CHESTER MENDHAM LITTLE LEAGUE
SOFTBALL DIVISION RULES
Chester / Mendham Little League Softball is happy to offer a Farm Division for girls from Pre K to 2nd grade (2nd grade girls can also play Minors). This division is aimed at introducing and advancing softball fundamentals in a non-competitive environment. Farm uses a “Soft” softball. Scores are not kept, but sides change after three outs. Coach pitching is usually done, but players may hit off tees if needed and players may pitch as the year progresses. The Farm team will play games most games in-town and some with other towns.
The Minors softball league is comprised of girls in 3rd and 4th garde and 2nd graders who opt to play at this level. The Minors softball program offers further player development under structured, game conditions. Players pitch regulation 11 inch softballs. Kids usually pitch, but in some scenarios the coaches pitch after four balls. Batters/runners are called safe or out, and scores for games are kept. Though standings are kept, the primary focus throughout the Minors' regular season is on players' understanding of the game and development toward their own potential. A short playoff tournament may follow the regular season. Minors will play games games in-town and with other towns . Pitching distance is 35 feet.
The Majors softball league is comprised of players in grades 5th and 6th grade. Players learn and develop the more advanced techniques and strategies of the game, allowing them to experience inter-town recreation level play and prepare for play at advanced levels if desired. At this competitive level, a players playing time is up to the coach's discretion, but equal playing time is the recommendation. A short playoff and/or league tournament may follow the regular season. Players pitch and 12 inch regulation softballs are used. Pitching distance is 40 feet
The Juniors softball league is comprised of players in grades 7th and 8th grade with 9th graders who fit league age criteria. Players learn and develop techniques and strategies to prepare them for high school play. Play is often part of inter-town recreation programs that have the same level of play. At this competitive level, a players playing time is up to the coach's discretion. A short playoff tournament and/or league tournament may follow the regular season. . Players pitch and 12 inch regulation softballs are used. Pitching distance is 43 feet