Uniform

Team Jersey & visor will be provided.

Softball pants, softball cleats, and softball socks are required. (Team managers may recommend team pant and sock color.)

 
Player Equipment

Softball Glove is required.

Softball bat, optional. Bats will be available for team use.

Softball Bag recommended to store/carry gear.

All player equipment must meet Little League guidelines.

 
Decription

AAA Softball introduces players to a competitive level of play. Players may have one or more years of experience in baseball or softball, but new players are welcome.

Players continue to demonstrate progress in the fundamental skills of softball to include making the correct decision on the field and increasing knowledge of the rules of the game. Players develop life skills related to teamwork and respect of coaches and umpires. Intensity level of play appropriately increased.

Score keeping, pitching limits, and game scores are introduced. No standings are kept at this level.

For team placement, see below.

 
Learning Objectives

Players continue to build upon the fundamentals learned in baseball or softball, with emphasis on

Hitting: the pitcher release of the ball to the bat; knowing the count and adjusting to it; bunting.

Base Running: sliding into the bases; proper (Little League) softball lead-off and stealing on a passed ball; and running through 1st base or rounding to second; watching/listening to the coach.

Throwing: proper relay skills of the outfielder and infielder; use of a cutoff any time the ball gets passed the outfielders normal position.

Fielding: properly fielding a fly ball; backhand catch; every fielder has a responsibility on each pitch, TEAMWORK; understand when to apply a tag vs tagging the base (i.e. force out); and retire the lead runner with less than 2 outs.

Pitching: Players will begin to learn the fundamentals of fast-pitch.

Catching: setting the target and then setting a target in different parts of the strike zone; blocking the ball; and use of wider stance when runners are on base; and fielding a passed ball.

See Coaching the Alderwood Way for more information, including drills to practice the above skills.

 
NEW! Blind Draft for AAA Softball

Similar to the AAA blind draft, the AAA softball division will particpate in a blind draft for team placement.

Why has the Board made this change?

A: The board performs an extensive review of the expected makeup of the upcoming spring divisions. Many factors contribute to our analysis, but the primary concern is how we can provide a high quality experience for the most players while still meeting our obligations to the league, district, and national program. Based on past results, and the composition of players and coaches expected to participate at this level in 2017, we determined that there was a high likelihood that we would have a division where one or two teams would dominate. We believe the blind draft greatly increases the probably of balanced teams across the division by spreading out our best coaches and player across multiple teams. The result will be more competitive games, and an overall more positive experience for all players and families.

Q: How will the Blind Draft be conducted?

A: Alderwood Little League has adopted the Blind Draft format as provided by Little League International Rules. In accordance with those rules, a team manager's children will not be drafted; they will be placed on their parent's team. Similarly, siblings will be placed on the same team. Trades will not be permitted.

Q: Is this just an attempt to have all AAA teams have the "same record?"

A: Absolutely not. Regardless of how Alderwood selects the teams, at the end of the season there will be a team with the best record and a team with the worst record. Mostly importantly, all players will learn important life lessons such as how to win and lose, and respect their teammates, opponents and coaches. But when the games are closer they are more fun for everyone involved - especially the players. Bob Bigelow, a former NBA player and now child sports advocate, says, "Close games are more fun."

Q: I really want my child to play for a particular coach or with a particular player, can I get an exception?

A: There may be unique circumstances that require a player to be considered to be placed on a particular team. A request for a particular teammate, or coach, will not generally be considered valid exceptions. If you have a unique request it must be submitted to the Player Agent in Writing no later than two weeks prior to the draft for consideration on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions to the draft will be extremely rare.

 
Spring Season

Registration: Registration for the spring season will begin in December and continue through late February. Late registration may be offered in March, depending on remaining openings on teams; late fee may be assessed.

Practices: Practices are organized by the team manager with assistance from volunteer coaches. Recommended practice frequency is three times a week during the pre-season (starting in early March); and once a week during the season. Practices will be held at local school fields in the Edmonds School District.

Games: Teams participate in two games a week during the regular season, typically one weeknight game and one weekend game (Friday night or Saturday). Game schedules will be available at least one week prior to the start of game play.Game play typically begins the week following the Edmonds School District spring break. Home games will be held at the Alderwood Little League complex. Depending on the number of teams, this level of play may participate in inter-league play with teams from within Snohomish County, typically grouped by regions.

Games are limited to a maximum of 6 innings or 2 hours in length. Games utilize a continuous batting order; 9 defensive players each inning; and balanced playing time. Scores are kept but not recorded for standings. Game play will be in accordance with Little League Rules and Local rules.

Season: The eight week season typically starts the week following the Edmonds School District spring break and extends until the weekend after Memorial Day; for a total of 16 to 18 games. See annual calendar for dates.

 
Player Age

League Age 9, 10 & 11

Girls ONLY

League age is player's age as of January 1st of current year, see Softball Registration for age chart.

League age 12 year olds, with limited/no experience, may participate in AAA level of play by request and approval of Little League. Contact the Player Agent prior to Major Softball tryouts for more information.

 
Parent Role

Parent volunteers serve as team manager, coaches, dugout coach, assistant during practices, Team parent, Concession Volunteer, and other roles as may be identified by the team manager. Training is provided for manager or coaching positions.

Parents are expected to have their child at each practice and game on time, and communicate with the team manager when the child will be absent. Parents are strongly encouraged to practice with players at home to develop skills.

 
Fall Ball

Fall Ball may be available for this level of play, typically for players league age 9 -11 years. Fall Ball is organized at the District level and our league will register and form teams based on the District structure. Softball will be offered if there is interest both within our league and in the district. Fall Ball is an instructional program with empahsis on progression of fundamental skills and increase game knowledge.

Watch this website for information on Fall Ball beginning in late May through August.

Teams typically begin practices in late August and game play occurs September through October