Softball teams will begin practicing in mid-March, after a group practice to allow for player assessment and then a draft. Teams typically practice once during the week (day and time TBD close to the start of the season) and on Saturdays until games begin in mid-April. Once games begin, teams usually play once during the week (days and times vary) and once on Saturday (times vary).
RLL provides a game jersey, socks, and visor/hat. Players provide glove, cleats, and white game pants. Individual batting helmets with a face-shield are not required but are encouraged.
Team formation will depend upon registration numbers ... in order to field a team at any given level, we need at least 12 girls and parents willing to manage and coach.
“League Age” for girls is determined by the age they are as of January 1. Please check LL Age Chart
to determine your player’s “league age”.
Tee Ball/Coach Pitch - League Ages 4 - 6
This division is designed to introduce young players to the basics of the game and teach the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and fielding while having fun. Batters will hit off of a tee, or they may have an opportunity to hit a coach-tossed underhand pitch. We do not use umpires or keep score at this level.
Machine Pitch - League Ages 7 & 8
The goal of this division is to have fun while also continuing to focus on the proper fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, base-running and fielding. Batters get up to 5 chances to hit off the pitching machine, which is operated by a coach. The pitching distance is 35 feet, and the teams play with an 11-inch ball. Volunteer coaches umpire the games and score is kept.
Minors (Player Pitch) - League Ages 9 & 10
This division introduces player pitch to the game. With a continued focus on having fun, the players continue to work on player and game fundamentals. The pitching distance is 35 feet, and the teams play with an 11-inch ball. Umpires are hired for games and score is kept.
Majors - League Ages 11 & 12
The focus of this division is still on player development and having fun, but in a slightly more competitive environment. The pitching distance is 40 feet, and the teams play with an 12-inch ball. Umpires are hired for games and score is kept.