low signups this year in our league for softball. all in person signups are over, online goes until the 17th.
minors - 16
majors - 14
juniors - 11 (obviously just one team, no more late signups after tryouts, just in case we need to move a couple of 12s to juniors (only if they agree) to get more manageable teams in majors)
obvioulsly first option is to pray for 8-10 signups in both minors and majors age brackets. assuming that does not happen (very unlikely, likelihood is 3-4 more in each division, which actually makes things worse)
Options I see.
1- one minors, one majors - pros, none really, except maybe less squabbling about practice slots, possibly one or two games not having to be rescheduled; cons, hard to manage practices, less PT for most if not all girls. Only viable if no more girls sign up, so probably not realistic.
2-two majors, two minors, with a host of girls 9-11 double rostered/ pros, double rostered girls get to play a lot of softball; cons, scheduling nightmares, basically, minors and majors cannot play same nights. not certain if we can get enough girls to do this, as many in majors play travel as well.
3-two minors, one major, keep down all 11s who played minors last year (11s who played major last year cannot be kept down). without seeing full registration info, hard to say, but this probably puts us at like 18 and 12, still rough for minors, and other local leagues we interleague with will not like this.
4-one minor, two majors, move all 10s up to majors (our minors in softball end up being mostly 8s and 9s anyway, with some 7s, and a one or two 10s per team), maybe even a few 9s (likely to be my daughter). pros, numbers would work most likely, probably end up with like minors team of 12, two majors teams of 11 each; cons, 9s and 10s probably really not ready for the pitching they will face in majors.
any other options I am not seeing?