East Lyme Little League: Softball News

Softball Evaluations

2014 EAST LYME SOFTBALL EVALUATIONS

     • All Softball Players league age 9-12 (age on December 31st, 2013) are required to attend one of the two evaluation dates regardless of last year's player status.

     • League age 8 players are only required to attend if they wish to play-up into the AAA division (see note below)***.

     • League age 6 and 7 players do not attend evaluations

     • League age 13 and up do not attend evaluations

Location: East Lyme Middle School Gym

Date: Sunday February 23 and Sunday March 2nd (Players are only required to attend one of the two dates)

Time (please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled time to check in and obtain a draft number):

     • 9:00 - 10:30: league age 9 & 10 ***(league age 8 players wanting to play-up into AAA should also attend this           session)***

     • 10:30 - 12:00: league Age 11 & 12:  

What to bring: The girls should bring their gloves, wear sneakers, and dress appropriately for an indoor softball tryout/evaluation

***Play-up Rules: Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to be considered for playing up at the next level: 1) Played 1 year at the current age appropriate level. 2) Attend an evaluation session for coaches to decide if child has the ability to play at the higher level. 3) There must be a need for players in the league in which the players want to play up into. If multiple players need to be moved up, they will be selected in order according to skill level until available slots are filled

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Softball Divisions

Softball Divisions

AA Softball For League Age 7, 8 (6 yr olds are eligible if they’ve played at least one year of t-ball or A ball) AA Softball provides the player with her first experience on the full size Little League field. The primary skills of softball are introduced and practiced. Focus will be on the proper mechanics of throwing, fielding, and hitting. This division is coach pitch but all players will be introduced to the windmill pitching technique.

AAA Softball For League Ages 9 & 10 (8 yr old play-up option)* AAA Softball focuses on the continued development of the player's fundamental skills and sportsmanship. Skill development at this level concentrates on hitting the pitched ball and completing plays in the field with introduction of field and base coverage as well as introducing game strategy and competition. This division is “modified player pitch”, meaning that players will pitch to the batter, but a coach will finish any batter that sees four balls. Scoring and standings will be maintained throughout the year, but the emphasis is on player development.

Majors Softball For League Ages 11, 12 (10 yr old play-up option)* Major League softball is played at a competitive level and is played according to the official Little League softball rules. Emphisis will be placed on refining the fundamentals and learning situational strategies. Bunting and stealing are introduced as well as a focus on offensive and defensive team play with the overal goal of understanding the complete game. Although this is a competitive division, player development is still a primary focus.

Jr/Sr League Softball For League Ages 13, 14, 15, and 16. Jr/Sr League Softball focuses on development of new skills, introducing new/advanced play and strategy, reinforcing basics, and preparing the player for the High School level.

*Play-Up Option: Individuals who meet the following criteria have the option of playing up at the next level: 1) Played 1 year at the current age appropriate level. 2) Attend an evaluation session for coaches to decide if child has the ability to play at the higher level. 3) There must be room in the league in which the players want to play up into. If multiple players wish to play up, they will be selected in order according to skill level until available slots are filled.

**League age for softball is the player’s age at the biginning of the calendar year.

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