Baseball Divisions

For registration purposes, please see the following age chart to determine which division is appropriate for your player.

If you are having trouble determining the league age for your baseball player, Little League has an age determination tool at THIS link.

Divisions:

Tee Ball (Ages 4-6)

Tee Ball provides an opportunity for league-age 4 to 6-year old children to learn baseball fundamentals and play their first games, all in a fun and encouraging environment. Key program and schedule details include:

  • On a weeknight in the early evening (has been Wednesday or Thursday the past few years), there will be a clinic with rotating stations to teach baseball fundamentals: hitting, fielding, throwing, catching and base running.

  • On Saturdays (with the exception of Memorial Day weekend), there will be games in which each player will have an opportunity to play in the field and to bat every inning.

  • The season is planned to kick off around April 17 or April 18, 2019 (1st clinic) and run through mid-June, 2019. April 20th is our planned League opening day ceremony and celebration.

  • All clinics and games are currently planned to be held at either Tyee Middle School or Somerset Elementary.

  • Thunderbird Tee Ball is run by and relies exclusively upon volunteers. Please indicate where you are willing to volunteer when you register your child (no experience is necessary).

  • A parent clinic will be held in March (date TBD) to provide parents with an understanding of fundamentals to be taught to their children.

  • Bellevue Thunderbird Little League welcomes all children of all abilities and experience levels. We will do our best to set up teams by school, as well as accommodate teammate requests as specified during the registration process.

  • We will send all Tee Ball registrants a welcome e-mail in mid-March with the schedule, parent clinic details, and other items of interest. Subsequent e-mail(s) specifying your child's team assignment will follow from the coach.

  • Your child will need a glove, bat, cleats (optional but recommended), and a batting helmet. Each child will receive a team jersey and cap. Other uniform items, such as pants, belt and socks will be specified by the coach.

A (Ages 7-8)

Level A baseball is an entry-level machine pitch division for 7-years olds (and 8-year olds who have not played organized baseball before or who would like to stay at this level for an additional year.) This is where young players begin to develop their skills and gain valuable playing experience. Each game is 6 innings and batters get four strikes rather than three along with a total of seven hittable pitches.

  • Machine pitch; 2 games/week, 6 innings each.

  • 4 run limit per inning; 6th inning unlimited runs.

  • 4 strikes or 7 hittable pitches per out.

  • 3 outs retires the side.

  • End of season league tournament (double elimination).

AA (Age 8)

AA level baseball is open to all 8 year olds. This is a machine-pitch division that has most of the rules in place that the players will see when they move up to kid-pitch baseball (AAA) at age 9.

  • Machine pitch; 2 games/week, 6 innings each.

  • 5 run limit per inning; 6th inning unlimited.

  • 3 strikes or 7 hittable pitches per out.

  • 3 outs retires the side.

  • End of season league tournament (double elimination).

AAA (Age 9)

AAA baseball is the first year of baseball where the players pitch (as opposed to coach or machine). This is generally a 9-year old level, but an 8 year old may petition the League to play up to AAA division. Any player who desires to play up must attend the 9-year-old player evaluations (scheduled for January 28, 2018) and must score in the top 50% of players being evaluated for this level to be eligible to play. 10-year olds may play in this division if parents petition the League with good reason for their child to participate at this level rather than Coast.

  • Player pitch; 2 games/week.

  • Stealing introduced after a few weeks of play.
  • End of season league tournament (double elimination).

  • End of season Bellevue City tournament (double elimination or pool play).

Coast (Ages 10-11)

Coast is a baseball division for 10-11 year olds. A 9-year-old may petition to play up to Coast division, but must attend the 10-year-old player evaluations (scheduled for January 28, 2018) and must score in the top 25% of players being evaluated for this level to be eligible to play.

All 10-year-olds will play Coast unless a parent petitions Player Agent to "play down" to AAA. Assignment to AAA-requires Board approval and is granted based on experience, safety considerations and space availability.

  • Player pitch; 2 games/week.

  • End of season league tournament (double elimination).

  • End of season Bellevue City tournament (double elimination or pool play).

