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.)