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Softball Divisions

Please note that starting in 2023, FPLL will offer two evaluation sessions in March for all softball players ages 8-12.   Players looking to be selected for majors or advanced minors’ teams must attend at least one tryout.   Players under the age of 12 will be placed in minors if they do not attend at least one tryout. 

What division should a select?   The decision as to what level a player should be assigned is a joint decision by the parent/guardian and the league.  The players age, experience, ability, and team availability are all considered.   The league has the final say due to player safety.   Please use the division descriptions below and reach out to us with any additional questions.

Determining ages for softball:   Age determination for softball is different than baseball.  Please use the Little League Age Calculator to determine the player’s age but note that skill plays a large part in placement due to player safety.    

Seasons & Timing:  The spring season usually starts mid-April and runs through the first two weeks of June.  Depending on player and coach availability, a fall season for minors and majors can be offered which runs early-September through October.    Summer and winter programs can also be offered.

Majors – Player Pitch - Advanced instructional league with Little League rules.  This is the most competitive league currently offered.

  • Ages: 11-12 (advanced 10 year-olds are eligible based on evaluations and availability, 12-year-olds can only play majors by Little League Rules unless there is a safety issue)
  • Practices: 1-2 practices a week.  Typically, Monday & Wednesdays from 5:15 – 6:45pm but not guaranteed.
  • Games: 2-3 games per week (13-16 games per season) including weekend and weeknight games of various days & locations.  6pm start for weeknight games.
  • All-Stars: Players are eligible to be chosen to play on an All-Star team and tournament which culminates in the Little League Softball World Series.
  • Equipment: Players need a 11.5” or larger glove, rubber cleats, black softball pants, black softball socks and a facemask is required.  It’s recommended that the player have their own bat, helmet and batting gloves however the coach will have a supply of bats and helmets to share if needed.
  • Skill Level: Players should be able to catch a 12" ball to either side of the body and should be comfortable hitting against fast player-pitchers.  This is a competitive league and the players showing the most initiative to get better will have the most playing time.   Each player is guaranteed at least 1-2 innings of play per game.   Positions and playing time are determined by player initiative and skill but  ultimately decided by the coaches.

 

Minors – Modified Player Pitch – Intermediate/advanced instructional league  (when numbers allow)

  • Ages: 8-11 (Evaluations and availability determine placement)
  • Practices: 1-2 practices a week.  Typically, Tuesday & Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:45pm but not guaranteed.
  • Games: 1-3 games per week (12-15 games per season) including weekend and weeknight games of various days & locations.  6pm start for weeknight games.
  • Equipment: Players need a 11” or larger glove, rubber cleats, black softball pants & socks and a facemask are required.  It’s recommended that the player have their own bat, helmet and batting gloves however the coach will have a supply of bats and helmets to share.
  • Skill Level:  Players should be comfortable catching an overhand thrown 11” softball most of the time.   Pitching is done primarily by players, but coaches can step in to pitch the rest of the inning after 3 player-pitched walks happen.  Rules vary slightly and are determined by the home team.  Players should show proper technique for throwing, catching, hitting and base running.  Stealing bases is generally allowed.   Some minors players can be asked to join the majors team and might be asked to play on the fall season majors team to prepare for next spring.   Invitations are generally based on player abilities and imitative. 

 

Mini-Minors – Modified Coach Pitch - Intermediate instructional league  (when numbers allow) 

  • Ages: 8-11 (Evaluations and availability determine placement)
  • Practices: 1-2 practices a week.  Typically, Tuesday & Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:45pm but not guaranteed
  • Games: 1-3 games per week (12-15 games per season) including weekend and weeknight games of various days & locations.  6pm start for weeknight games
  • Equipment: Players need a glove, rubber cleats, black softball pants & socks, water bottle and facemasks are required.  It’s recommended that the player have their own bat, helmet and batting gloves however the coach will have a supply of bats and helmets to share.
  • Skill Level: Players should be comfortable catching an overhand thrown ball regularly.  Players are comfortable hitting a ball pitched by a coach or machine.   Depending on the team’s skill level or opponent, player-pitch is possible.  Players are still honing in their batting, throwing, catching, and base running techniques.   Stealing bases can be allowed.   Players that show initiative and advancing skill can be invited to play in an advanced divisions.

 

Farm/AAA – Modified Coach Pitch - Beginner instructional league

  • Ages: 7-9 (advanced 6-year-olds are eligible upon availability and skill)
  • Practices: Typically, 1 practice per week from 5:15 – 6:15pm (days vary depending on field availability)
  • Games: 1-2 games per week on Friday night and/or Saturdays at varying locations
  • Equipment:  Player need a glove, rubber cleats, water bottle and a facemask is required.
  • Skill Level:  Players ideally have played Tee Ball in the past and/or feel comfortable catching an underhand thrown 11” 'soft' softball.  Coaches do a majority of the pitching however depending on the skill level of the team or opponent, player-pitch is possible and is ultimately decided by the coaches before a game.   Players are still learning the proper way to swing the bat, throw and catch.  Stealing bases is usually not allowed.   



Tee Ball – Tee Only - Great for those new players just learning the game.   Softball and baseball players can be combined at this level depending on the number of players and field availability.

  • Ages: 5-7
  • Practices: Typically, 1 practice per week from 5:15 – 6:15pm (days vary depending on field availability).
  • Equipment: Players need a glove
  • Skill Level: Players will learn the basics of the game:  catching, throwing, hitting, and teamwork.   There is no live pitching, only tees.   Tee ball can have mixed genders depending on field and player availability.

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