Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Upcoming Clinics !!!

Softball season will be here before we know it!  In preparation, Humboldt State University is offering up some opportunities to get back into the "swing" of things!  They are as follows:

1)  Sunday, December 11th.  Pitching Clinic
2)  January 28th-29th.  Youth Winter Camp
For more information, click here:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Information for all Humboldt Fastpitch and Mist Players on College Applications and Financial Aid

Please note valuable information on applying for colleges and financial aid:

For college bound high school students, fall of senior year is very busy.  This fall this is especially true because the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing date opens on 
October 1st, instead of January 1st as has been the case for many years.  The good news is that with support from the Decade of Difference, Northcoast Cal-SOAP, and the Arcata and McKinleyville Career & College Centers, students and parents can get the help and information that you need to navigate the college application and financial aid process.  The Northern Humboldt Union High School District Career Frontiers program will start this school year with several events tailored to support students who plan to apply to go to college next fall. 

On September 15th, before McKinleyville High School Back to School Night, we will offer a college information session for students and parents at 5:30 p.m. in the MHS library. September 19th offers another college information session for students and parents at St. Bernard's Academy at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. September 22nd is the 32nd annual Northcoast Cal-SOAP College Expo, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Eureka High School. On September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Arcata High School library, the Career & College Center will share college application tips and will answer questions about financial aid. October 5thfrom 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at MHS, and October 13th from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. at AHS, offers Cash For College sessions, which will help you with the specifics of filing your FAFASA.  For more information about any of these events, call the Northern Humboldt Union High School District or email Jim Ritter at

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Labor Day weekend traditionally concludes our "summer" travel softball season and opens our "fall ball" travel season. ALL players interested in FALL TRAVEL SOFTBALL are invited to join our fall ball "kick-off" practice this Sunday, September 11th, 3 - 5 p.m. at Washington Elementary. Check in will start at 2:30 p.m AND IS OPEN TO ALL interested fastpitch players!  

For further Fall Ball information including tentative schedule and travel expenses, please click here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email

Thank you! Hope to see you Sunday!

Monday, June 13, 2016

HSU Strength and Conditioning Camp

Humboldt State University offers a summer Strength and Conditioning Camp that we highly recommend for various reasons!  They include:
1)  Hit harder and farther!
2)  Pitch faster!
3)  Move more quickly!
4)  Preparation for college athletics
5)  It's fun!

The HSU Camp website is as follows:

The Nuts and Bolts of the Program:

This camp, open to all high school student-athletes, includes access to the strength and fitness facility from June 26th thru August 5th under the direction and teaching of the HSU strength and conditioning staff.

  • There are two training sessions available each day (Noon-2pm) and (5:30-7:30pm) Monday – Thursday. and seminars are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m.
  • The program runs from June 26th thru August 4th.
  • $100 
For more information, please contact the HSU Strength and Conditioning office at (707) 826-4519.

Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association-Humboldt Fastpitch
PO Box 4361
Arcata, CA  95518

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sunday Elimination Brackets

Tomorrow concludes the 2016 Humboldt Fastpitch Softball Season.  Upon completion of your team's season, please exchange your uniform for a complimentary Humboldt Fastpitch t-shirt at the spirit wear table at each location.  Coaches, please return your gear also at the spirit wear table.  Sunday Elimination Brackets include:

10 and Under  =​

12 and Under = *Please note that one 12 and Under game will be played at the Arcata Sports Complex.​

 16 and Under = ​

Good luck to all teams!  Thank you for your participation with Humboldt Fastpitch! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

More Opening Tourney Info

As we look forward to an exciting weekend of tournament play, please set an example for our young athletes by providing positivity, good sportsmanship, and courtesy for all players, coaches, umpires, and tournament staff irrespective of the outcome of the game. Teaching positive behaviors to the youth in our community is our top priority!

