Newcastle Baseball

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the league registration fees?
How long does the season last?
What programs do you have available for various age groups?
Does Newcastle offer girls Softball?
Does my child need to tryout?
Can my child request to play for a specific coach or with a specific player?
Can you describe the level of commitment for Shetland/T-ball?
My son played last year, and he is returning to the same division. Does he need to try out again?
What happens if my child tries out but does not make a team?
If my child plays down a level, is he allowed to pitch?
Does my child need to live within a specific boundary to be eligible?
At the end of the season, are there any Select/All-star teams?


Q: What are the league registration fees?

A:The fees are broken down by Age division. Division eligibility is based on your child's age as of 5/1.

  • Shetland (Ages 5-6 as 04/30/16)-$145
  • Pinto (Ages 7-8 as 04/30/16)-$180
  • Mustang (Ages 9-10 as 04/30/16)-$215
  • Bronco (Ages 11-12 as 04/30/16)-$245
  • Pony (Ages 13-14 as 04/30/16)-$345
  • Colt (Ages 15-16 as 04/30/16)-$370

Q: How long does the season last?

A: Generally, practices begin in March, games begin in April and end mid-June.

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Q: What programs do you have available for various age groups? (Program Details)

A: Shetland Division (T-Ball) ages 5-6 (age as of April 30th)
Pinto Division (Coach Pitch) ages 7-8 (age as of April 30th)
Mustang Division (Kid pitch) ages 9-10 (age as of April 30th)
Bronco Division ages 11-12 (age as of April 30th)
Pony Division ages 13-14 (age as of April 30th)


Q: Does Newcastle offer girls Softball?

A: This season Newcastle is excited to be offering Softball. We've heard from many parents about having softball and feel that we have enough support for the program to get this going in 2016!

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Q: Does my child need to try out?

A: Shetland (T-ball) does not try out. All other divisions conduct skills assessments in order to balance the teams.


Q: Can my child request to play for a specific coach or with a specific player?

A: Coach and player requests are allowed for Shetland (T-ball) and Pinto (7-8 yrs old). In all other divisions, players are drafted by the coach.

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Q: Can you describe the level of commitment for Shetland/T-Ball?

A: Typically the T-Ball season has 10 practices and 10 games, each lasting approximately 1:15. T-Ball practices start late March at two per week. Practices are often on two weeknights, and occasionally on a Saturday. The focus in on exposure to fundamental skills: throwing, hitting, and fielding.


Q: My son played last year, and he is returning to the same division. Does he need to try out again?

A: All players returning to Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions must attend the skills assessment/try outs again and will potentially be placed or drafted by another team. Returning players are not automatically placed on their former teams. The only exception is that the children of the 3 coaches are automatically placed on the team coached by their parents and are not required to attend the skills assessment.

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Q: What happens if my child tries out but does not make a team?

A: For Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions, occasionally there are simply too many players for a given division and a small number of players are not placed on a team following the skills assessment and player draft. Those players are given the opportunity to play one level lower (and a credit for the fee difference) or a complete refund from Newcastle Baseball.


Q: If my child plays down a level, is he allowed to pitch?

A: Players that are one year older than the designated age range (measured on May 1) may still pitch in the lower division. Players two years older may not pitch. For example, a player who is 12 on May 1 may play in Mustang but not pitch.


Q: Does my child need to live within a specific boundary to be eligible?

A: The general border is south from Hwy 169 (Maple Valley Hwy), east to Issaquah, north to Kirkland and west to lake Washington. Please email info@newcastlebaseball.com is you are requesting an exception (most are approved).

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Q: At the end of the season, are there any Select/All-star teams?

A: Assuming there are enough coaches and players interested, Newcastle typically fields All-Star teams for all age groups, as young as 7 (first year of Pinto). This season the league will be evaluating players during one of the scheduled assessment days (Details will be communicated as the registration period comes to a close for each division). All efforts will be made to form these teams early in the season to maximize practice time with the team, before getting into tournament play.