Welcome to Madison Little League’s Girls Minors Softball Division! The following information is intended to give players and parents an overview of this division. Please feel free to e-mail Girls Minors Commissioner Janis Goodrich (
) or Girls Vice President Mike Toohey (
) if you have any questions.
Madison Little League’s Girls Minors program is designed for Girls ages 9, 10, and 11 (age as of December 31, 2013). Please note that the age cutoffs for softball are different compared to baseball.
In addition, any girl who is 8 years old as of December 31, 2013 who has played two years of Pee Wee softball is eligible to attend our Minors player evaluations and MAY be allowed to play in the Minors with parental approval under the following circumstances:
- Player attends Minors evaluations on the weekend of March 1, 2014 and demonstrates that she has the skill set to play at the AAA Minors level.
- Space is available based on registration numbers (each team will ideally have 12 players).
ALL age eligible 9 & 10 year old girls will play in the AAA Minors regardless of their skill level. All Minors candidates MUST attend a mandatory evaluation session March 1, 2014 to judge their ability level.
The parent of any 8 year old with two years of A Minors experience that is interested in attending the player evaluation should contact AAA Minors Commissioner Janis Goodrich or Girls Vice President Mike Toohey (contact info below) by February 25 to secure a place at the evaluations.
*Please mark your calendar with the March 1, 2014 evaluation dates*
Additional information regarding the evaluations will be posted shortly.
Please note that Girls Minors (and Majors) teams are formed through a draft and the evaluation data assists coaches that are not familiar with all of the girls. Our objective is to ensure as much parity between our teams as possible and, as a result, the league cannot honor any special requests regarding the team a player is placed on.
Girls playing in the Minors will experience “kid pitch” for the first time. The rules and the competition are more relaxed than in the Majors but the emphasis is on learning the game at a higher level than in A Minors softball. Each player will need her own glove and the league will provide bats, batting helmets, and catchers equipment. Players are also free to use their own bats and rubber cleats and sliding pads are recommended for players. The league will also provide each player with a uniform consisting of a jersey and shorts or pants. Starting in 2013, MLL will only continue to supply helmets as long as the existing inventory of helmets lasts. If you will be purchasing a helmet for your daughter, please select one with a facemask. It’s always a good idea for a player to have their own helmet to ensure a good fit as well as for hygiene reasons. We also recommend that you consider getting your daughter a fielding face mask, particularly if she will play in the infield.
Madison typically plays in a league with teams from area towns (The Annex, East Haven, Guilford, Clinton, and North Branford participated last year) and travel to these, and possibly other local towns, may be required. Each team will typically play two games (one weekday game and one Saturday game) per week. In addition to regular season games, each Girls team will participate in single elimination playoffs to conclude the Minors season.
If you have any questions or are interested in coaching your daughter, please contact the commissioner. Prospective coaches are required to submit a volunteer form and undergo a background check.