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DIVISION STRUCTURE

Our league is fortunate to have grown in numbers at every division to the point where we no longer need to pull players up from their age-appropriate division. Keeping players with their classmates facilitates the bond that develops among the players and their families through the seasons and maintains the level of competitiveness at each division while creating a healthy pipeline to the high school.

 

Our younger divisions are grade-based, providing for positive social interactions with classmates and ease of scheduling with other sports.

 

Our older divisions are grade and ability based.  Grouping players of similar ability provides the greatest developmental environment for our players while also maximizing safety. Players in 2nd thru 9th grade will participate in an evaluation session on March 15th to facilitate player drafts and team selection. The mandatory evaluation will be held on March 15th at BVSA 8:30am- 1pm. Specific time slots by grade will be communicated at a later date. 

 

EVALUATIONS

Evaluations are a critical tool NCSB uses to:

  • enhance every player’s experience by creating fair and balanced teams at our older divisions

  • assess a player’s level of ability to determine eligibility for a draft if the player is age eligible

  • provide supporting information for all-star and travel team selection

 

A rec-wide evaluation is offered once per year, in advance of our main season in the spring. Evaluations are administered independently by professional BVSA  instructors. Where there is no rec evaluation available, the league will rely more heavily on other available data if available, which may include but is not limited to, end of season NCSB coach feedback, participation in NCSB programs throughout the year, and separate travel evaluations held by the travel program. 

 

 

DIVISIONS

Rookie Division (Kindergarten):

The Rookie division is for our beginner softball players in Kindergarten. The emphasis is on fun and participation. Our once-per-week instructional program introduces our newcomers to the basic rules of softball and fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. Players use a 10" "softee" softball. The first half of each weekly clinic is dedicated to stations and skill games. The remaining time is used for scrimmaging. Most players are able to hit off coach pitch by the end of the season, but a tee will be used in scrimmages as necessary. 

Player Evaluations: Not required. 

 

A Division (eligible ages 6 & 7, typically 1st & 2nd graders, Coach Pitch):

Description: This division emphasizes fun and participation while also teaching and reinforcing fundamental skills. Coaches pitch to the batters and instruct the defensive players from the field. In games, outs will count, but each team will bat the entire line up when they are on offense. Players will typically have one practice and one game per week. Days and times TBA.

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and team equipment (catcher’s equipment, and bats). Player must supply their own helmet, face mask, glove, and wear black pants. Cleats are recommended. 

Player Evaluations: Required for 2nd grade and up.

 

 

AA Division (eligible ages 7, 8 & 9, typically 2nd & 3rd graders, Coach Pitch):

Description: This division continues to develop the players’ skills and love for the game. Coaches pitch to the batters and instruct the defensive players from the field. Players will play three out innings. Score is kept. 

Schedule: Players will typically have one practice and one game per week. 

 

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and team equipment (catcher’s equipment, and bats). Player must supply their own helmet, face mask, glove, and wear black pants. Cleats are recommended. 

Player Evaluations: Required - March 15th.

 

AAA Division (eligible ages 8, 9, 10, typically 3rd & 4th graders, Player Pitch):

Description: Most of the players in this division will be league age 9. Players pitch from a distance of 35', with "coach rescue" rules. AAA uses an 11” softball. Stealing is introduced. Scores are recorded and the season concludes with a championship tournament. League play for this division includes teams from Darien and Rowayton in the spring, and additional nearby towns in the fall. 

Schedule: Players will typically have one practice and two professionally umpired games per week. 

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and all team equipment (catcher’s equipment and bats). Player must supply their own black softball pants, face mask, glove, and cleats. Softball shorts may NOT be substituted for softball pants.

Player Evaluations: Required for all returning and new players

 

Minors Division (eligible ages 9, 10, 11, typically 4th & 5th graders, Player Pitch):

Players pitch from a distance of 35', with more limited "coach rescue" rules than AAA. Minors uses an 11" softball. Expanded introduction to stealing. Scores are recorded and the season concludes with a championship tournament. League play for this division includes teams from Darien and Rowayton in the spring, and additional nearby towns in the fall.

For a select group of players an “All-Star” season takes place from mid-June through potentially the month of July, with the end date dependent upon the success of the team throughout the tournament and their ability to advance. All Star participants are selected by a panel of the coaches in the division and are announced by mid-June. The decision by the League to put forth an All-Star team is dependent on whether player capabilities, player availability, and coaching resources exist for the age group.

Schedule: Teams typically average two games and one practice per week. There is typically one weekend game and one game during the week.

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and team equipment (catcher’s equipment and bats). Player must supply their own black softball pants, helmets, face mask, glove, and cleats. Softball shorts may NOT be substituted for softball pants.

Player Evaluations: Required for all returning and new players.

 

 

Majors Division (eligible ages 11, 12, typically 6th & 7th graders, Player Pitch):

The Majors program is a competitive league for 12 year olds and select 11 year olds. Players pitch from a distance of 40’, with no "coach rescue" rules. Players will use a 12" ball. Higher concepts in stealing and bunting are frequently used. Standings are recorded throughout the season and a playoff will determine the league champion. League play for this division includes teams from Darien and Rowayton in the spring, and additional nearby towns in the fall.

For a select group of players an “All-Star” season takes place from mid-June through potentially the month of July, with the end date dependent upon the success of the team throughout the tournament and their ability to advance. All Star participants are selected by a panel of the coaches in the division and are announced by mid-June. The decision by the League to put forth an All-Star team is dependent on whether player capabilities, player availability, and coaching resources exist for the age group.

 

Schedule: Teams typically average two games and one practice per week. There is typically one weekend game and one game during the week. The season culminates with a playoff tournament and championship game if team qualifies.

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and all team equipment (catcher’s equipment and bats). Player must supply their own black softball pants, helmets, face mask, glove, and cleats. Softball shorts may NOT be substituted for softball pants.

Player Evaluations: Required for all returning and new players

 

Juniors Division (eligible ages 13 and 14, typically 8th & 9th graders, Player Pitch):

Juniors demonstrate the highest skill level in this competitive league. Substitution is limited, and there are a minimum of 3 practices or games per week. Players pitch from a distance of 43’. A 12" softball is used. The Juniors program is intended to serve as a bridge between the Majors program and the High School program. Juniors compete in a league versus teams from neighboring towns Darien, Westport, Wilton and Fairfield. In order to provide the optimum experience for the girls in the Juniors program, we ask the girls to consider their ability to commit to attend games and most practices prior to registering. 

Teams typically average two games and one practice per week. There is typically one weekday and one weekend game each week. Season culminates with a playoff tournament and championship game if team qualifies.

 

Uniform & Equipment: NCSB supplies team jersey and all team equipment (catcher’s equipment and bats). Player must supply their own softball pants, helmets, face mask, glove, and cleats. Softball shorts may NOT be substituted for softball pants.

Player Evaluations: Required for all returning and new players.

 

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