The Ridgefield Girls Softball program, using regulation competitive softball rules, teaches skills, mental and physical development, a respect for the rules of the game, and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play, as well as, developing st
8U Rec/House Division - Ages 7 or 8 on or before 12/31/14 [born in 2013 or 2012]
The 8u fast pitch teams continue to have the goal of building player fundamentals and player skill improvement. An 11" reduced compression softball ("softie") is used and delivered to the batter by a player from 30’ with coach relief pitching. Coaches will identify pitchers at the start of the season so they can develop their introductory pitching skills during the season. The division director and/or coaches may elect to have the coach pitch for up to three games to provide time for the girls to be instructed on how to pitch.
Games are four innings long or 1 hour and 45 minutes, with the rules structured to generate as many at-bats as possible. Defensively, every player will play both infield and outfield positions. Emphasis remains on instruction, but coaches will use best judgment where players should be placed on the field.
Teams meet once or twice during the week for practice, and once on the weekend for games. Games may have umpires and scores may be kept. There may be opportunity for girls to play in a tournament at the end of the season where coaches will pick the best players froTm each team. Players must have played in half the games throughout the season to qualify for the tournament team.