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It is the philosophy of Princeton Little Tar Heel League to progressively develop children’s skills by offering programs for various age levels. As they develop, the children are taught higher level skills along with the value of good sportsmanship and teamwork. Our intent is for children to have FUN and to enjoy the sport they play while learning the character building lessons that come from participating in team sports. PLTL emphasizes the fundamentals of softball as players are taught the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base-running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

PLTL's recreational softball program consists of three age based levels depending on your CURRENT 2022 spring school grade at the time of registration.

Program emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

All coaches are volunteers and coaches set up the practice location, day and time.  Rosters, schedules, uniforms and equipment are distributed to coaches in late March.  Players will be contacted by the coach of their team by late March. Practices will begin in March and the 12-game season will begin in April and run through the last week of school.

Special Request Policy — Special requests for team placement will be considered carefully, but there is NO GUARANTEE they will be honored. For requests to be considered, the registration must be turned in by the registration deadline.




PLTL’s Recreational Softball League consists of an age progression of playing levels for ages 7 through age 12. The program is started at the 8U level where the softball is pitched by a coach. The continuing program mirrors the real world progression of softball and starts with 10U player pitch and continues through 12U softball.  PLTL Softball participates in the Johnston County Athletic Association for all Divisions. 

Fall Softball (Offered only if  we have enough interest)

Fall Softball is an instructional program that is available to players of all skill levels between the ages of 6 to 12 years old.  The season runs from September to late October.  The age groups are identical to the spring season, however PLTL sets the age cut offs for each division as they would occur the following spring season. This will help girls gain a head start on the coming season and adjust early on to the new dimension of their respective next playing level. 





T-Ball is a coed introductory baseball program for both boys and girls at 5 or 6 years of age. These players are currently in kindergarten or will be entering kindergarten in the Fall. Players are introduced to the basics of the game of baseball and the main focus is on instruction and fun. Emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship. Players are allowed approximately six coach pitches and then should hit off of a standard tee. Games are instructional, outs and runs are not counted.  Each team will bat through their entire line-up each inning.

8U Softball (coach-pitch) 

8U Softball is an introductory softball program. These are typically our 1st and 2nd grade students and ages are normally between 7 and 8 year olds.   Six year old are allow to play up however a minimum of one year of T-ball is required for the six year olds to be considered.  All six year olds wishing to play 8U coach must contact the current PLTL Softball Director for the appropriate approval.  Online registration is not available for girls wishing to play up a division level.

Coaches pitch to their own team for the entire game.  Players get 6 pitches; there are strikeouts but no walks. 60' bases and 35' pitching distance.

10U Softball

10U  Softball is an introductory to player pitch softball.  Regulation 3 strikes and 4 balls are counted at each at bat, however players can't walk.  If a batter reaches 4 balls via player pitch, the coach will come in an finish the at bat until the player reaches 3 strikes.  Pitching distance is 35' and bases are 60"

12U Softball

12U Softball is for 11 and 12 year olds in which players begin to fine tune their skill for middle school tryouts. No tryouts are required for rec softball. Players pitch the entire game to a normal 4 ball, 3 strike count and stealing to all bases is allowed. Pitching distance is 40' and bases are 60'.

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