This table outlines the expected fees and age levels for the upcoming 2023 Spring season. Minors may be broken out to player pitch, a split player/coach pitch levels, and a machine pitch level depending on the number of registrations.
All players will be required to wear softball face masks as detailed here. Exceptions are: catcher position, where a catchers helmet is required and for outfielders at the Junior and Seniors level. Note: Girls aged from 4-6 should sign up for Little League Baseball as we combine these levels at TB and Coach Pitch.
|Level of Play||Softball Age||Beg Date||End Date||Early Bird Registration Fee||County Fee||Out of County Fee||Volunteer Opt-Out|
|Minors-Majors||7 to 12||1/1/2010||12/31/2015||$159.50||$5.50||$30||$50|
|Seniors||13 to 16||1/1/2006||12/31/2009||$179.50||$5.50||$30||$50|
Fairfax County Youth Sports Scholarship Program
SYA provides team jerseys that can be worn over a T-shirt or alone. If buying a softball glove: The sporting goods stores have larger selections in the spring. Check the tag carefully to be sure you’re buying a softball glove, not a baseball glove. The displays get awfully mixed up!
Wear loose fitting shorts, athletic shorts, or sweatpants. Jeans and fitted shorts don’t allow enough freedom of movement. Most players will get baseball/softball pants. Coaches will determine color.
Sneakers are fine to start. If you stick with softball, you’ll probably want to get a pair of non-metal softball or baseball cleats.
The League will provide each player with a Washington Nationals team hat and team shirt. Each player is required to provide a softball glove, cleats (optional at lower levels) and softball pants. Optional items include: batting helmet,and bat. Teams will be provided additional equipment. Catchers may have their own gear as teams will have one set available for sharing. Players also need to provide a water bottle and a strap for glasses. Glasses must have non-breakable lenses. Face guards, pending position, can also be required as noted here.
Girls’ softball is played with metal or wood bats. Bats must be certified by the Little League International. Check out the web site for all the details. TeeBall and Coach Pitch bats must align to the Little League Baseball bat standard – USA Baseball label.
Batting helmets must meet Little League standards and be marked with “Meets NOCSAE Standard”. Chin straps and face guards for batting helmets are optional but encouraged, however please note that any alteration to the helmet after purchase must be approved by the manufacturer. Adding paint, decals, and the like may also void the manufacturer warranty. See Little League Softball rule 1.16 for all the details.