Miss Pony Softball - 8U (Ages 8 & under)

Any girl who has or will reach the age of 6, 7 or is 8 years on December 31st shall be eligible to play in the Miss Pony division. It is recommended that any 6 year old has played at least one year of Tee Ball before participating in Miss Pony softball. At the Miss Pony softball level, all games will be coach-pitch; however, coaches will be working with girls to identify those interested in pursuing pitching or catching positions. An A.S.A. approved safety ball will be used at this level since this is likely the first-time girls will experience pitching vs. hitting off of a tee. As with Tee Ball the coaches collectively umpire. The primary objective at this level is to ensure that each player has a "positive experience" with softball, desires to play again the following year, and has learned the skills listed below.

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Miss Minor Softball - 10U (Ages 10 & under)

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). Coaches typically collectively umpire or utilize one of the Hoosic Valley Central School Varsity players to keep games impartial. In addition to the skills taught at the preceding levels, players should successfully demonstrate the following skills:

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Miss Major Softball 13U (Ages 13 & under)

Any girl who has or will reach the age of 11, 12 or 13 years old on December 31st shall be eligible to play in the Miss Major division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. The Majors level is both competitive and instructional with admittedly more emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game than at the Minors level. Coaches focus on fielding a competitive team while also providing the players with a fun learning experience. All players are ensured playing time. Players should focus on refining their softball skills with a strong emphasis on speed and consistency. Games are umpired by an A.S.A. umpire or on occasion by a Hoosic Valley Central School Varsity player. At this level, the difference between an average player and a good player is the ability to consistently execute the required skills quickly. Players in the Majors level should:

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