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Mercer Island Little League

AAA Baseball 8-10 Years Old

AAA Baseball is entry-level player pitch baseball, for 9 and 10 year-old players, as well as some highly skilled 8 year-olds. In the first part of the season, there will be no stealing allowed and coaches will assist with pitching as needed (i.e. finish pitching to a batter after ball 4) in order to keep the games moving by reducing walks. The second half of the season transitions to full player pitch.

AAA teams will practice outside once per week, have batting practice once per week, and play two games.  Practices are on weeknights.  One game is on a weeknight, and one game is on Saturday.

AAA teams are formed with a goal of creating equally competitive teams. Each player attends Show-Your-Stuff (typically late January), where their skills are evaluated by an independent group of evaluators.  The Boys & Girls Club staff reviews this data along with player evaluations from last season and works with the Player Agent to form teams.

The AAA season can be broken up into the following phases:

Preseason

There are typically a couple of weeks of practices in early March before games begin.

Early season

Games begin in mid-March. Games before Spring break (typically mid-April) do not count towards the standings.  As a result, these early season games are less competitive and focused on letting kids play a variety of positions. There will be no stealing allowed and coaches will assist with pitching as needed (i.e. finish pitching to a batter after ball 4) in order to keep the games moving by reducing walks.

Regular season

Starting after Spring Break, games count towards regular season standings. The regular season runs up until the Mercer Island tournament. Standings are used to seed teams in the Mercer Island tournament, but all teams qualify for the tournament. The second half of the season transitions to full player pitch, with walks and stolen bases.

Mercer Island tournament

Typically held in mid to late May, this tournament includes all AAA teams on Mercer Island. Format varies, but typically a round robin that proceeds to an elimination bracket. The tournament concludes before Memorial Day.

All City Tournament

Mercer Island Little League joins with three Little League chapters from Bellevue for an end of season tournament starting right after Memorial Day and concluding in early June. Format varies based on the number of teams, but AAA commonly forms a Gold and an Emerald bracket, each of which employee a double elimination format to determine a winner. The Gold bracket consists of teams who finished in the top half of the Mercer Island tournament, with the bottom half going to the Emerald bracket.

2018 Tournament Champions

Congratulations to the Diamondbacks, winners of the 2018 AAA Mercer Island tournament.