NWSLL Division Overview

NWSLL offers a variety of divisions for baseball and softball, depending on player age (as noted below). The general outline of each division is noted here. Additional details are available on our Frequently Asked Questions page and NWSLL Division Info Table page.   

TEE BALL

Tee-Ball Division: 5 & 6 Year olds

  • A fun, instructional league for boys and girls
  • Must be age 5 or 6 by September 1
  • Season starts in early April and lasts about 8 weeks.
  • There is one weekday practice (either 5pm or 6pm) and one Saturday game per week (about 60-90 minutes each and start times will vary)
  • Continuous batting order and entire lineup bats each inning in games.
  • Batting tee is used
  • Safety ball is used (slightly softer than normal hardball)
  • Players can request playing with their friends on the same team
  • No score keeping or standings are kept
  • No draft
  • No playoffs
  • No All Stars

BASEBALL

COACH PITCH BASEBALL

A Division (Rookies): 7 & 8 Year olds

  • The Rookie League is all coach pitch
  • Must be age 7 or 8 by September 1
  • Season starts in early April and lasts about 8 weeks.
  • There is one weekday practice (either 5pm or 6pm) and one Saturday game per week (about 60-90 minutes each and start times will vary)
  • Continuous batting order (the entire line-up bats each inning).
  • In some situations, a batting tee may be used as well.
  • There is not a draft of players and players can request playing with their friends on the same team.
  • There are no scores or standings kept
  • No playoffs or All-Stars.

 

KID PITCH BASEBALL

AA Division (89ers) : 8 & 9 Year olds

  • “Entry level” Kid Pitch instructional baseball division
  • Played like “real baseball”, but in a “non-competitive”, instructional setting
  • Must be age 8 by September 1
  • There are two to three events per week (typically, two games and one practice)
  • Continuous Batting Order (each team bats the lineup)
  • Standard hard ball may be used (with the option to use a safety ball which is a bit softer)
  • Strikes & Balls called and 3 outs per half inning.
  • Scores are kept in games (great opportunity for parents to learn score keeping)
  • No standings are kept
  • Players will participate in player evaluations in February.
  • Teams will be chosen by a COMPETITIVE DRAFT by each team’s coaches with team “parity” as the goal of the division.
  • 9 year-olds are eligible for the 9-10 year old All Stars team (8 year-olds are not eligible)

AAA Division: 10-11  Year olds  NWSLL AAA INFO SHEET

  • Intermediate level instructional baseball divsision for boys and girls
  • Must meet age requirements by September 1 (for 10 year olds)
  • Season starts in early March and lasts until Early June
  • There are three to four events per week (typically 2 games and 2 practices)
  • 2017 games were on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Some games are “interleague” (facing teams from neighboring leagues like Ballard, Shoreline and North Central Little Leagues)
  • Every player must go through an evaluation and all players who are evaluated get drafted to a team (advanced nine year-olds may choose to attend evaluations if interested in playing up in AAA.)
  • Playing time is according to Little League rules (with no Drop 3rd Strike rule)
  • Continuous Batting Order (each team bats the lineup)
  • Scores and Standings are kept.
  • There is an end of season tournament, with championship game played at League Picnic in early June
  • 9 year olds are allowed to request to play up in AAA (but must attend both AA and AAA evaluations)
  • Inter-league Games are likely (with neighboring leagues to NWSLL).
  • All Stars: The District 8 All Star Tournament is an optional double elimination tournament played in late June to early July, with the winner going to the Washington State Tournament in Mid July.  The All Star team is chosen by Player and Coach voting.

Majors Division: 12 Year olds  NWSLL MAJORS INFO SHEET

  • “Little League” Division, the most competitive 60′ division for boys and girls
  • Must meet age requirements by April 30th for 12 year olds and August 31st for 11 year olds
  • Season starts in early March and lasts until Early June
  • There are three to four events per week (typically 3 games and 1 practice)
  • 2017 games were on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Majority of the games are “interleague” (facing teams from neighboring leagues like Ballard, Shoreline and North Central Little Leagues)
  • Every player must go through an evaluation and all players who are evaluated get drafted to a team.
  • 11 year olds are allowed to request to play up in Majors.
  • Minimum Playing time rules are per Little League Rulebook.
  • Continuous Batting Order (each team bats the lineup)
  • District 8 Inter-league Schedule of up to 3 games per week
  • League Playoffs are double elimination (or round robin + single elimination tourney)  Championship game is at 1 PM at league picnic in early June
  • Winner of league championship will play in the TOC Wood Bat tournament, a single-elimination tournament held in June, in the 2 weeks following the end of season picnic.
  • All Stars: The District 8 All Star Tournament is an optional double elimination tournament played in late June to early July, with the winner going to the Washington State Tournament in Mid July, with the State Champion advancing to the NW Regionals in San Bernadino, CA in early August.  The winner of the NW Regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA in late August.   The All Star team is chosen by Player and Coach voting.

