Softball Divisions

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U10 (8-10 yrs)

Refine fundamental movement skills early in stage and develop fundamental softball skills later in stage all within a safe softball environment that promotes self-confidence, participation, and fun. • Introduce simple tactics and strategies systematically in training that will be applied in modified games. • Introduce general physical fitness training and mental skills training later in stage.  

Modifications: pitching from 30 feet; base paths are 45 feet; 11-inch ball

Requirements: pitchers must wear defensive face mask; helmets must have a  cage

In South Vancouver Island, this age division league games are set for Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

See the Lakehill Competitive Fair Play document for information on skill streams, practices/games (frequency, duration), and positional play.

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U12 (11 & 12 yrs)

Consolidate fundamental softball skills and introduce more advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies. • Optimize the skill set and build on competitive experiences. • Develop overall general physical fitness and general mental skills. • Introduce softball-specific mental skills and learn to cope with the mental and physical challenges of competition.

Modifications: pitching from 35 feet; base paths are 55 feet; 11-inch ball

Requirements: pitchers must wear defensive face mask; helmets must have a cage

See the Lakehill Competitive Fair Play document for information on skill streams, practices/games (frequency, duration), and positional play.

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U14 (13 & 14 yrs)

Further consolidate fundamental softball skills and simple tactics/ strategies and develop more advanced softball skills and tactics/ strategies. • Further develop overall general physical fitness, general mental skills and introduce softball-specific mental skills. • Focus on transferring the performance of skills developed in training into the competitive environment with a greater focus on optimal team performance

Modifications: pitching from 38 feet;

Regulation: base paths are regulation 60 feet; regulation 12-inch ball

Requirements: pitchers are recommended to wear defensive face mask; helmets must have a cage

See the Lakehill Competitive Fair Play document for information on skill streams, practices/games (frequency, duration), and positional play.

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U16 (15 & 16 yrs)

Refine fundamental softball skills and further develop advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies • Refine general mental skills and further develop softball-specific mental skills • Further develop general physical fitness and introduce softball-specific physical fitness • Focus on the preparation for optimal performance in competition

Modifications: pitching from 40 feet;

Regulation: base paths are regulation 60 feet; regulation 12-inch ball

Requirements: pitchers are recommended to wear defensive face mask; helmets must have a cage

See the Lakehill Competitive Fair Play document for information on skill streams, practices/games (frequency, duration), and positional play.

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U19 (17-19 yrs)

Refine advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies. • Develop softball-specific and position-specific physical fitness. • Refine softball-specific mental skills. • Focus on maximizing performance in competition

Pitching distance is 40 feet for U19C and 43 feet for U19B

See the Lakehill Competitive Fair Play document for information on skill streams, practices/games (frequency, duration), and positional play.

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Junior / Senior Women's (over 19 yrs)

Refine advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies. • Develop softball-specific and position-specific physical fitness. • Further develop softball-specific mental skills. • Focus on maximizing performance in competition.

Our Women’s team plays under the Guiding Principles for Competitive Softball • Cooperation between players, synchronization, and increased speed of execution of plays is emphasized. • Player autonomy is refined. • Players specialize in 1-2 positions, but have the ability to play a third position well. • The focus on softball-specific and position-specific training • Instruction and preparation are individualized in order to address each player’s individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses.

League play includes Victoria Saanich Women’s Softball and/or Victoria Women’s Fastball.