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by posted 11/07/2019
BGSL 101

 

 

Bedford Girls Softball League is a chartered member of Babe Ruth Softball

 

 

 

 

Organization

BGSL
  is organized into 5 Divisions - 2 instructional and 3 competitive. The instructional divisions also "compete" but the emphasis is weighted more toward learning the game, and rules are modified for reasonable game length and to keep the girls from getting bored. 

There are limits to which division a girl can play in based birth year. Girls can "play up" based on ability and comfort zone, but Girls who are too old for a division can't "play down".  Don't worry if you've never played, we have newbies at all levels, they end up getting a lot of support from the girls who have played.

League Age

 A players age is determined by the age they are on 12/31 of the year before the registration year.  So for the 2019 season, a girl who turns 8 on January 14th is league age 7 - because on 12/31/18 she was 7 years old.

Instructional Divisions:
 

Rookie/4-5-6: This is for players ages 4-6 (league age). Coaches pitch to players or the ball is hit off of a tee - whichever is more likely to allow the player to hit.  Eleven inch "inside" balls are used to prevent injury. Games are limited to around an hour.

 

8U/7-8: This is for players ages 7-8 (league age). Coaches pitch to players or use a machine - there is no stealing, games are limited to around 90 minutes. For girls who are comfortable with softball basics, can hit, throw, catch a hard 11" ball. Still instructional, but also challenging for the younger girls who are ready to play 'real softball'.

 

Competitive Divisions:

Teams travel and play other town teams at this level, games start to get more competitive, there are playoffs culminating in a Souhegan Valley Championship game. 


10U/9-10: For players 9-10 (league age).  No coach pitching, girls can steal, there are up to 6 innings played, rules are mostly Babe Ruth standard. balls are 11",  pitching distance is 35 feet.  Games are limited to around 2 hours. This is the year when we see the most improvement from opening day to playoffs, as girls start to figure out the game and grow into their athletic abilities.

12U: This is the first level where Girls are likely to encounter fast pitching. Sliding is introduced, as well as more advanced hitting techniques, stealing, stealing home.  Games are limited to around 2 hours.

16U: For Girls age 13-16 More like competitive softball that you would see being played at the Middle/High School level. 16U also encompasses 14U.


 For all Town Teams


Rules are amended by Souhegan Valley local rules, determined by representatives of the towns in the league.  One that comes up often is "The Mercy Rule".  In NHIAA and Middle School, if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after a game has become regulation the team ahead is awarded the win. In SV league there is no 10 run rule, instead there are per-inning run limits.  The intent is to keep the girls playing for the whole game. When it's obvious that a team is overmatched, the other coach will usually switch pitchers or use other methods to keep from running up a score.

5 run per inning limits are used for all SV games.  There is no "continuation rule" in SV.  With a continuation rule, if 4 runs have scored and a player hits a grand slam a side could score 8 runs - 3 runs past the limit. The problem with the continuation rule is that coaches would hold runners at third to load up bases to game the extra runs, and when the potential grand-slam comes to the plate they would be intentionally walked to keep the last 3 runs off the board. It's better to allow the batter to hit away, so we dumped the rule.

Innings for pitchers are limited - this gets more girls involved in pitching, and eliminates some of the advantage a team has when they have a pitcher that nobody can hit.

Practices/Games:

Rookies and 8U have one weekday practice and one Saturday Morning game  a week. 8U teams may travel within Souhegan Valley towns

10U and up have 1-2 games weekly, either at Selvoski or West field, or away at another Souhegan Valley town.


12U
 


All-Stars/The Bulldogs:
 

The Babe Ruth All-Stars program is available for Girls league age 6 through 14.  
 
Team selections start in the Fall and teams are finalized near the end of the Spring season. 
 



 

by posted 03/01/2018
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