Youth Softball Program

Program Details

6U Softball (girls tee-ball) Designed specifically for girls aged 6 and younger as of January 1st.  The program takes place each Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 on a conveniently located field in Exeter.  All Stratham girls will be placed on one Stratham team.  Teams from Exeter and East Kingston will also participate in this fun, relaxed, learning program.  10 inch diameter sof-touch balls (leather cover, sponge center) are used. The first 45 minutes is dedicated to learning softball fundamentals, including rules and skills that differentiate softball from baseball. The last 45 minutes is structured game play with Coaches continuing to instruct players during the game. The 6U Tee Ball program begins April 8th with a Seacoast-Area Softball Opening Day ceremony, and runs through the first weekend of June. 

8U Softball Players hit off of coach pitching and use 11 inch diameter sof-touch balls (leather cover, sponge center). This instructional league generally consists of one practice session per week on a weekday and one game per week on Saturday.  The main focus at this level is to teach players core softball rules while developing skills in a fun environment.  Limited roster sizes, and coach pitching allow for faster paced games with plenty of hitting and fielding.  Emphasis is placed on fundamentals and teamwork.  All practices and most games are played in Stratham, a couple of games will be in Exeter. 

10U Softball Players hit off of player pitching (coaches pitch after ball four) and use 11 inch diameter ‘hard’ softballs. This developmental league consists of three 1-1/2hr sessions per week, including at least one game.  Players continue building and refining fundamental skills while learning game strategy.  Volunteer parents or paid high school players will umpire the games.  Standings are kept, but focus is not on winning.  Certain local rules are in place to encourage learning and speed up the pace of games.  Players get to try all positions. All practices and most games are played in Stratham, a couple of games will be in Exeter. Evaluation schedule is TBD

12U Softball Players hit exclusively off of player pitching and use full-size regulation 12-inch diameter softballs.  Players are still developing and learning and new players are encouraged to participate.  The 12U season consists of three or four 1-1/2 – 2 hour sessions per week, including one to three games per week.  Trained umpires call most games, and most Babe Ruth/ASA rules apply.  Players begin to specialize at couple of positions appropriate for their skills and talents, though they will still experience multiple positions.  Advanced rules and topics are introduced.  All practices and most games will be held in Stratham and approximately 5 games will be played at an adjacent Town’s field within 20 minutes of the Stratham Municipal Center. Evaluation schedule is TBD

14U Softball The 14U league is competitive and usually consists of experienced players.  The season consists of three or four 2-hr sessions per week, including one to three games per week.  It is fast paced and exciting.  Certified umpires call all games, and full official Babe Ruth/ASA rules apply.  Players generally play positions they know and are comfortable with.  Advanced offensive and defensive strategies are taught.  All practices and most games will be held in Stratham and approximately 5 games will be played at an adjacent Town’s field within 20 minutes of the Stratham Municipal Center. Evaluation schedule is TBD

BIRTH CHART FOR 2017 – SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

Player age groups are determined by the birth chart shown below.

2012 - 6U2009 - 8U2006 - 10U2003 - 14U
2011 - 6U2008 - 8U2005 - 12U2002 - 14U
2010 - 6U2007 - 10U2004 - 12U 

Example: A girl born in the year 2007 would play 10U softball. 

2017 Program Fees*

* Early registration ends February 26, 2017 at which time rates will increase by $20.00

Registration closes on March 10th

Spring 2017 Recreation Calendar

Week 1April 8th (oepning day)Week 6May 6th
Week 2April 15thWeek 7May 13th 
Week 3April 22ndWeek 8May 27th 
Week 4April 29thWeek 9June 3rd
Week 5May 6th   

Playoffs / World Series / Jamboree will be held on June 2nd – 4th

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: COACHES NEEDED!

PLEASE SIGN UP TO COACH WHEN YOU REGISTER YOUR DAUGHTER UP TO PLAY.  We will provide instruction and weekly lesson plans.  No softball experience is necessary – just a desire to spend quality time with your child. There will be a mandatory training for all volunteer coaches. This training will focus on coaching fundamentals and philosophy as well as provide guidance for creating and running practices and games.