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Baseball

Baseball divisions introduce a progression of advanced baseball skills and rules around pitching (from coach pitch to kid pitch), base running, and fielding.  Teams are built via a league draft process which seeks to distribute higher skill players across all teams to maximize competition and fun. All tee-ball, coach pitch and baseball divisions are open to all genders.

Kids (6-12) playing in each of the baseball divisions are required to attend a player evaluation session before the season starts. The league will notify all registered players of the date and time for the preseason player evaluations.

 

Rookies

  • Age Range: 8 to 10 <determine your child's 'little league age>

  • Skill level: If your child is 8 years old and has never played baseball before, check out Coach Pitch. For 9 and 10 year olds, all skill levels are welcome.

  • Season: Mid-March to Mid-June. There is a regular season schedule and potentially an additional two week RDLL tournament

General info

  • Typical skill level includes players who:

    • Have more consistent ability to catch thrown balls, field grounders and catch easy pop ups

    • Can throw the ball accurately to a designated target at reasonable distances. (2nd to 1st; and SS to 1st are good tests). 

    • Have a clear understanding of basic defensive situations and where to play the ball. 

    • Are able to hit off Coach Pitch pitches the majority of the time and hit off kid pitches in the strike zone some of the time

  • Hybrid kid/coach pitch  For the first half of each season, kids are pitching but after 4 balls, a coach will come in and pitch to players on their team. For the second half of the season, kids will do all of the pitching. Goal is to get the kids pitching from 46’.

  • Team selection by draft after player assessment day

  • All kids are drafted onto teams

  • 7 year olds may qualify to play in Rookies if they have played a minimum of one year of Coach Pitch

  • "Home Plate" Umpire will call balls/strikes from behind the mound

  • Parents of team players are required to volunteer as “home plate” umpires and will call balls/strikes from behind the mound. Parent volunteers will also act as field umpires and will call basic safe/out and prevent excessive base running 

  • Individual game scores will be kept and overall standings and records will be maintained

  • Postseason playoff tournament

  • Roster size is about 12 players, depending on sufficient volunteer Managers/Head Coach and Assistant Coaches

  • RDLL provides: Jersey, hat, socks. Each team will have shared batting helmets, bats, balls and catcher’s gear

  • Families provide baseball glove

  • RDLL can loan gloves if needed

  • Typically have one evening practice during the week (days and times are determined based on coach preference and will be communicated after teams are formed)

  • Typically have 1-2 games per week and may be on any day other than Sunday

Batting/Pitching

  • No more tees: six (6) pitches maximum per batter

  • Kids may pitch from a shorter distance than Minors (3846’)

  • No walks and no base stealing

  • Each inning consists of three outs or a maximum of five runs

Batting Order

  • The batting order shall be continuous and include all players on the team roster present for the game batting in order

  • Each player is required to bat in their respective spot in the batting order

Fielding

  • No infield fly, obstruction, interference rule enforcement

Base Running

  • No leading off

  • No stealing

Rookies registration is $135

 

Minors

  • Age Range: 9 to 11  <determine your child's 'little league age'>

  • Skill level: If your child is 9-10 years old and have never played baseball before, check out Rookies. All skill levels are welcome. After the preseason player evaluation, you can discuss with the evaluators which league might be the best fit for your child.

  • Season: Mid-March to Mid-June 

  • Time Commitment: 2 or 3 weekday evening practices or games (different for each team), 1 game on Saturday 

  • Game Days for Minors: Mondays or Tuesdays, Saturdays 

 

General info

  • Typical skill level includes players who:

    • Consistently throw catchable balls and can catch balls thrown to them

    • Can hit an easy pitch most of the time, hitting balls to the outfield more often

    • Have an increased baseball awareness of more complex situations

  • Team selection by draft after player assessment day

  • All kids are drafted onto teams

  • Parents of team players are required to volunteer as umpires to officiate games and enforce the applicable baseball rules

  • Competitive play with standings  Division tournament at the end of the season

  • Roster size is about 12 players, depending on sufficient volunteer Managers/Head Coach and Assistant Coaches

  • RDLL provides: Jersey, hat, socks. Each team will have shared batting helmets, bats, balls and catcher’s gear

  • Families provide baseball glove

  • RDLL can loan gloves if needed

  • Typically have 1-2 practices during the week (days and times are determined based on coach preference and will be communicated after teams are formed)

  • Typically have 2 games per week and may be on any day other than Sunday

Batting/Pitching

  •  100% kid pitch

  •  Pitching is from the full 46’ distance

  •  Balls, strikes, walks and strikeouts

  •  Players are eligible to be considered for AllStars

 

Batting Order

  •  The batting order shall be continuous and include all players on the team roster present for the game batting in order

  •  Each player is required to bat in their respective spot in the batting order

 

Fielding

  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized; not all kids get to play all positions but will play both infield and outfield positions.

