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U7 (2017 - 2018)

2024 Schedule Update

  • U7 (previously Jr, Mite) (2017 - 2018) - Tuesday AND Thursday  $115 
  • Season starts May 14/24 and runs until July 25/24

U7 is a beginner division for players born in 2017 and 2018. It combines game action with Ontario’s “Learn to Play” program.
​What is the Learn to Play Program?

The Tim Horton’s Learn To Play Program is a revolutionary way of introducing the sport of softball to children.  Activities that foster the involvement of all players, including players with high and low skill levels, are included. Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program uses activities and lead-up games that are patterned after informal playground games that promise FUN and LOTS OF ACTION.  Participants will go home at the end of the night happy and tired while improving their fitness level and softball skills. Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Program provides 5-7 year-olds with maximum opportunity to practice the progressions necessary to successfully participate in the softball game with a reasonable amount of skill.

Traditionally, at the 5-7 year level, coaches are Moms and Dads with little or no coaching experience.  This program is designed to make it easy to implement for the volunteer coach who knows a great deal about softball or who does not.  It includes:

  • Prepared lesson plans
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • A letter to give to parents about the program
  • Progressions for teaching basic skills
  • Lead-up games designed to simulate the real game of softball


Local BMSA Rules 

Base Distance: 45ft, use 11” ball
Pitching Distance: 30ft – Coach soft toss to own team or use tee if necessary.
Coach Pitch - the player gets 5 pitches. If they swing 3 times and miss each time, they are out. If they haven't hit after 5 pitches, they go to 1st base. We want to encourage swinging at the ball. 

All players in the pitcher's position must wear a face mask. In lieu of a face mask, the pitcher may wear their batting helmet.

Coaches are encouraged to recruit their assistant coach and/or parent volunteers as 1st and 3rd base coaches to help direct the base runners and a parent to help prepare the on-deck player.

All Players Bat. All eligible players will appear on the batting order (whether in the field defensively or not). The Coach must declare the last batter to the other coach before the first pitch. The Coach has to inform the batter. When the last batter has hit, the ball must be returned to the catcher or other defensive player, who must be touching home plate. At that time, play is suspended. All previous runs are counted. The inning is complete if the last batter is put out through normal play.

Following a fairly hit ball, the advancing of runners is considered ‘over’ when the ball is returned to a player in the infield (inside the base paths). Runners may continue to the base they are heading to, but the fielders may attempt to throw/tag the runner out. Runners may only take a maximum of 2 bases. Ex.) batter hits a ball into the outfield and is able to run home before the defensive team returns the ball to the infield. The batter has to stop at 2nd base. They will be returned to 2nd base if they advance further.

All batters and base runners need to have a helmet with a cage.
All players must have closed-toe athletic shoes
Players should have athletic pants or shorts
No Jewellery (medical Alert exempted)

There are no Umpires in this division. Please respect the coaches' and assistants' calls for rules. This is a learn-to-play division and is not competitive. Runners do not advance on overthrows.
The runner cannot steal bases; she/he can only run when the batter makes contact. The batter can only take a maximum of 2 bases on a play.