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ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE

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Dearest Softball Families,


Welcome to the 2022 season!  Registration for Issaquah Fast Pitch Softball opens November 1, 2021!  Even with the Covid-19 pandemic, we were successfully able to complete 2021 season all the way through All-Stars maintaining the safety of our children.  It was a community wide accomplishment by all the players, coaches, parents, umpires, and safety staff to maintain the safety of our league. We will continue to maintain that the safety and health of our players and families as a top priority. With government guidelines and our safety protocols, we plan on providing a fun and safe season not only for our players but for families as well. 

My name is Curt Hamilton, and I will be taking over for Jamie Svoboda as the Issaquah Little League's Softball Commissioner. Jamie Svoboda has been instrumental in growing the Fast Pitch Softball program to reach historical fast pitch softball registration numbers.  My goal is to continue this trend and continue to strive for Issaquah Little League to create a fun atmosphere for our children to learn the skills of fast pitch softball, make ever-lasting friendships, and eager to return each season!

This will be my 6th year on the Issaquah Little League board.  I was the Softball Player Agent last season, 2021, and the Baseball Commissioner for 2018-2020 seasons. This year will mark my 10th season coaching either ILL baseball or softball teams. 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 to grow the number of girls playing softball in Issaquah Little League. Issaquah has continued to be one of the largest softball leagues in Western Washington. Our All-Star Teams had outstanding performances in 2021 in one of the most competitive Districts in the State.  The 11-year-old All-star team, combined with Eastlake All-star players, were District 9 champions!  They advanced to the State tournament achieving 4th place in which they competed in each game.  Our Majors All-star team displayed their skills in the District tournament advancing all the way to the District Championship game losing to the team that went on to win the State tournament and were one game away at Regionals from advancing to the World Series.  Our 10-year-old team challenged each team ending with a 2-2 record in the District tournament losing only by one run in their elimination game. 

We have a fun year ahead of us in which we will kick-off our season with early season skill development clinics for registered players, practices and games starting in March and ending our regular season games at the end of May.  In June, we will have our Championship Day at Dodd Field and an All-Star season for the competitive levels.

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]issaquahlittleleague.org.

Here's to a fun and safe 2022 Season!


Curt Hamilton
Issaquah Little League Softball Commissioner


SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

T-Ball/A Ages 4-7 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.
AA

Ages 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

AAA

Age 9-10 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.

Coast

Age 10-11 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.

Majors

Ages 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.


Softball Registration Information

Softball Team Directories

Softball Skills Development and Training Clinics

Issaquah Fast Pitch offers FREE Softball Skills Development for girls entering T-Ball, A, AA, AAA, Coast, and Majors levels. Thanks to the generous support from our Sponsors, all fully-paid registered players have the option to register.

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Contact

ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE
P.O. Box 488 
Issaquah, Washington 98027

Email: [email protected]

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