2018 Issaquah Little League Championship Day, Saturday, June 9th

Volunteer Now for Championship Day

Championship Day is the culmination of the Issaquah Little League spring season. It features games championship games for AAA, Coast and Majors baseball, and Coast Softball. As the games unfold on the field, we transform rest of Dodd into a Little League festival, with food and activities for parents, sibligs, players and grandparents to enjoy the (usually) nice weather and celebrate our national pasttime.

We need your help! Please consider volunteering now via our SignUpGenius Page. It takes the community to create a great community! It's easy to participate. We've designed volunteer roles to be turnkey (just bring yourself and a smile) and time slots are as short as 30 minutes--easy to schedule before or after one of your players is at a game. Please feel free to sign up for more than one time slot or activity. No sure if/when your kid will be playing? Don't worry! Sign up and we can trade/flip times to accommodate those conflicts.

Reminder: High school students and middle school students can accrue community hours by volunteering for this event, so encourage your player's older siblings to participate and get some credit in return!

Mariners Issaquah Little League Days at Safeco Field

Posted May 1, 2018

Don't miss out on the Mariner's Issaquah Little League Days on May 20th, 27th or June 3rd!

The Mariners and Issaquah Little League are pairing up to provide you with discounted tickets, promotional giveaways and an opportunity to parade on the field! Tickets are just $14 per family member ($13 for the ticket price + $1 credit card processing fee). We will do our best to seat teammates together. 

Tickets will be delivered to our league in bulk and can be picked up at the Gilman Starbucks on each prior Friday from 9:30-10 am or 1-2 pm. or you can arrange porch pickup with our volunteer coordinator by emailing info@issaquahlittleleague.org.

Game dates are May 20th, May 27th and June 3rd, all @ 1:10 pm. If you would like to participate in the parade, please arrive by 11:30.


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2018 BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS INFORMATION

New Bat Information

New bat rules apply to Baseball only. Softball bat standards are not changing. Any non-wood bat used last season is no longer permitted for use in Little League baseball games or practices.

All bats used in Little League baseball games or practices must have the USA Baseball mark starting January 1, 2018. One-piece wooden bats without a mark are permitted.

Visit the Little League Baseball Bat Information page for more detail on the new standards and the rationale behind the

 

The 2018 Season is underway!
Volunteers and umpires are can still register here to participate in on-field activities.

Register now via these links
T-Ball Ages (5-6)
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Baseball** (Ages 6-16)
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Softball (Ages 6-14)
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ISSAQUAH 10'S CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!!
Posted Jul 4, 2017

Issaquah 10's Won the District 9 Championship and Washington State 10U Championship, having gone undefeated in 2017 Tournament play.


 
2017 Competitive Division Champs
 
Rules Geek

In Coast LIttle League pool play action today between the White Sox and the Cubs, we had three interesting situations that highlight some of the challenges we all have as coaches and umpires in Little League. Few of us have an encyclopedic grasp of the rules, so when certain situations happen, we all fall back on our own perception of the rules--all different. Disagreements happen, challenging coaches and umpires to contain their emotions and keep the emphasis on the kids. At the end of the day, these situations are not a big deal. The right thing to do is to move on and keep the game going--not to litigate these situations on the field. Stil, I thought it woudl be interesting to write about some of the incidents, so we can collectively build our knowledge of the rules and avoid future confusion.

Situation #1) Tag play at third base, runner attempted to slide into third base, third baseman was blocking the bag with his right foot and received the ball just as the runner arrived. The runners foot hit the fielder's foot and the runner was tagged out. The umpire called the runner out. A coach argued that the runner was obstructed. Justifying his call, the umpire said, "The fielder was making a play on the ball".

Rulebook: OBSTRUCTION is defined in Little League Baseball rule 2.00. "OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in posession of the ball impedes the progress of any runner... (NOTE: Obstruction shall be called on a defensive player to blocks off a base, baseline or home plate from a baserunner while not in possession of the ball.)" Rule 7.06 goes on to describe how bases are to be awarded to obstructed players.

