Baseball Programs 2017
Bellevue West Little League offers baseball programs for boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 15. Our Divisions are designed to provide each player with a steady progression of skill development from Tee Ball to Junior Levels. In addition to our Tee Ball Division, Bellevue West offers three levels of Machine Pitch (AK, A & AA), three levels of Player Pitch (AAA, Coast & Major), and Intermediate, Juniors , and Seniors Divisions of Little League for players 13 & 14 & 15 years of age.
At the Tee Ball and Machine Pitch levels, our teams are created primarily around school attendance and grade level, and we make every effort to accommodate a player’s teammate and coach requests. Once Player Pitch is introduced at the AAA Division, players are evaluated at a pre-season skills assessment to allow BWLL skill evaluators and coaches to place players in the appropriate division (AAA, Coast and Major), and teams are built using a draft system to ensure that each player has a great Little League experience.
Determining League Age
BWLL Division placement is primarily determined by a player’s League Age. Little League has recently implemented new rules for determining League Age, setting the age determination date to August 31 (click here for more info). Please carefully review the below to determine your child’s League Age for the 2016 season.
- For players born on or before August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.
- For players born on or after September 1, 2005 (grey highlighted cells below): The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season.
2017 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY
Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.
Tee Ball (League Age 4-5 / Pre-K & K)
The Bellevue West Tee Ball Division is designed to be an introduction to baseball for boys and girls who are League Age 4-5 years old and are in Pre-K or Kindergarten. Tee Ball is a co-ed program with teams primarily formed based on school attendance, and we make every effort to accommodate a player’s teammate and coach requests in the Tee Ball Division. The Tee Ball season starts following Spring Break and lasts approximately 8 weeks with two events per week (one weekday practice and one game on Saturday).
During the season, coaches will introduce players to the basic skills of throwing, catching and hitting. In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee, and rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching. The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork; and parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in practices and games at this introductory level of Little League.
Parents of League Age 5 year olds that have already played a year of Tee Ball, or feel they have a skill level which allows them to play at the Machine Pitch level, may request that their player play in the AK Division.
Machine Pitch (League Age 5-8 / K - 2nd Grade)
Machine Pitch baseball offers programs for League Age 6-8 year olds and introduces players to live pitching with the consistent speed and placement of a pitching machine. Players will be instructed in the proper techniques of throwing, catching and hitting; building upon the skills introduced in the previous year’s division. Teams in each division will primarily be formed based on school attendance, and we make every effort to accommodate a player’s teammate and coach requests in the Machine Pitch divisions. The Machine Pitch season lasts 8-10 weeks, with 2-3 events per week. Players will generally practice 1-2 times during the week with one game on Saturday (some games may be played during the week based on field availability).
AK Division (Kindergarten)
The AK Division is the introductory level of Machine Pitch and is designed for players who are League Age 6 years old and/or in Kindergarten. League Age 5 year olds who have played a year of Tee Ball or feel they have a skill level which allows them to play at the Machine Pitch level may request to play in the AK Division. In the AK Division, pitching machines are placed close to the plate and pitches will cross the plate at a slow, deliberate speed. A batting tee will be used with players as necessary to assure the speed of the game is managed and players continue to develop hitting skills.
A Division (1st Grade)
The A Division is the intermediate level of Machine Pitch and is designed for players who are League Age 7 years old and/or in 1st Grade. In the A Division, the pitching machine is moved further back from home plate and the speed is increased to approximately 26 mph.
AA Division (2nd Grade)
The AA Division is the highest level of Machine Pitch and is designed for players who are League Age 8 years old and/or in 2nd Grade, and have played at least one but ideally two years of Machine Pitch (AK and A). In the AA Division the pitching machine speed is increased to approximately 30 mph and additional baseball skills are introduced, expanding to base running and position play, to prepare players for baseball in the Player Pitch divisions. Teams in the AA Division will compete in an end-of-season tournament.
Player Pitch (League Age 9-12 / 3rd - 6th Grade)
Player Pitch baseball offers programs for League Age 9 – 12 years old and introduces players to “kid pitch” baseball. Player Pitch games use a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet. Players will continue to be instructed in the proper techniques of throwing, catching and hitting; building upon the skills introduced in the previous year’s division. The Player Pitch season lasts 10 - 12 weeks, with three events per week. Players will generally practice once during the week with one game on Saturday and one game during the week.
Each player at the Player Pitch level will attend a pre-season skills evaluation for assessment in fielding, throwing, catching and batting; to allow BWLL skill evaluators and coaches to properly place players in the appropriate division (AAA, Coast and Majors) Following the skills evaluation, players will be placed onto teams built using a draft system to ensure that each player has a great Little League experience. At the Player Pitch level we cannot accommodate coach and teammate requests. Parent and player expectations should be that players will play on a team with others from a variety of schools within Bellevue West.
AAA (League Age 9-10)
The AAA Division is the entry-level Player Pitch program designed for players who are League Age 9 – 10 years old. Highly skilled League Age 8 year old players may request to “play up” to the AAA Division and must attend the pre-season skills assessment. At the AAA level, players should have the ability to throw a ball from third base to first base, have the skill to properly catch and throw, and be able to avoid being hit by a pitch while batting. AAA players are eligible for the 8/9/10 All Star team that represents Bellevue West Little League in the District 9 Tournament.
Coast (League Age 10-11)
The Coast Division is the intermediate program for Player Pitch baseball designed for players who are League Age 10-11 years old. Occasionally, an outstanding 9 year old may play in this division. Coast players are eligible for the 8/9/10 or 9/10/11 All Star team that represents Bellevue West Little League in the District 9 Tournament.
Major (League Age 11-12)
The Major Division is the most competitive program for Little League Baseball designed for players who are League Age 11-12 years old. Occasionally, an outstanding 10 year old will play in this division. At the Major level, the focus of the game is on advanced skill development to prepare players for baseball in the Intermediate and Junior Divisions and beyond Little League. Major Division players are eligible for the 9/10/11 or Majors All Star team that represents Bellevue West Little League in the District 9 Tournament.
Intermediate (50/70), Juniors & Seniors Baseball
Intermediate 50/70 (League Age 13)
The Intermediate Division of Little League is a program designed for players who are League Age 13 years old and offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior, Senior and Big League field size diamond (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths). At the Intermediate level, Bellevue West is a no cut league and we compete against other District 9 Juniors Little League programs. Players in the Intermediate Division may use certified BBCOR bats with a maximum 2-5/8" diameter barrel. Additionally, metal cleats are allowed except when pitching from an artificial turf mound. Intermediate teams are eligible for postseason tournament opportunities, including the Intermediate Little League World Series.
Juniors (Age 14) & Seniors (Age 15) Baseball
The Junior and Senior Divisions of Little League Baseball is a program designed for players who are League Age 14 and League Age 15 years old, respectively. These divisions play on a conventional field using a 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. As a continuation from the Intermediate program, Bellevue West is a no cut league and we compete against other District 9 Juniors and Seniors Little League programs. Players may continue to use certified BBCOR bats with a maximum 2-5/8" diameter barrel. Additionally, metal cleats are allowed except when pitching from an artificial turf mound. Juniors and Senior teams are eligible for postseason tournament opportunities, including the respective Juniors and Seniors Little League World Series tournaments.
Additional questions about the Intermediate, Juniors or Seniors Division of Bellevue West Little League can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.