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CHOOSING A SOFTBALL DIVISION

WHAT IS SOFTBALL LEAGUE AGE?

When registering for the spring season, a player will request a level of play at a particular level. But what level? The following provides an overview of Everett Little League Divisions. While Little League International uses the "League Age" requirements to define eligibility for upper divisions, each little league is able to define their own age criteria to separate players for safe play in younger divisions.

"League Age" is determined by Little League International. Everett Little League is open to all children between the ages of 4 and 16 who reside in the boundaries, as defined by the residence or school address.

To determine your player's League Age click here: League Age Calculator

WHICH SOFTBALL DIVISION SHOULD I CHOOSE?

SOFTBALL DIVISIONS AT EVERETT LITTLE LEAGUE

DivisionAge RangeGeneral Grade Level
T Ball (Coed)4-7Pre-K - K
Rookies6-8K - 2nd Grade
Minors9-113rd - 5th Grade
Majors10-124th -7th Grade
Juniors12-148th - 9th Grade


TEE BALL (Ball hit from a batting tee) Ages 4-7
T-Ball is designed to be the first introduction to baseball. This is the appropriate division for league age players 4-6. All batted balls are hit from a stationary tee. While defense is taught and encouraged, there are no official "outs" and the offense hits through the entire rotation each half inning. Some 6 year olds may be ready for the Rookies division. Typically this is based on previous Tee Ball experience and a general understanding of baseball.

  • When Tee Ball can be skipped: Only if the player's first season of baseball is age 7 or older.
  • How Tee Ball teams are formed: Buddy/Coach requests are possible.
  • Siblings: Guaranteed same team.

ROOKIES (Machine pitch) Ages 6-8
At this level, players will have fun while learning the basics of the game of softball. Batters receive (up to) 5 pitches per at-bat from a pitching machine and 3 outs are played per half inning. Rookies is most often the appropriate division for league age players 6-8. Some 8 year are will be ready for Minors.

  • When Rookies can be skipped: Only when the player's first season of softball is at league age 9.
  • How Rookies teams are formed: Buddy/Coach requests are possible.
  • Siblings: Guaranteed same team.
  • Ball Type: 11 inch softball

MINORS (Player pitching) Ages 9-11 (& 12 with exception)
This is an introduction to full softball with all of the complexities of the game. Minors introduces a traditional 3 strike/4 ball count with 4 balls resulting in a walk. Base runners can advance bases at their own peril once the ball passes home plate, or is hit into play and until the pitcher has the ball and ready to deliver the next pitch.

  • When league age 8 players can play Minors: After completing a full season of Rookies, attending Rookies tryups and upon attending Minors tryout.
  • Tryouts: A skills-based tryout will be held for all league age 9 - 12 players wishing to play Majors or Minors. The objective of this tryout is to help determine the appropriate division for all players to have the most fun season possible while ensuring opportunity to develop and succeed.
  • How Minors teams are formed: Snake draft
  • Siblings: Guaranteed same team
  • Ball Type: 11 inch softball

MAJORS Ages 10-12
Majors is fast-paced softball following traditional rules. All players wishing to enter Majors are required to attend more than half of scheduled tryouts. Players who are not drafted will be placed on a Minors team. Returning majors players WILL be drafted to a Majors team.

  • Tryouts: A skills-based tryout will be held for all league age 9 - 12 players wishing to play Majors or Minors. The objective of this tryout is to help determine the appropriate division for all players to have the most fun season possible while ensuring opportunity to develop and succeed.
  • How Majors teams are formed : Snake draft
  • Siblings: Guaranteed the same team, if both are drafted to Majors.
  • Ball Type: 12 inch softball

 

JUNIORS
Juniors Fastpitch Softball is for girls 13 and 14 years old.
We will field a team for play against other teams in District 1. Games will be scheduled weekdays so you may continue to play club tournaments if you are on a club team.

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