Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League (Bay Area): Girls Softball

  Girls Softball Right at Your Local School!

Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League is pleased to offer five Girls Softball divisions for girls aged 5-12U for Spring 2014:  Girls T-ball (ages 5-6) plus Division A (ages 6-7), AA (ages 7-8), AAA (ages 8-10), and this year introducing Girls Softball MAJORS (ages 10-12U).  In 2013, over 200 players participated in our program - including 80 6U players in Girls T-Ball and Division A!
  • Fields are at Los Altos schools:  Almond, Gardner, Bullis Charter/Egan, and Santa Rita
  • Teams are created based on friend requests at all levels
  • Divisions are based on skill level and experience, not strictly by age
  • Recreational and Developmental Focus – Everyone Plays!

“It’s all about having fun!"

 

Girls Teams Will Be School Or Buddy Based To the Extent Possible

The goals for our Girls Softball program are instruction, recreation, and fun.  To the extent possible we will build teams around schools, grades, and buddy groups.  We hope to have at least one team in each division at each of the schools in our core territory in north Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.  When possible, teams will practice and play games at the school they attend.  If you volunteer and are selected as a head or assistant coach, your commissioner will work with you to build a team with children and parents who wish to play together.

Field Locations

Practices and games will be held at fields in your neighborhood such as Santa Rita, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Hillview, Purissima, or Egan/Bullis Charter.  (See the Locations page for more details.)  School based teams are formed with a total commitment to fast-paced recreational play.

Everyone Plays – Recreational Focus

All of our Girls Softball Divisions are recreational, with players rotating through the various defensive positions and with all players batting in the lineup regardless of whether they are in on defense or not at any given time.

Pitching and Hitting

Each division offers a pitching level suitable for the skill levels of the players, allowing the girls to focus on hitting fundamentals.  For instance, T-Ball players initially hit off the Tee and move to Coach Pitch halfway through the season.

Hitting Machines for A/AA Divisions

Our Hitting Machines in our A & AA Divisions toss pitches into the hitting zone more consistently than players or coaches can.  Hitting machines in AA toss balls at about 28 mph, level enough to encourage perfect swings.  Better pitches mean more focus on hitting, with faster and more exciting games!

Division AA will include machine pitch throughout the season, and Division A towards the end of the season.

See our fun and exciting Video of the end-of-season AA Tournament showing how much the girls hitting improves over the season:

Player Pitch in AAA and Majors Divisions

Our AAA and Majors Divisions include Player Pitch.  The AAA Division is for girls 8-9 with AA experience, as well as 10 year olds that are new to Softball.  The Majors Division is for girls 10-12 (born in or after 2001), including 11-12 year olds new to Softball.  Players in these divisions will develop pitching techniques in practices and clinics offered throughout the season.

Player Assignments and Team Formation

Girls T-Ball and Division players are assigned to teams by the Softball Commissioners and Softball Player Agent based on coach recommendations.  There will be a player evaluation in early February for girls registering for AA, AAA and Majors divisions.

Tournament Teams

Girls playing AA, AAA and Majors have the opportunity to play on our 8U, 10U and 12U "Tournament Teams" in local-area tournaments against other towns during and after the season.  Tournament Team players will be chosen from the AA, AAA and Majors divisions, selected based on coach evaluations.  Experienced parent coaches will administer and manage the Tournament Teams.

 

2012 8U tournament team

 

All Baseball Divisions Remain Open to Girls

As in the past, girls who are interested in playing baseball on predominantly boys teams are always welcome to register for any of our baseball divisions.

Volunteers Needed

As with any youth sports program, we need parents to volunteer for Head Coaching, Assistant Coaching, and Team Parent positions.  We are also seeking volunteers for our Girls Softball programs, including events, administrative and board positions, such as marketing and leadership positions with the program.

Here’s what some of our parents said about our Little League Girls Softball program last year:

“Wonderful experience for the girls and the parents.  We would love to sign up again next year and have the same coaches and girls on the team!”

“We really enjoyed the new softball league!   We are hoping to play again next year.”

“[Our coach] is everything that you could possibly want in a girls' softball coach.  Completely dedicated, upbeat, knowledgeable, encouraging."

“Very good experience for both kids, especially AA softball.”

“Coaches were patient and positive”

“Great season and great coaches”

“Thank you for organizing the girls softball leagues”

 

Sound like fun?  Join us by registering here!

 



Wednesday, February 23
A league of their own

 

Check out the Los Altos Town Crier article about our new girls softball league, in the February 23, 2011, edition.

 

2011 Softball