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FORCE 2020/2021 Tryouts

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A 16U PITCHER, 14U Catcher  OR A 14U Pitcher and who is talented enough to PLAY 16U, for the 2021 Season.

Force 2020/2021 Registration has begun.  We are accepting tryout registrations from 12U/14U/16U and 18U players for the upcoming 2021 Season.  Force is a year round training program and we will begin training for the 2021 season in late August.  

Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Covid-19 Update We are OPEN and Camps and Lessons are going on!


We are asking that each family follow our return to lesson protocol to ensure the health and safety for all.

What Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is Doing to Help Keep You Safe

The safety of our clients and staff is what’s most important. Minnesota Fastpitch Academy (MFA) has always been dedicated to delivering a safe way for every player to work on her skill set and improve her individual game.  As we open our facility, each of us will play an important role in making the MFA experience, safe for us all.  

  • Pitching Lessons should enter through Door 2 and exit through the service door in Suite 1
  • Hitting Lessons should enter through Door 4 and exit through the service door in Suite 4
  • Defensive Lessons should enter through Door 6 and exit through the service door in Suite 6
  • Due to the large space we have at MFA and limited number of 25 people, we will ask staff and players to maintain a 10-foot distance if possible, but at a minimum, a 6 foot distance between people
  • We ask that no parents enter MFA.  For parents catching their daughter, please bring your own bucket to sit on.
  • Pitchers you need to bring your own ball to pitch with.
  • Continuous scheduled disinfection of high-touch surfaces throughout MFA, players and staff will clean and wipe down each piece of equipment after each use
  • All persons entering MFA will need to wear a cloth face mask, covering nose and mouth.
  • Equipment disinfectant spray is readily available to use
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are conveniently located throughout the facility
  • The water fountain and ice machine have been turned off.
  • Players in Suite 6 will only use the bathroom in Suite 6-Please use bathroom prior to arriving at MFA.
  • Players in Suites 1 will only use the bathroom in Suite 1- Please use bathroom prior to arriving at MFA.
  • Players in Suites 4 will only use the bathroom in Suite 4- Please use bathroom prior to arriving at MFA.
  • If anyone participating with Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, coach, athlete, or family be diagnosed with Covid-19, they should immediately contact Lisa Bernstein and follow proper health care procedures including quarantining.  Athletes, coaches, and staff, are required to provide written clearance from their health care professional to resume activity after a Covid-19 diagnosis OR the original, dated, (order) to quarantine with the specified duration from their health care professional, so Minnesota Force can verify their compliance with that (order) upon their return.

Social Distancing

We are taking careful actions to facilitate social distancing.  Look for extra signs throughout the facility to guide you and help us all practice social distancing.  We ask that all players and staff work to maintain a 10-foot space between people.


We work to provide our players and staff the best experience possible. This includes working to sanitize and disinfect touch points throughout training areas.

  • During hitting lessons we ask players to shuffle balls to the net with your bat or foot and our staff will pick them up, please refrain from touching softball equipment
  • Place personal belongings at least 6 feet apart from another player’s
  • For safe social distancing, avoid any physical contact with another player

What you can do-

Nothing is more important than keeping ourselves, our friends, families and communities healthy. You can help support a safe, phased reopening of MFA. Together we can do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially to those who are more vulnerable due to age, compromised immunity or pre-existing conditions.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Protect Yourself and Others

While working out at MFA, please follow the current CDC Guidelines about how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • Wash your hands vigorously and frequently
  • Use the hand sanitizing stations upon arrival at MFA
  • Keep 10 feet apart from other people
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Masks and batting gloves are required
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

Stay Home if You are Sick

Studies suggest that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are asymptomatic. But if you have a fever, a cough, shortness of breath even just “feel” a little run down, don’t take a chance—stay home.

Minnesota Force Tryout Information

Force Tryouts Begin August 6th.  Please Click the Minnesota Force Tab Above 

Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Starting Soon

Click on the Minnesota Force Academy Tab for more info on our Force Academy Training Program designed for 10U/12U players


Contact MINNESOTA FASTPITCH ACADEMY For Information On Private Lessons In Every Aspect Of Your Game.  $80 per hour for Pitching, Catching, Infield Defense, Outfield Defense, Hitting, Left Handed Slapping.  Hitting and Defensive practices can be scheduled for 45 minutes.

The Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Mission

Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is a softball consulting organization committed to the development of Minnesota youth softballers of all ages through player programs for skill development, leadership development of youth and high school coaches and the support of softball organizations within Minnesota townships. This first of its kind consulting team features elite fastpitch softball training from the most experienced and accomplished fastpitch coaches and players ever assembled in the state of Minnesota.

The purpose of the Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is to build better women athletes and leaders by further expanding the scope and opportunity for social and athletic development for young women throughout Minnesota, through intense skills and sports psychology development from elite, world class female softball players and coaches. The organization is designed to expand the system of women's social and athletic development by creating a natural process for success mentoring through elite fastpitch softball training. The MFA sees an opportunity to play a significant role in the ongoing process of building momentum and enthusiasm for women's softball, while fostering interest and participation in Minnesota youth programs at all levels.

