Steel Lake Little League

ABOUT STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE

STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE provides a supervised program for youth ages 4-16 under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball and Softball, Incorporated - the largest organized youth sports organization in the world.
Steel Lake Little League is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity. All donations to our organization are tax deductible.

Steel Lake Little League's boundary was developed off the Federal Way School District's elementary school boundaries of Meredith Hill, Camelot, Star Lake, Valhalla, Lake Dolloff, Wildwood, Lakeland and Rainier View. It encompasses the east side of Federal Way, including west Auburn and part of SW Kent. Any eligible player that resides within these boundaries, or attends a school located within the boundaries, may register and play with Steel Lake Little League.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Local League is to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

 
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AGE DETERMINATION DATE IS AUGUST 31ST EXCEPT 2005 BIRTHDAYS

For the 2018 season, all Little League baseball players will the new age determination date of August 31.

EXCEPT:

Any player born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005 will utilize the age determination date of April 30 until 2019.

This August 31 date now includes older players in the 50/70, Juniors and Seniors divisions.

Starting in 2019, ALL players will use August 31 as the Age Determination Date.

More info on the changes and the Little League age chart for 2017 is available HERE.

 
STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE BOUNDARY

Steel Lake Little League's boundary was developed off the Federal Way School District's elementary school boundaries of Meredith Hill, Camelot, Star Lake, Valhalla, Lake Dolloff, Wildwood, Star Lake, Lakeland and Rainier View. It encompasses the east side of Federal Way, including west Auburn and part of SW Kent. Any eligible player that resides within these boundaries, or attends a school located within the boundaries, may register and play with Steel Lake Little League.

Any child who attends the following schools is eligible to register with Steel Lake Little League no matter where they live.

  • Camelot Elementary School
  • Christian Faith School
  • Holy Innocents School Of The Northwest
  • Kilo Middle School
  • Lake Dolloff Elementary School
  • Lakeland Elementary School
  • Meredith Hill Elementary School
  • Overcomer Academy
  • Rainier View Elementary School
  • Sequoyah Middle School
  • Star Lake Elementary School
  • St Nicholas Montessori School
  • Technology Access Foundation Academy
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Todd Beamer High School
  • Totem Middle School
  • Valhalla Elementary School
  • Wildwood Elementary School

To verify enrollment, parent will to provide either an official certified school enrollment form, or the Little League school enrollment form. Either document must be completed by a School Administrator, Principal, or Vice Principal that lists the schools address as well as verification that the student has been enrolled and attending prior to October 1 of the current academic school year. .

School enrollment form: http://www.littleleague.org/assets/forms_pubs/School-Enrollment-Form.pdf

If you reside within our boundaries you can register with Steel Lake Little League no matter where your child goes to school
To find out which league you reside in please go to: http://www.littleleague.org/LeagueFinder.htm

 
STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AGE BREAKDOWN CHART

League Age

RECOMMENDED DIVISION
(Please consult a Player Agent for specific advice)
4 T-Ball
5-6 T-Ball (or 1A division with one year of T-Ball)
7 1A or 2A division depending on experience
8 2A division (or possibly 1A depending on experience)
9-10 2A, or 3A division with tryout (Majors if drafted)
11 3A division with tryout required (Majors if drafted)
12 Majors with tryout required (or 3A with signed waiver) .
13 Intermediate 50/70 division (or possibly Juniors)
14 Juniors (or possibly Seniors)
15-16 Seniors

 
STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL DIVISIONS

Tee-Ball (Ages 4-7) - Provides younger players with a positive non-competitive introduction to the game and a chance to try all positions, learn basic language of the game and be exposed to the basic rules in a fun, encouraging environment.

A (Ages 6-8) - Pitching by coaches only. Provides players with a positive non-competitive introduction to the game with additional emphasis on instruction and a chance to try all positions, learn basic language of the game and be exposed to the basic rules. Instruction in the basics of throwing, base running, batting and fielding.

AA (Ages 7-10) - Both coaches and players pitch for three innings each during the first half of the season and then players only pitch for the second half of the season. Provides additional instruction of fundamental skills, and introduces aspects of game strategy and tactics. Introduces limited base stealing and coverage throughout the season. There is some level of competition introduced. Instruction in the fundamental skills of throwing, base running, pitching, batting and defensive fielding. End of the season playoff to crown Steel Lake Little League's 2A Champion!

AAA (Ages 9-12) - Drafted Players. Pitching by players only. Provides continued instruction of fundamental skills and introduces aspects of game strategy and tactics with a higher level of competition including interleague play.
End of the season playoff to crown Steel Lake Little League's 3A Champion!

