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14U Juniors Softball

14U Juniors is a division offered in the spring season for girls ages 13 and 14 (view age chart for girls). The Juniors field remains on the full-sized softball field with 60' base paths and a 43' pitching distance. There are no major limitations to game play in this division.

When players reach this division, they are fully demonstrating a high level of skills in all facets and display a solid understanding of the tactical approach to softball. Pitching is at the highest level in this division with older experienced pitchers throwing accurately, and generally throwing different types of pitches. 14U Juniors is a highly competitive division. Scores and standings will be kept and teams will participate in a divisional end of season tournament based on the results of the regular season.

  • In this division, attending assessments is mandatory in order to be drafted by a 14U Juniors coach. All players ages 13 and 14 that assess are guaranteed to make a 14U Juniors team.The sole purpose of the assessment is to balance the teams so games are competitive. All players are required to assess, even the children of coaches and their assistants.

    NOTE: Teams are formed from assessments and a subsequent draft. During registration, you may request that your child is placed on a team with a friend and/or a particular coach. If requesting to play with another player, both parents must make the request in order for it to be validated. We do try to fulfill requests, but since this division balances teams competitively using assessments and a draft, we cannot guarantee that your request will be fulfilled.

  • Practices typically start mid-March. The location and frequency of practices is at the discretion of each coach. Generally 2-3 practices per week leading up to the regular season and then 1-2 practices per week during the season. The regular season consists of 12-15 games to be played mainly at Simplot Sports Complex. Depending on the level of participation, travel may be required to play teams in Kuna, Mountain Home, Meridian, and/or Nampa. Generally no more than half the games are away from the Simplot Sports Complex, and with enough participation, sometimes EBYBS teams are not required to travel. There will be an additional 1-3 games in the end of season tournament at Simplot Sports Complex. The end of season tournament will conclude near the time the traditional school year ends.

  • Players in the Juniors division are eligible for spring and summer ball.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

    • Adult sized softball glove, depends on age and size of child
    • Position specific softball glove (optional), ie, first base, catcher, outfield
    • Plastic molded softball cleats
    • Helmet with face mask (optional)
    • Softball bat (optional), 1.15 BPF, 2-1/4" barrel diameter, not to exceed 33"
    • Softball pants, style per the recommendation of your child's coach

    EBYBS will provide your coach with helmets, game balls, and catcher's gear for the team, along with hats and jerseys for each player.

Skills Developed In Juniors

Coaches at this level are experienced, but still need your help. If you are able to assist your team's coach in his or her quest to help the team develop these skills, then please do so. This league runs entirely on volunteers so the true strength of the league comes from parents stepping up to contribute in any way they can.

    • Displays strong throwing mechanics with their glove side in a straight line towards the target, glove foot stepping towards the target, and throwing arm properly positioned throughout the throwing motion and finishing across their body.
    • Throws consistently hitting the receiver around the chest area.
    • Strong emphasis on accuracy over distance and playing catch rather than chasing balls around. Catch starting at around 15 feet and increasing up to over 120 feet when possible.
    • Catching a thrown ball in a ready position with glove and throwing hands up shoulder height and facing the player throwing the ball with a quick return back to their throwing partner.
    • Able to position their glove to catch a ball based on the location of the ball (above waist, at waist, below waist).
    • Fully demonstrating understanding of relays and cut-offs from the outfield to the infield.
    • Demonstrating the correct form for 'crow hop' throwing over longer distances.
    • Strong throws are made from each position, not high arcing throws.
    • Demonstrates a proper batting stance. Their feet square to the plate, about shoulder width apart, knees bent, their hands around shoulder height and slightly back, elbows relaxed, and their knuckles in line.
    • Swings with a strong level swing through the strike zone.
    • High level of ability to hit various types of pitches at various locations.
    • Full use of their hips to generate power in their swing rather than just using their arms to swing.
    • Avoids common bad habits, including pulling their head and/or front foot away from the plate while swinging, moving the back foot while swinging, and not swinging level.
    • Executes bunts properly.
    • Demonstrates strong discipline at the plate, swinging at strikes or pitches close to strikes.
    • Demonstrates strong fielding abilities with a proper stance and approach to fielding a ground ball. Their feet a little wider than shoulder width apart, with their butt down, eyes focused on the ball, and their glove and throwing hand down while slightly forward, ready to receive the ball and make a quick throw to the appropriate location.
    • Full knowledge of all the ways to get outs during games, ie, force outs, tag outs, fly balls.
    • Demonstrates strong ability to properly catch fly balls and pop flies.
    • Able to identify the relays and cut-offs from the outfield and when to use them in certain base runner situations.
    • Knowledge of the responsibilities of each position on defense.
    • Knowledge and execution on backing up throws in most situations from most positions.
    • Able to apply a proper tag to a moving runner.
    • Full knowledge on the proper sequence of base running and how to round the bases quickly (home to first, first to second, second to third, third to home).
    • Able to run through first base on infield hits and 'round-and-look' on hits to the outfield.
    • Able to follow guidance of base coaches in advancing from base to base.
    • Properly tags up when appropriate and demonstrates how to go 'half-way' when appropriate.
    • Avoids double plays on pop flies and responds properly to the infield fly rule.
    • Able to demonstrate a proper primary and secondary lead.
    • Able to read the pitcher's movements to steal and steals on wild pitches and passed balls from each base.
    • Able to retreat to the base on pick-off attempts, running back or diving back.
    • Understands when and how to advance to first base on a dropped third strike.

14U Juniors Division Rules

Download Official Local Rules for this Division

Download Quick Reference Rule Sheet

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