  • Post-season District and State All-star tournaments for 10-year-olds and for 11-year-olds.

  • Players must play in 60% of regular season league games to be eligible for All-Stars.

Majors (Ages 11-12)

Majors is the baseball division for all 12-year old players, and stronger 11-year old players. It is the most competitive level of 60-foot baseball offered by Little League organizations. A 10-year-old may petition to play up to Majors, but must attend the 11-year-old player evaluations and must score in the top 10% of all 11-year-olds in order to be considered for play at the Majors level.

All 12-year olds must play Majors unless petitioning to play up to Intermediate 50/70. Thunderbird may allow a limited number of 12-year olds to play Intermediate 50/70 in addition to Majors, but Majors games will take priority over Intermediate 50/70 games.

  • Player evaluations are scheduled for January 28, 2018.

  • Season practices start in March.

  • Player pitch; 2 games/week.

  • End of season league tournament (double elimination).

  • End of season Bellevue City tournament (double elimination or pool play).

  • Post-season District and State All-Star tournaments for 11 and 12-year-olds; this may include the Regional tournament, State tournament and Little League World Series for 12 year olds and 11-year olds on the 12-year old team.

  • Players must play in 60% of regular season league games to be eligible for All-Stars.

  • Players wishing to play All Stars must participate in the All Star tryouts (if selected) and practices in June, and must commit to the tournament schedule in order to be selected to the team. Tryouts begin close to June 15, and the tournaments begin in July and can potentially run through August depending on the success of the team.

Intermediate 50/70 (Age 13)

Intermediate 50/70 baseball was added as a division by Little League International for the 2013 season. Like Little League baseball (Majors), there is an All Star tournament, including the potential to move beyond the district, to State, Regionals, and a World Series held in California each year. Under Little League rules, kids 11-13 years old may play Intermediate 50/70; however, our District (District 9) has decided to make this primarily a 13-year old level, designed to ease the transition between the 60-foot diamond and the 90-foot diamond used at the Juniors level, and not adversely impact the Majors level.

Bellevue Thunderbird supports this decision, however, we do usually allow a very limited number of 12-year olds to sign up for this division each year to allow them the opportunity to experience baseball with real rules (stealing, pick-offs, balks, etc.). If interested, please inquire with the League.

  • Player evaluations are scheduled for January 28, 2018. Depending on the number of players registering for this level, it may or may not be necessary for Intermediate players to attend evaluations.

  • Season practices start in March.

  • Player pitch; 2 games/week beginning approximately the 3rd week of March.

  • 50-foot pitcher's mound and 70-foot base paths.
  • Real baseball rules, including balks (pitching), lead-offs and pick-offs.

  • Post-season All Star tournament at the District level, and potentially at the State, Regional and World Series levels.
  • Players must play in 60% of regular season games to be eligible for All Stars.

Juniors (Age 14)

Juniors is the first year of big diamond baseball for players graduating from the Little League levels. A 13-year-old can petition to play up to Juniors, and the league will consider the request. Depending on number of sign-ups at this level, players who register for Juniors may be evaluated based on age and ability, and then assigned to a team to achieve evenly balanced teams within the division.

  • Players use a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Teams interlock with other District 9 Juniors teams for regular season play.

  • May include a Juniors Championship Tournament and includes Post-season District and State All-Star Tournaments, Regional tournament and the Junior League Baseball World Series (players must play in 60% of regular season league games to be eligible for All-stars).

Seniors (Ages 15-16)

A 14-year-old can petition to play up to Seniors, and the League will consider the request.

Depending on number of sign-ups at this level, players who register for Seniors may be evaluated based on age and ability, and then assigned to a team to achieve evenly balanced teams within each division.

  • Players use a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Teams interlock with other District 9 Seniors teams for regular season play.

  • Post-season District and State All-Star Tournaments. Regional Tournament and the Senior League Baseball World Series (players must play in 60% of regular season league games to be eligible for All-Stars).

Big Leagues (Age 17-18)

As of the 2017 season, Little League International has discontinued the Big Leagues level of play.