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ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE

Commissioners Letter

Dearest Softball Families,

Welcome to the 2021 season! Registration for Issaquah Fast Pitch Softball is now open! This season may look a little different with our new guidelines in place from the government but please be assured that the safety and health of our players and families are a priority. With government guidelines we plan on providing a fun and safe season not only for our players but for families as well. 

My name is Jamie Svoboda, I am Issaquah Little League's Softball Commissioner. This will be my 4th year on the Issaquah Little League board. This year will mark my 11th season coaching softball. Our program exists because we have such wonderful volunteers who put in countless hours and who have a passion for the sport and kids.

Each year we continue to improve our program and have more girls playing softball than ever in Issaquah Little League history. With 3 A teams, 4 AA teams, 3 AAA teams, 3 Coast teams, 2 Majors team, 6 Junior players, 3 All Star teams, 4 Summer Ball teams and 1 Coast Fall Ball has made us the largest softball league in Western Washington.

We have a fun year ahead of us and are planning on having tournaments with our fellow D9 leagues.  We will have skill development clinics FREE for registered players throughout the year. The clinics will focus on current softball methods of throwing, catching, hitting, pitching and running bases. Our skill clinics will be lead by the head coach and players from Bellevue College Softball team. We will also have a outdoor skills clinic hosted by the head coach of Issaquah High School in April, a Little League Day. In June at the end of our season, we will have Championship Day at Dodd Field and an All Star season for the competitive levels.

Skill Evaluations will take place on February 6th at Bellevue College for players going into AAA, Coast & Majors. Bellevue College and ILL are working together to provide a safe environment given Covid regulations. Skill Evaluations are helping us to determine the players levels that are compatible for each division. This provides a safe and balanced environment for the kids to learn and have fun.

We strive our best for our players to have fun, learn, be competitive and to love the game of Softball. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me at [email protected].

Here's to a fun and safe 2021 Season!


Jamie Svoboda
Issaquah Little League Softball Commissioner

Softball Registration

(For BASEBALL registration, click here)


SOFTBALL REGISTRATION STEPS

Review each step BEFORE registering online:

1 Find your Little League Age and Division
2 Verify you live in or attend a school in the Issaquah Little League Boundary using Little League Finder
3 Review the Division calendar
4 Special Cases: Scholarships
5 Special Cases: Managers, Coaches, Umpires, and Other Volunteers
6 Register for the 2021 ILL Softball Season (Registration opens December 1, 2020)



LITTLE LEAGUE AGE CHART (https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/2021-softball-age-chart/)

Softball Divisions

T-Ball/AAges 5-7- T-Ball/A softball is the first level of our softball program. T-ball/A is geared toward teaching softball fundamentals such as proper throwing, fielding and batting techniques. Girls typically play at this level for two years. The T-ball/A program starts kids on a tee and introduces them to coach-pitched balls when they're ready. Kids play in all of the defensive innings, rotating positions each inning, and will bat in all innings of a game. T-ball/A uses a 10" safety (soft) ball.
AAAges 7-8- At this level of play there is increased focus on basic skills, teamwork, respect for coaches and umpires, and the rules of the game while still retaining a fun atmosphere. Coaches pitch to the players using a soft safety 11" softballl. Team formation is based upon home school as much as possible. Expect either a game and a practice or two games each week.
Fastpitch Competitive Divisions
AAAAge 9- Players pitch for the first time and stealing is introduced! Coaches still pitch to a player because walks are not allowed, although strike outs are. This is the entry into competitive baseball with increased emphasis on basic skills, playmaking decisions, teamwork along with respect for umpires and coaches. Intensity level of play appropriately increased. Safety 11" softballs are used. Balanced teams are formed as Managers DRAFT players to be on their team using results from the mandatory Skills Evaluation. Scorekeeping and game scores are all introduced. Expect one practice and one game each week OR two games a week.
CoastAge 10- The level of competition increases as players pitch with steals allowed. Emphasis on basic skills, playmaking decisions, teamwork and respect for umpires and coaches. 11" regulation softball will be used. Balanced teams are formed as Managers DRAFT players to be on their team using results from the mandatory Skills Evaluation. Scorekeeping and game scores are kept. Expect one practice and two games each week or two games.
MajorsAges 11-12- Advanced, competitive play. Emphasis on refining of all skills learned at previous levels. Balanced teams are formed as Managers DRAFT players to be on their team using results from the mandatory Skills Evaluation. 12" regulation softball will be used. Those players not assigned to a Majors team are automatically entered into the Coast level. Scorekeeping and game scores are kept. Expect one practice and two games each week or two games.

Juniors (Age 13-14)

 

Ages 13-14- Advanced, competitive play. Players must be ready to add more skill and strategy to their game. Defensive awareness along with knowing where to make the play and how to run the bases becomes a more critical part of the game.

ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE BOUNDARY

Please use Find My League to determine the league boundary for your home or school you attend.

