Goodyear Little League Softball
Goodyear Little League is proud to offer softball for girls ages 6-14. Our Softball programs offers three levels for young girls based on age and skill level. The levels are Mini's, Minors, Majors & Juniors:
Softball Minis (ages 6-8)
This is a Developmental girls softball league for first year softball players ages 6 to 8 years old. This league will mostly be coach pitch but kid pitch maybe introduced towards the end of the season. Basic skills are refined and stressed. Up to two coaches are on the field during games to encourage/instruct players. At this level players are taught to hit pitched balls by coaches/pitching machine only. Players are taught game basics and prepare to play at a faster pace. An offensive player that makes an out is removed from the base, and outs are recorded for the defense. Only 10 defensive players are allowed on the field at one time. Mandatory play is enforced. An inning is over when the offensive team has either batted all players in the lineup or 3 outs are recorded. Scores and Official standings are not kept. A post season tournament is played.
Softball Minors (ages 9-11)
Girls Only; 9-year-olds that tried out and were drafted to an Minors softball team, and 10 & 11-year-olds that were not drafted to a Major Softball team. Players must attend a try out where skills are assessed. 9-year-old players may tryout, but are NOT guaranteed a roster spot in this division. Fundamental skills are stressed, while developments of additional skills are taught. Only 9 players will be playing defense at one time. Mandatory play rules are enforced. 9 & 10-year-olds in this division are eligible for All-Stars. 11's are eligible for 11 All-Stars. Official Standing and scores are kept. A post season tournament is played.
Softball Majors (ages 10-12)
Girls Only; all 12 year old's, and 10 & 11 year old's that tried out and were drafted by a Major Softball team. All players must attend a tryout where skills are evaluated. Every registered 12 year old will be drafted or placed on a Majors team. 10 & 11-year-old players may tryout, but are NOT guaranteed a roster spot in this division. While fundamental skills are stressed, advanced skills are taught and developed. Games are fast paced. Mandatory play is enforced. All players 10, 11, and 12-year-olds in this division are eligible for All-Stars Tournament Play. A post season tournament is played.
Softball Juniors (Ages 13-14)
Girls Only; This advanced division is competitive and specifically designed for girls ages 13‐14 that reside in Goodyear, Litchfield Park and/or Avondale. Candidates become eligible to play in the Juniors division only if they have attended the mandatory skill evaluation session. This combo league is for players that must be ready to add more skill and strategy to their game. Defensive awareness along with knowing where to make the play and how to run the bases becomes a more critical part of the game. Teams are organized by a coach’s draft of all available players. The level of competition is advanced, competitive play with emphasis on refining of all skills, play making decisions, teamwork and respect for umpires and coaches that were learned at previous levels. Balanced teams are formed as Managers draft players to be on their team using results from the mandatory skills evaluation. Score keeping, pitch counts, game scores, standings, Post‐season District and State All‐Star Tournaments, Regional tournament and the Junior Little League Baseball World Series are all aspects of the Juniors division.