Player Basics Note

The information offered on this page is a general overview of our program. Detailed information for each level of play can be found in the "Player - Divisions" section of this website, or area designated to topic, such as "Players - Tournaments." Dates for the current season may be found on the "Calendar" pages of the website.

 
The Season

Spring Season is the main season of play for all levels. Registration begins in early-December. Major divisions and above begin practices after the draft in mid-February or early March. T-Ball and Minor divisions (Rookie, Farm, and AAA) practices typically begin two to four weeks prior to Jamboree weekend in late March. Games will begin in mid-March for Major, Junior, Senior divisions; after Edmonds School District spring break for Tball, Rookie, Farm, and AAA levels. Games will be played through early June, with Major and above levels participating in post-season tournaments offered by District 1. Big League season begins practices in mid-April and game play is May through mid-June.

The season is extended to the end of July for players that are selected to the Alderwood All Star tournament teams. Please take this into consideration for summer vacation plans if you have a child that may be selected to these teams.

Fall Instructional program begins registration in mid-May. Fall Ball is an instructional program typically for league age 7 to 11 year olds. At Alderwood Little League, Fall Ball begins with one week of practices/clinics in late August and are followed by team play through mid-October. A typical fall schedule will include three games/practices per week. Games may be inter-league or intra-league play depending on number of players/teams. Game rules limit players to 2 innings per position which promotes increased rotation of players and opportunity for players to learn new positions.

 
Practice & Game Locations

Practices will be held at fields rented by Alderwood Little League through the Edmonds School District. Alderwood Little League assigns field to team managers. Team managers may opt for alternative locations such as indoor gym or batting cage, which may incur small nominal fees to players. Practice schedules are set by the team manager, thus days/times will vary by team. All managers and coaches are volunteers, please respect their choices for practice dates, locations, and times.

Home Games The Alderwood Little League complex has two baseball and one softball 60-foot diamonds dedicated to game play for T-Ball; Minor and Major Divisions of baseball and softball; and Junior Softball.

Games are typically one weeknight game (Monday through Thursday) and one weekend game (Friday night or Saturday.) Game schedules will be available at least one week prior to the start of game play. Alderwood Little League only schedules Sunday games in the event make-ups are required at the Major levels of play.

Away Games. Divisions which participate in inter-league play will play away games at fields within District 1 (Snohomish County).

 
Game Time Limits

Start Times Games will be scheduled to start no later than 6:45 PM for T-ball and Rookie teams on weeknights. Most games will be scheduled to start no later than 6:45 PM for Farm, AAA, and Major division teams on weeknights, limited number of games will be scheduled to start no later than 7:30 PM. Start times for Saturday games will be 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. No games will be scheduled on Sunday; though make up games or tournament play may occur on Sunday.

Game Time Limits Refer to Local Rules for game time or light rules for Alderwood Little League complex games. Game time rules vary by division, see specific division rules.

 
Minimum Play Rules

Rules will vary by division regarding playing time.

In the T-Ball division, all players play in the field and all players bat once per inning.

In the Rookie, Farm and AAA divisions, a continuous batting order is used. In Rookie level, there are 10 defensive players; while in the Farm and above levels will have 9 defensive players each inning.

Major, Junior, Senior, and Big League divisions will have 9 players on defense and offense for each inning. Minimum playing time is 2 innings, except Big League which does not have a minimum play rule.

There are minimum innings played in all divisions. Refer to the local rules or Little League rule book for each level of play.