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Softball - Divisions of Play
Below is a breakdown of each Softball Division.

Tee Ball

  • Ages: 4-5 years old (Local option to include for 6- and/or 7-year-olds)
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths (League option: 50-foot base paths).
  • Primary goals are to instruct children in the fundamentals of softball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork.
  • Players hit a ball off a batting tee. Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching. No live pitching is permitted.
  • No minimum or maximum composition for Tee Ball rosters. Some leagues have found success with smaller roster sizes so players stay engaged.

Minor League

  • Ages: 7-11 years old
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths; a 35 foot pitching distance.
  • Option to operate with multiple divisions based on age and/or ability. Divisions may include:
    • "Machine Pitch"
    • "Coach Pitch"
    • "Player Pitch"
  • Local option: a player who is league age 6 for the current season and has played a year in Tee Ball is eligible for the Coach Pitch or Machine Pitch Minor divisions. League age 12-year-olds may participate in the Minor Division under certain circumstances.
  • A local league might organize its 7-8-year-olds in the Coach Pitch Division and its 9-10-year-olds in the 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.
  • There is no minimum or maximum composition for rosters, but most leagues have rosters in the 8-12 range. Competitive divisions of Minor League Softball may only use nine players on defense.
  • Season culminates with the 9-10 and 10-11 Tournament which advances to the State level or Regional Invitational. Tournament Team (or All-Stars) may be selected from age appropriate and eligible Minor or Little League players.

Little League® (Major Division)

  • Ages: 9-12 years old
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths; 40 foot pitching distance.
  • Local options: A local league may choose to limit its Major Division to 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds, or 11-12-year-olds. Leagues may also dual-roster 12-year-olds, assessed capable, to a Major and a Junior division softball teams.
  • Tournament Team (or "All Stars") may be selected from eligible 11-12-year-olds within this division and enter the International Tournament.
  • Culminates at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., featuring 10 teams from around the globe. All expenses for teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Junior Division

  • Ages: 12-14 years old
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths; 43 foot pitching distance
  • Local league may dual-roster 12-year-olds, assessed capable, to participate on a Major and a Junior division softball teams.
  • Tournament Team (or All-Stars) selected from eligible 12-14 year-olds within the Junior League, Senior League and Big League divisions.
  • Culminates at the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., featuring 10 teams from around the globe. All expenses for teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Senior Division

  • Ages: 13-16 years old
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths; 43 foot pitching distance
  • Division may utilize a district boundary and be operated by the district staff or remain under the local league charter.
  • Tournament Team (or All-Stars) may be selected from eligible 13-16 year-olds within the Senior League, Big League or Junior League divisions.
  • Culminates at the Senior League Softball World Series in Lower Sussex, Del., featuring 10 teams from around the globe. All expenses for teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Big League

  • Ages: 14-18 years old
  • Field Specs: 60-foot base paths; 43 foot pitching distance
  • Division may utilize a district boundary and be operated by the district staff or remain under the local league charter.
  • Tournament Team (or All-Stars) may be selected from eligible 14-18 year-olds within the Big League, Senior League or Junior League divisions.
  • Culminates at the Big League Softball World Series in Lower Sussex, Del., featuring 10 teams from around the globe. All expenses for teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.
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