Thursday, April 16, 2015

Please find the 2015 Board Approved League Rules posted on this site.  As we move into this weekend of games and beyond, please remember that RECREATIONAL sport is not about winning and losing.  It is about the love of the sport, the development of the player, and the joy of the experience.  Here at Humboldt Fastpitch, we have two foundational questions we ask:
#1:  Were we better at the end of the day than when we started playing?
#2:  And, did we have fun while we were playing it?
We feel that if both answers are YES, then the winning will take care of itself! 
As part of that philosophy, we would like to encourage a positive and supportive environment for all involved.  Kids play for the love of the game, parents support and spectate for the love of the kid, and volunteers do what they do for both!  Long after the score is forgotten, it is the memory of the fun, the friendships and the cherished moments of a time gone by they'll remember the most.  
If you are the parent of a young softball  player, it’s easy to let the hectic nature of a season get in the way of the big picture. Below are the top 10 tips for parents to follow for each ballgame as posted on "the SEASON" website at
1) Celebrate your child’s effort and sportsmanship, above results such as winning and losing.
2) Do not coach from the stands.
3) Never yell at the ump.
4) Never yell at the other team or their coaches.
5) Stay away from the dugouts during the game.
6) The umpire is human and will make mistakes.
7) Cheer positively.
8) Root for the whole team, not just your son or daughter.
10) “Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.”

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Rec Program Game Schedules Released

We are pleased to release game schedules for the 2015 Humboldt Fastpitch Recreational Softball Program, which can be downloaded using the links on the right margin of this webpage.  This year the schedule was particularly challenging to develop given the league’s growing number of teams, its diversity in team locations, and given that many teams had coaches and/or a majority of players that were not available for play on certain dates.  In addition, Humboldt Fastpitch Teams will participate in interleague games with Redwood Empire during the 2015 regular season.  This is welcome news and should help to make for a fantastic season.  Now let’s “Play Ball”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Program Update

Thank you for your patience as volunteers sort through the numerous late registrations we received and work to incorporate these players onto teams.  Once placement has been completed, team rosters will be announced at Coaches's meetings to be held the week of the 16th. Shortly thereafter, Coaches will contact players regarding team placement and practice times and location.  If there are still interested players that missed registration, please send us an email or call your Region Representative to be placed on a waitlist for potential openings. If you've registered but have yet to pay, please send your check ASAP to:
Humboldt Fastpitch - Attn Registrar
PO Box 4361
Arcata, CA 95518

We are planning to have practices up and running the week of the 23rd, weather permitting, !
So lets get ready to PLAY BALL! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

What Now?

If you missed registration for the 2015 season of the Humboldt Fastpitch Recreational Girls Softball Program, its not too late!  Registration reopened on March 2 for a LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD that will end on March 14th.  At this point, board members and regional representatives will be meeting to distribute players to teams.  Please be patient with us as organization volunteers work to pull together teams, register players and coaches with ASA, and network among coaches to get systems up and running and schedules developed :)   It's our goal to have players on the field by March 15th! 

Also…  Are you looking to help support youth athletics in our community and earn a bit of extra cash in the process?  Consider being an umpire with Humboldt Fastpitch! Umpire training for the 2015 fastpitch season is scheduled for all interested individuals for Sunday March 22nd from 2-6 pm on the Humboldt State University Campus.  If you are interested in this unique and rewarding opportunity, please send us an email at and we will get you in contact with our League's Umpire in Chief. Thanks!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Register Online for the 2015 Humboldt Fastpitch Girls Recreational Softball Season!

We are pleased to open registration for the 2015 Season of Humboldt Fastpitch, the Recreation Division of Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball!  Registration will remain open until March 1, 2015, after which late registration will commence. Registration after the deadline will be subject to availability and a $20.00 late registration fee.  However, players are asked to register early through the online system as it will help our all-volunteer staff to organize and schedule the 2015 Season. Note that late registration will close on March 14, 2015, after which parents must contact Regional Rec Program Representatives or the Board of Directors to be added to a wait list, and will be notified and allowed to register late if space is available.

