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Little League Softball

Lake Norman Little League offers recreational softball divisions of play for girls, league ages 6-16.  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.

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 Little League Rules, Regulations, and Policies. This webpage provides resources on bat information, rules and regulations, official forms and publications, policy statements, and more.

Minor League Softball Divisions

Minor League Softball (league ages 6-10) utilize a 60-foot diamond and offers an introduction into fastpitch softball.

Rookies Softball Division
The Rookies Softball Division (league ages 6-8) is an introductory coach/player-pitch softball division utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a 30-foot pitching distance.  Girls who are softball league age 5 and have played a season of Tee Ball may petition to move up to the Rookies machine-pitch division.  All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in Little League's district tournament with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament.

Minors Softball Division
The Minors Softball Division (league ages 8-10) is an intermediate fastpitch softball division utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a 35-foot pitching distance.  All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in Little League's district tournament with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament.  State Champions advance to Little League's Southeast Region Tournament of State Champions.

Little League (Majors) Softball Division

The Little League (Majors) Softball Division (league ages 10-12) is an advanced fastpitch softball division utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a 40-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 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 in Greenville, North Carolina 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

The Junior League Softball Division (league ages 13-14) is an advanced fastpitch softball division utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a 43-foot pitching distance.  Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.  Teams compete in a district-wide game schedule with some travel to neighboring leagues required.

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 in Kirkland, Washington 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

The Senior League Softball Division (league ages 14-16) is an advanced fastpitch softball division utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a 43-foot pitching distance.  Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.  Teams compete in a district-wide game schedule with some travel to neighboring leagues required.

Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Senior League Softball World Series in Sussex County, Delaware 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.

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