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As you all noticed, on the back of our fall shirts was "No one fights alone!" in memory of Mississippi State softball player Alex Wilcox.  We dedicated our fall season to Alex and ovarian cancer awareness.  Who would think something like ovarian cancer would strike an 18 year old!?!  We played six weeks of fall ball so I've listed the top five signs of ovarian cancer.  Education is the key to most everything in life so this is our attempt to get out important information with regard to this cancer.  Alex's story is below.  Be aware of the signs and remember, NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!  Our softball community is large, but small, and we all fight together in times of struggle and need.

SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER: (1) Abdominal bloating or swelling, (2) Quickly feeling full when eating, (3) Weight loss, (4) Discomfort in the pelvis area., (5) Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, (6) A frequent need to urinate.

Alex Wilcox, a Mississippi State softball player whose fight with ovarian cancer put a spotlight on the shy teenager, died Monday night. She was 18.

Wilcox was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before her junior season at Brantley (Ala.) High School in 2016, almost a year before she signed with Mississippi State. She had just finished her freshman season with the Bulldogs, where she sparked a cancer-awareness movement.

“When she signed with Mississippi State, I said then she was the face of Brantley softball,” Brantley coach Cindy Hawthorne said. “I don’t see that changing. Now hundreds of thousands across this nation know her and her story. Her legacy will live on.”

Wilcox played in 16 games this season as a freshman at Mississippi State, which honored her and others fighting ovarian cancer with special jerseys. Opposing schools also supported the cause.

"The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day," Mississippi State coach Vann Stuedeman said in a release Monday night. "The grace and beauty that she put forward while suffering this horrific disease was truly remarkable and nothing short of heroic. Our hearts are broken for her family and all of those that loved her so dearly."


2020 Season Planning Meeting

October 2, 2019

  

Our 2020 league planning meeting is coming up!  If you have an item that you would like added to the agenda please email it to me.  We will discuss any suggestion for rules or format changes.  Directors and coaches are all welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.  When items are voted on each community will receive one vote.

Monday, October 21, 2019

6:15pm

Hutchinson Event Center
(intersection of Hwy 15 & South Grade Road)


 


October 2, 2019

Below are the age placements per the USA Softball National office for the 2020 season:

2001-2002 18U
2003-2004 16U
2005-2006 14U
2007-2008 12U
2009-2010 10U
2011-2012 8U


 



Tournament Hosts

May 1, 2019

16U State Qualifier: July 13-14, 2019 at St. Ben's College hosted by the Acceleration

14U Tier I State Qualifier:  July 13-14, 2019 at Norwood/Young America

14U Tier II State Qualifier: July 13-14, 2019 at Kimball

12U Tier II Tournament: July 27, 2019 at Howard Lake High School

10U Tournament: July 27, 2019 at Dassel/Cokato High School

 

IF YOUR TEAM WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN QUALIFIER OR THE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT THE LEAGUE DIRECTOR NEEDS TO BE INFORMED BY JUNE 30.

  


 


Important Upcoming Dates

March 1, 2019

April 9, 2019:  Team #’s and field availability due (submit at on website)

May 13, 2019: Team pages need to have coach contact information current

May 15, 2019: Coach meeting 6:30pm @ Hutchinson Event Center (changed from the 13th)

June 1, 2019: A.C.E. Certification completed for all head coaches

June 3, 2019: First day of league play


 



2019 League Planning Meeting

October 18, 2018

 

DATES:  ALL IMPORTANT DATES WILL BE POSTED AT THE END OF THIS MEETING SUMMARY

-We will not schedule any games July 4th week

LEAGUE FEES: (these fees are now approved and final)

10U $285 (includes League tournament)
12U Tier I $500 (includes Qualifier and State if the team qualifies)
12U Tier II  $285 (includes League tournament)
14U Tier I & Tier II $500 (includes Qualifier and State if the team qualifies)
16U $500 
(includes Qualifier and State if the team qualifies
18U $345 (includes State)

 

-All 14U and 16U State Qualifier games will have two umpires on games (thus part of the increased fee).

-10U rule change:  all games will begin at 6:00pm rather than 6:30pm

-10U rule clarification: Outfielders must start the play standing on the grass a the edge of the infield.  If the infield is skinned for baseball an arc 15 feet behind the bases may be applied and the outfielders must start behind that.

-12U Tier II: Five (5) run limit for the first four (4) innings.  Inning five (5) or the last inning declared due to time will have a ten (10) run limit.  There is no open inning.

-16U and 18U teams have the option to play one night per week.  This option must be made known to the Director by April 15.  The league fee for a team who elects one night per week will remain at the full fee.

-Communities with four fields available are encouraged to host fall ball in 2019.

 

DATES:

April 9, 2019:  Team #’s, and field availability due to League (submit at on website)

May 13, 2019: Team pages need to have coach contact information current

May 13, 2019: Coach meeting 6:30pm @ Hutchinson Event Center

June 1, 2019: A.C.E. Certification completed for all head coaches

June 3, 2019: First day of league play

June 12, 2019: Rosters are due to the State

June 29-30, 2019: 12U State Qualifier

July 13-14, 2019: 12U State Tournament

July 13-14, 2019: 14U & 16U State Qualifier

July 20-21, 2019: 14U, 16U & 18U State Tournament

July 27, 2019: 12U League Tournament (changed from July 20 due to umpire shortage during State tournaments)

July 27, 2019: 10U League Tournament

July 29, 2019: Last day to register for fall ball without a late fee

August 25, 2019: Fall ball league play begins

August 31-September 1: Fall ball out of state tournament (location TBD)

 

September 28 or 29, 2019: Fall ball state tournament