Q. Where do coaches find out more information about the web site and team pages?
A: Go to the Coaches Corner page for 95% answers.
A: Go to Team Pages Info+ for key dates, quick links and "I'm a new coach, what's next"
Q: How can my association join Tri County or who do I talk to to find out more information?
A: For associations interested in joining the Tri County League please contact Tom Bye, Tri County Director. E-mail him here or call his cell 651-270-0219. New associations are voted on at the January Tri County League Directors meeting.
Q: Who is Tri County Affiliated with?
A: Tri County has been affiliated with the MMFL (Minnesota Metro Fastpitch League) for the past eleven years. (formed in 2005) The MMFL has done a great job at supporting our leagues and working with the local associations. The MMFL runs the largest State Tournament and is the host of the largest Fall Softball League in Minnesota.
Q: What national organization is Tri County sanctioned through?
A: The directors of Tri County voted in 2012 to sanction with NAFA and ASA. In 2015 USSSA was voted in too. This has been a positive relationship with the MMFL and has created more opportunities because of it. There are NAFA National opportunities, team typically from 5 state area. ASA Northern i.e. regional tournaments and ASA/USA tournaments are the National tournaments. Now with USSSA there are World Series and Central Regional opportunities.
Q: What National body can my team sanction with?
A: Again, your league fee sanctions you with NAFA and ASA and USSSA starting in 2015. However, Tri County does NOT control who your team sanctions with or what tournament you play in. If you do play in a different nationally sanctioned tournament please make sure to follow their requirements to participate in that tournament.
Q: What rules does the Tri County League follow?
A: Our league for the 2015 season is following the NAFA and ASA rule book. Changes have been made to where the rules are similar now. Any specific Tri County rule is outlined under the league game rules tab.
Q: When will the schedules be out?
A: Schedules are typically out one week prior to age specific season starting. For example, the 12U season starts on May 2, 2016, their schedule should be posted by April 20, 2016. Schedules will be posted in order of start date.
Q: What if there is a conflict with one of our scheduled games and can't play?
A: The schedules are final. The coach needs to call the opposing coach and work something out in a timely manner and schedule a make up game.
Q: The field location is not correct or our association is not listed?
A: Contact your associations director and have them pass on the correct information to the web master.
Q: Why did the 10U rules change?
A: Because it's a National rule and the Tri County Directors voted in the January 2011 meeting to be in line with the National rules at all levels of 10U.
Q: Will there be an 8U league in Suburban or Tri County?
A: Yes. In 2015 the directors have voted to add this level of play. For the past several years there have been small pockets of 8U teams playing each other. Adding it to the league level will increase awareness and increase participation for the younger ages. Both Tri County and the Suburban League will continue to offer 8U until all the small pockets of leagues jump on board for one large Metro League.
Q: At our Tri County Qualifier I occasionally see non Tri County teams participate, why is this?
A: The MMFL goal is to have ALL leagues in the State have their own qualifiers to advance their teams to State. Currently not all teams have a qualifier. The Metro leagues (Tri County, Suburban, UMFL and the CMFL) have extended invitations to the outer metro teams. We believe teams that play in our qualifiers then are qualified to the correct State Tournament and provides better competition.