Softball Divisions

Rookie (Ages 6, 7, 8)
In the Rookie division, a rubber coated ball is pitched by a machine or a safety ball is pitched by one of the offensive coaches. Innings are 3 outs or 5 runs - whichever comes first. Defensively, nine players take the field, including a catcher in full gear and fielder in the mound area. On offense, all players bat in a continuous batting order. The Rookie division is played on 60' bases.

If your child is 6, can hit a machine pitched ball consistently, and can catch a thrown ball every now and then she is ready to play Rookie. If your daughter has not had a year of T-ball and is league age 6, we recommend she plays T-ball before moving up to Rookie.

Players at this level are typically grouped by school and / or buddy requests as often as possible.

Farm (Ages 8, 9)
The Farm division is new for 2018. The purpose of the Farm division is to provide an introduction to real softball. It is meant for players who are ready to move past coach pitch, but may not be ready to play against 10 & 11 year old players in the AAA division.

The rules of the division are modified to fit the age group and ensure games move at a good pace. Players will pitch, but there are no walks (coaches will finish up the at-bat after four balls). 11" softballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept. Players are placed on a team through an evaluation and draft process. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

If your 8-year old can hit a pitched ball and can throw and catch consistently, then she may be ready for the Farm division. If your 9-year old played Rookies last year as an 8-year old, the Farm division is the best spot for them. Ultimately, coaches will determine through the draft process which players play in this division.

AAA (Ages 9, 10, 11)
In the AAA division, 11" softballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept (for intraleague games), and if possible, there is a post-season tournament. The AAA division is played on 60' bases and 35' pitching rubber. Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division. If there are not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, district-wide "interleague" play is expected during the regular season. If your daughter is 10 or 11 and has not played softball previously, we recommend she stays in the AAA division.

Majors (Ages 10, 11, 12)
If your 10 year old has already played a year at the AAA division, she potentially could be ready for Majors. Ultimately, the draft will determine which players play in this division. In the Majors division, 12" softballs are used, league scheduled umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and all teams are eligible to participate in post-season tournaments organized by District One. Players bat in a standard 9-batter order. The Majors division is played on 60' bases and 40' for pitching rubber. Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. If there are not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, district-wide interleague play is expected during the regular season.

Players who are league age 12 MUST play in the Majors division, unless they are moving up to Juniors.

A 12 year old who has played one year in the Majors division may tryout for the Juniors Division.

Juniors (Ages 12, 13, 14)
The Juniors division is played with 43'/60' for pitching and bases. 12" Little League approved softballs are used, league-scheduled umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a district wide post-season tournament. There are typically not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, so district-wide interleague play is expected during the regular season. In the occasion there are not enough players to field a complete team, SVLL may need to partner up with another local league to field a team. For example, if Sky Valley has 5 girls and Snohomish has 7, the two leagues can join to make a combined team. The goal is to have enough participation to field SVLL only teams.

Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process if more than one team is formed in this division.

A 14-year old who has played a season at the Juniors division may try out for the Seniors division.

Seniors (Ages 14, 15, 16)
The Seniors division is played with 43'/60' for pitching and bases. 12" Little League approved softballs are used, league-scheduled umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a district-wide post-season tournament. There are typically not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, so district-wide interleague play is expected during the regular season.

If there are enough players to form more than one team, players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. In the occasion there are not enough players to field a complete team, SVLL may need to partner up with another local league to field a team. For example, if Sky Valley has 5 girls and Snohomish has 7, the two leagues can join to make a combined team. The goal is to have enough participation to field SVLL only teams.

Players who are league age 14 and have played a season at the Juniors division may tryout for the Seniors division. Ultimately, coaches will determine through the draft process which players play in this division.

 
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