Age Group: Girls who are 7 or 8 years old as of December 31, 2017. These are the players with a birth date between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Six year olds with multiple seasons of 6U Softball (T-ball) experience will be considered for early move-up on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Softball Commissioner (
) for further information.
Pitching: Modified kid-pitch (fast pitch from 28-foot rubber)
Field: Regulation Softball field
Ball: 10" yellow softball
Games: 10-game season that begins around September 8th, 2018. Typically two per week; one weeknight (Monday or Wednesday) and Saturday. Makeup games can be on any day.
Practice: Two or three days per week before the games begin. Once per week during season, day will vary.
Required Equipment: Glove, batting helmet with face cage, face mask (for playing in the field) or mouth guard, softball cleats, softball bat (not a T-ball bat)
Recommended Equipment: batting gloves
Description: 8U softball introduces competitive play, while still maintaining a strong focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game. Kid-pitch is introduced at this level, with special rules. Each batter starts with a count of 1-0, and the pitcher pitches until the batter gets a hit, strikes out, or draws three more balls. When the batter gets to four balls, her coach enters and pitches up to three additional pitches to allow the hitter to get on base. A 10" softball is used at this level, which is a smaller ball designed for seven and eight year old-sized hands.