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Central Little League: Charlottesville, VA

General Information

Coach Pitch Softball is designed to build a solid foundation for becoming a successful softball player.  The focus of this division is introducing basic softball concepts such as catching, throwing, hitting, batter safety, base running, fielding, and rules of the game with special emphasis on having fun, working hard, and being a good sport.

The rules are modified to increase player success and confidence and give each kid an equal opportunity to participate and succeed.  At this level, athletes are learning how to play defense at multiple infield positions and how to make outs. Typically all players will get a chance to bat each inning. Players get 5 pitches from the coach, then a batting tee is used if a pitched ball is not hit. 


Division Information

Ages: League ages 6-8 (Click here to determine Little League Age)
Players that are league age 6 are eligible for tee ball or coach pitch.
Players that are league age 8 are eligible for coach pitch or player pitch (upper minors).

Times and locations:  Coach pitch games are generally played on Saturday morning/early afternoon at Booker T. Washington Park on Preston Avenue. Each Coach Pitch team will practice once per week. Practices are generally on weeknights after 5:00pm and time and location will vary.

Pitching: Coaches provide 5 pitches to the batter.  After five pitches with no hit in fair play, the batter will use a tee.

Equipment Recommendations:

Ball Size: 
The league uses a 11" ball

Glove Size
Make sure your glove can fit a 11"  ball. comfortably. Average fielding glove size may range from 9.5" - 11".

Batting Helmet: 
All players need a batting helmet with a facemask attached.

Fielding Mask:
Fielding masks are required when playing in the pitcher's circle on defense and are encouraged for other times. Athletes can opt out of playing in the pitcher fielding position.

Cleats are strongly recommended. Cleats marketed for other sports work just fine.

The league will provide a visor and a uniform shirt. Players  should provide their own solid black pants and black socks.

Bat Size:
Coach pitch bats may range from 25" to 28" in length. Check Dick's Sporting Goods page here for a softball bat buying guide. Little League requires softball bats to have a USSSA stamp/logo and  have a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20.  Most new bats on the market will meet this requirement and most have met this requirement for several years. See logo below.

Charlottesville Central Little League

1400 Pen Park RD 
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Email : [email protected]
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