About LMLL’s Softball Minors Division
Note: Age ranges for this division are from birthdays on/before Dec 2011 up to Jan 2010. Any player can play up or down a division.
The Softball Minors Division is an instructional, competitive softball season for players in 3rd and 4th grade.
Who can play? Softball Minors is available for girls who were currently in 3rd and 4th grade. 2nd graders can "play up", and 5th graders can "play down" upon parental request and approval of the league commissioner. Players of all abilities are welcome.
How are players assigned to teams? Softball Minors division players are urged to participate in a pre-season evaluation, on a date in early to mid-March as scheduled by the League. This is not a tryout, everyone is placed on a team. Once a player is evaluated, they are then assigned to teams based on a coaches draft system immediately after the evaluations. The draft system is designed to yield teams of similar overall ability.
When will I learn what team my player will be on? Parents will be contacted (via email) by the player’s head coach by the third week in March, who will provide field schedule information, team name and other players on it, and any additional logistical information. Please be sure we have your preferred email address when you register online.
When are games and practices? PREMLINARY game and practice schedules are loaded on LMLL.org. Teams will typically play 12 games per season, plus perhaps playoffs. There will be one to two games per week, typically on Saturdays depending on weather. Times vary from week to week; the game schedule is finalized in March, and will be posted under the Schedule tab at the top of the LMLL home page. There are practices (at most one team practice per week) usually on a weekday evening. The season starts in April and runs until the end of the (LMSD) school year in mid-June.
Where are games and practices? Softball Minors division games and practices are held at different fields in Lower Merion Township; locations vary and will be finalized with team schedules in March. Directions and locations of all baseball fields are provided at the Field Locations link on the tabs at left. A detailed schedule will also be emailed by your player’s team coach before the season starts in April.
What do you do in practices? Coaches develop and reinforce the major softball fundamentals, and begin teaching team strategy. Fundamentals include: proper throwing mechanics, batting stance and hitting, fielding skills, catching, proper pitching and base running. We emphasize having fun together as a team, learning positive sportsmanship, and developing player's confidence in their athletic abilities.
How do games work?
- Softball Minors division is kid pitch
- Games are six innings
- Half-innings end after 3 outs, or a maximum of 6 runs scored in the inning
- Official score is kept
- There are playoffs
What do we need to bring? Players need: (1) a softball glove, (2) water bottle, (3) team uniform. The team uniform (jersey, pants, socks and visor) will be provided by LMLL and will be distributed to players prior to the first game of the season. Do not wear shorts -- players in this division are taught to slide into the base on close plays. We strongly recommend players wear baseball cleats, but sneakers are acceptable. Players are encouraged to bring their own favorite baseball bats, but the team will also provide bats.
What about drop offs? At this age group, each player must have a parent (or other responsible adult, e.g., grandparent, nanny, guardian, etc.) present for the duration of the practice and game.
Do we need to be township residents? Lower Merion Little League is limited to residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth.
Where can I find additional information? We have a Frequently Asked Questions page about our Spring Season softball programs, on the tabs at left. In addition, general inquires may be directed to the league at LMLLemail@aol.com. Minors Division inquiries may be directed to the Softball Minors Division Commissioner, whose name and email address are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.