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MINORS, SOFTBALL

Minors softball in Little League typically refers to the division for slightly older players, often in the 9 to 11 year old age range. This level serves as an intermediate stage between coach pitch softball and more competitive levels of play.

Minors Softball with CBSL:

  • Practices and games will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 
  • First practice is scheduled for March 25, 2024.
  • First game is scheduled for April 20, 2024.
  • We have 13 practices and 15 games scheduled for this age group. 
  • Teams will be made to be a fair as possible, based on age, experience and performance at Evaluations. 
  • Evaluation Day will be on Saturday, March 16th from 8am - 1pm at Max Effort Fieldhouse.
  • General Inter League play will go through the end of June, and District play will go through end of July.
  • All Star team opportunities, including try outs, nominations and play will be available in June as well.
  • Several team helmets, bats and balls will be provided. As well as your players jersey and visor.
  • Parents will need to provide gloves, plastic cleats, black softball pants, and a water bottle. 


Here's a general description of minors softball in Little League:

  • Player Pitching: Unlike coach pitch softball, players in the minors division take on the responsibility of pitching. This introduces young pitchers to the mechanics and techniques of throwing the ball underhand.

  • Modified Rules: While the basic rules of softball are followed, there may be some modifications to suit the skill level of the players. For example, there may be limits on the number of innings a pitcher can throw in a game to ensure fairness and prevent overuse.

  • Base Paths and Field Dimensions: The base paths and field dimensions are typically in accordance with standard softball regulations, but they might be adjusted slightly to accommodate the age and skill level of the players.

  • Batting Order: Teams have a batting order, and players take turns hitting in that order. Coaches often rotate players to different positions to give them exposure to various aspects of the game.

  • Umpires: Games may have official umpires who enforce the rules and make calls on the field. This adds a level of officiating that is more structured than in coach pitch softball.

  • Base Running and Stealing: Players learn more advanced base running skills, including the possibility of stealing bases. This introduces strategic elements to the game and encourages players to develop a better understanding of the sport.  As said, players can steal bases, with the exception of stealing home.

  • Scoring: Games are scored, and teams compete with the goal of winning. This introduces players to the competitive aspects of the game while still maintaining an emphasis on skill development and sportsmanship.

  • Skill Development: Coaches continue to focus on individual skill development, helping players refine their abilities in hitting, fielding, throwing, and pitching. The emphasis is on building a solid foundation for more advanced play in the future.

  • Teamwork and Sportsmanship: Minors softball places an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and good sportsmanship. Players are encouraged to support their teammates, respect opponents, and play with integrity.

  • Preparation for Majors Division: The minors division serves as a stepping stone for players who may eventually progress to the Majors division, where the game becomes more competitive, and players further hone their skills.

Overall, minors softball in Little League provides a more challenging and competitive environment for young players, helping them transition from the introductory stages of the sport to more advanced levels of play.

MAJORS, SOFTBALL

Majors softball in Little League is typically the highest level of play within the Little League organization for softball players. This division is often comprised of players aged 10 to 12 years old. Majors softball represents a more advanced and competitive stage of the game, building upon the skills developed in the coach pitch and minors divisions. There will be an evaluation to determine whether your child should be in Majors or Minors. 

Girls Majors with CBSL:

  • Practices and games will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 
  • First practice is scheduled for March 25, 2024.
  • First game is scheduled for April 20, 2024.
  • We have 13 practices and 15 games scheduled for this age group. 
  • Teams will be made to be a fair as possible, based on age, experience and performance at Evaluations. 
  • Evaluation Day will be on Saturday, March 16th from 8am - 1pm at Max Effort Fieldhouse.
  • General Inter League play will go through the end of June, and District play will go through end of July.
  • All Star team opportunities, including try outs, nominations and play will be available in June as well.
  • Several team helmets, bats and balls will be provided. As well as your players jersey and hat.
  • Parents will need to provide gloves, plastic cleats, black softball pants, and a water bottle. 

Here's a general description of Majors softball in Little League:

  • Player Pitching: In Majors softball, players pitch to their opponents. This adds a new level of skill and strategy to the game as pitchers work to throw strikes and batters focus on hitting more challenging pitches.

  • Full Softball Rules: Majors softball follows standard softball rules and regulations, including full game durations (no time limit), field dimensions, and base distances. This prepares players for more advanced levels of play.

  • Position Specialization: Players often specialize in specific positions based on their individual skills and strengths. Positions include infielders (such as shortstop, second base, and first base), outfielders, pitchers, and catchers.

  • Competitive Play: The emphasis in Majors softball is on competitive play. Teams compete for victories, and there may be league standings and playoffs to determine a champion.

  • Umpires: Official umpires are typically present at Majors softball games, ensuring fair and consistent enforcement of the rules. This adds a level of officiating that is more structured than in lower divisions.

  • Advanced Skills Development: Coaches continue to focus on advanced skill development, refining techniques in hitting, pitching, fielding, and base running. Players are encouraged to improve their game in preparation for more advanced levels of competition.

  • Strategic Elements: Majors softball introduces more strategic elements to the game, including defensive shifts, pitch selection, and situational plays. Coaches and players work together to understand and execute these strategies.

  • Base Running Tactics: Players develop a deeper understanding of base running tactics, including stealing bases, reading the pitcher's movements, and reacting to various game situations.  Players should be sliding on any close play, run on a drop third pitch and are able to steal home.  Players can also lead off when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. 

  • Team Dynamics: Teamwork becomes even more crucial at the Majors level. Players learn to communicate effectively on the field, support their teammates, and execute plays as a cohesive unit.

  • Preparation for Higher Levels: Majors softball serves as a crucial stage in a player's development, preparing them for higher levels of competition in softball, including travel teams, high school softball, and beyond.

Overall, Majors softball in Little League represents the culmination of a player's early development in the sport, combining advanced skills, competitive play, and a greater emphasis on teamwork and strategy. It serves as a bridge to higher levels of softball competition as players continue to progress in their athletic journeys.

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Caledonia Michigan Baseball Softball Little League

PO Box 422 
Caledonia, Michigan 49316

Email: [email protected]

Caledonia Michigan Baseball Softball Little League

PO Box 422 
Caledonia, Michigan 49316

Email: [email protected]
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