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Little League! Many people have fond memories of their little league experiences; some people have not-so-fond memories; and some never participated. Yet, we're all here now to support our kids' turn to have fun, learn to be a good teammate, experience success and failure in a safe, supportive space, and play a game where everyone has a chance to participate, and anyone could be the hero of the game. 

History

Little League® Baseball and Softball, now an international organization, was founded, first just with baseball, in 1939, and is the world's first community-based, volunteer-operated youth sports program. Little League Softball was founded in 1974. Nearly 2.4 million youth ages 4 to 16 in more than 80 countries and territorial possessions participate in the divisions of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Shoreline Little League was first chartered in 2016, combining two smaller leagues, North King County Little League and Richmond Little League. We serve kids "league ages" 5 - 16 who live or go to school in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The whole organization is run by volunteers: From the person updating this website to the coaches, and the umpires to the person that books the fields. We currently have more than 30 Board Members committed to manage the league for the whole year (just like professional sports, the off-season is full of planning!).

How Shoreline Little League Works

SLL's season runs roughly March - June. Each division has different season lengths, with the older divisions starting earlier and finishing later than the younger divisions. 

As a non-profit, completely volunteer organization, Shoreline Little League asks for all hands on deck. There is a fundraiser each player is asked to participate in, there are 2 snack shacks that need to be open and run during games, the Jamboree requires TONS of support, we need people to volunteer to umpire games! And the more people helping, the better the experience will be for the kids. 

In addition to fundraisers, we rely on sponsors to help offset costs. If you know a business that would like to get involved, let us know! 

Available Divisions in Shoreline Little League

Here's some basic info on each division.
T-ball
 - no division between baseball and softball
  • An instructional division for boys and girls ages 5-7
  • Hitting off a tee, no thrown pitches, everyone gets a chance to hit each inning (no outs are recorded), "softer" balls are used 
  • 2 or 3, 60-minute field practices per week
  • 1 to 3 games each week, with at least 1 weekday and 1 weekend game.

A ball
 - baseball and softball
  • Instructional division for boys (baseball) and girls (baseball or softball) league ages 6-8 (6-year-olds who have played T-ball are allowed with Player Agent approval)
  • Introducing thrown pitches by coach or coach-operated machine
  • 2 or 3, 60-minute field practices per week
  • 1 to 3 games each week, with at least 1 weekday and 1 weekend game.

AA ball
 - baseball and softball
  • Instructional division for boys (baseball) and girls (baseball or softball) league age 7-10. (League age 7-year-olds that have played at least one year of A division are eligible to play in AA division with Player Agent approval)
  • Introducing player pitching, outs and runs are recorded, each half-inning ends on 3 outs or 5 runs scored, whichever comes first
  • 2 or 3, 60-minute field practices per week
  • 1 to 3 games each week, with at least 1 weekday and 1 weekend game.

AAA ball
 - baseball and softball
  • For boys (baseball) and girls (baseball or softball) league age 8-11. (League age 8-year olds that have played at least one year of AA division are eligible to play in our AAA division with Player Agent approval) Teams are formed by draft after an individual player assessment.
  • Score and standings are kept, and a double elimination league tournament is held at the end of the season.
  • 2 or 3, 90-minute field practices per week. There may be fewer or more practice sessions held throughout the season at your manager’s discretion.
  • 2 to 3 games per week, with games during the week and weekends

Majors
 - baseball and softball
  • For boys (baseball)  and girls (baseball or softball) league age 10-12, provided league age 10-year-olds have played at least one year in AAA Division. Teams are formed by draft after an individual player assessment.
  • Score and standings are kept, and a double elimination league tournament is held at the end of the season.
  • 2 or 3, 90-minute field practices per week
  • 2 to 3 games per week, with games during the week and weekends

Intermediate 
- baseball
  • For boys and girls (baseball) league age 13. Teams are formed by draft after an individual player assessment.
  • Score and standings are kept, and a double elimination league tournament is held at the end of the season.
  • 2 or 3, 90-minute field practices per week
  • 2 to 3 games per week, with games during the week and weekends. Some games will be against teams from neighboring leagues within District 8.

Juniors
 - baseball and softball
  • For boys (baseball)  and girls (baseball or softball) league age 13-14. Teams are formed by draft after an individual player assessment.
  • Score and standings are kept, and a double elimination league tournament is held at the end of the season.
  • 2 or 3, 90-minute field practices per week
  • 2 to 3 games per week, with games during the week and weekends. Some games will be against teams from neighboring leagues within District 8.

Seniors
 - baseball and softball
  • For boys (baseball)  and girls (baseball or softball) league age 15-16. Teams are formed by draft after an individual player assessment.
  • Score and standings are kept, and a double elimination league tournament is held at the end of the season.
  • 2 or 3, 90-minute field practices per week
  • 2 to 3 games per week, with games during the week and weekends. Some games will be against teams from neighboring leagues within District 8.

Refund Policy

Shoreline Little League Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

  • If cancelling registration before team announcement or assessments: Cancellation fee of 25% of cost of registration.
  • If cancelling after team announcement or assessments: Cancellation fee of 50% of cost of registration.
  • If cancelling after first practice starts: NO REFUNDS***. 
    ***Extenuating circumstances will be taken under consideration by the Shoreline Little League Board.  

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