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 Which division is right for my child?

Bainbridge Island Little League offers opportunities to play for kids ages 4-18 across 12 divisions. Divisions are based on the Little League Age Chart and are as follows:

 

Baseball Divisions

T-Ball (4 to 7) - Learn More

A (6 to 9) - Learn More

AA (7 to 10) - Learn More 

AAA (9 to 12) - Learn More 

Majors (10 to 12) - Learn More 

Intermediates (12 to 13) - Learn More 

Uppers (13 to 16) - Learn More

 

Softball Divisions

Minors (6 to 9) - Learn More

Intermediates (7 to 12) - Learn More

Majors (10 to 12) - Learn More

Uppers (13 to 16) - Learn More

The league conducts player assessments  called SHOW YOUR STUFF for Baseball AA and above as well as Softball Intermediate and Majors. SYS is used to determine each player's skill level so that in the formation of the teams is fair and balanced for safety and development. The SYS day along with a players previous coaches assessment of skill will be the main factors in which division a player will be placed.  

Do your best to register your child for the appropriate division based on your understanding of  current skill level. Feel free to use the Frequently Asked Questions tab on our website to learn more. 

If you have any questions about the appropriate division for your athlete or questions regarding the league please contact our VP of Baseball ([email protected]) or VP of Softball ([email protected]).


Coed T-Ball

The T-Ball division welcomes all families and offers a fun, instructional league for players league age 4 thru 7 who are either new to the sport or are still refining the basic skills. If you have questions about the upcoming season or you are interested in volunteering, please contact our T-Ball coordinator.

General Information
  • • T-Ball games are played on Saturdays and are typically at Strawberry Field but may be relocated if weather or field conditions dictate.
  • • Each team will have one practice per week (typically on a weekday evening).
  • • Please email T-Ball Coordinator for more information or if you have an interest in being a team Manager or Coach.


Uniforms
• Each player will receive a team jersey and hat.
• Please have your child wear baseball pants or sweats (jeans or cargo pants are discouraged as they limit flexibility).
• If you need cleats, there is a used cleat locker at the Parks Department. Please call Parks @ 842-2306 to inquire.

A - Baseball

The "A" division fosters continued skills development and a better understanding of the rules and nuances of the game. Players are expected to have fundamental baseball skills as this is a more elevated level of play than T-Ball. The focus remains on the fun of playing the sport while more coaching attention is given to fielding, making plays, accurate throwing, proper hitting technique and preparing the player for player-pitch at the "AA" level.

General Information:
• "A" division has both a weekday and Saturday game.
• Game are typically played at Strawberry Field but may be relocated if weather, field availability or field conditions dictate.
• Each team will have one practice per week (typically on a weekday evening).
• For Minors A rules and regulations, download the pdf: Download Rule Here
• Game Length: No new inning after 1:50.

Uniforms:
• Each player will receive a team jersey and hat.
• Please have your child wear baseball pants.
• If you need cleats, there is a used cleat locker at the Parks Department. Please call Parks @ 842-2306 to inquire.

Pitch Count Rules:
• Each player is allotted 8 coach pitches; if after 7 pitches the player has not hit the ball, the player may hit off a tee for the last pitch.

AA - Baseball

The "AA" Division is a combination player/coach-pitched baseball where a higher level of game understanding and ability is taught. Competition as it relates to winning and losing is introduced at this level. Winning and losing remain secondary to the essential goal of teaching each player to embrace success or failure with grace and to learn from both. Primary goals are to give players as much experience and playing time as possible and encouragement of ongoing development for all players in all phases of the game. This important developmental division provides a relatively even but not necessarily equal distribution of playing time among players.

• "AA" includes player pitch, limited stealing of bases, scoring, and umpiring (as available). By the end of the first or second "AA" season, players are expected to have refined their skills so they may successfully participate at the "AAA" level.

• Players in this division participate in the League Playoffs (single or double elimination or some variant of pool play, depending upon the number of 
teams) at the end of the season which culminates on Championship Saturday.

General Information:
• "AA" division has both a weekday and Saturday game.
• Games are typically played at Hidden Cove or Rotary Park but may be relocated if weather, field availability or field conditions dictate.
• Each team will have a minimum of one practice per week though most teams will have two practices.
• For AA rules and regulations: download the pdf: Download Rule Here 
• Game Length Rules: No new inning after 1:50.

Uniforms
• Each player will receive a team jersey and hat.
• Please have your child wear baseball pants.
• If you need cleats, there is a used cleat locker at the Parks Department. Please call Parks @ 842-2306 to inquire.

