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At DHYS, we offer softball for girls starting at age 5. Players are evaluated at the beginning of each season to ensure each team has a balance of skill and experience for a more competitive league. Evaluations are NOT tryouts, every girl makes a team. We encourage everyone, from beginners to experienced players, to come out and join us! DHYS also offers skills clinics throughout the year to further player development.
6U/8U: At this time, our 6U and 8U girls are combined into one league. This is for girls aged 5, 6, 7, and 8 as of January 1. Games are coach pitch. The focus of this league is on fundamentals: throwing/catching/hitting. Girls will use an 11" ball. Expect one weeknight practice, and one game per week, usually on Saturdays.
10U: This league is for 9 and 10 year old girls as of January 1. We are still focusing on fundamentals, but in 10U we start girl pitch with an 11" ball from 35 ft. We use coach "rescue pitchers" as well. Having rescue pitchers mean no one gets walked, unless they are hit by a pitch from a girl. This keeps the game moving while still allowing for pitching to develop. Players are also allowed to steal 2nd and 3rd when the ball gets past the catcher. Players have one weeknight practice and one game per week, usually on Saturdays.
12U (Spring): This league is for 11 and 12 year old girls as of January 1, and is entirely girl pitch. We do not have rescue pitchers in 12U. Pitching distance moves back 5 feet and the girls transition to a 12" softball. Stealing is allowed. Players have one weeknight practice and one game per week, usually on Saturdays.
Middle School League (fall): This is our 12U league, but in the fall. The same rules from our 12U league apply, but we align players based on their middle school, or designated high school. If your school does not have enough players to form a full team, we have combination teams. This league is available in the fall for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls, regardless of their age.