League Rules: 2016 Board Approved League Rules

Tournament Rules: 2016 Tourney Rules

 Picture Schedule: pic times.pdf

10u Single Elimination: 2016 10u Finale - Single Elimination.pdf

12u Single Elimination: 
Please note one game is scheduled for the Arcata Sports Complex 2016 12u Finale - Single Elimination.pdf

16u Single Elimination: 2016 16u Finale - Single Elimination.pdf

See Links to Pool Play Brackets in previous post. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Finale Tourney Schedule Shift

Please note that we have had to make a few small changes to the schedule due to unforeseen events and field availability.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

8u Revised Schedule = 2106 REVISED 8u - Pool Play.pdf

16u Revised Schedule = CORRECTED 2016 REVISED 16u Pool Play.pdf

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Finale Tournament Schedules Released!

Monday, May 9, 2016

You Spoke... We Listened!

On our Facebook page, there was a request for Pitching Clinics!  We have rallied a number of our local high school and travel softball players to come work out with us and deliver not only Pitching but also Catching Clinic Sessions Too!  Hosted and supervised by Mad River MIST Travel Ball Coaches!  

Here is what we have to offer:
  • May 15th
  • May 22nd
  • June 5th
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Beginning Pitchers and Catchers (0-2 Years Experience)
  • 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    • Intermediate Pitchers and Catchers (2+ Years Experience)
Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in and get warmed up.

  • Washington Elementary
  • $10 Per Player Per Session
  • Cash/Check/Credit/Debit Accepted
  • Payment Taken On Site
  • Coaching Ratio Goal:  1 Coach to Every 4 Players
  • Adult Catcher Required
  • Bucket and Balls Recommended
  • Gear Necessary for Session 
    • Have your Own?  Great Bring it!
    • Don't Have Any?  Maybe Borrow from your Team's Gear or a Team Mate?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Regular Season Schedule Update (ver 11)

Below is a link to an updated schedule for Humboldt Fastpitch regular season games - Version 11.  Note that rain outs MAY be made up at the discretion of the coach and with pre-approval of the regional representative and based on field and umpire availability. 

We hope that you enjoyed your participation this in the Opening Tournament for Humboldt Fastpitch this past weekend.  The Board, Regional Reps, and Organization Officers want to express their congratulations to the all of the participating teams...  to the players, coaches, and supporting families!  We also want to express our appreciation for the support and coordination provided by our Umpire in Charge and to the many umpires that helped pull off this busy weekend of tournament play. 

That said, "Let's Play Ball"  as we look forward to our regularly-scheduled recreational play!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Picture Schedule & Newberg 2 Opens

Pictures will be taken at Newburg Park...please check the schedule carefully.  Thank you!  We apologize for the late notification but we do the best we can do!   

Also note Newberg #2 will re-open tomorrow for 12u play.  Game times remain the same as listed in the elimination bracket posted below.

Sunday Tourney Brackets Released

Click on the links below to view Sunday's Tourney brackets.  Also what to a remind players that teams in the southern regions should expect to take pictures tomorrow at Newburg.  A schedule is in progress as this email goes out, but we wanted to post the brackets ASAP!  Drum roll please....

10 and Under:

12 and Under:

14/16 and Under:

We hope you all had a great day of softball.  Please stay tuned for the picture schedule.  It will be released as soon as it is completed.  Thank you!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Attn 12u Players, Parents and Coaches!

We received some crazy news this evening...Newburg Field #2 is NOT playable per City of Fortuna Parks and Recreation Office due to the field being saturated from recent rains.  As a result, all Newburg Field #2 games scheduled for Sat the 30th will be played at Fortuna High School.  No game times are is simply a location change.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause but at the same time so thankful for the people who made Fortuna High School  happen so that we could still play! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Opening Tourney - Fri 4/29 thru Sun 5/1

The Opening Tournament Pool Play and Bracketing is ready for dissemination as are the League and Tournament Rules.  We are pleased to share that Redwood Fastpitch will be joining us again for the tournament this year.  There are many teams, fields and details that we manage when running tournaments of this magnitude.  The #1 thing we need to stress is that our kids are doing what they love...  so please provide positivity, enthusiasm, support, and courtesy for all players, coaches, umpires, and tournament staff irrespective of the outcome of the game. Teaching good sportsmanship to the youth in our community is our top priority!   Thank you!

