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    The Intermediate League - 12U

    Grades 5 & 6 (usually ages 11 or 12 as of August 31st)

  

 

 

The Intermediate League is similar to the Junior 10U League,  meeting twice a week beginning in early April and ending in mid June.  Every effort is made to coordinate the end of season with the end of the school year.

There are tryouts and a draft in this division.  Every girl that "tries out" will be placed on a team.  If a player is unable to attend tryouts she will be placed on a team via random hat pick.

 

All teams in this league make the playoffs.

 

Skills that are introduced, reintroduced and reinforced:

Proper batting stance and swing

Proper way to hold a softball

Proper throwing technique and throwing motion

Proper way to field and catch a ground ball; two hands

Proper way to catch a fly ball; two hands what is a ball

Proper way to run the bases aggressively

Recognizing and understanding all positions on the field

Playing all the positions on the field unless there is a safety concern

Improving understanding the strike zone; what is a ball and strike

Hitting off "live" pitching; girls pitch to each other (no coach pitch)

Improving the windmill pitching technique

Improving techniques to become a catcher

Learn to become part of a team and understanding what is best for the team and not the individual player

Learning the difference between a force play and a tag play

Understand what "tagging up" means

Learning the proper way to take a lead and steal a base

Improving ability to make "cut-off" plays and back up bases

Improving proper sliding techniques

Continuing to improve communication skills with fellow players, coaches and umpires

Being respectful of other players, coaches and umpires

Become accustom to playing with a regulation 12" ball. 

Become familiar with coaching "signs".  (steal, bunt, etc.)