Can I Play For NSLL?
Posted Feb 7, 2018

Before Registration be sure you can play for NSLL.  Your player needs to live or attend school with in the North Snohomish League Bondaries.  If you played ith us last season and have moved you can still play for NSLL.

Questions?  Check out Find My League http://www.littleleague.org/leaguefinder.htm tool or contact us board@northsnohomishbaseball.com

 
Baseball Divisions

North Snohomish Little League offers (8) different divisions for baseball players ranging in League Age from 4 to 16 years old. NSLL also offers four divisions for its softball players. The baseball divisions are:


T-Ball (for players 4-5 years old)
Rookie Baseball (for players 6-7 years old)
AA (Minors) Baseball (for players 8-9 years old)
AAA (Minors) Baseball (for players 9-11 years old)
Majors Baseball (for players 10-12 years old)
Intermediate Baseball (for players 12-13 years old)
Juniors Baseball (for players 13-14 years old)
Seniors Baseball (for players 15-16 years old)

Each of these divisions is described further below. Registration fees and deadlines can be found in the current Registration Flyer.

Division placement is typically determined by your player's age as of the appropriate determination date. Unsure about your player's age? You can find more information about determining your child's league age under the "Registration" tab to the left (which includes information about the revised league age determination date for 2016). You can also use the Little League Baseball League Age Chart or the Little League Age Calculator.

If you believe your child should play up or down a division, or if you have questions about the division that is best for your player, contact the NSLL Board at board@northsnohomishbaseball.com to discuss his/her situation and get registered in the proper division.

The NSLL Board holds two Parent/Player Meetings (where the players will meet their coach), one for kid pitch divisions and one for t-ball/coach pitch/machine pitch divisions. The Player/Parent Meetings are held during the week, typically beginning at 6:30pm at Centennial Middle School. The kid pitch Parent/Player Meeting is typically held in late February. The t-ball/coach pitch/machine pitch Player/Parent Meeting is typically held in mid-to-late March.

 
T-Ball (League Age 4-5)

T-Ball is an entry-level co-ed division where our goal is to introduce the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and throwing along with learning the basic rules of baseball.

  • Ages: 4-5 year old boys & girls
  • Hitting: Players will initially be pitched to by a coach, and after a set number of pitches will hit off of a batting tee.
  • Field Size: Games and practices are held at our T-Ball/Rookie Fields, with 50-foot base paths and 100-foot fences.
  • Ball Type: Soft tee ball
  • Team Formation: Teams are formed at random by a player agent, though at this level the player agent attempts to accommodate buddy requests and coach requests, allowing kids to play with friends and familiar coaches. Players returning to this division typically return to their same team and/or coach.
  • Season: Although the exact dates vary year-to-year, the season typically starts in mid-March and lasts until the end of May. Teams usually practice or play games twice per week, once on a weekday and again on Saturday.
  • End of Season: Players will have the opportunity to participate in a t-ball skills clinic during the Family Fun Day event.

==> NOTE that due to the recent change in the League Age Determination Date, any player born during 2006 or after, and between September and December, will be the same league age for the 2016 season as they were in the 2015 season. If you have questions about this change, or if you are concerned how this change will impact your player's placement within the league, please contact the NSLL Board at board@northsnohomishbaseball.com to discuss the situation.

 
Rookie Baseball (League Age 6-7)

Rookie baseball is the second tier at NSLL where we continue to build the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and throwing along with learning more of the rules and strategies of baseball.

  • Ages: 6-7 year olds
  • Hitting: Players will be hitting off a mechanical pitching machine
  • Field Size: Games and practices are held at our T-Ball/Rookie Fields, with 50-foot base paths and 100-foot fences
  • Ball Type: Safety ball
  • Team Formation: Teams are formed at random by a player agent, though at this level the player agent attempts to accommodate buddy requests and coach requests, allowing kids to play with friends and familiar coaches. Players returning to this division typically return to their same team and/or coach.
  • Season: Although the exact dates vary year-to-year, the season typically starts in mid-March and lasts until the end of May. Teams usually practice or play games three days per week, twice during the week and again on Saturday.
  • End of Season: There will be an end-of-season mini-tournament for Rookie Baseball teams during the Family Fun Day event.

==> NOTE that due to the recent change in the League Age Determination Date, any player born during 2006 or after, and between September and December, will be the same league age for the 2016 season as they were in the 2015 season. If you have questions about this change, or if you are concerned how this change will impact your player's placement within the league, please contact the NSLL Board at board@northsnohomishbaseball.com to discuss the situation.

 
AA Baseball (League Age 8-9)

At this level players will continue developing strong fundamentals in hitting, fielding, and throwing while learning more advanced rules and strategies of baseball. This is the level where players are first exposed to hitting live pitching from other players.

  • Ages: 8-9 year olds*
  • Hitting: Players will hit off of live pitching from other AA players
  • Field Size: Games are played on regulation Little League fields
  • Ball Type: Official Little League baseball (hard type)
  • Team Formation: Players are selected through a draft following one or more tryouts. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • Season: Although the exact dates vary year-to-year, tryouts are usually held in early February, with the draft in mid-February. Games begin in April and can extend into early June. Although it is up to the coach, teams practice or play games at least twice per week, once on a weekday and again on Saturday. Games are sometimes played against other leagues.
  • Post Season: Teams will have the opportunity to participate in a mini-tournament during the Family Fun Day event. After the close of the regular season, each team will also enter a double-elimination tournament.
  • All-Stars: All players in the AA division are eligible to play on one of the NSLL All-Star teams (12U, 11U, or 10U), provided they attended at least 50% of the tryouts.