2016 League Rules:  
Note:  The Rules have changed slightly from last year so please read in entirety.  
2016 Tournament Rules:
Note:  Tournament rules are in conjunction with Humboldt Fastpitch League Rules.
2016 Pool Play and Brackets:
8 and Under:  Arcata Sports Complex
Note:  8 and Under only plays Saturday.  Each team plays a doubleheader.
10 and Under:  Rohner Park, Bartow Fields, Fortuna
Note:  10 and Under plays two Pool Play games and is Single Elimination on Sunday.
12 and Under:  Newburg Park, Fortuna
Note:  12 and Under plays two Pool Play games and is Single Elimination on Sunday.
16 and Under:  Washington Elementary, Eureka
Note:  16 and Under plays three Pool Play games and is Single Elimination on Sunday.
Spirit Wear
For those of you who pre-ordered either Humboldt Fastpitch Sweatshirts or Tournament Shirts they will be available Saturday and Sunday for pick up at your tournament site.  Payment is due upon pick up.  Limited sizes and quantities will also be available for sale to those who didn't get a chance to order.  

Looking forward to a weekend full of softball! Have a great week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rescheduling Rainouts

Friday was a day filled with Good News and Bad News! 
Sat Games Rained Out
The Good News:  All games rained out will be rescheduled.
The Bad News:  Both the City of Fortuna and the City of McKinleyville cancelled us off the fields for Sat 4/23.  ALL SAT GAMES RAINED OUT!  Here is why:
Spirit Wear
The Good News:  Our spirit wear is in print!  Whoop!  Sneak Peak:​
The Bad News:  Due to the demand for customization, it MIGHT make it tough to deliver on time!  Delivery is scheduled for the Opening Tournament next weekend.  If you customized a uniform number, please let us know IMMEDIATELY! 

The Good News:  Every team will be getting new equipment bags!  Thank you Niles Family for hooking us up through our local Sports Authority!​
Opportunity!!!  We just don't have enough funds yet to outfit ALL teams the way we want to!  As a result, you should be hearing about a hit-a-thon soon if you have not already!  Please help us "up our game" by seeking sponsors/donations so that we can provide newer and better equipment and access to more tools to train these girls!  :)

Flyer Attached:​
Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned as we hope to be on the fields soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 Softball Season Update

Hi All--

We can't be more excited for this 2016 Softball Season!  Here are a few reasons why!
  1. We hit 400 student athletes participating in the program this year!  
  2. We have expanded in the 8u age groups in the Hoopa and South Fork regions!
  3. We have purchased a new uniform name!  The Tsunami will be making its debut this year!
  4. The 2016 Master Softball Schedule is in process and will be released as soon as it is finished! Expect games to start the weekend of April 23rd-24th.  Opening Tourney is scheduled for April 30th, 31st, and May 1st and will be located in South County.
  5. We have an incredible group of volunteer staff in all areas of the county helping to facilitate the work to be done!  This organization could not function without them and if you get a chance, please thank any one of them!   
    • Board Members/Officers:  Kelly Helms, Nicholas Hetrick, Cathie Wainwright, Jennifer Pinard, Shanna McCracken, Ageana Brett, Deb Egbert
    • Regional Rec Program Representatives:  Deb Egbert (North), Ryan Colegrove (East), Ageana Brett (South), Rick Todd (Far South)
    • Their Support Staff:  Kathleen Ausburn, Stacy Minnick, Jenn Alto (North), Shelley Middleton, Amber Billings (East), Traci and Gary Niles, Christina Johnston, Josh Miraglia, Debby Brown (South), Mindi Contreras and Lupe Balajadia (Far South)
    • Our Coaches! and the many others who may not have been mentioned within this email!  
On behalf of Humboldt Fastpitch, THANK YOU ALL for your support, commitment, and dedication to Humboldt County Girls Softball!  If any of you are interested in volunteering with us, we can always use the help!  See below:

