Softball Program Info
Northeast Zone Softball offers programs for boys and girls from 4 to 19 years old. We offer grassroots softball for children of all skill levels and more competitive softball through the Edmonton Warriors Athletic Club.
The season starts are the end of April/beginning of May – depending on the weather and goes to the end of June. Teams from U-10 to U-18/19 conclude their season with the EYSA City Finals in June. Some teams then go on to Softball Alberta Provincial Championship play in July.
We are members in good standing with Edmonton Youth Softball Association, Softball Alberta and Softball Canada.
Northeast Zone Softball’s focus is on fun, fair play and sportsmanship. Softball equipment and uniforms are supplied. U-4 Nerf players require running shoes and a helmet (softball and bike helmets are both fine). All other categories require a softball glove and runners. Players are encouraged to have their own helmet but these are also supplied as part of the team equipment.
The U-4 NERF program is for 4 year old girls and boys and is an introduction to the game. Games are played once a week on Wednesday evenings. Nerf equipment is used. At this level players learn the basics of the game – running the bases, throwing and catching the ball, hitting and basic rules of the game.
U-6 is for 5 & 6 year old boys and girls. Teams are mixed and games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays with some occasional practices on other days. Players hit off a batting T.
U-8 is for 7 & 8 year old boys and girls. Once again teams are mixed and skill development is the emphasis. At this level we use a combination of machine pitch and coach pitches. Games are played on Mondays and Wednesdays with practices on other days.
All U-4 NERF, U-6 and U-8 games are played within northeast Edmonton. All teams participate in the FUN-A-RAMA at the end of May. This is a fun day Mini-Tournament and is free for all NEZ teams. All players receive participation medals and treats. Past Fun-A-Ramas’ have included a Penny Carnival, Bounce Houses, helium balloons and prizes. A concession is available.
U-10 program is for 9 & 10 year olds and is the category where players start to pitch. Teams are generally split between boys and girls and play in the citywide softball program governed by Edmonton Youth Softball Association. Games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays with practices on other days of the week.
Play continues in leagues under the governance of Edmonton Youth Softball in the U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18/19 categories. U-12 and U-16 play Mondays and Wednesdays and U-14 and U-18/19 play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams practice on other than game nights. All categories from U-10 to U-18/19 play in citywide leagues against teams from outside of Northeast Zone.
Teams from U-10 to U-18/19 are invited to play in the “NEZ SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT” on the Father’s Day weekend in mid June. This is an open tournament with teams from across the city and around the province participating. This fun packed weekend is a great warm-up for the Softball City Finals. Categories offered at this tournament are determined by the team entries received.