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Softball 2017

Welcome to SWPLL Softball!

 

After T-ball, children have the choice to play in either our softball league or our baseball league. 

Age and levels (A/AA/AAA/Majors) are the same in baseball and softball, as both groups follow the official Little League rules and regulations.

If you are interested in Southwest Portland Little League Softball, read on!

What to expect:

These are general guidelines on ages and estimates on time commitment – please email us with further questions or clarifications.  We welcome new players at any level.

Tee-ball – (The classic!)

This is our youngest league.  This level is mostly kindergarteners, with a few preschoolers and first graders.  It is co-ed, but we do try to form at least one all girl team, though girls are certainly not required to be on it.  It is your choice if you want to be on a girls’ team or a co-ed team. However, please be aware that when we do form the all girl teams, it does reduce the number of girls sprinkled around the rest of the co-ed teams.  The last couple of years we’ve had 2 all girl teams and still had some girls on co-ed teams as well.  Please indicate in the comments during registration if you have a preference to be on an all-girl team or co-ed.  A 9-inch “softie” ball is used and players hit off of a tee.

Time commitment:  1 practice (usually a weeknight) and 1 game a week, on Saturdays.  All games and practices are at Maplewood Elementary School fields. Games are played against other SWPLL tee ball teams.  We are unable to tell you now which night you will practice because the volunteer coaches will choose the night that works for them once teams and coaches are set.  This will be some time around Spring Break or the first week of April for tee ball.  Side note:  volunteering as a coach is a great way to have some control over your own child’s schedule! We are always in need of coaches – no experience necessary.  If interested in coaching, please indicate this during registration.

Single A (Coach-pitch)

This is the first level where we divide baseball and softball.  Single A (or A) level softball teams are teams of primarily 1st graders.  There are some kindergarteners and some second graders as well.  An 11 inch “softie” ball is used.  The ball is pitched by the coach and a tee is kept nearby as a backup if the pitched ball isn’t hit after the first few attempts.  The tee is used regularly to keep the game moving along.  Teams are often on the small side in order to keep kids engaged and busy.  Games can be played with fewer than 9 players in the field.

Time commitment:  1 practice (usually a weeknight) and about 1 game a week.  (This is a decrease from the 2016 season). We will try to keep the games on Saturdays, but there may be a weeknight games too.  At this level, we do branch out to play games against surrounding Little Leagues because there aren’t enough teams within SWPLL (or the surrounding leagues) for us to strictly play amongst ourselves.  Some travel will be required and potentially could be as far as Forest Grove or Banks, but we will limit that as much as possible.  If it is needed, we will try to limit it to one “big” trip (30-45 minutes away) per team per season and do our best to schedule it for a Saturday.   Other league’s fields that we will need to travel to are 15-20 minutes away.  Our home fields are at Hayhurst Elementary, and most practices and home games will be held there.  The season runs from about the first week of April through June 10th.  We do not schedule games on Memorial Day weekend. We are unable to tell you now which night you will practice because the volunteer coaches will choose the night that works for them once teams and coaches are set.  This will be some time around Spring Break with practices starting the first week of April.  Side note:  volunteering as a coach is a great way to have some control over your own child’s schedule! We are always in need of coaches – no experience necessary.  Email Katie at katieerin616@hotmail.com if you’re interested in coaching.

Double A (Pitching machine plus some kid-pitch)

Double A (or AA) level softball teams are all girl teams of primarily 2nd through 4th graders.  There are some first graders and some 5th graders as well.  An 11 inch ball is used.  The ball is pitched by a pitching machine and as the season progresses, kids start pitching for a couple innings of the game, then return to the machine for pitching.

