Little League Softball is a Division of Little League, Inc.
Registration for girls softball will open Wednesday March 8, 2017 and run through April 8th. All registration information can be found at www.tricountybaberuthct.org. We encourage early registration as teams will be drafted by April 1st. Girls signed up to play after that date will be assigned to a team.
The Rookies league is an 8U league (grades K-2). This means that any girl who was no older than 8 as of December 31, 2015 is eligible to play in this league. For the most part, this league has been comprised of girls in the K-2 grades, a 3rd grader who was still 8 as of December 31, 2015 is eligible to play in this league.
The Rookie league is an introductory level league offering a very controlled game environment. The goal of the league is to introduce the basic fundamentals of playing softball. Individual and team skills and drills are introduced. The girls do not pitch at this age – the coaches pitch to the girls in all games. All girls bat each inning. There are 10 girls in the field. There are no umpires.
The Minors league is open to girls in grades 3-4 and 5 for those who have never played before.
The Minors league is an intermediate league. While still offering a fairly controlled game environment, some of the more advanced aspects of fast pitch softball are introduced. The game is played with an 11” softball and the girls are introduced to pitching with a minimum distance of 35 feet. More emphasis is placed on individual skills such as throwing, catching, position play and hitting. In the games, the girls pitch. Once a girl throws four walks in an inning, a coach steps in to pitch the balance of the inning. The innings are played to three outs or until the offensive team has batted one time through their order. The girls are moved around defensively so that everyone receives playing time in both the infield and outfield. There are 10 girls in the field. As the season progresses and depending upon the comfort and skill levels of the girls, more advanced concepts such as stealing are introduced to the games. There are umpires for these games.
The Majors league is a 12U league (grades 5-7). This means that any girl who was no older than 12 as of December 31, 2016. For the most part, this league has been comprised of girls in the 6th and 7th grades but is now open to experienced 5th graders, girls who have already played minors for two years already, as well.
The Majors league is an intermediate to advanced league. While still offering a somewhat controlled game environment, more advanced aspects of fast pitch softball are introduced. The game is played with a 12” softball. All of the games are girl pitch – there is no coach pitching. The minimum pitching distance is 40 feet but instruction is only offered at 43 feet as middle school and high school distances are now 43 feet.
Continued emphasis is placed on individual skills such as throwing, catching, position play and hitting. However, as the games have fewer limits on rules, the competition aspect is also emphasized. For example, position play is based more on ability than equal distribution. While all girls will receive playing time in the infield and outfield for all games, skill positions such as pitcher and catcher will be based on player ability and not a strict rotation system. A higher level of play is introduced as the season progresses to prepare the girls for Middle School.
There are at least one and usually two umpires for these games. There are three outs in an inning. Prior to season games beginning, the coaches from all teams get together and collectively decide on limits for things such as number of steals per inning, use of the dropped third strike rule, maximum batters or runs scored per inning, maximum innings for any pitcher in a single game, etc. In this way, the game level can be adjusted for skill level of the girls and still provide for a fun and exciting environment.
New for 2017 - this league will be open to girls in the 7th and 8th grades provided they were no older than 14 as of December 31, 2016. This is the most advanced of our Spring rec leagues and is played using middle school and high school rules. While all girls receive equal playing time, position play is based on skill levels and the coaches discretion.
Practices and Games:
Practice and game schedules are done in late March / early April after the team drafts have been conducted. Some of the schedules depend on the availability of field time while other schedules may be determined by the availability of the coaches for the various teams / leagues. If you have specific conflicts with certain days please note on the registration or contact the directors.
Special Note For Girls in 7th/8th Grade and RHAM Middle School Team
This year our Juniors and Majors Rec. programs are open to all girls in 7th and 8th grades.
We understand that some girls will be trying out and/or playing for the RHAM Middle School team. As such, they may be unsure about participating in the Tri County this Spring. Girls playing on the middle school team are permitted to also play in rec. programs such as Tri County For the past few years, making the middle school team has also been fairly competitive in that many try out and there are obviously limited spaces available. In addition, the scholastic season ends before Memorial Day but the rec programs run through the end of school in June.
In the past some parents have not signed their daughter up for rec. and then approach us after their daughter doesn't make the middle school team. We have always tried to accommodate those parents and still will. However, this season we recommend that if you want to make sure that your daughter will have a place to play softball this Spring to sign up for Tri County. You can hold off on making payment until after the Middle school team tryouts have been completed. This will allow parents of girls who make the middle school team to decide if they want to have their daughters play both and will also make sure that the girls who don't make the middle school team will have a place to play in Tri County.
Thank you for your participation in the Tri-county softball program. We are looking forward to a great 2017 season!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Ellen Clifford –
Sean Hagearty -