Softball Programs 2018
Bellevue West Little League offers softball programs for girls from the ages of 4 to 14. 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 two levels of Coach Pitch (A & AA), three levels of Player Pitch (AAA, Coast & Majors) and a Junior Division of Softball for players 13 & 14 years of age.
At all levels, our teams are created without a draft and are based primarily around a player’s League Age, school attendance and grade level, and we make every effort to accommodate a player’s teammate and coach requests.
Determining League Age
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 Coach Pitch level, may request that their player play in the A Division.
Coach Pitch (League Age 6-8)
Coach Pitch softball offers programs for League Age 6–8 year olds and introduces players to live pitching with coaches pitching during the games. Emphasis is placed on instruction in the proper techniques of throwing, catching and hitting, while building upon the skills introduced in the previous year’s division. Teams 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 Coach Pitch season will last eight weeks with two games per week.
A Division (League Age 6-7)
The A Division the introductory level for softball and is designed for players who are League Age 6-7 years old and may have played one year of Tee Ball. 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 Coach Pitch level may request to play in the A Division. Softball players will be introduced to the rules of play and, as necessary, a tee will be used with players to assure the speed of the game is managed and players continue to develop hitting skills.
AA Division (League Age 7-8)
The AA Division of softball is designed for players who are League Age 7-8 years old and offers a transition from instructional softball to the introduction of competitive softball. A tee may be used occasionally will players as necessary to assure the speed of the game is managed and players have an opportunity to continue to develop hitting skills.
Player Pitch (League Age 8-12)
Player Pitch softball offers programs for League Age 8-12 year olds and introduces players to "kid pitch" softball and competitive play. Players will continue to be instructed in the proper techniques of throwing, catching and hitting, while building upon the skills introduced in the previous year’s division. The Player Pitch season lasts 10-12 weeks with three events per week.
AAA (League Age 8-9)
The AAA Division of softball is considered to be the entry-level program for "kid pitch" softball designed for players who are League Age 8-9 years old. At the AAA level, the competitive game of softball is introduced and games feature three outs per inning, strikeouts and 6 innings per game. Coaches will assist with pitching when a player has 4 balls as there are no walks in AAA softball. After the 4th ball, the player's coach will pitch until either the player hits the ball or strikes out. The AAA season lasts 10 weeks with an emphasis in the AAA level on sportsmanship, fun, and a continued development of skills.
Coast (League Age 9-11)
The Coast Division of softball is the highest level of intermediate program softball designed for players who are League Age 9-11 years old. Coast softball is the first player pitch only division in softball; the game is played with recorded outs, strikeouts and walks with an 11 inch softball and the pitching distance is 35 feet.
Majors (League Age 11-12)
The Majors Division of softball is the most competitive program for Little League softball designed for players who are League Age 11-12 years old. Depending upon the number of players who have registered for Majors softball, Bellevue West may combine our Majors Division with another nearby Little League to form teams. At the Majors level, the focus of the game is on advanced skill development, expanding upon the skills introduced at the Coast level to prepare players for softball in the Junior Division and beyond Little League. Majors softball uses a 12 inch softball and the pitching distance is 40 feet. Players are eligible for the Majors All Star team that will represents Bellevue West Little League in the District 9 Tournament.
Juniors Division (Age 13-14)
The Juniors Division of softball is designed for players who are League Age 13-14 years old. Junior level softball is played with a 12 inch softball on a larger diamond featuring 60 foot base paths, and the pitching distance is 43 feet. At the Juniors level, Bellevue West is a no cut league yet players may need to attend a skills assessment. Bellevue West will compete against other District 9 Juniors Little League programs.