Discussion: This is a judgment call. The rule depends on the fielder being in possession of the ball. If the umpire judges that the fielder obtained possession of the ball before the runner was impeded, then there is no obstruction. If the runner was impeded, then the ball arrived, then the correct call is "Obstruction" and the runner (and all other runners) are awarded the next base, in this case third base. However, the little league rules make not exceptions for "Act of making a play on the ball" or "a lack intention". IMHO, the correct call in this case was "obstruction". No out and the runner is awarded 3rd base. However, given that this is a judgement call, no one should be surprised that the call on the field WAS NOT overturned.

Situation #2) A batter was instructed by his coach to take a strike. This batter stepped out of the box as the pitcher started his pitching motion. The pitch was obviously high, but the umpire called the pitch a strike, stating that the batter "left the box early". A coach argued that there is no such rule for leaving the box early, and the umpire should call the ball or strike as it happens.

Rulebook: Little League Rule 6.02 Covers batters entering and/or leaving the batters box. There is a general rule, and a "local rule option". It's not clear if ILL follows the local rule option or not.

"6.02 -

a) The batter shall take a position in the batter's box promptly when it is said batter's time at bat.

b) the batter shall not leave that position in the batter's box after the pitcher comes to a Set Position, or starts a windup.

PENALTY: If the pitcher pitches, the umpire share call "Ball" or "Strike" as the case may be.

c) Local League Option: After entering the batter's box, the batter must remain in the box with at least one foot throughout the at bat.
Exceptions:

1. On a swing, slap or check swing

2. When forced out of the box by a pitch

3. When the batter attempts a "drag bunt"

4. When the catcher does not catch the pitched ball.

5. When a play has been attempted.

6. When time has been called.

7. When the pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound or takes a position more than five feet from the pitcher's plate after receiving the ball or the catcher leaves the catcher's box.

8. On a three ball count pitch that is a strike that the batter thinks is a ball.

PENALTY: If the batter leaves the batter's box of delays play and non of the exceptions apply, the umpire shall warn the batter. After one warning on a batter, the umpire shall call a strike. Any number of strikes can be called on each batter. No pitch has to be thrown, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance."

Discussion: In this situation, the umpire was mistaken. Even if the local rule is in effect, the batter should have been warned before a strike was called, unless, of course, the umpire believed that the pitch was a strike. IMHO, stepping out of the box in that situation is an act of gamesmanship and should be allowed with the penalty (as stated in the rules) that the play goes on without the batter if he/she chooses to leave the box.

Situation #3) After an overthrow on a runner stealing third base, the left fielder (backing up the play) wound up with the ball a couple steps onto the outfield grass behind third base. Outfielder called time-out, and timeout was awarded. A coach argued that outfielders may not "call time out".

Rulebook: "5.10 - The ball becomes dead when an umpire calls "Time." The Umpire-in-Chief shall call "Time".." The rule goes on to list a number of situations where umpires are obliged to call time--weather, manager request (offensive managers are limited to one per inning), players falling into stands, etc. Paragraph h states, "except in the cases stated in paragraphs (b) and (c)(1) of this rule, no umpire shall call "Time" while a play is in progress."

Discussion: Interestingly, none of the reasons an umpire should call Time is because "a player requests Time". Still, it is common practice for umpires to grant Time when players request it. There is no rule specifically excluding outfielders from calling time, but there is also no provision obligating umpires to grant time when any player requests it. Again, this comes down to a judgement call. If the umpire believes that the play is no longer "in progress", he may call "Time". Many coaches take a ball in the outfield to still be "in play". Still other coaches will argue, especially at the coast level, that the ball is still live until the pitcher is established back on the pitcher's plate. Indeed, when this happens (and the catcher is in the catcher's box ready to receive a pitch), hitters are required to return to their base and remain there until the ball crosses the plate before attempting advance. Many coaches train players ot keep their eye on the ball until the pitcher has established control of the ball on the mound, taking advantage of the throwing errors that often happen when fielders return the ball to the pitcher. But this is again a judgement call for the umpire, who can grant time if he feels that the play is over.