Start Dates for Fall 2023:
- Rookies, Minors, and Majors softball practices begin the week of September 3rd; games begin on September 9th
Softball programs are open to girls ages 4- to 12-years-old. Through the game, we teach life lessons in leadership, perseverance, discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork. Our programs are open to players of all skill levesl; in some cases we evalaute players abilities for placement, but there are no cuts.
We offer the following divisions and levels of play:
Rookies Softball: 7-8-year-olds (as of August 31, 2024 for fall 2023 season)
Players are introduced to pitching via coach pitch. Players will begin to learn softball style pitching – one of the many unique aspects to the game. Players will learn basic field set up and positioning, base running, and common game situations. Rookies is an instructional division – each player bats every inning, outs are not recorded, game scores are not kept and there is not a winning or losing team. Every effort is made to form teams based on the school players attend.
Some older players (8 years old) may be more suitable for Minors level play and these players are identified through prior season play and coach review.
Minors Softball: 8-10 year-olds (as of August 31, 2024 for fall 2023 season)
Minors builds off of the Rookies program and continues to focus on fundamentals and games progressively become competitive as softball and physical skill levels increase. Player pitch from 35’ is emphasized with coach pitch back up to enhance player engagement. At this level, consistent ability to catch and throw with some accuracy is necessary. Base stealing is introduced. Parents will identify marked advancement in player and team ability through the season. Scores are kept and standings maintained within the league. Team formation is weighted toward school enrollment. Team rosters are posted on the PLL site in mid-April. Minors teams practice once a week and play 2-3 games per week throughout the season. Some 8-year-old players will be appropriate for Minors level play. These players are identified through prior season play and coach review. There is a playoff and championship game.
Majors Softball: 10-12-year olds (as of August 31, 2024 for fall 2023 season)
Majors softball is a competitive league with the most notable difference from Minors being pitching and catching. Player pitch (from 40’) throughout and the speed of the game is elevated. Dropped third strike and infield fly rule are introduced. Stealing is emphasized and stealing home allowed. Game strategy is introduced and refined. Team Managers form teams by way of a player draft. Teams are created to balance pitching, catching and maintain competitiveness. There are no try-outs for this league. School enrollment is not a consideration for team placement. Team rosters are posted on the PLL site in mid-April. Majors teams practice once a week and play two games per week throughout the season; the season concludes with playoffs and a championship. Few 10 year-old players will be appropriate for Majors. This league plays with other Little League organizations within the Rochester community; some travel outside of Pittsford for games is to be expected.
The Pittsford Little League is open to all age-eligible players who go to reside in or go to school in Pittsford or East Rochester, NY.