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Softball Programs

Redmond West Little League provides softball programs for both Redmond West and Redmond North Little League.  If you live or your daughter attends school in one of the following zip codes, you can play softball with us:

Zip Codes: 98033, 98034, 98052, 98053, 98072, 98074, 98077, 98290, 98291, 98296

We offer softball programs for several age brackets by "league age".  League age can be determined by going to Little League or checking the chart below.

Following are ages for the various divisions in baseball and softball. Please read the divisions page for more details.

Softball Overview

PROGRAM AGE DESCRIPTION 2017 COST
5-6 year-old    T-Ball $60
7-8 year-old    AA Softball $145
8-10 year-old    AAA $195
9-11 years old    Coast $195
11-12 years old    Majors $195
13-16 year-old    Juniors  $195

Why are costs rising in the past couple years?

Please see the baseball page for the reason for the fee increases.


2017 SOFTBALL AGE CHART

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC LEAGUE AGE
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 5
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 6
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 7
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 8
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 9
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 10
2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 11
2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 12
2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 13
2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 14
2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 15

Program Descriptions

The League provides parent volunteers with coaching practice plans, team gear, and coaches will receive training prior to the start of the season.  Players will need to purchase a glove, bat, and batting helmet.

INSTRUCTIONAL SOFTBALL - T-BALL

For information on our wildly popular Softball T-Ball program, click here.

AA SOFTBALL
AA continues the skill building that starts in T-Ball.  Players will continue to develop hitting, throwing and catching mechanics in a safe and fun environment.  In addition, they'll start to learn more rules of the game, and base running and team fielding mechanics.

Teams will meet twice per week, either for two practices, or one practice and one game on Saturday.  All games will be played at Hartman Park.  Games are 3 innings long and every player bats every inning.

Teams will be formed by schools and practices will be held at or near their local elementary school. Players can request to be placed on a team with a "buddy".

Practice times and locations will be determined by team coaches and communicated after teams are formed.

No score is kept during games, and coaches pitch a reduced impact force softball to the players.

MAJORS/MINORS SOFTBALL

AAA is the first level of Minors Softball and is appropriate for most 9 year olds and some 10 year olds and 8 year olds depending on experience.  Players do the pitching, with a modified "coach pitch" rule that allows coaches to step in and pitch in lieu of batters reaching base via a "base on balls" (walk).   For many players, AAA is a very fun playing environment, with lots of offense and action in the field!  Pitchers, hitters, and fielders develop at different rates, but the goal of AAA is to prepare players to play in the more competitive Minor division of Coast, and eventually for the Majors Division by the time they are 11 or 12.  AAA schedule includes games with 2 or 3 other softball leagues.

Coast division is the more advanced Minors division, the last stop before Majors.  Most 10 year olds and roughly half of registered 11 year olds are assigned to Coast division, and occasionally some 9 year olds who have significant playing experience and have played AAA in a prior spring season.   Coast teams participate in the District 9 mid-season tournament.  The Coast schedule includes games with 2 or 3 other softball leagues.

Majors Softball is where all 12 year olds and roughly half the 11 year olds play.  Occasionally a 10 year old will be assigned to Majors, but this is very much the exception - in some years, no 10 year olds are assigned to Majors, while in others, one or two are assigned there.  Majors is the pinnacle of Little League Softball, with increased pitching distance, more competitive rules, and a faster game than the Minors divisions.  Majors teams participate in the District 9 mid-season tournament.  The Majors schedule includes inter-league play.

Divisional alignment may change from year to year based on number and strength of players at each age, and taking into account our competition in other leagues, against whom we play "Interlock" (interleague) schedules. 

JUNIORS SOFTBALL

Juniors teams typically have 12-14 players, and may include players from other area Little Leagues. Juniors Softball is for 13 and 14-year-olds.  Teams meet two to four times per week (a meeting is a practice or a game).

Games are played against team from all over district 9.  There are approximately 18 games in a season.  Practice starts in early March and games start in late March or early April. Games are 6 innings in length.

This is players first opportunity to play on full size fields with more traditional baseball rules.  Scores are kept and players have the opportunity to possibly continue playing as all stars in post season tournaments. 

Juniors Softball schedule includes teams from across District 9.  Juniors World Series is held in Kirkland, Washington.

PLAYER EVALUATIONS
Evaluations are held to assist us in putting together balanced teams, and placing players in the most appropriate division for them to learn and succeed in.  8 year olds are welcome to try out for AAA but must attend the player evaluation and have one year of prior softball experience.

*** All Players age 9 and older are required to participate in a player evaluation in early February.***