Softball Divisions

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

Divisions:

Tee Ball (Ages 4-6)

Tee Ball is for age 4, 5 and new age 6 players. This division is designed to introduce the concept of softball and team play. All players bat using a tee, all players bat every inning, and all players play in the field. There will be one practice a week in a clinic format, and all teams practice together. Teams rotate through different skill stations. Teams play one game a week, on Saturdays. There are 6 games during the season. The season and practices will not start until after the Bellevue School district spring break. Teams will be limited to 7 or 8 players so that players get individual attention, and the innings during games move along. We will attempt to place players on teams by school and requested friends, but may have to distribute players differently based on the number of teams and total players signing up.

A

Level A softball is for age 7 players (and age 6 if they have previously played tee ball). This division is designed to be the introduction to live pitching. The batter's coach pitches underhand until the batter hits the ball. If after a number of pitches the batter has not hit the ball, a tee is set up for the batter to hit the ball. Outs are acknowledged, but batters still get to run the bases. Scores are not kept. All players play in the field each inning. All players bat every inning. Games last 3-4 innings. Teams will be limited to 7 or 8 players so that players get individual attention, and the innings during games move along. We will attempt to place players on teams by school and requested friends, but may have to distribute players differently based on the number of teams and total players signing up.

AA

Level AA Softball is for age 8. This program is designed to help your child make the transition from instructional to competitive softball, and focuses not only on good softball fundamentals, but also teaches more advanced softball skills such as base running. However, stealing is not allowed at this level. This is a coach pitch division. Balls and strikes are not called. The batter will have up to 9 pitches to hit the ball. If the batter does not hit after 9 pitches, it will be an out. We will attempt to place players on teams by school and requested friends, but may have to distribute players differently based on the number of teams and total players signing up.

There will not be an end of season tournament, and players at this age are too young to qualify for All Stars.

AAA

Level AAA Softball is for age 9. This is considered the first year of competitive softball. Players will expand on the skills taught at AA (although prior AA experience is not mandatory). This is the first year that players pitch in a game. Modified pitching rules will apply. If a pitcher pitches four called balls to a batter, the coach of the batter will step in and continue to pitch to a batter until the batter either successfully hits or has three strikes (swung or called). Stealing is not allowed at this level. Players must attend the skill evaluation event in January, and will be assigned to teams based on their skill evaluations, while also trying to group the girls by school and requested friends.

There is potential post-season play in this division for players selected to the All Star team. All Star practices begin in mid-June, and the tournaments begin in late June or early July. The All Star team will continue to play as long as the team continues to win. Postseason play includes the District, and potentially the State, All-Star tournaments. Players in this division may tryout for the 9-10 All Star team only.

Coast

Coast Softball is for ages 10-11. Players at this level should be ready to work on developing new hitting skills and pitching at different speeds. This is the first level where all pitching is delivered by players only; true strikes, balls, outs, and walks are recorded. Players must understand the defensive end of the game. Base stealing is allowed at this level. Players must attend the skill evaluation event in January, and will be assigned to teams based on their skill evaluations. This is the youngest age group where team assignments are based primarily on skill rather than being placed to accommodate friend requests.

There will be a midseason full district tournament over a three day weekend. The date of this tournament is set by District 9 before the season starts. There will also be an end of season tournament once regular season games are completed.

There is potential post-season play in this division for players selected to the All Star team. All Star practices begin in mid-June, and the tournaments begin in late June or early July. The All Star team will continue to play as long as the team continues to win. Postseason play includes the District, and potentially the State, All-Star tournaments. Depending on age and ability, players at this level may try out for either the 9-10 or 10-11 All Star teams.

Majors

Majors Softball is for age 12, and some age 11 players. Players should be ready to hit a variety of pitching speeds, have defensive awareness (i.e. where to make the play), and should understand how to run the bases. Players must attend the skill evaluation event in January, and will be assigned to teams based on their skill evaluations.

There is potential post-season play in this division for players selected to the All Star team. All Star practices begin in mid-June, and the tournaments begin in late June or early July. The All Star team will continue to play as long as the team continues to win. Postseason play includes the District tournament, and potentially the State and Western Regional All Star tournaments. If the team continues to win, Majors level softball also has a Softball World Series, which is held each year in Portland, Oregon in August.

Juniors

Juniors Softball is for girls ages 13-14. Players will compete on a league team with games against other District 9 league teams. This is usually the highest level of Little League Softball before players begin high school play. Players must attend the skill evaluation event in January. Players will be assigned to teams based on their skill evaluations.

There is potential post-season play in this division for players selected to the All Star team. The winner of the District 9 All Star tournament will automatically qualify for the Junior Softball World Series which is held in August each year in Kirkland, WA.

Seniors

Seniors Softball is for girls ages 15-16. Players will be assigned to an all-District 9 team that will play against other district teams in the Puget Sound area. Seniors start their season after the high school season is completed, which is a perfect way for high school players to extend their softball season. Games will be primarily in late May and June. Games will be on weekends, and there will be doubleheaders.