The RECREATION DIVISION SOFTBALL SKILL ASSESSMENT is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Feb 22nd at the Field House on the Humboldt State University Campus and will run from 10 am to 3 pm.  Please note players 8 years old and under (8U division) do not need to attend the assessment. However, if an 8U player wishes to play up an age division they must attend the assessment. Specific times for the assessment for each age group are as follows: 
  • Age 10 and under at 10:30 am
  • Age 12 and under at 12:00 pm 
  • Age 14/16 and older at 1:30. 
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your age-specific assessment time to allow time to check in at the registration table and to warm up!  We need to stress the importance of attendance at the assessment as player evaluations will allow effective distribution of players to teams.
We highly encourage you to pay the registration fee online by credit card.  However, if you must pay by check/cash, please print the confirmation page and provide with your payment so we can properly credit your account.  For those unable to pay by credit card using our secure online system, payment may be made on-site at the assessment or mailed to MRGFS Registrar, PO Box  4361, Arcata, CA 95518.
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 the fact sheet and posts on our website at, browse our facebook site, or click the Questions link at the bottom of the page!

Other Softball News

Important Tentative Dates:
Mid-March:                   Practices Start
April-                             Game Play will begin
May 1-3                         Opening Tourney
May-                              Game Play continues
June 5-7                          Finale Tourney
Upcoming Clinics:
Humboldt State is offering their weekend clinic January 24-25.  Information and registration can be accessed via:

2014 Uniforms
We still have several uniforms outstanding from the 2014 softball season.  The return of the uniform would be greatly appreciated for inventory and ordering purposes in preparation for 2015.  Traci Niles is our uniform coordinator and works for Umpqua Bank.  She has made arrangements so that uniforms can be dropped off at any Umpqua Bank in your local community and it will get to her!  Jerseys missing and the total number missing per team include:

Tide: 9 missing
Thunder:  24 missing
Breeze:  11 missing
Flash:  30 missing
Storm:  3 missing
Fire:  3 missing
Smash:  1 missing
Crush:  2 missing
Edge:  7 missing

Travel Softball
Humboldt Fastpitch offers travel softball through the Mad River MIST organization.  If any of you have an interest, please let us know.  We communicate electronically as much as possible and would love to add you to the travel softball email list.  Stay tuned for Travel Softball announcements.  

If you have any further questions regarding the 2015 Humboldt Fastpitch Softball Season please let us know at your earliest convenience.  Thanks!

~the Mad River-Humboldt Fastpitch Board

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Looking to help support youth athletics in our community and earn a bit of extra cash in the process?  Consider being an umpire with Humboldt Fastpitch!    
Umpire training for the 2015 fastpitch season is scheduled for all interested individuals for Sunday March 22nd from 2-6 pm on the Humboldt State University Campus.  If you are interested in this unique and rewarding opportunity, please send us an email at and we will get you in contact with our League's Umpire in Chief. Thanks!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fall Ball Anyone!

Mad River Mist is the travel division for Humboldt Fastpitch.  Mad River is actively seeking participants, ages 8 to 18, for the 2014 Fall season.  The Fall season essentially runs September to the beginning of November.  Here are the nuts and bolts for those who might be interested:
  1. Registration Fees:   Fall ball participation will be $50 for new travel ball players.  Registration fees cover the costs of practice facilities, disposable equipment, and player registration.  
  2. Tournament Fees:   Attendance to tournaments requires a $100 tournament fee per tournament unless other fundraising or financial arrangements have been made.  Tournament fees contribute toward tournament entry fees, miscellaneous tournament expenses,  and the travel expenses of our volunteer travel coaches who commit time, effort, and resources to the program.
  3. Tournaments:  The goal is to attend one tournament in September, one tourney in October with the exception of the older players participating in the showcase, and we would like to attend a tourney in November.  Our tournament considerations are:
Anyone interested may RSVP their participation by clicking the link below:
4.  Practice:  Practice through the Fall will be on Sundays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Practices will bounce between Bartow Field at Rohner Park in Fortuna and the Arcata Sports Complex.   Arcata Sports Complex tentative practice dates include:   8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 10/5, and 10/19...unspecified Sundays will be at Bartow Field in Fortuna.  
5.  Questions:   Any questions can be directed via email to or to our facebook pages:
Mad River Girls Softball:

Humboldt Fastpitch: