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6U Softball (Updated for Spring 2020)

  • Age Group: 4-6 years old - must be 6 or under as of December 31, 2019.  Some 6-year olds with one or more seasons of 6u experience may elect to move-up early to 8u on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the MARA Softball Commissioner at mara_softball@live.com to discuss. To ensure safety of players considering playing up a level, prospective players must attend the 8U softball assessments for proper skills assessment by the 8U coaches. 
  • Pitching: Tee-ball and coach pitch
  • Field: Tee-ball field
  • Ball: 10" yellow softball (reduced-compression)
  • Games: Friday evenings and/or Saturday mornings
  • Practice: Typically one during the week and one on Saturday morning prior to games starting. Once games start, an occasional practice at coach's discretion
  • Required Equipment: Glove, batting helmet, tee-ball or softball bat
  • Recommended Equipment: Softball cleats, fielding face-mask
  • Description: 6U is for girls aged 4-6 who are just beginning to play softball. The basics of the game are taught, focusing on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and running. Hitting is done from a tee for beginners, and as players progress, they will learn to hit pitches thrown by a coach. Games are played against other all-girl 6U teams from MARA and other nearby Char-Meck Softball Associations (such as Porter Ridge and Mint Hill).  The games are played with an emphasis on fun, learning, and development to prepare players for the 8U level of play. Games are not scored, though outs are recognized to reward good defensive play.