Uniform

Team Jersey will be available for rent. Deposit $25 required.

Team hat & socks will be provided to each player.

Baseball pants and baseball cleats must be worn. (Team managers may recommend uniform colors for pants.) No metal cleats.

Protective cup is required for all male players.

 
Player Equipment

Baseball Glove is required. "Position" gloves may be used, not required.

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

Baseball Bag recommended to store/carry gear.

Catcher Gear optional for catchers as team will be provided with gear.

All player equipment must meet Little League guidelines.

 
Description

Major Baseball is an advanced, competitive level of play. Players will refine the baseball skills learned at previous levels.

Score keeping, pitch count, game scores, and standings are kept. Teams will participate in end of season tournaments, as made available by District 1, based on place of finish.

Players are selected to this level of play through a mandatory tryout and draft process. Players not selected in the draft to a Major division team will be placed in the AAA level of play.

 
Learning Objectives

Hitting: Players will learn the psychological part of the hitting game; and knowing the count and anticipate a variety of pitches, including pitch location from a more skilled pitcher.

Baserunning: Players will learn to effectively utilize the base coach; Little League lead off after every pitch and anticipate a hit or passed ball; diving back to 1st base.

Throwing: Players will learn cutoffs and relays with accuracy and speed as required by the major league level; running down the runner, making only one throw in a run down; and completing a long throw with accuracy and arm strength.

Fielding: Players will learn cross-over step to gain momentum for an accurate long throw; and outfield footwork on a fly ball.

Pitching: Players will learn off-speed pitches and pitching to a variety of locations.

Catching: Players will pick off plays with snap throws and signals; emphasis on moving the target; and framing the catch.

For more information, see Coaching the Alderwood Way.

 
Season

Registration: Spring registration will begin in December and continue through tryouts in late Febuary. Late registrations cannot be accepted for Major Division due to team placement by the draft process which occurs shortly after the tryouts.

Practices: Practices are organized by the team manager with assistance from volunteer coaches. Recommended practice frequency is four times a week during the pre-season (starting in mid-February); and once a week during the season. Practices will be held at local school fields in the Edmonds School District. Team managers may opt to hold practice at an indoor location, additional and nominal fees may be incurred by players.

Games: Teams participate in two to three games a week during the regular season. Game schedules will be available at least one week prior to the start of game play. Game play typically begins in early March and will continue through end of May. (See below regarding end of season tournament play.) Games will be held at the Alderwood Little League complex.

Games are limited to a maximum of 6 innings or 2 hours and 15 minutes in length. Game play is competitive such that scores and standings will be kept. Game play will be in accordance with Little League Rules and Local rules.

Season: The nine week regular season typically starts early March, ending the week prior to Memorial Day. (Limited number of games will be scheduled during the first half of the Edmonds School District spring break.)

Post Season Tournements: The first place team will represent Alderwood Little League at the Washington District 1 Tournament of Champions beginning the first weekend in June. All other teams will participate in a District post-season tournament beginning the first week of June. See annual calendar for dates.

 
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. Fall Ball is organized at the District level and our league will register and form teams based on the District structure. 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.