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Girls Softball Program

Girls' Softball Program

Welcome to Girls' Softball! The SFLL Softball Program focuses on Fundamental skill development, creating lasting Friendships, sportsmanship based Fun, and preparing players for a Future in Softball. We offer five divisions of play determined by age and skill level. All effort is made to place players in the most appropriate division for a successful season. 

The season length and games (dates shown in table below are approximate only) will be finalized once the number of teams for each division is determined.

Spring season softball ages are determined by the age your child is as of December 31, 2016.

Levels of Play

Division Age Season Games Focus Type Opponents
Farm 6-7 3/04-5/21 10-11 Developmental Coach Pitch SFLL Only
Rookie (8U) 7-8 3/04-5/21 12-14 Intro Competitive Coach/kid pitch SFLL Only
Minors (10U) 9-10 3/04-6/04 12-14 Competitive Kid Pitch SFLL Only
Majors (12U**) 11-12 3/04-6/04 12-15 Competitive Kid Pitch SFLL Only
Seniors (15U) 13-15 3/04-6/04 12 Competitive Kid Pitch SF/Marin

*Note: the ages above are general guidelines. Placements are also influenced by balance of division teams, team sizes, and coach availability.


Player Placement
 
Skills Evaluation Sessions (SES) has been postponed to January 21st (Rain or Shine). The Skills Evaluation helps to ensure the most compatible player to division placement. While mandatory, the sessions are not “tryouts” as all players (not on the wait list) are placed on a team. The sessions are run by the division specific coaches. The sessions involve the players demonstrating their skills at various softball drills including hitting, fielding, throwing, running, pitching as well as overall attitude. The sessions are also the first opportunity for the players and coaches to meet.
 
Team Formation
 
Teams are formed mid-February at division drafts attended by all coaches in the division. Based on age and SES, players will be drafted into the most appropriate division and team. The goal of the team formation process is to create an equal distribution of skill level within the division helping to ensure the best overall playing experience. Once selected to a team, each player is making a commitment to attend scheduled weekly practices and games.  
 
Registration Fees
 
Fees for the 2017 Spring season are $150 for Farm (coach-pitch) softball and $175 for Kid-pitch softball. To complete your registration, you must register online and submit applicable fees. If you wish to pay by check, please mail to: SFLL, P.O. Box 193488, San Francisco, CA 94119-3488. Checks must be received by SFLL no later than 12/12/16. Please note: it is much more convenient for our registration team if you pay by credit card.
 
Refunds
 
You have until January 31, 2017 to withdraw and receive a refund, minus a $25.00 administration fee. There are absolutely no refunds given after that time. An email must be sent to the Registration Coordinator that states your intention to withdraw.
 

Season

The Little League Parade and Opening Ceremony on March 4th kick-off the season. For Farm and Rookies, the season ends May 21st. For Minors and above, the season runs until June 4th, including playoffs.

Girls' Softball weekend games -- except Seniors -- are generally played on Sunday. Kid-Pitch divisions (Rookies, Minors, Majors) can expect additional weekday evening games (mostly on Friday if field availability allows).

Seniors should expect weekly Friday evening games in the city (usually Fort Scott) and Saturday daytime games in Marin.  

All-Star and Post-Season

All-Star play for softball consists of a weekend tournament, played early May, in Marin. Players in Minors (10U) and above will be selected based on performance in March.

Fields
 
For all divisions, practice fields are in various San Francisco locations. For Farm and Rookie, games will be placed on fields in the city. Minors and Majors can expect the majority of Sunday games to be played at Ketcham Field on Treasure Island with weekday games generally on a city field.  Seniors can expect to play on Marin fields and San Francisco city fields.
 
Clinics
 
Our plan is to hold pre-season softball clinics for the players (TBD). The clinics will focus on a variety of softball skills. We will also hold several pitching and catching specific clinics for all new and returning players interested in these positions. Specific skill oriented practice clinics will be offered throughout the season. These clinics will be provided at no extra charge.
 
Coaches
 
The Softball Program is seeking dedicated parent and community volunteers interested in supporting the progression of girls’ softball in San Francisco. Prospective coaches should be eager to develop player skills, team unity, sportsmanlike attitude, and a love of the game in all players. Our coaches typically find the experience very enjoyable and rewarding and many return to coach again. When you are selected to coach and you have a kid playing in the League, you are guaranteed to have your kid on your team. A pre-season coaching clinic will be held for both new and returning coaches and all coaches will be required to attend a Positive Coaching Alliance clinic. If you are interested in applying as a head or assistant coach, please follow the link on the SFLL homepage to register online. 

To learn more about SFLL Softball Divisions and to Register

Just click on the appropriate links below:


For more information on the Girls' Softball Program, please contact:

Brian Feeley

Softball Commissioner

Newt Jordan

Softball VP of Player Agents

Henry Gunn

Seniors Softball Player Agent

Carrie Goorin

Majors Softball Player Agent

KC Carswell

Minors Softball Player Agent

Steven Jo

Softball Outreach Coordinator