Majors (Ages 9-12) - Drafted players. Provides expanded instruction of fundamental skills and game strategy/tactics while engaging in competitive play. Players at this level must demonstrate proficiency in a minimum standard set of skills to be successfully drafted. Game rules, teamwork, discipline, leadership and sportsmanship will be taught and emphasized. Following a Steel Lake LL Majors divison playoff at the end of the season, the top Majors team plays in the District's TOC (Tournament of Champions).

50/70 (Ages 11-13) - Little League's newest Intermediate division (50/70) utilizes modified rules like Juniors but on a baseball diamond using 50-foot pitching and 70-foot base paths similar to competitive travel ball programs; with lead off and steal, pickoffs and interleague competition. This provides a transition season for 13-year-olds before moving to the bigger 60/90 field.

Juniors (Ages 13-14) or Seniors (Ages 13-16) - Additional instruction on a regulation size diamond. Coaches continue to build on the foundations of skills development in previous divisions, placing additional emphasis on game strategy/tactics and the mental aspects of the game.

 
STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL REGISTRATION GENERAL INFO

Beginning each winter, the youth that reside, or go to a school, within Steel Lake Little League's boundary (see League boundary info above) are invited to register for one of the various baseball or softball divisions, designated by age and ability. For BASEBALL, a player's "Little League age" is based upon their age as of either April 30th or August 31st in the year of the baseball season. More details about age determination is above. You can find the 2017 age breakdown HERE. For SOFTBALL, a player's "Little League age" is based upon their age as of December 31 in the year prior to the current season.

MAJORS & AAA: The deadline to register for the drafted divisions of Steel Lake Little League (Majors & AAA) is immediately preceding the tryouts which are typically held on the first Saturday in February. Any player, league age 9-12, who wants to be drafted into the Majors division MUST try out. Any player who is League Age 12, must try out and will automatically play in the Majors division or sign a waiver (available here) to play down in the AAA (Minors) division. Players League Age 10-11 yrs old, who are not drafted by a Majors division team after the tryout, will be placed on a AAA (Minors) division team. For AAA, since every player is placed on a team, the tryout is really an "evaluation" to split the AAA teams evenly. Players have the option of making themselves eligible for the AAA (Minors) draft only and not be considered for a Majors division team if they choose.

The Majors Division will utilize a conventional batting order of 9 with substitutions from a 12 player roster and follow Little League's mandatory minimum playing requirement of one at-bat and 6 defensive outs in the field for the majority of the games. In certain Majors games both teams might bat the entire roster for the entire game if both coaches agree. Majors teams will always bat the entire roster for the whole game when two Steel Lake Little League Majors teams play each other, however, Majors teams will bat 9 with substitutions in most of our interleague contests.

The AAA (Minors) Division and below, teams will use a "continuous batting order" with all players on the roster placed in the batting lineup throughout the game and open substitutions in the field.

All eligible players who register before the deadline will play on a team. Practices for the Majors and AAA divisions typically start in mid to late February with games beginning in the middle of March. Typically, the season ends for everyone ages 4-12 by the first week of June.

Players who are League Age 9 or 10, have an option of either attending the tryout for the draft (Majors or AAA) or simply choose to play in the AA division where they are automatically assigned to a neighborhood team if possible.

For players League Ages 4-10, the deadline for registering for the non-drafted divisions of Steel Lake Little League (T-Ball, 1A and 2A) is typically the end of February with those games starting immediately following spring break in early April (or possibly before spring break depending on the calendar). The season typically ends by the first week of June.

Players who are League Age 13 play 50/70 (Intermediate Division) - or possible Juniors depending on how many players are participating. The 50/70 season runs from April to mid-June. Players who are League Age 14 play Juniors or Seniors. Players who are League Age 14-16 can play the Seniors division. That season runs from April until late June.

The league will supply each player with a baseball hat and either a shirt or jersey. Players will have to supply their own baseball glove, pants, cleats, athletic cup, socks and belt. While the league provides a limited set of batting and catching gear to each team, most players will want to purchase thier own bat and batting helmet. Make sure they are certified for Little League play and bats are usually stamped "Approved for Little League."

For T-Ball through Majors, Little league allows bats that are not more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Bats with diameters LARGER than 2¼ inches (i.e. big barrel bat) are NOT allowed for Little League players in the Majors division and below (ages 4-12). Composite bats are only allowed if they are on Little League's approved list.

Restrictions on bats for 50/70, Juniors and Seniors (ages 13 and older) are very different so see here for details.

IMPORTANT: Baseball bat standards for Little League will be changing in 2018.
So a legal baseball bat purchased today may not be allowed for Little League use starting in the 2018 season. Details are HERE.

 
STEEL LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL REGISTRATION GENERAL INFO

Steel Lake Little League offers Softball for all girls ages 4-16

For softball, a player's "League League Age" is based on their age as of December 31 PRIOR to the Little League season.

Games for all divisions of softball, except for girls t-ball, typically begin BEFORE spring break.

More details about softball are available on the Steel Lake Little League softball page HERE.