Ages 5 & 6
Often a family's first introduction to softball, Woburn Little League's AA Division provides coaching instruction by parent volunteers. Our coaches are responsible for teaching the fundamentals of throwing, catching, batting, fielding, and base running. The main focus is an introduction to fundamentals in a fun, safe, team-oriented environment.
The A Softball Commissioner assigns coaches to teams, and players are then assigned to teams by the Commissioner with a goal of creating teams of players from the same school district. Players receive a uniform shirt, hat, and socks.
The spring season commences with the Woburn Little League Opening Day parade. All players are encouraged to march in the parade with their team. The season then runs from late April through mid-June, and typically ends on Father's Day weekend. The season concludes with "Weafer Day", where the players have an opportunity to play at Weafer Park. This is a special day for the players, as they get a chance to play on the Woburn Little League small diamond field, use the dugouts, and have their names announced when they come up to bat.
Practices are played one weekday night and Sunday morning. Each session should last about 60 minutes. A practice where fundamentals are worked on (throwing, catching, proper batting stance and address at the plate, fielding position, fielding of ground balls, running the bases.
Coaching instruction is done by CORI volunteers, who are responsible for teaching the fundamentals of throwing, catching, batting, fielding and base running. This level encourages Parent participation through volunteering. The Ratio of kids to Volunteers helps in the learning process and the understanding of the game. Softball playing or coaching experience is not a must as director and league will work with you on coaching techniques if needed. The only thing needed is your time and positive attitude.
Although not mandatory, teams typically employ a station's method of teaching during the practice time. Experience has shown that the kids will get many more repetitions, be kept busy and engaged, and allow the coaches to have the chance to work on many different skills with the players.
When pitching to the kids, coaches should either sit on a bucket or be kneeling down to ensure they are throwing the ball to the kids on a plane and level as if coming from a peer of theirs. Underhand toss is highly recommended, the goal is for the kids to transition from hitting off of a tee to hitting a thrown or tossed ball. Balls for A softball should be the Soft 11-inch softballs. Soccer balls or whiffle balls are a nice transition to be used to go from TEE to soft toss.
The primary method of batting to begin the year is with a tee. This is a great tool to show kids proper batting stance, address, and allow them to focus on making contact with a proper swing. Coach pitch or toss should then be integrated based on the progress of the players. It is recommended for coaches to be on one knee or sitting on a bucket so that the ball comes into the players from a realistic vantage point. If a player swings and misses at 4-5 consecutive tosses, then re-introduce the tee. That will not embarrass a player, them swinging and missing time after time at a pitched ball will. The goal on this level is for each and every player to be able to hit a pitched or tossed the ball.