Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball: Age Division Skill Development

Tuesday, December 30

Listed below are the expected skill levels for each age division.  As the player progresses throughout the season, coaches will evaluate the players to ensure they are working with everyone to strive to meet and achieve these expected levels of play.  Some players will develop quicker than others, so stick to practicing on a consistant basis.  If there are questions regarding this list, please reach out to your assigned coach or your age division commissioner for help.  Have a Great Season!!!!!!!!!!!

 

PWGFS 8 & Under Learning Guidelines

1) Basic Equipment – Each player should have a general knowledge of the equipment they use and a firm understanding of using it correctly and safely.

2) Understanding of the Playing Field Layout – Players should be able to indentify 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, home plate, batter’s boxes, pitcher’s circle, infield, outfield, fair territory and foul territory.

3) General Understanding of the Defensive Positions – Players should know the general location of each defensive position.

4) General Understanding of the Concept of the Game – Offensive Skills

1) Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

2) Batter’s Stance

3) Correct Swing of the Bat

4) Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

5) Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

6) Leading Off

7) Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up) Defensive Skills

1) Correct Throwing Skills

2) Correct Catching Skills

3) Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

4) Fundamentals of Fielding (Grounders and Pop-Ups) 5) Properly Covering Bases

NOTE: Coaches should rotate ALL players to ensure each player has an opportunity to experience every position.

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PWGFS 10 & Under Learning Guidelines

1) Basic Equipment – Each player should have a general knowledge of the equipment they use and a firm understanding of using it correctly and safely.

2) Understanding of the Playing Field Layout – Players should be able to indentify 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, home plate, batter’s boxes, pitcher’s circle, infield, outfield, fair territory and foul territory.

3) General Understanding of the Defensive Positions – Players should know the general location of each defensive position.

4) General Understanding of the Concept of the Game – Offensive Skills

1) Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

2) Batter’s Stance

3) Correct Swing of the Bat

4) Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

5) Bunting

6) Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

7) Leading Off

8) Stealing

9) Sliding

10) Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

Defensive Skills

1) Correct Throwing Skills

2) Correct Catching Skills

3) Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

4) Fundamentals of Fielding (Grounders and Pop-Ups)

5) Recognizing and Covering a Bunt

6) Properly Covering Bases / Force Plays / Tag Out Plays / Throw Downs

NOTE: Coaches should rotate players to ensure they experience multiple positions throughout the season. This should be done at the coach’s discretion, keeping in mind safety and confidence of the players. EXAMPLES: 1) If a player is struggling with catching skills, obviously continue to work with her to improve them but, avoid putting her behind the plate or at first where she would constantly be on the spot. 2nd base, 3rd base, and the outfield would work well. 2) If a player is catching well but, having a rough time throwing, she could be alternated at first, second and also the outfield. In both examples, the players get to experience both infield and outfield positions without killing their confidence or discouraging the other players on the team. By continuing to work with the players, you will be promoting their improvement while building their confidence. You can always make adjustments to where they play as they improve.  

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 PWGFS 12 & Under Learning Guidelines

 Continuation of 10U skills with the addition of the following:

Offensive Skills

1) Correct Way of Gripping a Bat

2) Batter’s Stance and Adjusting in the Batter’s Box to the Pitching

3) Correct Swing of the Bat

4) Knowing and Understanding the Strike Zone

5) Directional Bunting

6) Running on Dropped Third Strikes

7) Correct Base Running and Utilizing Base Coaches

8) Leading Off

9) Stealing

10) Delayed Stealing

11) Sliding

12) Diving Back Into Bases

13) Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

Defensive Skills

1) Correct Throwing, Under-Handed Flip Skills and Off-Balance Throws

2) Correct Catching Skills and on the Run Catching

3) Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

4) Fundamentals of Fielding, Back-Hand Plays, Tracking Fly Balls

5) Recognizing and Covering Bunts and Slap Hitters

6) Properly Covering Bases / Force Plays / Tag Out Plays / Pickles / Throw Downs

NOTE: By 12U, most players are beginning to key in on set positions and finding their identities as either infielders or outfielders. Coaches should work towards allowing them to hone specific skills based on their positions but, there will still be opportunities for moving some players around if needed. At this level, outfielders will play a more important role on defense than the younger groups.

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PWGFS 14 & Under, 16 & Under, and 18 & Under Learning Guidelines

Continuation of 12U skills with the addition of the following:

1) Concepts of Base Running (Force Situations, Fly Balls and Tagging Up)

2) Offensive Strategies / Hit and Run / Squeeze Plays

Defensive Skills

1) Correct Throwing, Under-Handed Flip Skills and Off-Balance Throws

2) Correct Catching Skills and on the Run Catching

3) Proper “Ready” Defensive Positions (Infielders / Outfielders)

4) Fundamentals of Fielding, Back-Hand Plays, Tracking Fly Balls

5) Recognizing and Covering Bunts and Slap Hitters

6) Properly Covering Bases / Force Plays / Tag Out Plays / Pickles / Throw Downs 7) Defensive Strategy / Gadget Plays

NOTE: In 14U, 16U, &18U most of the players know the game; they know their positions and are working on the “little things” or details. Coaches should focus on strengthening each player’s individual skills at their position(s) and building team chemistry with the group.



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