Overview of our Divisions
Sunnyvale Girls Softball League has four divisions: A, AA, AAA and AAAA. Age is defined as your daughter’s age on January 1, 2015. The Divisions are generally aligned by age as follows.
|Division||Primarily for Ages||May also Include Ages||How Teams are Formed|
|A||6 and under||7||Player and coach requests, school and league placement to balance team sizes|
|AA||7-8||6, 9||Player and coach requests, school and league placement to balance team sizes|
|AAA||9-10||8, 11||Evaluation and draft|
|AAAA||11-14||11-16||Evaluation and draft. This age group is often divided into two levels of play, gold and silver.|
What to Expect by Your Daughter’s Age
The league considers a number of factors when determining which level will be best for each player. The player’s age is one factor, but several other considerations are also important, including (in no particular order):
- Ability and softball skills
- School grade level (very common for late calendar birthdays to opt to play with grade-mates)
- The number of players in each division
- The target roster size, which is tailored to the needs and structure of the different divisions. Younger divisions tend to have smaller rosters
- The number of volunteer coaches in each division
- The number of pitchers in the AAA and AAAA divisions to make viable teams
- Placement requests for siblings (please refer to the discussion below, if this is of concern)
If you feel strongly that your daughter belongs in another division than her primary age division, please contact the Player Representative.
Note that while it may be allowed to play “down” during the rec season for girls who are still developing their skills, they must play at their league age for summer travel ball with Shockwave. If you are considering summer travel ball, it is recommended to have your daughter play at the recommended level for her league age.
|6 and Under Years Old||
|7 Year Olds||
|8 Year Olds||
|9 Year Olds||
|10 Year Olds||
|11 Year Olds||
|12 Year Olds||
|13 Year Olds||
|14-16 Year Olds||
How the Rules of Play Evolve, by Division
The rules of play and expectations for players evolve significantly between each Division. Here’s a quick summary of the most significant differences.
|A||Hitting from a tee and some coach pitch.
No strikeouts or walks.
|Every player bats once every inning.
|All players play defense, and rotate through all positions.||1 per week (Saturday morning)
About 3 innings (~1 hour). Scores not recorded.
|1 per week
(about 1 hour)
|AA||Player and coach pitch at 30′ distance.
Strikeouts, but no walks.
|Continuous batting order, but half innings end after 3 outs or the run limit being reached.||All players play defense, and rotate through most positions.||1 or 2 per week.
3-4 innings (about 80 minutes each).
|1 per week (60-90 minutes each).|
|AAA||AAA Player pitch from 35′, with some coach pitch.
Strikeouts, and some walks.
|Continuous batting order. Half innings end after 3 outs or the run limit reached. Bunting allowed. Stealing allowed with some restrictions.||All players play defense and have opportunities to play most positions. Minimum inning limits for play in infield / outfield. 9/10 players on defense, depending on team size.||Usually 2 per week.
Up to 6 innings, (~1.5 hours each).
|1 or 2 per week
(~1.5 hours each).
|AAAA Silver||Player pitch from 40′ distance.
Walks and strikeouts.
|Continuous batting order. Bunting, dropped 3rd strike, and stealing allowed. Runs limited in early innings.||9/10 players on defense.
No minimum for number of innings played, or innings in infield vs. outfield.
|Usually 2 per week, interlocking with other cities / leagues. Up to 6 innings, (about 1 hr 45 min each).||About 2 per week (1.5 to 2 hours each).|
|AAAA Gold||Player pitch from 43′ distance.
Walks and strikeouts.
|Continuous batting order. Bunting, dropped 3rd strike, and stealing allowed. Runs limited in early innings.||9/10 players on defense. Players typically play only 1 or 2 different positions. No minimum for number of innings played, or innings in infield vs. outfield.||Usually 2 per week, interlocking with other cities / leagues. Up to 7 innings, (about 2 hours each).||Usually 2 per week (about 2 hours each).|
Team Placement Requests: Siblings and Friends
By default, sisters who would normally be playing in the same division will be placed on the same team. If a parent wants siblings to play on different teams, the parent must contact the Player Representative to make the request.
Also, if parents would like daughters to be placed on the same team, although they would generally play in different divisions because of age, they must contact the Player Representative to make the request. The league will evaluate both players and determine which division both sisters should play in. This may result in the older sister playing in a lower division or the younger sister playing in a higher division.
Friend requests – Players in the A and AA divisions may make ONE friend request and ONE coach request. The league will make every effort to place friends who request one another on the same team in the A and AA divisions, but they are not guaranteed. There are no friend or coach requests in the AAA and AAAA divisions.