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Mankato Peppers Softball


Mankato Peppers Fan Gear - available at United Team Elite!

Orders will run from March 23 to April 4

Orders will be ready within 2-3 weeks

Individuals will receive an email when order is ready to be picked up

Travel Player Package will be available at the time of uniform fitting

Link and Instructions are below


As we start planning for the 2021 season, the Board is happy to announce that we have hired Neil Kaus who will act as our Executive Director and Beth Kozitza who will be our Peppers Program Coordinator.  Both Neil and Beth have previously been a part of the Board and coaching staff. 

Neil Kaus is a Mankato West HS graduate and a current North Mankato resident. Neil and his wife Barb have lived in the Mankato/North Mankato community for many years.  Together they have 3 boys, Ben, Jon, and Nick.  Neil is currently employed by the City of North Mankato as the Caswell Park Youth Sports Director.  Neil was recently the Youth Sports Director for the YMCA. Neil has been heavily involved in the community including President of Mankato Y’s Men’s Club, President of the Mankato Sertoma Club, General Manager of the Happy Chef Fast Pitch Softball team, Executive Director of MAYBA Baseball, Executive Director of MAGFA Softball, Executive Director of MNMYF Football, and was Inducted into the Mankato Softball Hall Of Fame 2018.


Beth is a 1988 graduate of Mankato East High School. During her time at East she was a three sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. While playing softball at East her team won State Championships in 1986 and 1988, and the basketball team brought home the State Championship in 1987. Beth played 7 years in a Peppers uniform as a right fielder and second baseman. As a player, her key takeaways are the memories made, life lessons, and, most important, the lasting friendships that were built. Following her playing career, Beth has been very committed to the Mankato Peppers organization, coaching for over 25 years and working as the Tournament Clothing Designer/Vendor for 5 years, and was part of the Peppers Board for 1 year. As a coach, highlights include taking her 14U team to the National Tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida in 2000, watching her players grow into confident and successful young women, and the friendships that she has made with parents, players and coaches. Along with coaching in the Peppers program, Beth also spent 3 years as the Assistant Head Softball Coach at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and 1 year as the JV Coach at Mankato East High School. She was inducted into the Mankato Pepper Hall of Fame in 2018 as a Player and a Coach. Currently, Beth is the full-time Program Manager at LEEP in Mankato. Beth also co-owns and operates a seasonal clothing store with her sister, Okoboji Clothing Company, in Arnolds Park, IA during the summer months. Beth will serve as the Peppers Program Coordinator. She will oversee our Lil Peppers, SSL and travel programs, help with the development of our players, as well as assist our teams and coaches be successful throughout the season. She is a great resource to add to our program and she is excited to be back with the Mankato Peppers organization.

We are very excited to welcome Neil and Beth back into the Peppers family.


May 15-16 - May Madness Tournament

May 24 - SSL League Start Date (10u-12u)

June 8 - SSL League Start Date (14u-16u)

June 26-27 - SSL Qualifier (10u-12u)

July 17-18 - SSL Qualifier (14u-16u)

All winter hours can be found on the calendar tab.

Dear Peppers Families, 


MAGFA has an approved  our safe practice/play plan that has been approved by the City of Mankato/North Mankato.  All travel, SSL and Lil Peppers teams are able to practice and play. 


We hope you and your family are well, and we can't wait to see you on the fields.

Board Members Wanted

We are looking for additional board members.  If you are not sure you want to be a board member but still want to help out, we are also looking for volunteers to help our committees with planning events, tournaments, tryouts, etc.  

For more information, please contact any board member or send an email to


How would you like to get paid watching the game that you love?

Join us this Spring/Summer as an Umpire! Training is provided. 

Need more details?

Contact Mike Barten at 507-469-9091 or

Coaches Wanted

Do you have a passion for coaching?  

Please follow the link below for more details!



Support Mankato Peppers by purchasing something you need weekly…gas for your vehicle. M.A.G.F.A. has partnered with Kwik Trip to offer gas/gift cards. Purchase in denominations of $25, $50 or $100. Keep one in your car for emergencies. Use them to fill up for traveling to tournament and league games. You get 100% of the value you pay for (Buy $100, get $100 in gas!) and a percentage of the receipts go back to M.A.G.F.A. from Kwik Trip. This is a long term rewards program that we will be offering to our players families and supporters as a way to continue to improve girls fastpitch softball in Mankato.Thank you for supporting the Mankato Peppers softball program!


Purchase your gift cards  at:

Andring, Collins & Norman & Co. Chtd.

1628 S Riverfront Dr., Mankato

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4pm

Cash or checks (made out to MAGFA) only


Heat Index Policy

MAGFA will cancel games when the heat index reaches 105º (for reference, the MN State High School League uses 115º as their threshold). The National Weather Service reading at 3:00PM will be used for determining cancelations.  






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United Way Volunteer

Know someone who likes to volunteer and help out local programs? We are looking for volunteers willing to share their passion for softball with Mankato youth as coaches, team managers and event volunteers. Contact us at or click on the link above to learn more.