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2023 Fall Ball Registration Now OPEN!

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING

Welcome to the 2023 Fall Ball Season for Soundview Little League.  Registration is open from July 22 to August 20.  Once registration is closed, league officials will spend the following couple weeks assigning teams and coaches.  We expect games to start September 9 and go through the end of October. This is subject to change.

Fall Ball is a less formal season giving players, coaches and volunteers to learn and develop for the 2024 season. This is a great opportunity for players to play up from the 2023 Spring season in preparation for the 2024 season.  With that, we will use the Little League 2024 Age charts (links below) to determine which divisions your player is eligible for. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected].

2024 Little League Softball Age Chart
2024 Little League Baseball Age Chart

NEW - We have introduced the Intermediate division which plays at 50ft pitching mounds and 70ft base paths. Official inclusion of this division will depend on player interest as well as interest in other Little Leagues in District 10.  If there is not enough interest to field teams or schedule games, we will work with you to assign the player to a Majors or Juniors division.

IMPORTANT - There will be no tryouts during the Fall Session.  Players will be assigned based on coaching and teammate preferences, neighborhood preference and lastly where there are openings on teams.

We will share more about teams and schedules in late August and early September.  We ask for your patience during the months of August and September while the league volunteers work through the process of putting each division together. 

Before you register your players, please read the information below on divisions. In addition, please be prepared to provide electronic copies of your players' birth certificates during the registration process. 

If you choose to select a volunteer opportunity, you will be asked to provide a government-issued ID.


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BASEBALL

Tee Ball (Ages 4 - 6)

The Tee Ball division is for players who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The focus is on instruction and fun rather than competition. 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. Coaches are permitted on the field to teach while the game is in progress. Players hit a ball off a batting tee stand. Players have the opportunity to try all positions.

*Introduction to baseball. Team and coach requests are permitted

Baseball Minor A - Coach Pitch (Ages 6 - 8)

This is the entry division of minor league. The Single A experience is where kids are introduced to live pitched baseballs from the coach. Competition is low key. Players are rotated around all outfield and infield positions. Everyone bats regardless if playing one of the defensive positions at the time. Coaches are permitted on the field to teach while the game is in progress.

*Recommended for younger kids who played at least 1 year of T-ball or older kids new to the game. Team and coach requests are permitted.

Baseball Minor AA - Player Pitch (Ages 7-9)

This Division is for those who learned how to throw, catch and hit at the A level and are ready to pitch and hit pitching thrown from other players. The minor "AA" experience is where kids are first introduced to live player pitching. Competition level is medium. Players are assigned outfield and infield positions. Everyone bats regardless if playing one of the defensive positions at the time. Coaches / Parents from each team are required to umpire games.

*No Tryouts. Team and coach requests are allowed. Teams are formed by the league after AAA tryouts.

Baseball Minor AAA

All players 10 to 12 years old must register for either the AAA or Major divisions. Also, any 9 year-olds who would like to tryout are welcome to register for the AAA division. Players drafted in AAA MUST play for the team that drafted them. 10 year-olds can also register in Majors if they want to try out. 12-year-olds can play AAA only with an approved waiver. (contact the player agent for a waiver in this case).

This is the division where kids are introduced to higher competition and officiating by veteran umpires following the strict rules and regulations of Little League Baseball. Skill levels vary widely among athletes and managers may position players according to their “best fit.” Everyone bats each inning regardless if playing one of the defensive positions at the time.

*No Tryouts or Draft for Fall Ball.

Majors (Ages 10 - 12)

The major division is where athletes are a bit bigger and stronger and the level of competition increases. Athletes throw and hit the baseball much harder than in the minor “AAA” division. Positions are assigned by the coaching staff and based on a player’s ability to demonstrate the skill necessary for the position played. Games are managed for team development first then individual skill development. This level of play is considered competitive.

*No Tryouts or Draft for Fall Ball.


