Softball - Which Division Should I Choose?

Which Division should I Choose?

This information is intended to help players and their families decide at which level a player should be placed in the SVLL baseball program. On the boundaries of the levels there is no specific requirement which causes the player to be placed on one side or the other. The league considers three primary factors:

  • The player is at a level at which he or she is optimally safe
  • The player is at a level where he or she will have fun
  • The player is at a level where his or her skills will be advanced

Playing Age and Divisions:

When registering your softball player for the spring 2017 season, you will be asked to choose a level of play for her. But what level? The place to start is the age categories for each group.

The divisions in the Sky Valley Little League are as follows:

Softball Division Eligible Ages Tryouts Interleague Schedule
Rookie 6, 7, 8 No Yes
AAA 9, 10, 11 Yes Yes
Majors 10, 11, 12 Yes Yes
Juniors 12, 13, 14 Yes Yes
Seniors 14, 15, 16 Yes Yes

IMPORTANT: If a child does not participate in the tryouts, she will be placed in the lowest division she is age qualified for. Age 9, 10 or 11 - AAA. Age 12 - Majors

Washington District 1 completes interleague schedules and are released mid-March for Majors and above. AAA and Rookie are available the latter part of March.

Softball Division Descriptions:

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.

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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