With an organization like Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, Minnesota female youth athletes have an opportunity to exponentially excel their development. With more than 60 million softball players worldwide (60% of whom are women), and Minnesota being one of the highest states for amateur participation per capita, the landscape is ripe for a superior women's mentoring program. The MFA's athletes and professionals are excited with the prospect of giving back to Minnesota's communities through the development of women softball players, coaches, and programs.


MFA Camp Staff,

I also wanted to thank all of you for an amazing experience!!  Jordyn had

a blast at camp and literally could not wait to come each day. :-)  She

loved the coaches and learned a lot, is excited to apply it all to her

game.  She is so disappointed that she'll miss out on the last day.

Thanks again for such a great experience!

Gina M.


Hi Lisa;

I hope all is going well with you & you are enjoying your spring!  I just had to drop you a quick note.  Allie had her first games, and first playing with a new team.  She got up to bat 4 times and hit EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!  She got a triple and 3 doubles and two of them hit the grass on first bounce!  She really took what you all taught her to heart and it showed.  When we got in the car to come home, she goes "Mom, those hits felt really good!  And I know I was running faster and I know that is from being at MFA."  She also got the "most supportive teammate" award from her coach for cheering on her teammates - pretty cool to watch:)

Thank you again for all your encouragement to Allie and all she's learned.  She'll carry it forever.  

Natalie V

Hi Coach B, I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the MFA staff!! Since joining your group, the improvement in Julia's hitting has been amazing. She hit back to back homeruns followed by a triple in the championship game and went 9 for 11 total in her high school tournament today. It's great to see the progress. You guys are amazing!!

Thanks again,

Chris A.

I am a Mom that has coached both of her daughters for the last 3 years and both are now 6 & 9 years old. I knew my oldest was ready for the next level and needed a new experience. My youngest, who picked up the sport early on, lacked the confidence to play if Mom wasn’t nearby coaching and a fear of being outside her comfort zone to learn new things. My oldest daughter loved the experience she had at one of MFA’s pitching clinics, and how much fun they made everything. I knew they were the right team to help me with both my daughter’s needs. The first day of their Instructional Clinic, both girls fearlessly learned new drills and left with soaring confidence due to the team’s ability to make them feel good about what they were learning. MFA kept both young girls 100% engaged the entire time, and they loved every minute of it. Only disappointment the girls had was the follow day when it wasn’t Clinic Day!  Kudos to MFA for giving my girls a great experience and making them love softball even more.  One satisfied Mom, and two very excited and happy girls. Thank you MFA!

Candi S.

Bella had try-outs for both her in-house team and the travel team and she received rave reviews from all of the coaches. She made the top travel team and the coach sent me a note commenting on her amazing improvement and confidence. He was in awe of her hitting, and all of her skills really. He's not overly known for his praise so I know if he says it, he really means it!!

MFA is a big part of that improvement so I wanted to thank you and Julie for the great work you do. We'll be back for more training for sure. We've had tons of parents ask us what she did to improve so much in the off season and we're spreading the word about the great work you do. She was good before but now she's at another level of play, which is exciting to see. You make it so fun that she never feels like it's a chore to go and it's clearly paid off in her skills and confidence. She can't wait for the season to start. Thanks again -

Tammy L.


Minnesota Force Tryout Information

Please click on the Force tab and then on the tryout tab for more information about Minnesota Force tryouts.

Force Opening Weekend June 3-4, 2017

  • Congrats to 14U Bruzek for winning the A Bracket Consolation tournament at the Rookies Tournament.
  • Congrats to 16U Buffington for winning the B Bracket Consolation at the Rookies Tournament.
  • Congrats to 14U Giere for winning the Championship of the Silver Bracket at the Fast n Furious Tournament.
  • Congrats to 14U Hylen for winning the 14U B Bracket Championship at the Rookies Tournament.
  • Congrats to 18U Simonson/Staton for winning the B Bracket at the Rookies Tournament.
  • Congrats to 16U Standering for winning the 16U A Bracket at the Rookies Tournament

Sydney Chiappetta visiting with Mike Candrea from the University of Arizona

Fun in the sun!!!  Syd enjoyed a 3 game sweep of the U of A Wildcats over the University of Texas

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MFA Instructional League Testemonial

Thank you for your love of teaching softball to the crazy girls who love learning from you! The picture of all the girls is awesome, thank yoy taking the time to take it (no small task getting them to assemble in any manner with all that energy) and then taking the time to send share it.

You are a blessing to my daughter Paige she thinks the world of you and Julie.

Kori C.

Julie's personal commitment to excellence is amazing! She has a great understanding of the mental approach needed to excel at the next level! Head Coaching Legend University of Arizona