Intermediate (50/70)

The Intermediate division is a transitional division between Majors and Juniors.  Pitching mounds are set to a distance of 50 feet (versus 46 for Minors/Majors and 60.5 for Juniors/Seniors) and base paths are set to 70 feet (versus 60 at Minors/Majors and 90 at Jrs/Srs). Rules typically follow the Junior division rules introducing things like lead offs.  Soundview has not held this division in many years and is currently seeking interest in players.  Player interest as well as the availability of teams in District 10 will determine if we play this division this fall.  If not, players will be placed either on a Majors team or a Juniors team based on age and parent interest.

Juniors

The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 12-14, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Modified diamond dimensions may be used during the regular season. This division is considered preparatory for high school baseball. Talent level is wide. Lead offs permitted. Rules closely match MLB. This level of play is considered competitive.

Sr. Division 

The Senior League Baseball Division is for boys and girls 13-16 years old, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

Note: all Baseball Divisions are co-ed eligible.


SOFTBALL

Tee-Ball (See Description Above under Baseball)

Softball Minor B - Coach/Machine Pitch (Ages 6-9)

This is the entry division of minor league. The Minor B experience is where kids are introduced to live pitched softballs from the coach. Competition is low key. Players are rotated around all outfield and infield positions. Everyone bats regardless if playing one of the defensive positions at the time. Coaches are permitted on the field to teach while the game is in progress.

*Recommended for younger kids who played at least 1 year of T-ball or older kids new to the game. Team and coach requests are permitted.

Softball Minor A - Player Pitch (Ages 9-11)

All players 10 to 12 years old must register for either the Minor A or Major division. Also, any 9 year-olds who would like to tryout are welcome to register for the A division. Players drafted (if necessary) in Minor A MUST play for the team that drafted them. 10 year-olds can also register in Majors if they want to try out. 12-year-olds can play in Minor A only with an approved waiver. (contact the player agent for a waiver in this case).

This is the division where kids are introduced to higher competition and officiating by veteran umpires following the strict rules and regulations of Little League Baseball/Softball. Skill levels vary widely among athletes and managers may position players according to their “best fit”. Everyone bats each inning regardless if playing one of the defensive positions at the time.

*No Tryouts or Draft for Fall Ball.

Majors (Ages 10 - 12)

ALL 11 and 12 year-olds register for Majors plus any 10 year-olds who want to tryout. If numbers support a draft, players drafted in this division MUST play for the team that drafted them. The major division is where athletes are a bit bigger and stronger and the level of competition increases. Athletes throw and hit the softball much harder than in the minor A division. Positions are assigned by the coaching staff and based on a player’s ability to demonstrate the skill necessary for the position played. Games are managed for team development first then individual skill development. This level of play is considered competitive.

*No Tryouts or Draft for Fall Ball.


Additional Information

Financial Assistance
If you are in need of financial assistance to cover registration fees, please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Gear

Although our league supplies each team manager with a few standby bats, helmets, and catchers gear, many players purchase their own helmets and bats (and several have their own catchers gear in upper divisions). Before you purchase, make sure you read about the required the Little League Rules for bats and helmet modifications. Little League International has put a moratorium on composite bats. More information is provided by your team manager at the beginning of the season.

Little League International Rules

All Players: You will be allowed to register your player in a division according to their birth date. In accordance with Little League International standards, we require proof of residence and will verify all birth dates. The following will be electronically signed during registration: proof of residence, medical waiver form, concussion consent form, and refund policy. Returning players will not be required to provide physical documents for the regular season. However all players selected to an All Star team will be required to provide physical proof of residency documents and an original certified birth certificate.

New Players: You will be required to show a certified birth certificate before your player will be assigned or drafted to a team. A photocopy of a birth certificate is not acceptable. Birth certificates can be ordered from www.vitalchek.com. They usually take 3-5 days to arrive but can take up to 18 business days. New players attending player evaluations must have their birth certificates verified before tryouts. Those who have not shown their birth certificate will not be drafted.

 


Contact

SoundView Little League, SVLL, Tacoma Little League, baseball youth t-ball softball fastpitch
PO Box 7599 
Tacoma, Washington 98417

Email: [email protected]

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