Summer League is Here!

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Updated: June 10, 2013

Registration is now open for the summer season of NW Seattle Little League! Make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to continue building baseball skills over the summer (plus have something really fun to look forward to!).

Summer league rules are more relaxed than regular season rules. There are no practices—just games—and the emphasis is on having fun and building skills. Rosters are also larger (to accommodate vacation schedules).

Tee-ball and Rookies play in a “sandlot” format, meaning there are no teams—kids who show up can play. Games (one per week) start near the end of June and continue through the middle of August. Game schedules are being developed now and will be distributed asap.

Minors/majors and Juniors will form teams and play games twice a week. More details will be provided soon. The expectation in summer league is that if you sign up for a team, you should plan to play in as many as you can over the course of the season.

Registration

The cost is only $50 per player for all divisions. Fees cover equipment, uniforms, and the cost of field rental and insurance. To register, click on the register tab above go to https://www.secure-sam.com/nwsll.bonzidev.com/sam/registration/reg_list.php. Please register before July 1st. Also, please disregard the prompts about paying for Grand Slam tickets (since we don’t have a Spaghetti Feed after summer ball).

Tee-Ball & Rookies Divisions

  • Tee-ball: Open to boys & girls ages 5-6
  • Rookies: Open to boys & girls ages 7-8, as well as 6-year-olds who might like to try their hand at coach-pitch ball.

We’ll be playing on the same field as this Spring—-Crown Hill . Games will be held every Saturday from June 22nd through August 17th at the following times:

  • Rookie game 1 (main game): 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Rookie game  2 (overflow game): 10:45-noon

(Note: One of these games will probably be for older rookies and one for tee-ball players and younger rookies. The summer coordinator will send out details to registered players)

  • Tee ball game 1 (main game): Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Tee ball game 2 (overflow game): 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Both rookie and tee-ball games may—at the discretion of the coaches who will supervise these events—be stretched from their normal formats to challenge players and expand their skills. So coach pitching may be introduced to tee-ball players, and player pitching may be introduced to rookies.

You are welcome to play in either or both games—whatever fits your schedule. Just show up and play, on a first come, first served basis.

Ideally, you’ll want to show up first for the “main game” time. If we have too many players show up—more than about 12 per team—then we’ll split into smaller groups and have group 2 play in the overflow game. This only happened a few times last summer, but it’s a good safety valve to have in order to provide a quality game experience for everyone.

Also, space permitting, tee-ball players are welcome to play in rookie games and stretch their skills. Rookie players are welcome to test up into minors and play in this league as well as in rookies (more information on the testing process as well as the minors game schedules will be coming soon).

Minors/Majors & Juniors Divisions

  • Minors/Majors: Open to boys & girls ages 9-11, as well as 8-year-olds who can throw and catch at a higher level. This is a player-pitch division. 8-year-olds who would like to play in this division should register as rookies and indicate that they’d like to play up. These players will then be evaluated prior to the start of the season (for safety reasons). They will still be eligible to play in rookie division games (two divisions for the price of one!). More information on the evaluation will be distributed soon.
  • Juniors: Open to all players ages 12 and up. This is a player-pitch division. Game days will vary each week. Games will be played against neighboring Little League organizations including Ballard, Northeast, Queen Anne and Richmond Beach.

Volunteers

Coaches are needed to help make all this happen. With no equipment bags, teams, or practices, it’s a fun and simple commitment: If your child is playing and you’re going to be at their game anyway, please consider helping out. If you’ve already coached and registered as a coach for the 2013 spring season, you’re ready to go. If you haven’t coached before or registered, let us know and we’ll provide some basic orientation. All coaches, new and old, will need to register online at www.nwsll.org; new coaches will also complete a background check form (if they didn’t coach during spring ball).

Questions?

Email Glenn Hampson (gchampson@gmail.com) or Grant Lindberg (grant@gldesign.com).

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