Juniors Division : 13 – 14 Year olds

  • 90 foot baseball
  • Must meet age requirements by August 31st
  • Minimum Playing time rules are per Little League Rulebook
  • Batting order is not “continuous” (each team bats 9 players)
  • District 8 Inter-league Schedule of up to 3 games per week
  • Winner of league championship game will play in the TOC Wood Bat tournament, a single-elimination tournament held in June, in the 2 weeks following the end of season picnic.
  • All Stars: The District 8 All Star Tournament is an optional double elimination tournament played in late June to early July, with the winner going to the Washington State Tournament in Mid July.   The All Star team is chosen by Player and Coach voting.

Seniors League: 15 – 16 Year olds

  • 90 foot baseball
  • Must meet age requirements by August 31st
  • If fewer than a full roster is available with NWSLL players, a “co-league” team may be formed by joining with players from a neighboring league.
  • Minimum Playing time rules are per Little League Rulebook
  • Batting order is not “continuous” (each team bats 9 players)
  • District 8 Inter-league Schedule of up to 3 games per week
  • All Stars: The District 8 All Star Tournament is an optional double elimination tournament played in late June to early July, with the winner going to the Washington State Tournament in Mid July.   The All Star team is chosen by Player and Coach voting.

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL

Fastpitch softball continues to gain in popularity and more opportunities continue to become available for girls to play this amazing team sport. Within Little League District 8, the Seattle city Little Leagues (NW, Ballard, N Central, NE, Queen Anne & Magnolia) work together to create inter-league games and a playoff tournament for the “regular” spring season as well as fun, summer season play. As a group, we are committed to making sure that every girl in Seattle who wants to play gets the opportunity.

An ideal number of players on one team is around 13 which allows the best instruction and maximum playing time. When a league ends up with an “odd” number of girls, NWSLL works with the other Seattle Little Leagues to create “co-league” teams. The league with the most players on a co-league team becomes the “host” team and provides coaches and uniforms. Your daughter is still part of NWSLL, but she and her NWSLL teammates get the opportunity to create a new circle of friends and she may wear another league’s uniform for a season. These friends often end up going to middle school together and playing high school softball together!

 

Softball League Age: To determine age check the Little League Softball Age Chart or Age Calculator.

COACH PITCH SOFTBALL

Softball A (Formerly 78er) – Designed for players in First and Second grades. First graders who are league age six should have at least one year of experience playing Tee Ball. This division focuses primarily on skill development within a structured game play setting. This division is coach pitch or machine pitch. The number of events is typically two events per week.

KID PITCH SOFTBALL

Softball AA (New Division as of 2016) – Designed for players in Third grade. Fourth graders who are league age nine (younger half of the grade) may play AA. This division fills the developmental, skill and competitive gap between AAA and A. Pitching will incorporate players pitching, but may also include machine pitch. League age nine players may be eligible to be selected for an All Star Team. The number of events is typically two events per week.

 

Softball AAA (Formerly Minors) – Designed for Fourth and Fifth graders. Fifth graders who are league age eleven may be selected to play Majors Division. AAA continues the skill development of the lower divisions, but transitions to truly competitive games. Games are played using the official rules of Little League Softball. Players who are at least league age nine are eligible to be selected to an All Star Team. The number of events is typically three events per week.

 

Softball Majors – Designed for Sixth and Seventh graders. Seventh graders who are league age thirteen will play in the Juniors Division. Majors division encourages a higher level of skill to achieve more competitive levels. Games are played using the official rules of Little League Softball. All players are eligible to be selected to the All Star Team that competes for the Little League World Series. Players may be asked to attend a skill evaluation to be considered for this division. The number of events is typically three events per week.

 

Softball Juniors – Designed for Eight and Ninth graders league age 13 and 14. Competitive games may include double-headers on weekends.

 

Softball Seniors – Designed for High Schoolers league age 15 and 16. This division often times Co-Leagues teams with other District 8 Little Leagues.