Fastpich Divisions

Please use the definitions below as a guide to help choose the best division for your player. The age references below are based on Little League age. Your players Little League age is the age of your player on December 31, 2013 (Age Chart).

The #1 goal of FMELL is placing your player in the division best suited to skill level, regardless of age.


 
Minor B - Machine Pitch

Minor B Softball (Introduction to Softball) is for Girls ages 7-9* (girls aged 6 may play if advancing from Tee-Ball). Players hit a 10" softball from a pitching machine operated by their Coach. Teams play against other area Little League teams (12-14 games). No scores or standings are kept, and no umpire. Players get a jersey, visor, and socks to keep and are asked to wear cleats and to have a mitt. This level's focus is on developing basic fundamental skills and play awareness. No assessment is required.

 
MInor A - Introduction to Kid Pitch

Minor A Softball (Intermediate softball) is for girls ages 9-11*, who are ready to play kid-pitch softball. Play is with an 11" softball pitched from 35' by the opposing team's pitcher. Teams play against other area Little League teams (14-16 games). Scores are kept, and games are umpired by volunteer umpires. Players receive a jersey, visor, and socks to keep. Players must wear softball pants, belt, cleats, and have a mitt. A personal helmet is recommended. This level's focus is on refinement of fundamental skills, the addition of player pitching and play awareness. Assessment is required.

 
Majors - Introduction to Competitive Fastpitch

Majors Softball (Introduction to Competitive Softball) is for girls aged 10-12*. Play is with a 12" softball pitched from 40' by the opposing team's pitcher. Teams play against other area Little League teams (16-18 games). Scores and standings are kept, and games are umpired by volunteer umpires. Players receive a jersey, visor, and socks to keep. Players must wear softball pants, belt, cleats, and have a mitt. A personal helmet is recommended. This level's focus is on the execution of advanced plays and is a competitive level of play. Assessment is required and teams are established by a draft.

 
Junior - Competive Fastpitch

Juniors Softball is for girls aged 13 and 14*. Play is with a 12" softball pitched from 43'. Teams play against other area Little League teams with occasional out of area games (20-25 games). Scores and standings are kept, and games are umpired by volunteer umpires. High school players are encouraged to play Little League as well, for playing time. Players receive a jersey, visor, and socks to keep. Players must wear softball pants, belt, cleats, and have a mitt. A personal helmet is recommended. This level's focus is on the execution of advanced plays and is a highly competitive level of play. Assessment is required and teams are established by a draft.