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Why is Bainbridge Island Little League offering Upper Division play?

Bainbridge Island Little League has had numerous conversations with the parents of our ball players with many asking why we did not offer Upper Division play as provided by Little League International.  After these conversations, BILL felt offering the Upper Divisions of play to our post major’s players made sense logically as the next step for our community.

Why choose Bainbridge Island Little League?

Bainbridge Island Little League is a non-profit organization serving over 400 families each year.  Our league offers a fun, supportive, instructional and competitive experience for older players ages 13 through 16 residing on Bainbridge Island.  Programs focus on the development of skills, sportsmanship, and a love for the game in a family-oriented, all-volunteer community.  That being said, there are many great opportunities for players to continue after Majors and we support them all.  Our main focus is to have the players on the field playing ball.

What is the age range for playing Upper Divisions?

The player ages are 13 to 16. Check the Little League Age Calculator and age requirements specific to the division you are interested in.

When does the season run?

The season will run from the end of February to the middle of June.  BILL has the possibility of entering the Team in the Little League International Tournament, if certain qualifications are met, then the season could run longer into the summer.

Who will the Teams play and how many games?  

Each Team will play against the other District 2 Little Leagues (IE: North Kitsap, Port Orchard, etc.) with 16 games as the normal season. There have been anywhere between 12 – 16 teams in these leagues.  In conversation with other District 2 Leagues, BILL will explore scheduling games to generally occur on weekday evenings or games will be scheduled as doubleheaders on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Will tryouts be needed to participate in the new Upper Divisions?

Yes, there will be tryouts. We are looking to create balanced Teams, if we have enough players register for the Upper Divisions. This is not a select club, where you might not make the cut. We are looking more to create the fun, supportive, instructional and competitive experience and our program will focus on the development of skills and sportsmanship.

Is there a need for volunteers?

Bainbridge Island Little League is an all-volunteer organization.  The success of our ball players and teams is directly tied to all help we receive from the volunteers who do everything from Manager, Practice Coach, Umpire, and Scorekeeper to Team Parent and more.  We look to one parent from every ball player donate time to help support the Teams and BILL by volunteering approximately 6 hours per season.

How many games and practices will there be each week?

At the beginning of the season prior to game play, there will be 2 – 3 practices a week.  Once the season starts, there will be 2 – 3 practices a week along with 2 games.

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