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Frequently Asked Questions

What programs do you have available for various age groups?
What are the league registration fees?

How long does the season last?
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?
What are Newcastle Baseball's Safety Guidelines for COVID?


Q: What programs do you have available for various age groups? 

A: Newcastle Baseball has programs from ages 5-14. If your 4-year wants to play, please contact our Registrar @ [email protected]. For details about division rules see Levels of Play  

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: What are the registration fees?

A: The registration fees increase as the player gets older mostly due to costs associated with field rentals and umpires. 

See Registration Information page for current fees.

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Q: How long does the season last by division?

A:
- Shetland: about 10 weeks, from late March to early June
- Pinto: about 15 weeks, from early March to mid-June
- Mustang: about 15 weeks, from early March to mid-June
- Bronco: about 15 weeks, from early March to mid-June
- Pony: about 15 weeks, from early March to mid-June
- All-Star teams (age 7+): about 6 weeks, from mid-June to end of July

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Q: Does Newcastle offer girls Softball?

A: No, we don’t. Girls are encouraged to play baseball with Newcastle Baseball or choose a local league that has a softball program. 

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Q: Does my child need to tryout?

A: Player skills assessments are mandatory for players in the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions in order to aide in building balanced teams across each division. Shetland division (T-ball) does not have player skills assessments. See Assessment Policies for details.

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

A: Typically, the T-Ball season last about 10 weeks. It has about 10 practices and 10 games, each lasting approximately 75 minutes. T-Ball practices start late March at two per week. Practices/games are often on commonly on one weeknight plus Saturday. The focus in on exposure to fundamental skills: throwing, hitting, and fielding.

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

A: Player skills assessments are mandatory for players in the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions in order to aide in building balanced teams across each division. Shetland division (T-ball) does not have player skills assessments. See Assessment Policies for details.

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

A: Newcastle Baseball will do our best to enable all kids who want to play baseball the opportunity to play baseball. In divisions such as Pony (ages 13-14) there is commonly only one team. If there are not enough players to form a team or too many players for just one team, then some decisions will be made by the board to address team rosters. Additional coach volunteers may be needed to operate a 2nd team or to lead the first team. This same situation may apply at other divisions but is not very common.  

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

A: Yes, if the board approves a player to play down a division for the season that player may play any position. The player’s pitch counts are based on player’s age and not division playing in. 

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

A: PONY Baseball does NOT have any hard boundaries like Little League does. Friends from varied communities and school districts can play with and against each other in Newcastle PONY Baseball.  Most Newcastle players live in Newcastle, Bellevue, Renton, and Issaquah but eligibility is NOT limited to these areas. The ability of the parent to get your child to practices, and games on time is important to your decision to choose Newcastle Baseball:

  • Weekday practices - March/April (5pm start), May/June (6pm start)
  • Weekday games - April (5pm start, arrive 30-60 minutes early); May/June (6pm start, arrive 30-60 minutes early)
  • Saturday practices/games - 10am or later (arrive 30-60 minutes early for games)


If you have questions, please email [email protected].

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Q: Are there any All-Star teams  that play in the summer?

A: In mid-May there will be tryouts for the All-Star teams. Coaches will nominate their best players by age to participate in the tryouts. Following the tryouts, the Board, with assistance from the coaches in the related division will select the members of each All-Star team. Based on All-Star team roster, the coaching staff of each team will be determined. 

All-Star teams are possible for 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U in any given year. In a typical year, there will only be All-Star teams for a certain number of age groups based on total population of nominated players in that age group.

The Newcastle All-Stars will play a mixture of games and tournaments against All-Star teams from other baseball programs and select teams that have been playing together all year. Expect that the level of competition will be much higher than regular season baseball. 


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Q: What are Newcastle Baseball's Safety Guidelines for COVID?

A: As a "Moderate contact sport", all baseball divisions will be following the Washington State guidelines outlined here.

 
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