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Richmond Little League

Softball Divisions

Beginning in Spring 2017, Richmond Little League began offering Softball to girls who live or attend a school in our Richmond City boundaries. Our growing softball program offers the opportunity for girls to play Tee Ball (ages 4-6), Coach Pitch (ages 7&8), Minors Player-Pitch (ages 9&10), Majors (ages 11&12) or Juniors/Seniors (ages 13-16).

Fall  Season Overview:
Softball teams will begin playing after Labor Day and runs through the end of October.

The season has a more instructional focus. Teams typically practice once during the week (day and time TBD close to the start of the season) and play games on Saturdays.   RLL provides game t-shirts and visors to players.  
 
Equipment Requirements
Players provide glove, batting helmet, cleats, and white/gray game pants.  Individual batting helmets with a face-shield are required for all levels of play except tee ball.
 
RLL provides a game jersey and visor. 
 
Softball Divisions
“League Age” for girls is determined by the age they are as of January 1. Please check LL 2023 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.  
 
Coach 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 a pitch from a coach.  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 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.
 
Juniors/Seniors - League Ages 13-16
The focus of this division is on player development and having fun, while also in a more competitive environment. The pitching distance is 43 feet, and the teams play with an 12-inch ball.  Umpires are hired for games and score is kept.

Spring Season Overview:
Softball teams will begin play around the middle of March and play through the end of May or early June.  

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).  Please note, softball teams share the fields with the machine-pitch baseball teams, so we do not begin to work on a practice or game schedule until after registration closes, once we know how many total teams as well as who will be the coaches of those teams.  Additionally. team formation at all levels of play depend upon registration numbers - in order to field a team at any given level, we need at least 10-12 girls and parents willing to manage and coach.

Contact Vice President of Softball, Autumn Harbour ([email protected]), with questions or for more information.