Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of baseball that is noted for appealing to kids of all levels of enthusiasm and ability; for treating its players and their families in a fair and caring fashion; for rewarding effort, improvement and striving to excel over winning; for outstanding coaching, instruction and player development; and most of all, for being a fun and enjoyable program that our players, their families and their coaches want to participate in again next season.
The objectives of the WSB shall be to firmly implant in the boys and girls of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and reverence so that they may be finer, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, clean, healthy men and women.
The objectives will be achieved through providing supervised, competitive baseball and softball games. The supervisors shall keep in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill and the winning of games is secondary to the above objectives and that the molding of future men and women is of prime importance.
Provide supervised competitive athletic games under the Official Baseball Rules (OBR) as issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in theSporting News Edition, except as amended in the Official PONY Baseball Rules and by amendments adopted by WSB as allowed by Official PONY Baseball Rules. The attainment of exceptional athletic skills or winning of games is secondary and the type of leadership extended to our player members is of prime importance. Provide solid training and development for our players, coaches and umpires. Treat everyone with respect and fairness. Most of all, HAVE FUN!
To paraphrase John Wooden: “We prefer wins with character rather than characters with wins.” Players should be playing to win as a team and at the highest possible level of expertise, but coaches, and parents, should bear in mind that few, if any, of your players will even play in high school, let alone college or professionally.
The majority of kids (73%) never participate in organized sports after age 12.
For all kids, but especially these, the most important things they’ll learn from participating in West Seattle Baseball are not how to turn a double play or develop the perfect swing, but how to be a good teammate, how to win – and lose – with grace and dignity (and what can be learned from each), sportsmanship and most importantly, how to set goals, work to achieve them, and strive to improve. What they will remember is not how many hits they got or games they won, but how much fun they had, the friends they made, and whether you, as their coach, were a positive – or negative – influence on their character and development as a person.
We understand there are a lot of choices for baseball around Seattle. As you consider your choices, here are some things that make West Seattle Baseball unique:
West Seattle Baseball is a member of Pony Baseball. PONY is taken from the first letters of each word in the slogan, "Protect Our Nation's Youth."
One of the unique aspects of Pony is its field dimensions (base paths and pitching distance), which are gradually expanded with each division to match the growth and development of young players. Other leagues have field dimensions that do not change from T-ball to 14U.
Pony plays more to the rules of Major League Baseball, allowing things like leading off, pick-off moves, dropped third strikes and sliding head first, depending on the age level. Things that most other leagues do not allow.
We also closely monitor pitch count starting in Pinto (8U). It is closely watched and enforced all in the name of the players arm health. This also allows for more kids to have an opportunity to pitch during the season.
As a result:
>Teaches base stealing earlier
>Teaches Pitching sooner
>Teaches Leading off Sooner
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Board members below: