The East Lincoln Optimist Club Girls Fastpitch Softball Teams follow the age groups provided by Little League Softball
Spring - Fall 2018: Your athlete's age as of January 1st of the current year.
Tee Ball (see baseball)
8U - Minor League Softball Division - league ages 6-8 eligible (advanced 5's)
10U - Minor League Softball Division - league ages 8-10 eligible
12U - Majors Softball Division - league ages 10-12 eligible (advanced 9's)
14U - Juniors Softball Division - leage age 12-14 eligible (likely competing in Seniors Division)
16U - Senior League Softball Division - league ages 14-16 eligible
Playing up or down an age-group
No athlete can play down an age-group.
There may be occasion where a parent requests that an athlete play up an age-group. While this is discouraged, the skills of the athlete may be strong enough to support the move. However, the following conditions must be met and evaluated each season:
- The athlete must attend the skills assessment for the age-group they are looking to play in
- All coaches for that age-group must agree that the skills of that athlete are strong enough that it would be safe for the athlete to play up
- If the skills of the athlete are deemed to not be equal to that of the age-group, the athlete will be placed on a team in their actual age-group.
- No refunds will be issued if the parent or athlete decides not to play in their own age group