Pitch Count Rules: 
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 1 - 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required. 

Maximum Pitches:
• League age 11 and 12: 85 pitches 
• League age 9 and 10:  75 pitches 
• League age 7 and 8:  50 pitches

AAA - Baseball

The "AAA" division of Little League promotes a higher level of competition than "AA" and emphasizes more of the standard rules of Little League baseball. The focus in "AAA" remains on education, development and teamwork while encouraging a deeper understanding of the game and advancing skill development in order to prepare players for successful participation at the Majors level. Winning and loosing remain secondary to promoting the learning and development experienced by each player.

• "AAA" games are entirely player pitch; in contrast to "A" and "AA", coaches do not assist with pitching in any manner.

• Players in this division participate in the League Playoffs (single or double elimination or some variant of pool play, depending upon the number of teams) at the end of the season which culminates on Championship Saturday.

General Information:
• "AAA" division has both a weekday and Saturday game.
• Games are typically played at Hidden Cove or Rotary Park but may be relocated if weather, field availability or field conditions dictate.
• Each team will have a minimum of one practice per week though most teams will have two practices a week.
• For AAA rules and regulations: download the pdf:  Download Rule Here
• Game Length Rules: If not the 6th inning, no new inning shall commence after 1:50.
• During the playoffs, extra innings may be played as necessary with no time limit to declare a winner.

Uniforms:
• Each player will receive a team jersey and hat.
• Please have your child wear baseball pants.
• If you need cleats, there is a used cleat locker at the Parks Department. Please call Parks @ 842-2306 to inquire.

Pitch Count Rules: 
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1 - 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required. 

Maximum Pitches:
• League age 11 and 12: 85 pitches
• League age 9 and 10:  75 pitches
• League age 7 and 8: 50 pitches

Majors - Baseball

The "Majors" division promotes competition to a higher degree as compared to the Minor League. Within this more competitive environment, the emphasis remains on improving baseball skills, building individual self-esteem, promoting team camaraderie and emphasizing fair play. The division is designed to be both the satisfying culmination of some players' Little League careers and to prepare other players for higher levels of play including advancement in Little League Tournament play and readiness to move up to play on the full 90 foot diamond.

• Players in this division participate in the League Playoffs (single or double elimination or some variant of pool play, depending upon the number of teams) at the end of the season which culminates on Championship Saturday.

General Information:
• "Majors" division has both a weekday and Saturday game; likewise "Majors" may play double headers from time to time.
• Games are typically played at Rotary Park but may be relocated to Hidden Cove if weather, field availability or field conditions dictate.
• Each team will have a minimum of one practice per week though most teams will have two practices.
• For Majors rules and regulations, download the pdf:  Download Rule Here
• Game Length Rules: If not the 6th inning, no new inning shall commence after 1:50.
• During the playoffs, extra innings may be played as necessary with no time limit to declare a winner. 

Substitutions:
A player in the starting line-up who has been removed for a substitute may reenter the game once, in any position in the batting order, provided: 
1. His or her substitute has completed one time at bat and; 
2. Has played defensively for a minimum of six (6) consecutive outs; 
3. Pitchers once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers; 
4. Only a player in the starting line-up may re-enter the game; 
5. A starter, (S1) re-entering the game as a substitute for another starter (S2) must then fulfill all conditions of a substitute (once at bat and six defensive outs) before starter (S2) can re-enter the game. 

NOTE 1: When one or more substitute players of the defensive team enter the game at the same time, the manager shall, immediately before they take their positions as fielders, designate to the umpire-in-chief such player’s positions in the team’s batting order and the umpire-in-chief shall notify the official scorer. The umpire-in-chief shall have authority to designate the substitute’s places in the batting order, if this information is not immediately provided.

NOTE 2: If during a game either team is unable to place nine (9) players on the field due to illness, injury or ejection, the opposing manager shall select a player previously used in the lineup to re-enter the game, but only if use of all eligible players has exhausted the roster. A player ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry.

Uniforms:
• Each player will receive a team jersey and hat.
• Please have your child wear baseball pants.
• If you need cleats, there is a used cleat locker at the Parks Department. Please call Parks @ 842-2306 to inquire.

Pitch Count Rules: 
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
• If a player pitches 1 - 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required. 

