Lake Oswego Girls Softball Little League

League Overview

Important Information

  • Every player will make a team
  • New and/or returning players may be assigned to a different level by the league based on player skill or safety factors (see "Levels of Play" below)
  • Spring evaluations will be for all AAA, Majors and Juniors players, and will be used by coaches for team placement (evaluation date TBD and will be formally announced)
  • T-Ball, A and AA teams will be formed in early-March after registration and are dependent on total registrations received; these teams are formed based on various factors, e.g., player's school and neighborhood, coach request, prior experience
  • Coaches will reach out to parents' players AFTER teams have been formed and will determine practice times and frequency
  • Game schedules will be determined once our Lake Oswego Girls Softball representatives meet with the other District 4 Little Leagues; the meeting will happen in March and is influenced by coaches and field availability
  • Practices and home games will be played at Lake Oswego Jr. High, Lakeridge Jr. High, Lakeridge HS or Lake Grove Elementary School - see Field Info & Locations for more details

Levels of Play Overview

"Little League Age" based on player's age on December 31, 2018 (see Little League Age Calculator to confirm)

T-BALL

Target age: 5-6 years (typically grades K-1)

Usually starts with hitting from tee, then may move to coach pitching. Expect 8-10 games for the season. No score is kept and the emphasis is on having fun. Teams bat through the line-up, and we try to get teams off the field after 3 innings. T-ball is a complex and at times slow game, so we encourage the managers to keep it moving. The focus is on introducing kids to the sport, and getting them interested in activities associated with the game so that they want to continue with baseball/softball next year.

A LEVEL

Target age: 6-8 years (typically grades 1-2)

6-year-olds with T-ball experience or 8-year-olds new to softball.

Exceptions: 5-year-olds must have 1 year of t-ball experience.

Expect about 12-15 games per season. Coaches will pitch using a safety ball. Some kids will use a tee at the beginning of the season then phase to no tee by the end of the year. Single A is recommended for players who have a basic understanding and proficiency of the game and/or have completed 1 year of T-ball. Fundamentals are a focal point at this level as well as getting the kids to swing aggressively at the ball. Coaches will focus on identifying bases and positions.They will teach to run from, through and around bases. Players will learn how to catch a ball without dropping, throw with accuracy and knowledge to where to throw the ball, field a slowly hit/thrown ground ball, how to bat the line up and understand what an out is and how to get it.

AA LEVEL

Target age: 8-9 years (typically grades 3-4)

8-year-olds with playing experience up to 9 year-olds with no experience.

Exceptions: highly-skilled 7-year-olds or 10-year-olds that are new to softball and do not pose a safety risk.

Expect approximately 12-15 games for the season. There is both player pitch and machine pitch with a real softball. Player should be able to put the ball into play at least 50% of the time off the machine at the beginning of the season. Player should be able to put the ball in play or get walked at least 50% of "at bats" off kid pitch by the end of the season. Player should have knowledge of how to stay in the box and the batting stance. The coaching emphasis on the mechanics of fielding, throwing and hitting will continue. Kids should know how to catch a pop up, back up bases, field harder hit ground balls and move to the proper throwing position. Players should have an understanding of defensive positions and how all the positions work. Knowledge of base running skills - leading off, rounding bases, stealing, sliding, over throws and advancing one base should be covered. Players should be able to make reasonable throws from SS/2nd to 1st with reasonable accuracy and throw the full 60' between bases. Pitchers need to have the proper delivery techniques and mechanics - not so much emphasis on speed. Catchers should focus on position and safety.

AAA LEVEL

Target age: 9-11 years (typically grades 4-5)

Exceptions: occasional 8-year-olds with advanced skills; 12 year-olds may play at this level if not drafted to a Majors team.

Players pitch the entire season. You can expect approximately 12-18 games for the season. Players have good working knowledge of the game and are beginning to really hone their skills, both in the field and at the plate.

Players at this level are required to attend an evaluation for drafting teams.Players at this level are required to attend an evaluation for drafting teams. Fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting fundamentals will be evaluated to determine if the player has the skills to be successful at the AAA level.

MAJORS

Target age: 11-12 years (typically grades 6-7)

Exceptions: rarely, some highly-skilled 10 year-olds.

Expect approximately 12-18 games for the season. Players at this level are required to attend an evaluation for drafting teams. Fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting fundamentals will be evaluated to determine if the player has the skills to be successful at the Majors level.

JUNIORS

Target age: 13-14 years (typically grades 8-9)

Expect approximately 12-18 games for the season. Players at this level are required to attend an evaluation for drafting teams. Fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting fundamentals will be evaluated to determine if the player has the skills to be successful at the Juniors level.