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Minor League Softball for Boys

Boys Minor League Softball programs may be operated within each division for younger players with less experience.

The minor league may roster players ages 7-11. Divisions may be established within the Boys Minor League Softball for "machine-pitch," "coach-pitch" or "player-pitch." By local option, a player who is league-age 6 (as of April 30) for the current season and has played a year in Boys Tee Ball Softball may be "moved up" to a coach pitch division.

A local league might have its 7-8-year-olds in the Boys Minor League Softball Coach-Pitch Division, while its 9-10-year-olds are in the Boys Minor League Softball Player-Pitch Division. However, by local option, some of the 9-year-olds could "play down" in the coach pitch division, and some of the 8-year-olds could "play up." This is entirely the choice of the local league board of directors.

Rosters may be composed of between 12 and 20 players, but most leagues have rosters in the 12-15 range. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 35 feet.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this instructional/developmental level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league. 

For more information on Little League's divisions of baseball and softball, contact the League Development Department, at 570-326-1921; or email: LLInternational@LittleLeague.org