*7 year old players may also try out for a AA team and could be drafted if there is room after all 8/9 year olds are placed onto teams. A small number (usually less than 5) are selected in any given year.

If you want your 7 year old player considered for AA only, please indicate so during registration.

==> NOTE that due to the recent change in the League Age Determination Date, any player born during 2006 or after, and between September and December, will be the same league age for the 2016 season as they were in the 2015 season. If you have questions about this change, or if you are concerned how this change will impact your player's placement within the league, please contact the NSLL Board at board@northsnohomishbaseball.com to discuss the situation.

 
AAA Baseball (League Age 9-10-11)

This level is an introduction to full baseball with nearly all of the complexities of the game, while continuing the focus on fundamentals and baseball strategies. This is the highest level of minors before a player moves on to the majors division.

  • Ages: 9-10-11 year olds*
  • Hitting: Players will hit off of live player pitching
  • Field Size: Games are played on regulation Little League fields
  • Ball Type: Official Little League baseball (hard type)
  • Team Formation: Players are selected through a draft following one or more tryouts. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • Post Season: Teams will have the opportunity to participate in a mini-tournament during the Family Fun Day event. After the close of the regular season, each team will also enter a double-elimination tournament.
  • All-Stars: All players in the AAA division are eligible to play on one of the NSLL All-Star teams (12U, 11U, or 10U), provided the player attended at least 50% of the tryouts.

*9 year old players may also try out for a AAA team and could be drafted if coaches determine that they are develomentally ready for the AAA level and if there is room after all 10 and 11 year olds are placed onto teams. A small number are selected in any given year, with the vast majority of 9 year olds playing at the AA level.

If you do not want your 9 year old player to be considered for AAA, please indicate so during registration.

 
Majors Baseball (League Age 10-11-12)

The Major league level is a competitive level that continues to stress fundamental baseball and introduce and develop advanced techniques and strategies. This is the highest level of baseball before a player moves on to larger fields.

  • Ages: 10-11-12 year olds*
  • Hitting: Players will hit off of live player pitching
  • Field Size: Games are played on regulation Little League fields
  • Ball Type: Official Little League baseball (hard type)
  • Team Formation: Players are selected through a draft following one or more tryouts. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • All-Stars: All players in the Majors division are eligible to play on one of the NSLL All-Star teams (12U, 11U, or 10U), provided the player attended at least 50% of the tryouts.

*10 year old players could be drafted to a Majors team if coaches determine that they are develomentally ready for the Majors level. A small number are selected in any given year, with the vast majority of 10 year olds playing at the AAA level. In addition, some parents want their 11-year old player to play in AAA rather than Majors.

If you do not want your 10 or 11 year old player to be considered for Majors, please indicate so during registration.

**9 year old players are not eligibe to play in Majors.

 
Intermediate Baseball (League Age 12-13)

The Intermediate Division is a competitive level that continues to stress fundamental baseball with larger "intermediate" fields and full baseball rules.

  • Ages: 12-13 year olds
  • Hitting: Players will hit off of live player pitching
  • Field Size: Games are played on fields with 70-foot base paths and pitching at 50 feet
  • Ball Type: Official Little League baseball (hard type)
  • Team Formation: Players will participate in an evaluation (tryout) and be drafted onto a team. Players not drafted will be placed into the draft for Juniors or Majors, depending on age. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • Rule Variance: Leadoffs, stealing, pick offs, larger "intermediate" field dimensions
  • All-Stars: There will be an All-Star team representing the Intermediate Division of NSLL. All Intermediate players are eligible, provided they attended at least 50% of the tryouts.

If you have more questions about the Intermediate Division, check the Frequently Asked Questions document.

 
Juniors Baseball (League Age 13-14)

This level utilizes full baseball rules on a full size baseball field (90-foot base paths and a 60-foot pitching distance). The focus is on developing advanced baseball skills whiles stressing competition and sportsmanship.

  • Ages: 13-14 year olds
  • Hitting: Players will hit off live playing pitching
  • Field Size: Games are played on fields with 90-foot base paths and pitching at 60 feet
  • Team Formation: Players are selected after an evaluation (tryout) through a draft process. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • All-Stars: There will be an All-Star team representing the Juniors Division of NSLL. All Juniors players are eligible, provided they attended at least 50% of the tryouts.
 
Seniors Baseball (League Age 15-16)

This level continues advanced baseball play on a full size baseball field (90-foot base paths and a 60-foot pitching distance). The focus is on developing advanced baseball skills whiles stressing competition and sportsmanship.

  • Ages: 15-16 year olds
  • Hitting: Players will hit off live playing pitching
  • Field Size: Games are played on fields with 90-foot base paths and pitching at 60 feet
  • Team Formation: Players are selected after an evaluation (tryout) through a draft process. Players cannot request a specific coach.
  • All-Stars: There will be an All-Star team representing the Seniors Division of NSLL. All Seniors players are eligible, provided they attended at least 50% of the tryouts.