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Softball

What is it?

Softball is played between 2 teams on a large field, with nine players from one team on the field at a time. It is a fast moving game, usually lasting either 7 innings or 60 minutes. The pitching for “C” ball is orthodox (underhand) and windmill for “B” ball. As a rule, all players on the bench will have a turn at bat, regardless of the number of players. 9 players still remain in the field.

Age Groups

U10 (10 yrs of age & under)

At this age, players should be able to confidently perform the fundamental skills of softball (throwing, catching and hitting). These skills are also taught during the season.

U12 (11 – 12 yrs of age)

Players will be varying field positions. Pitching skills will be worked on for those interested. Coaches will continue to hone player’s skills.

U14 (13 – 14 yrs of age)

At this point players should begin defining their field positions. Normally, pitchers and catchers are determined by this age. Other field positions will continue to be rotated.

U16 (15 – 16 yrs of age)

Most field positions will be defined, in particular, pitching, catching and some infield positions. Some field positions will still be rotated.

U18 (17 – 18 yrs of age)

A continuation of Bantam, but more defined positions, including outfield. Some field positions are still rotated.

How to Register

If you have any inquiries regarding registration, please contact the Heritage Victoria Community Centre (204-837-9653).

Softball Dates

Softball starts in May (weather permitting) and ends in July. Practices are held after teams are formed in April. Some practices may be called before the regular season begins. Provincials are played in July.

Tournaments

There are no city championships, but instead, provincials. Each association may enter their teams, or team representative (winner of local playoffs) to participate in the provincial championship. At the younger age category, Softball Manitoba has an “open” admittance. Associations need only pay their entrance fees. For the older age groups, teams must qualify from their area to enter. Winning teams are presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each age group. Provincials are hosted by different cities, towns, etc.

Equipment

Ball and bat sizes vary, depending on age groups. Mites and squirts use an 11″ ball, whereas the older age groups use a 12″ ball. Bats vary according to ages. Because the girls vary in sizes in the same age category, they are allowed to carry different size bats. The same is said for the base line and pitching distances. All softball teams use a “safe base” at first. This is divided by color, one side white, the other orange to give both the runner and 1st base player adequate space. Stealing bases is allowed at most age categories.

FAQ’s

What is the birthday cut-off date for determining eligibility?
The age your child is going to be in accordance with that season, not the age they are at time of registration.

When will we find out our team and coach?
Team rosters will be completed as soon as all registrations have been accepted.

How many games will each team play?
Teams will be scheduled to play approximately 14-16 regular season games. Buys are scheduled on rotation when and uneven number of teams in an age category are registered. Rainouts will be made up upon mutual arrangements between coaches of each team. At times, due to time restraints, field conditions and availability and weather, make up games are not possible. If there are two or more teams in the same category, playoffs will take place, usually the last weekend of June. The winning team will advance to represent our area in the Provincial playoffs held in early July.