour defense. Limited to 20 athletes, so sign up early to secure your spot

Optimize will offer a 6-week catching specific clinic on Saturdays for softball players 12-16U starting January 8th.

Join us for a 6 or 8 week clinic!

Register at:

#traintowin #optimizesportstraining

DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! MVSA Family Day -Gopher Game! April 23, 2022

We invite all players, coaches, and families to join MVSA Fastpitch at a University of Minnesota Women’s Gophers softball game!

When: April 23rd, 2022

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Jane Sage Cowles Stadium

Cost: $9 per ticket

-To purchase your tickets to the game, please Venmo your total ($9 per ticket) to the MVSA Venmo account: @MVSA_Fastpitch.

-Then email a screenshot of your completed Venmo to, confirming the number of tickets you would like to purchase.

The deadline to purchase tickets with MVSA is SATURDAY, April 16th at MIDNIGHT.

-Hannah Wassink will email you your tickets before the April 23rd game, all tickets are general admission.

If we reach 45 tickets, all players with MVSA will be allowed on the field for a post-game photo and to run the bases.

Additionally, all players in 6th grade and younger are allowed on the field to be “Anthem Buddies” with the Women’s Gophers Softball Team.

Due to strict recruiting guidelines, 7th grade and older are NOT ALLOWED on the field during the Anthem Buddies portion but can join for post-game activities.

For any questions or to arrange an alternative payment to Venmo, please contact Hannah Wassink at

Winter Open Gym

We have gym time available through March for players to get out of the house and practice their softball skills.  MVSA board president Mike Robertson will be on site to help with skill development.  Special emphasis on beginning pitching and catching for our younger players.  Players will need to be accompanied by an adult.  Balls, hitting nets and tees will be available.

Training begins on Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022 and will run through March 31, 2022.

No need to pre-register, just show up and get some work in.  

(No training on 1/27/2022, 2/24/2022, 3/3/2022, and 3/24/2022).

Tuesdays at Sunnyside Elementary 6:00-8:00

Thursdays at Chippewa Middle School 6:00-8:00

2021-2022 Complete Game Training


WHEN: Saturday mornings starting 12/4 and ending 3/26 from 9a - 1p, except 12/25 and 1/1.

14u/12u - 9am - 11am

10u - 11am - 1pm

WHERE: Complete Game, 474 Apollo Drive, Circle Pines

HOSTED BY: MVSA Board and Coaches

We expanded the time for each age group to allow for more flexibility for the athlete and family.  It is our expectation that an athlete will attend for one hour within the two hour window.  Sessions will be focused primarily on hitting.

8u families - we would like to open to 8u as well, but we need 8u coaches and/or parents to lead hitting stations.  Please contact a board member if you are able to assist.

Take your Softball to the next level with Optimized Training!

The dates are set✅The links are up✅ We are ready to rock this winter!✅

Optimize is super excited to be hosting softball specific clinics this Winter.

Don’t miss your chance to train with Abby Rehberger at her world class training facility in Blaine, MN.

Optimize will host an 8-week 14-18U all skills clinic starting January 2nd. Emphasis on 1-hour hitting and 1-hour defense. Limited to 20 athletes, so sign up early to secure your spot

Optimize will offer a 6-week catching specific clinic on Saturdays for softball players 12-16U starting January 8th.

Join us for a 6 or 8 week clinic!

Register at:

#traintowin #optimizesportstraining

2022 Fall Ball - Registration has been Extended

Fall Ball schedules games on weekends with two 65 minute games against different teams. Game1 starts at either noon or 3 with second game immediately following the first. Last year 10U played on Saturday and other levels played on Sunday. Games will start the weekend of August 20 and will end with state tournament the weekend of September 24. No games are played Labor Day weekend.

8U will have a fall ball experience similar to summer ball through the Centennial fast pitch association.

In general, summer second year players move up to the next age level during fall ball. If your player is age 11 during calendar year 2022, they would play 12U for fallball. The intent is to give players the opportunity to play at different pitching distances and ball sizes as appropriate for what they will be seeing next summer. Fall ball in general is a more casual environment with opportunities to try new things.

Registration will close as team sizes dictate.

Click the link below to register:

FALL 2022 Tryouts

July 19 and July 26 at Rice Creek.  Players only need to attend one tryout.  Tryouts are optional but those wanting to play on the A team should ensure they attend one of the tryout dates.

6-7pm - 10u

7-8pm - 12u

8-9pm - 14u

2022 Volunteer Requirements & Opportunities - Sign up

MVSA is an organization that is built on volunteerism. 

MVSA is able to keep the players cost affordable because of it. 

All families are asked to volunteer through out the season working in concessions or field maintenance during tournaments. This time GOES towards your required SIX hours PER PLAYER.

During the regular season, teams assigned to field 1 at Rice Creek will have responsibility for managing the concessions stand.  This time DOES NOT got towards your required SIX hours. 

Team Names & Events have been listed in the "location" area on the sign up

ALL Volunteers MUST:

-Sign In/Out for credit in the RED Book

(Signing up online does not confirm your hours worked - it only holds your commitment to work)

-Be healthy    -Wear a hat       -Be 12 years or older

Contact Amy Morphew for more information at 763-291-9174

Sign up below!