Base Running

  •  Steals are allowed

  •  No lead offs

Registration for Minors is $135

 

MAJORS

  • Age Range: 10 to 12  <determine your child's 'little league age>

  • Season: MidMarch to MidJune 

  • Time Commitment: 23 weekday evening practices or games (different for each team), 1 game on Saturday 

  • Game Days for Majors: Thursdays, Saturdays, some Wednesdays 

General info

  •  Typical skill level includes players who:

    • Can make routine infield and outfield plays

    • Usually understand baseball situations without adult guidance

    • Some batters are able to hit balls with tremendous force and are able to hit home runs over the fence

    • Some pitchers can pitch 50+ MPH with increasing accuracy and some are throwing breaking ball

  •  Team selection by draft after player assessment day

  •  All kids are drafted onto teams

  • Parents of team players are required to volunteer as umpires to officiate games and enforce the applicable baseball rules

  • Competitive play and standings are kept 

  • Division tournament at the end of the season

  • Games are six innings

  • Roster size is about 12 players, depending on sufficient volunteer Managers/Head Coach and Assistant Coaches

  • Equipment provided by league: Jersey, hat, socks.Each team will have shared batting helmets, bats, balls and catcher’s gear

  • Required equipment provided by player: glove (mitt)

  • Recommended equipment provided by player: sweat pants/baseball pants, helmet 

  • All league age 11-12 players must be in this division to qualify for AllStar play  

 

Batting/Pitching

  • Pitching is from the full 46’ distance

  • Balls, strikes, walks and strikeouts

 

Batting Order

  • The batting order shall be continuous and include all players on the team roster present for the game batting in order

  • Each player is required to bat in their respective spot in the batting order

Fielding

  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized; not all kids get to play all positions but will play both infield and outfield positions.

Base Running

  •  Steals are allowed

  •  No lead offs

Registration for Majors is $135

 

50/70

Players compete on an intermediate sized diamond (50 ft pitchers mound and 70 ft bases).

Age Range: 12 to 13 <determine your child's 'little league age’>
Season: Late-March to Mid-June
Time Commitment: 1 or 2 evening practices or games midweek (different for each team), 1 or 2 games on the weekend

  • Typical skill level includes players who:

    • Can make routine infield and outfield plays

    • Usually understand baseball situations without adult guidance

    • Some batters are able to hit balls with tremendous force and are able to hit home runs over the fence

    • Some pitchers can pitch 50+ MPH with increasing accuracy and some are throwing breaking ball

  • Games are six innings

  • Team selection by draft after player assessment day if there are enough players to form multiple teams

  • All kids are drafted onto teams

  • Parents of team players are required to volunteer as umpires to officiate games and enforce the applicable baseball rules

  • Division tournament at the end of the season

  • Roster size is about 12 players, depending on sufficient volunteer Managers/Head Coach and Assistant Coaches

  • Equipment provided by league: Jersey, hat, socks. Each team will have shared batting helmets, bats, balls and catcher’s gear

  • Required equipment provided by player: glove (mitt)

  • Recommended equipment provided by player: sweat pants/baseball pants, helmet 

 

Batting/Pitching

  • Pitching from 50 feet

 

Batting Order

The batting order will be the nine players who played in the field

 

Fielding

  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized; not all kids get to play all positions but will play both infield and outfield positions.

 

Base Running

  • 70 foot base paths

  • Lead offs are allowed

  • Runners may attempt to steal at any time

Registration for 50/70 is $150

 

Juniors

Players compete on a full sized diamond (60 ft pitchers mound and 90 ft bases).  Away games are located at fields throughout Seattle.

 Age Range: 13 to 14
Season: Late-March to Mid-June
Time Commitment: 2 or 3 evening practices or games midweek (different for each team), 1 or 2 games on weekend
Equipment provided by league: jersey, hat, socks, baseball pants
Required equipment provided by player: glove (mitt)
Registration cost: $150

 

Seniors

Players compete on a full sized diamond (60 ft pitchers mound and 90 ft bases).  Away games are located at fields throughout Seattle.

Age Range: 15 to 16
Season: Begins after conclusion of high school season
Time Commitment: 2 or 3 evening practices or games midweek (different for each team), 1 or 2 games on weekend
Equipment provided by league: jersey, hat, socks, baseball pants
Required equipment provided by player: glove (mitt)
Registration cost: $150


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