Time commitment:  1 practice (usually a weeknight) and 1 or 2 games a week.  Many games will be on Saturdays, but there will be weeknight games as well.  At this level, we do branch out to play games against surrounding Little Leagues because there aren’t enough teams within SWPLL (or the surrounding leagues) for us to strictly play amongst ourselves.  Some travel will be required and potentially could be as far as Forest Grove or Banks, but we will limit that as much as possible.  If it is needed, we will try to limit it to one or two “big” trips (30-45 minutes away) per team per season and do our best to schedule it for a Saturday.   Other league’s fields that we will need to travel to are 15-20 minutes away (could be a bit more on a weeknight during typical traffic).  Our home fields are at Hayhurst Elementary, and practices and home games will be held there.  The season runs from about the first week of April through June 10th.  We do not schedule games on Memorial Day weekend. We are unable to tell you now which night you will practice because the volunteer coaches will choose the night that works for them once teams and coaches are set.  This will be some time around Spring Break with practices starting the first week of April.  Side note:  volunteering as a coach is a great way to have some control over your own child’s schedule! We are always in need of coaches.  Email Katie at katieerin616@hotmail.com  if you’re interested in coaching.

Triple A (Kid pitch)

Triple A (or AAA) level teams are made up of 12-14 players in the 3rd through 6th grades. We partner with Lincoln Little League to ensure all players in West Portland have a team to play on, but do try to cluster players onto teams by school. Players exclusively pitch all innings played (up to 6) on a pitching rubber 35 feet from home plate with an 11-inch ball. There is an age restriction for pitchers - for the 2017 season, kids born in 2004 are not allowed to pitch at the AAA level per Little League Rules. To ensure kids are appropriate to safely play on a AAA team, tryouts are required for participation. Tryouts will be held indoors on a Sunday in February and will be run “clinic style” so as to emphasize learning. Please check the SWPLL website in January for the tryout date. 

 

Time Commitment:  AAA Softball requires a larger time commitment from A/AA. Players start to specialize in positions and it’s important that softball is a priority from April-June. Most AAA teams will practice 2 times a week starting in March. Games will begin in early April with up to two games per week on weeknights or Saturdays.  Since our “Interlock” with other Little Leagues is spread throughout the metro area, some games can be lengthy to get to during rush hour. We currently need more coaches at the AAA level. Please contact Jenn at swportlandfastpitch@gmail.com  if you’re interested in coaching.

 

Majors:

This is our most competitive level of play for kids in 5th-7th grades born in or after 2004. You may have seen our 2016 Majors team competing in the Little League Softball World Series held at Alpenrose Dairy.  We partner with Lincoln Little League to ensure all players in West Portland have a team to play on, but do try to cluster players onto teams by school with about 12-14 on each roster. Players exclusively pitch all innings played (up to 6) on a pitching rubber 40 feet from home plate with a 12-inch ball. To ensure kids are appropriate to safely play on a Majors team, tryouts are required for participation. Tryouts will be held indoors on a Sunday in February and will be run “clinic style” so as to emphasize learning. Please check the SWPLL website in January for the tryout date.

 

Time Commitment:  Players are specialized into positions at this age and softball must be a priority from mid-March through June. Majors teams will practice twice a week and will play 12-14 games on weeknights only. There will not be Majors games or practices on Saturdays or Sundays. Since our “Interlock” with other Little Leagues is spread throughout the metro area, some games can be lengthy to get to during rush hour. For farther games, a double-header may be scheduled to avoid extra travel. We currently need more coaches at the Majors level. Please contact Jenn at swportlandfastpitch@gmail.com  if you’re interested in coaching.

Juniors:

We would like to offer an option for kids in grades 8th-10th and are currently seeing if that’s an option within District 4. Please check our website in January for an update on whether or not we will be having a team for girls born in 2003 and earlier. 


2014 SW Portland Girls Are State Champs!

The SWPLL 9-10 softball all stars won the Oregon State Little League Championship in Salem on July 15 by beating Milton-Freewater 12-2!  Congratulations to our girls and their families and coaches:

#1 Kacy Lyman             #7 Melea Triplett

#2 Tieler Brown             #8 Isabella Guastadesegni

#3 Halle Harris              #9 Julia Jordan Nguyen

#4 Lily Gaitan               #10 Jolie Maycumber

#5 Lexi Krake               #11 Ellie McClaskey

#6 Zoe Saimee             #16 Tapley Sorenson

Coaches: Tiffany Krake, Jason Maycumber, Matt Sorenson


SWPLL - 2014 9-10 All Stars Softball Oregon State Champions!