Maximum Pitches:
• League age 11 and 12:  85 pitches
• League age 9 and 10:  75 pitches
• League age 7 and 8:  50 pitches

Intermediates (50/70) - Baseball

Intermediates League Baseball Division "50/70":  Subject to demand and coach availability, Bainbridge Island Little League offers the option to play in this baseball division. The players in this division experience a new level of play as they step up from the Little League-sized field to a 70-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 50 feet, 6 inches. The emphasis remains on fun and fair play, as we continue the development of the skill fundamentals along with the mental aspects of baseball the players will need to compete at this higher level. The games will be scheduled across Kitsap County against other Little Leagues in the District 2 Area. The local league has an option to enter the team in the International Tournament.

Juniors - Baseball


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 of providing baseball to 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 boys ages 13 through 18 residing on Bainbridge Island.  Programs focus on the development of baseball 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 in baseball after playing with BILL and we support them all.  Our main focus is to have the players on the field playing baseball.

What is the age range for playing Upper Division Baseball?

League age 13 to 16. Intermediates 13, Juniors 13-14 & Seniors 15-16.

When does the season run?

This baseball 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 and then the season could run longer into the summer.

What size field do the Teams play on?

The field size will be the standard conventional 90-foot baseball diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

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 baseball club, where you might not make the cut. We are looking more to create the fun, supportive, instructional and competitive experience for the boys and our program will focus on the development of baseball 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.

Seniors - Baseball


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 of providing baseball to 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 boys ages 13 through 16 residing on Bainbridge Island.  Programs focus on the development of baseball 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 in baseball after playing with BILL and we support them all.  Our main focus is to have the players on the field playing baseball.

What is the age range for playing Upper Division Baseball?

League age 13-16. Intermediates 13, Juniors 13-14 & Seniors 15-16.

When does the season run?

The baseball 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 and then the season could run longer into the summer.

What size field do the Teams play on?

The field size will be the standard conventional 90-foot baseball diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

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 10 – 12 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 baseball club, where you might not make the cut. We are looking more to create the fun, supportive, instructional and competitive experience for the boys and our program will focus on the development of baseball 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.

Minors - Softball

Minors Division Softball GIRLS (ages 6, 7-9 before Jan 1*):  This division emphasizes the development of basic playing skills (throwing, catching, fielding, and batting) and introduces playing rules. Games and practices are arranged in a format that is more advanced as compared to T-ball, but modified to fit their skill and knowledge level (e.g. coach or machine pitch, three innings games, all players bat or three outs per inning whichever occurs first). The goal is to teach players about the sport in a non-competitive environment that emphasizes having fun. Coaches will introduce players to the elements of team work and sportsmanship. Players should be given equal playing and the opportunity to play all defensive positions. Players are assigned to teams.  

*Little League 6 year olds are welcome to play Minors softball if they have played one year of T-Ball and pass a safety evaluation.

For Minors rules and regulations, download the pdf:  Download Rule Here

Intermediates - Softball

Intermediates Division Softball GIRLS (ages 7-12 before Jan 1*):The Intermediate Division emphasizes development of players and their skills and also introduces more rules and situations of the game. For instance, players pitch the entire game and bunting, stealing, and sliding are allowed. Even playing time among players is encouraged, but playing time is determined by the manager subject to minimum requirements and may not be equal. This division is intended to offer a moderate level of competition, where the concept of winning and losing is introduced, but is always secondary to player development, learning sportsmanship, and having fun.

Teams ideally will be 12 players. Teams will practice once per week (twice per week preseason) and play up to two games per week, once on Saturdays. Games begin after Spring Break.

For Intermediate rules and regulations, download the pdf: Download Rule Here

Majors - Softball

Majors Division Softball GIRLS (ages 10-12 before Jan 1*):The Majors Division offers a higher level of competition where players learn and put into play the tactics and strategy of the game of softball. Playing time is determined by the manager subject to minimum requirements and may not be equal. Although winning games is a goal, the primary emphasis is for players to develop skills, physical fitness, and self confidence, to understand the rules of the game, and to learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Teams will be 12 players. Teams will practice two to three times per week preseason and once or twice per week during the season and play up to two to three games per week, once on Saturdays, which may include doubleheaders. Games begin before Spring Break.

For Majors rules and regulations, download the pdf:  Download Rule Here

Junior Division

The Junior League Softball division is a program for players ages 12-14, and uses a conventional 60-foot diamond with a 43 foot pitching distance. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 12-14-year-olds from within this division (and/or from within the Girls Senior League Softball Division), and the team may enter the International Tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Junior League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals, and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Senior Division

The Senior League Softball Division is for girls 13-16 years old, using a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 43 feet. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 13-16-year-olds from within this division (and/or from within the Junior League Softball divisions), and the team may enter the International Tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Senior League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.



Contact

Bainbridge Island Little League
P.O. BOX 10911 
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Washington 98110

Email: [email protected]

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