About LMLL’s Softball Rookie Division
The Softball Rookie Division is an instructional softball season for players in 1st and 2nd grade.
Who can play? Softball Rookies division is available for girls who are in 1st and 2nd grade, and players of all abilities.
How are players assigned to teams? Softball Rookie division players are assigned to teams based on evaluation by coaches and commissioner, to determine teams that will be of equal playing ability. Parents are allowed to make "friend requests" for their child to play with someone they know well, or for purposes of car-pooling.
When will I learn what team my player will be on? Parents will be contacted (via email) by the player’s head coach by the last week in March, who will provide field schedule information, team name and other players on it, and any additional logistical information. Please be sure we have your preferred email address when you register online.
When are games and practices? Teams will typically play 8 to 10 games per season. There is usually just one game per week, typically on Saturdays depending on weather. Teams usually have a short practice just before the beginning of the game, during the allotted time for those teams. Times vary from week to week; the game schedule is finalized in March, and will be posted under the Schedule tab at the top of the LMLL home page. The season starts in April and runs until the end of the (LMSD) school year in mid-June.
Where are games and practices? Softball Rookie division games and practices are held at different fields in Lower Merion Township; locations may vary and will be finalized with team schedules in March. Directions and locations of all baseball fields are provided at the Field Locations link on the tabs at left. A detailed schedule will also be emailed by your player’s team coach before the season starts in April.
What do you do in practices? Coaches begin to develop and reinforce the major softball fundamentals, such as: proper throwing mechanics, batting stance and hitting, fielding skills, and base running. We emphasize having fun together as a team, learning positive sportsmanship, and developing players’ confidence in their athletic abilities.
How do games work?
- Softball Rookie division uses "coach pitch", with each team's own coach pitching to their own players.
- Games are three innings
- Half innings end when all batters in lineup have hit
- Players rotate field positions every inning
- No outs are recorded and no score is kept
What do we need to bring? Players need: (1) a softball glove, (2) water bottle, (3) team uniform. The team uniform (jersey, pants, socks and visor) will be provided by LMLL and will be distributed to players prior to the first game of the season. Do not wear shorts -- players in this division are taught to slide into the base on close plays. We recommend players wear baseball cleats, but sneakers are acceptable. Players are welcome to bring their own favorite baseball bats, but the team will also provide bats.
What about drop offs? At this age group, each player must have a parent (or other responsible adult, e.g., grandparent, nanny, guardian, etc.) present for the duration of the practice and game.
Do we need to be township residents? Lower Merion Little League is limited to residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth.
Where can I find additional information? We have a Frequently Asked Questions page about our Spring Season softball programs, on the tabs at left. In addition, general inquires may be directed to the league at
. Softball Rookie division inquiries may be directed to the Softball Rookie Division Commissioner, whose name and email address are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.