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.
|7-8 year-olds||AA Softball||$145|
2018 Softball registration fees are unchanged from 2017.
Majors/Minors (AAA, Coast, Majors) will be charged a $40.00 late fee for registrations after 1/26/18. This allows the league enough time to organize evaluation day.
AA will be charged a $25 late fee for registrations after 3/2/18.
Rookie Softball (T-Ball) will be charged a $25 late fee for registrations after 3/2/18.
Please see the baseball page for the reason for the fee increases.
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)
Introduces 5 and 6 year old girls to the fundamental rules and skills of softball. Players will be introduced to hitting, throwing and catching mechanics in a safe and fun environment. This program is for new softball players Little League ages 5 through 6, who live within the boundaries of the Redmond West or Redmond North Little League.
Schedule: Teams will meet for an hour and a half once per week [day TBD] starting early May and lasting 6 weeks. The first 45 minutes will be practice and then we will have a game for the last 45 minutes or so.
Teams: There will be six teams of about 7-8 players per team. We will organize teams by school and buddy requests. If your daughter was 5 years old last year and played T-Ball, she has the option of playing T-Ball again or moving up to AA coach pitch softball.
Volunteers: Coaching at this age group is very easy, our league VP will be at every practice to assist the coaches. We will have a quick 30 minute coaches training before the first practice and we will walk the coaches thru the practice stations and get everyone familiar with the process. Moms don’t be shy about volunteering for coaching -- we have 7 mom coaches in our upper divisions this season. We will be forming teams in mid-April and will send out team rosters then.
Practices and Games: There will be three practice stations hitting, fielding, and a short game of kick ball to work on fielding and base running. Teams will rotate every 15 minutes to the next practice station. During the game portion of our time, the girls will hit off the T with a whiffle ball bat and we will use softie balls. Every girl will bat each inning. We will rotate infield and outfield and will try to make sure everyone gets to try each position over the course of the season. Scores will not be kept.
Player Gear: In an effort to keep costs down for gear we are trying to keep the format as simple as possible while providing an opportunity to learn the basics of softball. You will not need to go out and buy any special gear for your daughter to participate in this program. The league will provide a jersey and all equipment needed for practice/games -- all your daughter needs to do is show up and be ready to have some fun.
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.
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 teams typically have 12-14 players, and may include players from other area Little Leagues. Juniors Softball is for 13 and 14-year-olds. Some 12 year-olds may also be eligible to play Juniors Softball. 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.
Seniors, for 15 and 16-year-olds, typically have 13-15 players. Teams meet two to four times per week (a meeting is a practice or a game).
There are around 16-20 games in a season. Practice starts in early March and games start in late March or early April. Games are 6 innings in length. Scores are kept and players have the opportunity to possibly continue playing as all stars in post season tournaments.
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 Softball players league ages 9 through 12 are required to participate in a player evaluation in early February.***