Little League Softball

Lake Norman Little League offers the following recreational softball divisions of play.  Rosters are typically composed of 12 players per team.  All softball players are required to attend a skills evaluation, after which a final determination is made in regards to division placement.  Teams are drafted in an attempt to create balance across each division of play.

Softball League Age ranges are typical for these programs to keep participants playing age appropriate ball. Age ranges often overlap, allowing players who need a little more time to develop to play down in a division, or play up in a division if they are ready to advance and if approved by the league board.

It is important for all volunteers and parents to be familiar with the most up-to-date version of Little League’s Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies.  This page will provide resources on bat information, rules and regulations, official forms and publications, policy statements, and more.

Minor League Softball Divisions (league ages 6-10)

Minor League Softball programs are for girls, ages 6-10, utilizing a 60-foot diamond.   Divisions are established for "coach/player-pitch" and "player-pitch".  A player who is league age 5 and has played a season of Tee Ball may petition to "move up" to the "Rookies" softball division.  The following Minor League Softball Divisions are offered:

Rookies - Coach/Player-Pitch Softball Division (league ages 6-8)
Introductory fastpitch softball division utilizing a 30-foot pitching distance.
All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in Lake Norman Little League's All-Stars exhibition game at the conclusion of the season. 

Minors - Player-Pitch Softball Division (league ages 8-10)
Advanced fastpitch softball division utilizing a 35-foot pitching distance.
All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in the Little League district tournaments with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament.

Majors - Little League Softball Division (league ages 10-12)

The Little League Softball Division ("Majors") is for girls ages 10-12.  The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and a pitching distance of 40 feet.  Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division to compete in Little League's International Tournament starting with the district tournament.  The culmination of the International Tournament is the Little League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the world.  All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Junior League Softball Division (league ages 12-14)

The Junior League Softball Division is a program for girls ages 12-14, using a conventional 60-foot diamond with a 43 foot pitching distance. Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division (and/or from within the Senior League Division) to compete in the International Tournament starting with the district tournament.  The culmination of the International Tournament is the Junior League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the world.  All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.


Senior League Softball Division (league ages 13-16)

The Senior League Softball Division is a program for girls ages 13-16, using a conventional 60-foot diamond with a 43 foot pitching distance. Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division (and/or from within the Junior League Division) to compete in the International Tournament starting with the district tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Senior League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.


Local Sponsors