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Baseball Divisions

Instructional Divisions 
 
 T-Ball
(Ages 4-5)
 At this level of play, the focus is exclusively on learning the very basic fundamental of the game and having tons of fun, so the kids will come back next year. Coaches place balls on the tee for hitting. Emphasis is on basic skills, teamwork, and fun. Teams are formed by neighborhood where possible and may vary depending on enrollment for a given neighborhood. Expect one practice and one game each week. 
A
(Ages 6-7)

At this level of play, we continue to focus on learning the basis and coaches pitch to the players using a soft safety ball. Emphasis is on basic skills, teamwork, and fun. Teams are formed by neighborhood where possible and may vary depending on enrollment for a given neighborhood. Expect one practice and one game each week.

Players may petition to play up or down, depending on previous experience.
AA
(Age 8)

At this level of play, there is increased focus on basic skills, teamwork, respect for coaches, and the rules of the game while still retaining a fun atmosphere. Coaches pitch to the players or use a pitching machine using RIF (Reduced Injury Factor) 5 ball. Team formation is based upon neighborhood as much as possible and may vary depending on enrollment for a given neighborhood. Expect one practice and one game each week.      

Players may petition to play up or down, depending on previous experience. Players petitioning to play up into competitive must meet the petition criteria, including attending the skills evaluation.

8u players may petition to play up if:

  • They played AA the year prior and/or score in the top 25% of AAA eligible players on their skills evaluations.
  • AND must be drafted and placed on a AAA team.
Competitive Divisions  
AAA
(Age 9)

At this level of play, players pitch for the first time and stealing is introduced. 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. Regulation hardballs are used. Balanced teams are formed as Managers draft players to be on their team using results from the mandatory Skills Evaluation. Scorekeeping, pitch counts, game scores, standings are all introduced, end of season Tournament, and Championship. Expect two-three events each week.

Priority placement for players little league age 9. Younger players who meet the petition criteria will be eligible for the draft.

9u players may petition to play up if:

  • They played AAA the year prior and/or score in the top 25% of eligible Coast players on their skills evaluations.
  • AND must be drafted and placed on a Coast team.
The Player Agent may opt to bring up players from younger divisions to fill a roster to ensure balanced teams for competitive play 
Coast
(Ages 10-11)

At this level of play, competition increases as players pitch with steals allowed. Emphasis on basic skills, playmaking decisions, teamwork and respect for umpires and coaches. Balanced teams are formed as Managers draft players to be on their team using results from the mandatory Skills Evaluation. Scorekeeping, pitch counts, game scores, standings, end of season Tournament, and Championship. Expect one practice and two games each week.

Priority placement for players little league age 10-11. Younger players who meet the petition criteria will be eligible for the draft.

10 and 11u players may petition to play up if:

  • They played Coast the year prior and/or score in the top 25% of eligible Majors players on their skills evaluations.
  • AND must be drafted and placed on a Majors team.
The Player Agent may opt to bring up players from younger divisions to fill a roster to ensure balanced teams for competitive play 
Majors
(Age 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. Those players not assigned to a Majors team are automatically entered into the Coast level. Scorekeeping, pitch counts, game scores, standings, end of season Tournament, and Championship. Expect one practice and two games each week.

Players little league age 12 have priority placement in the Major’s division. Younger players who meet the petition criteria will be eligible for the draft.

Players requesting to play down must complete a district evaluation and may be subject to play restriction as deemed appropriate by the district evaluators.

The player agent may opt to bring up players from younger divisions to fill a roster to ensure balanced teams for competitive play.

Intermediate (Age 13)

Juniors
(Age 14)

Seniors
(Age 15-16)

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. Base stealing, sliding, and lead offs are allowed starting at this level. Diamond size is an 80 or 90 foot base path with a 54 or 60 foot pitching distance. Depending upon the number of players that register to play, teams will typically have between 12-15 players. Practice starts in March and games start in April. There will be approximately 22-25 games against other District 9 leagues including Bellevue, Sammamish, Eastlake, Redmond, etc. during the season and games are 7 innings. Includes Post-season District and State All-Star Tournaments, Regional tournament and the Junior League Baseball World Series. Bat size goes up to a maximum of 2-5/8" diameter (big barrel) and 2-1/4" diameter bats may still be utilized. Metal or molded rubber cleats depending upon fields utilized.


Baseball Registration Information

Baseball Registration Guide


T-Ball A AA AAA Coast Majors
Description Beginners Coach Pitch Advanced Coach Pitch (machine) Kid Pitch, Playoffs Competitive, Playoffs Advanced, Playoffs
Ball Type Safety Ball Semi-Soft
Semi-Soft
Hardball
Hardball
Hardball
Team Organization School / Area School / Area School / Area Skills Evaluation / Draft Skills Evaluation / Draft Skills Evaluation  / Draft
League Age T-Ball A AA AAA Coast Majors
4-5 Get Started!
6 Register
for T-Ball
If successful at T-Ball, register for A
7 If not ready for A, register for A, and petition to Play Down Register
for A
If successful at A, register for A, and petition to Play Up
8 If not ready for AA, register for AA, and petition to Play Down to A Register
for AA
If successful at AA, register for AA, and petition to Play Up
(Skills Evaluation Required) 
9 If not ready for AAA, register for AAA, and petition to Play Down to AA Register for AAA
If successful at AAA, register for AAA, petition to Play Up.
(Skills Evaluation Required) 
10 If not ready for Coast, register for Coast, and petition to Play Down.
Register for Coast
If successful at Coast, register for Coast and petition to Play Up,
(Skills Evaluation required)
11 If not ready for Coast, register for Coast, and petition to Play Down
Register for Coast
If successful at Coast, register for Coast and petition to Play Up,
(Skills Evaluation required) 
12 Petitioning to play down requires district approval, consult your Player Agent  Register for Majors
13+ Jr. Umpires
Intermediate Baseball Division
 14-16Junior and Senior Baseball Divisions 


Baseball Registration Information

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P.O. Box 488 
Issaquah, Washington 98027

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