About Softball

Mandarin Sports Association (MSA) of Jacksonville is the original organization for youth girls softball for Mandarin and its surrounding areas.  We offer two youth girls softball seasons each year – Spring and Fall.  Following the Spring Season, All-Star teams are formed in most age divisions.   Our Mandarin youth girls softball home games are primarily played at Palmetto Leaves park in Jacksonville.  All age groups play within a coalition of nearby associations and may travel to other parks to play some games.

Spring Girls Softball Key Dates:

  • Registration – Mid-November through the end of January.
  • Evaluations and Teams Form – Between Late-January and the first week of February.
  • Season – First of March through Early May*.

Fall Girls Softball Key Dates:

  • Registration – Mid-June through Beginning of September.
  • Evaluations and Teams Form – Between Beginning of September and Mid-September.
  • Season – October through Mid-November**.

You can register online or in-person on certain dates in the registration period. See the Latest News section of our website for onsite registration dates.

Practices are typically two days a week for 1:30 – 1:45 and start as soon as teams as formed.  Games are typically two days a week.  Practice time after games start is at the coach’s discretion.

*All-Star season runs Mid-May through Mid-July and is on a try-out basis.

**Fall Softball season ends before the week of Thanksgiving.Further, there are NO GAMES ON SATURDAYS in the Fall unless there are field limitations, conflicts, makeups, or coalition needs.

  • Age Ranges Chart
  • MSA Divisions


MSA follows the Babe Ruth Softball rules for all age divisions. League Age is based on Babe Ruth Softball’s age chart. Babe Ruth Softball league age is based on the child’s age as of the upcoming December 31st. The following age table is for the Fall 2019 season:

From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 20144
From January 1, 2013 to December 31, 20135
From January 1, 2012 to December 31, 20126
From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 20117
From January 1, 2010 to December 31, 20108
From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 20099
From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 200810
From January 1, 2007 to December 31, 200711
From January 1, 2006 to December 31, 200612
From January 1, 2005 to December 31, 200513
From January 1, 2004 to December 31, 200414
From January 1, 2003 to December 31, 200315
From January 1, 2002 to December 31, 200216
From January 1, 2001 to December 31, 200117
From January 1, 2000 to December 31, 200018

MSA provides the following divisions in which children can play:

DivisionLeague AgeField SizeGame TimeDetails
6U T-Ball4-6Mound: 35’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
No new inning after 1:20
A program recommended for league age 4, 5, and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The coach pitches to the batter and after five pitches they are allowed to hit off a batting tee. There are no strikeouts at this age group. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of softball in a supportive team environment.
8U Pitching Machine7-8Mound: 35’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
No new inning after 1:20
The pitching machine league designed for league age 7 and 8 year olds. Each batter has up to five pitches to hit a fair ball off of a Louisville Slugger catapult pitching machine. By controlling pitches with a pitching machine, there is more action at the plate and in the field. The pitching machine league is an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence.
10U Kid Pitch9-10Mound: 35’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
No new inning after 1:20
The 10U division is designed for league age 9 and 10 year olds. The players are introduced to live pitching at this level. Players are allowed to steal multiple bases including home, but not lead off. Offensively the bunt is allowed in this division. Prior to a pre-established date in both Spring and Fall seasons, no walks are allowed in this age division. After four balls, a coach from the offensive team pitches until a fair ball is hit or three strikes occur. After the pre-established date, standard Babe Ruth softball rules apply. Stealing is allowed after the release of the pitch. Among teammates of their own age and experience level, players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game.
12U11-12Mound: 40’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
No new inning after 1:20
In this age division pitchers are more experienced, thus the no walk rule does not apply. Stealing is allowed after the release of the pitch. This age division is often an avenue to prepare girls for middle school softball. However, beginners are welcome and can learn and improve their skills by competing with and against more experienced players.
14U / 16U / 18U13-18Mound: 43’
Bases: 60’
7 Innings
No new inning after 1:20
This division provides a competitive softball environment for girls who do not play on their middle school or high school teams as well as an opportunity for girls to supplement their school ball experiences. These age groups are typically combined during the rec ball season but separate all star teams are formed for league age 14U, 16U and 18U age groups (based on participation). These age groups fall under the rules of the league age 18U Babe Ruth age division.

All players are required to go through a player evaluation process in order to create a better distribution of talent through the draft process. (Player evaluations are not required for the 6U age group). Team selections are made using a draft process based on the player evaluation scores. All children will be placed on a team.