Issaquah Little League boundary is based on the geographic attendance area of the following Issaquah School District Elementary Schools which feed into Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquah Middle School and a portion of Maywood Middle School:

Clark Elementary 100% of attendance area
Cougar Ridge Elementary 100% of attendance area
Grand Ridge Elementary 100% of attendance area
Issaquah Valley Elementary 100% of attendance area
Maple Hills Elementary 100% of attendance area
Sunset Elementary 100% of attendance area
Apollo Elementary
  • North of SE 128th from 164th Ave SE to 212th Ave SE
  • East of 164th Ave SE from SE 128th to May Valley Rd

  • Be sure you live or attend a school within the boundaries before registering, we cannot refund your registration processing fee of $35 if you live outside the Issaquah Little League boundaries.
  • If you live outside the Issaquah Little League boundary in a neighboring league and wish to play in Issaquah, you must follow the Little League International Waiver Accommodation process to request permission from your League's President for a specific reason. This Waiver, if approved, lasts for one season and removes your child from any All-Star eligibility in either league. Contact the Player Agent for more information.
  • If you are uncertain about whether you live in Issaquah Little League boundaries please use Find My League or contact the Player Agent.

2021 DIVISION CALENDAR

2021 Season Calendar (preliminary) A/T-Ball AA AAA Coast Majors Juniors
Registration Opens Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1
Price $150 $150 $195 $195 $195 $245
Early Registration Discount ($25) Ends 1/14 Ends 1/14 Ends 1/14 Ends 1/14 Ends 1/14 Ends 1/14
Coaches Clinic at Bellevue College (see softball information page for details)TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
Defense 101 at Bellevue College (throwing, fielding, etc.)TBDTBD
TBDTBDTBDTBD
Hitting at Bellevue CollegeTBDTBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
Pitching at Bellevue College (players need a parent catcher)
NoneNone, unless petitioning to play up to AAATBDTBDTBDTBD
Hitting, Baserunning at Bellevue CollegeTBDTBD
TBDTBDTBDTBD
Skills Evaluation None Only players petitioning to play up to AAA Feb 6
8:30am
Dodd South
Feb 6
9:30am
Dodd South
FEB 6
10:30am
Dodd South

None

Team Formation School / Area School / Area Feb 25
Assigned by Draft
Feb 25
Assigned by Draft
Feb 25
Assigned by Draft

Assigned by Draft

Managers Named Early March Early March Late Jan Late Jan Late Jan TBD
Teams Announced Mid March Mid March Late Feb Late Feb Late Feb Late Feb
# Teams Expected 4 4 3 5 3 1
Roster Size 10 10 12 12 12 12
Practice Start Mid March Mid March Early Mar Early Mar Early Mar Early Mar
Events per Week 2 2 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3
Regular Season Games 12 12 14 14 14 14
Game Days of Week 1 weekday and Sat 1 weekday and Sat 1-2 weekday and Sat 1-2 weekday including Fri no Sat 1-2 weekday including Fri no Sat Varies
Practice Days of Week Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
All-Stars Announced N/A N/A June 1 June 1 June 1 June 1
# All-Stars N/A N/A N/A Up to 12 Up to 12 Up to 12
All-Stars Tournament Dates   TBD TBD TBD TBD       

SCHOLARSHIPS

Registration Fee Scholarship
  • Issaquah Little League offers scholarships for families where our fee would present a hardship. During registration indicate your Scholarship request by selecting the appropriate Division scholarship level and use the text box to explain the circumstances that make the scholarship necessary.
  • Scholarships will not cover the Late Fee under any circumstances
  • Contact the Player Agent for more information
Equipment Scholarship

MANAGERS, COACHES, UMPIRES, AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS

MANAGER or COACH
  • If you are going to Volunteer to Manager or Coach, register your child first and then create a new an additional registration selecting "2021 Softball - Coaches & Volunteers" from the registration menu and enter your own information and the age group you wish to Coach or Manage. (Remember in softball the MANAGER is the "Head Coach" while the COACH is the "Assistant Coach")
  • Once you register as Manager or Coach you will receive an email with an attached PDF. Follow instructions precisely to submit your identification information for a Little League mandatory BACKGROUND CHECK. Contact our League Secretary for more info.
UMPIRE
  • If you plan to be a volunteer Adult Umpire or a paid Junior Umpire you will need to create a new registration selecting Umpire from the registration menu. Remember, you must have an account for your family before you can register.
  • Once you register as Adult or Junior Umpire you will receive an email with an attached PDF. Follow instructions precisely to submit your identification information for a Little League mandatory BACKGROUND CHECK. Contact our League Secretary for more info.
  • Read about the program and training requirements on our Umpire page or contact our Chief Umpire for more info.
OTHER VOLUNTEERS
  • If you are going to Volunteer in any capacity from Scorekeeper, Snack Parent, or Board of Directors, create a an additional registration for yourself selecting "2021 Softball - Coaches & Volunteers" from the registration menu and entering your own information and the age group you wish to volunteer for.
  • Once you register as a Volunteer, you will receive an email with an attached PDF. Follow instructions precisely to submit your identification information for a Little League mandatory BACKGROUND CHECK. Contact our League Secretary for more info.

REGISTER NOW FOR 2021 SOFTBALL

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    P.O. Box 488 
    Issaquah, Washington 98027

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