Lake Oswego Girls Softball Assocation

League Overview

Important Information:

  • Every player will make a team.
  • Players new to softball and returning maybe assigned to a lower level by the league based on factors what is best for the player. (see Levels of Play below)
  • Spring evaluations will be for Majors and AAA players only used for placement by DRAFT by Coaches to a team
  • Majors & AAA teams draft should be completed by March 23, 2018.
  • Lower level (T-Ball to AAA) will be formed in March after registration closes.
  • T-Ball to AAA placement will based on various factors (player location, player request, Coach request, prior experience).
  • Coaches will be reaching out to their players after teams have been released.
  • All Coaches will be determining practice times and frequency based on their availability AFTER teams have been released.
  • Games will be determined once our Lake Oswego Girls Softball representatives meet with the other District 4 Leagues. The meeting will happen in March and is influenced by Coaches and field availability.
  • Our practices and home games will be played at fields at LO Jr. HS, Lakeridge Jr. 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 year prior.

T-Ball

Ages 5-6 years

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.

Softball - A

Ages 6-8 years (Exceptions: 6s with T-ball experience or 8s new to softball).

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.

Softball - AA

Ages 7-9 years (Exceptions: 10s if new to softball and does not pose a safety issue).

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.

Softball - AAA

Ages 9-11 years

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.

Softball - Majors

Ages 10-12 years (very few 10s play majors level)

Expect approximately 12-20 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