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Miss Minor Softball - 10U

Any girl who has or will reach the age of 9 or 10 years old on December 31st shall be eligible to play in the Miss Minors division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. The Minors level is both competitive and instructional, but with an instructional emphasis during the regular season. At the Miss Minor softball level all games will allow (4) player-pitched balls, then the coach will provide up to (3) additional pitches. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of "walks", and to reinforce contact hitting for both offensive (batters) and defensive (fielders) positions. In addition, it also allows for pitching and catching skill advancement during game play. It is critical that coaches of this division provide sound training and good balance of playing time and position rotations for all players. An A.S.A. approved 11" softball will be used for all innings (not 'incredi-balls' or safety balls as in previous divisions). For games that include two HVAA teams, coaches typically collectively umpire or utilize one of the Hoosic Valley Central School Varsity players to keep games impartial. For games against teams from other athletic associations, patched ASA umpires are utilized. In addition to the skills taught at the preceding levels, players should successfully demonstrate the following skills:

  • Advanced warm up techniques
  • Where to make the play
  • Covering bases and backing up positions
  • Relaying the ball from the outfield to the infield
  • Infield Fly Rule
  • Proper footwork to field and throw quickly
  • If applicable, correct pitching/catching mechanics, plate coverage
  • How to rundown a base runner (pickle)
  • Proper grip of the bat
  • Batting stance (closed, open)
  • Bunting
  • Competence in the batter's box (positioning relative to pitching speed)
  • Acceptable level of determining ball vs. strike
  • Passing the bat through the strike zone
  • Proper base running techniques including:
    • Stealing after the ball crosses the plate
    • When to tag up
    • How and when to slide
    • How to go back on a fly ball
    • Sacrifice situations
    • Dropped 3rd strike
  • Always show good Sportsmanship on and off the field (no bad mouthing other players)

Game/Practice Days:

  • TBD (30 days prior to H.V.A.A. scheduled opening day)

Fees:

  • $70/player

Rules

Rules:

River Valley League Softball Rules

Due to limited in house team numbers, the River Valley Baseball/Softball League was created in 2018 with a purpose of expanding play to other neighboring communities. These communities include, and may not be limited to, Greenwich, Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Schuylerville. Teams will host games and travel to other communities during the Spring sports season.

Equipment

Provided Equipment:

  • Softballs 11 inches in diameter, typically .47 COR, bright yellow covering
  • Bats are typically 27-31 inches long and have a weight of 21-26 ounces.
  • Batting helmets with face-mask.

Equipment Needed:

  • Softball glove size 11" to 12" (Infield gloves tend to be smaller than outfield gloves)
  • Rubber cleats
  • (Optional) Some parents or players choose to purchase their own batting helmet for comfort
  • (Optional) Individual bat and/or gear bag

Contact Us

Hoosic Valley Athletic Association

P.O. Box 281 
Valley Falls, New York 12185

Email Us: [email protected]
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