Thunderbird Baseball

Bellevue Thunderbird Little League is one of 14 leagues that make up District 9 Little League in the State of Washington. We serve approximately 600 kids in the south Bellevue & Newcastle area each season.

Often at higher levels (age 9 and above), Thunderbird baseball teams in various divisions will join with one of the other leagues in District 9 to play regular season games throughout the season. This increases the exposure of our players to other players around the area, and also means that our teams will play baseball teams in other leagues' territory. We generally join only with a close league, which recently has been Bellevue East and/or Bellevue West, so travel to the other leagues' fields is very easy.

Registration

Registration for the 2019 baseball season opens on November 15, 2018. Winter clinics will begin in early January. If your son or daughter would like to play baseball this year, please sign up by early January so we can begin planning our coaching and field needs at each level. The sooner we know how many teams we will have, the sooner we can start getting practices and game schedules pulled together. As an incentive for early signup, we are offering a $25 discount if registered before January 15.

Note about Age Determination:

The Little League Baseball® age-determination date is now August 31 of the year in which the season occurs, for all players.

The website registration system will require sign up in an age-appropriate division. If your player is interested in playing at a higher level, you still must register him/her in the age-appropriate division, but may indicate your intent to petition the league to "play up" during the registration process. It is STRONGLY recommended that the player has played the previous level prior to registering for an older level.

For registration purposes, you may use the following age chart to determine the league-age for your baseball player.

Pricing

For the 2019 season, registering early will cost $25 less for all divisions. Register before 1/15/2019 to receive the discounted price. Registration fees are as follows:

Division Discount Price Regular Price
T-Ball $50 $75
Level A Baseball $200 $225
Level AA Baseball $200 $225
Level AAA Baseball $225 $250
Coast Baseball $225 $250
Majors Baseball $225 $250
Intermediate 50/70 Baseball $300 $325
Juniors Baseball $300 $325
Seniors Baseball $300 $325

Please note that registration for levels AAA through Majors closes Saturday, 1/26/2019, the day before league evaluations (taking place on Sunday, 1/27/2019). Registration for other baseball and softball levels closes as of 2/15/2019. Registration for t-ball closes 3/31/2019. Please contact the league at registrar@bellevuethunderbird.com if you would like to register after the cutoff dates.

Coaching

We can ALWAYS use good help! If you'd like to manage or help coach a baseball team, please indicate this during the registration process. You'll also need to fill out a Little League Volunteer Application form, which can be done on line using the Coach/Volunteer registration link.

Clinics and Training

This year, we will offer a number of clinics to our registered baseball players. The first clinics will begin in January at Stod's Baseball in Newport Hills. More information will follow about the exact dates as we get closer. These will be run by the league's training directors, and many of our experienced baseball coaches. The clinics will cover hitting, fielding, throwing and pitching (where age-appropriate) in a relaxed and instructive environment. Players will be placed according to age level, and skill level if necessary. Please see our home page for age groups and times.

Evaluations

If your player is 9 or older, or if he/she is 8-years old and attempting to play up, he/she will be required to participate in our baseball evaluations which will be held this year on Sunday, January 27, 2019. We hold evaluations so that we can maintain parity, and divide players into teams that will be competitive within the league. It also allows us evaluate whether or not a player is ready to "play up" to a higher age level based upon his or her skills.

Games

Game schedules come out in mid March for the higher levels and early April for the lower levels. Teams will usually play two games per week once the season begins. If there are two games in a week, coaches may or may not hold practice that week. The regular baseball season ends in early June, but there is opportunity immediately after that for post-season play in June, and All Star teams through the end of July or beyond for kids playing Coast and above.

All Stars

Boys (or girls) who are 10-years old and older are eligible to try out for All Stars. 9-year olds who played at the Coast level are also eligible. There are a number of requirements in order to be considered for the team; the primary requirements include living within the district boundary (or otherwise be eligible to play in the league) and playing in a minimum number of games during the season. Your player's coach will tell you about the All Star requirements later in the season.