Little League Softball Divisions
Bellevue East Little League offers softball programs for girls at the tee ball, minors, majors and juniors levels. Evaluations are held each year for all drafted levels of play to help determine each players overall skill and aptitude, and to ensure each player is properly placed at the correct level.
Tee-Ball Division (Ages 4-6 | Un-Drafted)
The Bellevue East Little League Tee Ball program is specifically designed for girls and boys, age 4 to 5, and provides a foundation and introduction to softball and baseball. Over the course of the 10 week season, coaches and players will engage in a series of lessons and activities to teach the fundamentals of the game including catching, throwing, batting (from a stationary tee), and physical fitness.
Bellevue East Little League has seen tremendous growth in our Tee Ball program in recent years; emphasizing fun and friendship as the core requirement. Parents and players can submit requests to play on teams with friends, neighbors, or based on school attendance.
Minors Division (Ages 6-8 | Un-Drafted)
Single-A Division - (6-7 year olds) - Coach Pitch - Continued introduction of initial concepts of softball with emphasis on throwing, catching, hitting and sportsmanship. Scores or statistics are not kept at this level. Teams are predominantly formed based on school affiliation andor friend requests. We do our best to make sure that kids play with their friends or school mates. If your child attends a private school please be sure to indicate what Bellevue School they would attend, based on their neighborhood.
Double-A Division - (7-8 year olds) - Coach Pitch - Continued introduction of initial concepts of softball with some progression to more complex concepts. Emphasis on throwing, catching, hitting and sportsmanship. Scores are kept at this level. Players will learn playing rules, strike out on called or missed swings, emphasis on playing more defense will be added. Teams are predominantly formed based on school affiliation and/or friend request. We do our best to make sure that kids play with their friends or school mates. If your child attends a private school please indicate which Bellevue School they would attend.
Minors Division (Ages 8-11 | Drafted)
Triple-A Division - (8-10 year olds) - Player Pitch - Evaluations Attendance Required - Continue building upon basic concepts, develop pitching skills and increasing fielding and hitting techniques. Emphasis on pitching, throwing, catching, hitting and sportsmanship. Scores are kept at this level. Teams are formed at this level using a draft based on the Skills Evaluations scores. Friend and Coach requests are not considered for the Triple A division. Often parents are not sure whether to register players for Triple A or Coast level. Evaluations are used to determine placement, and the league will adjust registrations, as needed, depending on which level the player is assigned.
Coast Division - (9-11 year olds) - Player Pitch - Evaluations Attendance Required - Advanced fielding, hitting and pitching. Scores and statistics are maintained at this level. Teams are formed based through a draft. School and friend requests are not considered. Main goal in team formation at this level is parity amongst the teams within this division. On conclusion of the regular season, eligible 9 and 10 year olds are encouraged to try out for All-Stars.
Majors Division (Ages 10-12 | Drafted)
Competitive - Evaluations Attendance Required - Emphasis on advanced concepts of softball, improving the players fielding, hitting and pitching. Majors softball uses a 12-inch ball, and a pitching distance of 40-feet. Teams are formed through a draft. School and friend requests are not considered. Main goal in team formation at this level is parity amongst the teams within this division. 10 year olds who wish to be considered for Majors softball must attend evaluations and, should they be assigned to the Majors level, receive approval from the Bellevue East Little League Board of Directors.
Juniors Division (Ages 13-14 | Drafted)
Softball through Little League Juniors Program for league age 13 and 14 year olds. Juniors softball uses a 12-inch ball, 60-foot base paths, and pitching distance of 43-feet. Games are played against teams from other leagues, within District 9. Eligible players are encouraged to try our for All-Stars. The Juniors-level World Series is held locally each year in Kirkland, WA.