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8&U - Participation in this age group is open to all girls who will be 6, 7, or 8 years old before 1/1/17. Softball at this age group is purely instructional, introducing the girls to the basic concepts of fielding, throwing, and hitting a softball. The only ball used for this age group is an 11" "softie" softball. Girls are only required to supply their own softball glove (and a willingness to have fun). Other age appropriate equipment such as balls, bats, batting tees, etc. will be supplied by HYA. Team shirts, shorts and socks are provided. Player visors are optional and available at opening day. Practices and games are held twice per week during the week on days to be determined after registration, typically starting around 5:30 PM. During practices, the girls will be introduced to coach pitching with batting tees still being used instructionally. Games will be coach pitched with use of batting tees after player misses four pitches. Depending upon the number of girls registered to play in this age group, games may be played against other non-Hempfield teams. 

Please contact Craig Gincrich with any questions about this program.

10&U - Participation in this age group is open to all girls who will be 9 or 10 years old before 1/1/17. Softball at this age group starts to get more competitive as team records and standings are kept and playoffs are held at the end of the season. Hitting becomes more of a challenge as the girls will now face player pitching. Pitchers will be pitching from 35 feet and since there are no walks, when ball four is thrown, the batter will hit off a coach pitched ball. This rule also allows the pitchers to get used to pitching and to work on pitching mechanics without the fear of walking all batters. Other situations that will be introduced at this age level include base stealing, tagging on fly balls and playing with an actual softball. The ball used for this age group will still be an 11" ball but it will be a regular, hard softball. Girls are only required to supply their own softball glove (and a willingness to have fun). A mouth guard or face guard is also recommended. Softball cleats are optional - no metal spikes are allowed. Other age appropriate equipment such as balls, bats, batting tees, batting helmets, catching equipment, etc. will be supplied by HYA. Team shirts, pants and socks are provided. Player visors are optional and available at opening day. Practices and games are held twice per week during the week on days to be determined after registration, typically starting around 5:30 PM - usually Tuesdays & Thursdays. A weekend practice or make up game may be held at the discretion of the head coach. 


Please contact Craig Gingrich with any questions about this program.

12&U - Participation in this age group is open to all girls that will be 11 or 12 years old before 1/1/17. Starting at this age group, the skill levels of the girls start to vary a great deal and in order to continue to allow all players to have a positive softball experience, teams are separated into "divisions" - "A" and "B" - so that girls are playing against and with girls and teams of similar skill sets. Evaluations will be held on Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th from 1pm to 3pm at Lanco Fieldhouse. Team records and standings are kept and playoffs are held at the end of the season. At this age group, pitching becomes more of a challenge as a bigger ball is used - 12" - and the pitching distance is moved to 40 feet. Batters are also now allowed to walk - no more hitting off of tees or coaches. Other situations that will now be introduced at this age level include multiple base stealing, base advancement on passed balls, stealing home, dropped 3rd strike, and infield fly rule. The ball used for this age group will be a 12" regulation softball. Girls are only required to supply their own softball glove (and a willingness to have fun). A mouth guard or face guard is highly recommended and encouraged for this age group. Softball cleats are optional - no metal spikes are allowed. Other age appropriate equipment such as balls, bats, batting helmets, catching equipment, etc. will be supplied by HYA. Team shirts, pants and socks are provided. Player visors are optional and available at opening day. Practices and games are held twice per week during the week on days to be determined after registration, typically starting around 5:30 PM - usually Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. A weekend practice or make-up game may be held at the discretion of the head coach.  


Please contact Craig Gingrich with any questions about this program.

14&U - Participation in this age group is open to all girls that will be 13 or 14 years old before 1/1/17. At this age group, the skill levels of the girls start to vary even more than at 12U. In order to continue to allow all players to have a positive softball experience, teams are separated into "divisions" - "A" and "B" - so that girls are playing against and with girls and teams of similar skill sets. Evaluations will be held Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th from 3pm to 5pm at Lanco Fieldhouse. Team records and standings are kept and playoffs are held at the end of the season. At this age group a 12" regulation softball is used and the pitching distance is 43 feet. The same hitting and playing rules apply to this age group as used at the 12U age group. Girls are only required to supply their own softball glove (and a willingness to have fun). A mouth guard or face guard is highly recommended and encouraged for this age group. Softball cleats are optional. Metal spikes are allowed. Other age appropriate equipment such as balls, bats, batting helmets, catching equipment, etc. will be supplied by HYA. Team shirts, pants and socks are provided. Player visors are optional and available at opening day. Practices and games are held twice per week during the week on days to be determined after registration, typically starting around 5:30 PM - usually Tuesdays & Thursdays. A weekend practice or make-up game may be held at the discretion of the head coach.  

Please contact Craig Gingrich with any questions about this program.

 
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