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

Girls Softball Divisions - Spring 2016

When registering for the 2016 season, please select the division that you feel is appropriate for your player based on the information on this page.

Teams are organized by schools and “buddy” requests so the girls can play with their friends in a fun and positive environment.

To be eligible for Girls Softball, players should turn age 5 by December 31, 2015.  See below for details on age requirements.

  Farm/T-Ball (6U) Minors (8U)
Grades pre-K, Kinder, 1st 1st-3rd*
Ages Born 2009-2010 Born 2007-2008**
Pitching T-Ball & Coach Pitch Machine & Player Pitch
Player Evaluations No Yes
Teams formed by Coaches w/Commissioner Coaches w /Commissioner
Fields Almond, BCS/Egan,
Gardner, Santa Rita
Almond, BCS/Egan,
Santa Rita

Players registered for the Minors division MUST ATTEND our player evaluations on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The player evaluations are informal and fun – we just want to make sure all the girls are assigned to the appropriate division, and balance the teams.

*3rd graders born in 2006 may play Minors, but MUST ATTEND Minors evaluations. 

**Girls born 2009 or later MUST ATTEND Minors evaluations - otherwise they will automatically be placed in T-Ball/Farm.

Please see below for more detailed information about each division.

Girls Softball Farm/T-Ball Division - 6U (T-Ball/Coach Pitch)

The Girls Softball Farm/T-Ball division is our introductory division and requires no prior experience.  Farm/T-Ball is appropriate for girls in kindergarten and 1st grade, as well as pre-K girls who turn age 5 by December 31, 2015.

Practices are at the girl's home school when possible, on all-grass fields. “Home games” are played at the girl's home field.  Field locations are at Almond, Santa Rita, Gardner Bullis, and Egan/Bullis Charter.

Each team meets for one hour twice per week, typically a mid-week practice plus a Saturday game.  Practices emphasize throwing, hitting, and fielding fundamentals in a fun and safe environment.  Practices are usually scheduled on a weekday, generally at 4pm or 5pm.  Specific practice days and times are assigned after teams are formed and are based on the availability of team coaches and players.

Games are 3 innings long, with all players batting once per inning and playing in the field.  The season begins with batting from a tee and progresses to soft-toss coach pitching from a distance of about 15-20 feet.

Teams will have 8-10 players per team.  If your daughter would like to be on a team with friends, please list the names of the friends in the “buddy” field during registration.  As much as possible, the commissioner will keep groups of friends together along with other girls from the same school when assigning players to teams.

Team assignments will be made by late February and coaches will contact you by early March for first practices. Games start in mid-March.  The season ends by the first week of June.

Girls Softball Minors Division - 8U (Machine/Player Pitch)

The Softball Minors Division is a recreational division for girls in 2nd and 3rd grades, as well as 1st grade girls with prior Softball experience seeking a higher level of play.

The season begins using pitching machines for games, and progresses to player pitch after Spring Break.   Pitching machines toss balls more consistently into the hitting zone than players or coaches can, level enough to encourage perfect swings, so lots of balls are put in play.  Player pitching skills will be developed in practices and multiple clinics throughout the season.

Practices and "home games" are at the girls’ home school, when possible.  Games are on “skinned” (dirt/clay) infields.  Field locations are at Almond, Santa Rita, and Egan/Bullis Charter.

Each team will meet 2-3 times per week for practices and games – one practice mid-week plus a game Saturday morning or afternoon, with an occasional extra practice or game.  Practices are typically about 75 minutes. 

Games are typically 3-4 innings for up to 90 minutes, with 3 outs or 3 runs max per inning.  Coaches are encouraged to rotate players through each of the defensive positions in the field.  All players bat each time through the lineup. 

Minors Division players MUST ATTEND one player evaluation session in late January/early February, and are notified of team assignments by mid-late February.  Evaluations are used to ensure that players generally have roughly the same skill level and to balance teams.  Evaluations will be informal and fun.

Practices start late February.  Games start mid-March.  The season ends by the first week in June.