Volunteer Opportunities: 
ATTN:  South County Participants-Field Day/Fence Building Party on Sunday, April 17th, 2 p.m. at Bartow Fields at Rohner Park.  Please contact Connie Clark (395nug@sbcglobal.netand/or Rick Todd (ricktodd_1990@yahoo.comif you are available to help! 

Humboldt Fastpitch Spirit Wear Pre-Orders!
Guarantee you get one!!  Limited sizes and supply will be on hand.  

2016 Humboldt Fastpitch Sweatshirts
Design is an 8 color design as follows...sweatshirt pick up will be available opening tournament.  Payment upon pick up!  $35 Youth, $40 Adult.  $5 per customization.  Name and number printed on the sleeves.  Click here for link.

2016 Opening Tournament T's
Design is two color front logo with customization possible.  Guarantee your size!  Limited sizes and quantities will be available at each tournament site!  $15 per T-Shirt, $5 additional per customization.  Click here for opening tourney link order form.   

If you have any questions, please be sure to ask!  Thank you for participating with Humboldt Fastpitch!  Let's play ball!  ​

Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Softball Season Update

Thank you to all who attended assessments!  It is very helpful to the daunting task of attempting to distribute player skill evenly among teams, while factoring in region, age, and logistic needs - all that for a combined registration of 391 girls for the 2016 season!  Thank you to all who assisted in running the assessments, including the Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association's 16U Travel Team, the Mad River MIST, who greeted and escorted players through the assessment stations.  


Team Distributions:  We are scheduled to finalize team distributions on Thursday night, March 24th.  
  • Coaches Meeting:  Tentatively scheduled for next week.
  • Practices:  Many of our local Parks and Recs have told us fields will not open until at least April 1st.  Coaches may need to be creative with practice plans depending on when the fields actually do open.  The moisture has really put a damper on the field maintenance activities they have been able to do in years past.  As soon as fields open, we'll get those girls out there!
  • Communication:  We do as much as possible electronically!  If you know someone who is not getting the email updates, please have them email!  We are happy to add them to the list!  Also, we have not been able to finish merging last year's email list with this year's and as a result some of you may be getting multiple emails of the same thing!  Thank you for your patience as we work to get the season started.  We are looking to clean that up by the end of next week also!
  • Social Media:  We post on Facebook any email communications that we send plus more!  Please join us:

We also love positive and fun community interaction!  Please feel free to positively post and/or comment!  We love to hear from you!
  • Game Schedule:  Once teams are finalized, we will attempt to get the schedule out as soon as possible.  Look for games to "soft start" mid-late April with the first tournament being April 29th, 30th, May 1st.  We are hoping the weather doesn't crash our best laid plans but that uncertainty is all part of the sport!
  • Pictures:  Team and individual pictures will be available again this year.  This year pictures will be provided by Parky's Pics:  

A photo schedule will be distributed at a later date.
  • Spirit Wear:  Will be largely on a pre-order basis.  Pre-orders will be collected electronically and available for pick up at snack bars during tournament play.  The 2016 Humboldt Fastpitch Softball Sweatshirt (see attached pic below):

Look for Pre-Order Forms soon!

Camp Opportunity:  Fortuna High School is offering another clinic during Spring Break.  Space is limited and pre-registration is done online.  Click here to download a clinic flyer.  To reserve a spot for your player, click this link below.  If you know of other local softball camps, please let us know as we will post those as well. 
If you have any questions for us, please let us know!