Keeping baseball fun — especially in the early stages of youth participation — is the primary concern of our program. We believe in participation for all, positive competition and building character. We teach fundamentals and traditions of the game, champion sportsmanship and encourage family and community support.
Registration begins with Youth Sports Registration Nights from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, and Thursday, January 21, in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. For ages 7-12, the cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household and league. For ages 13-15, the cost is $100 for first child and $90 for each additional child in same household and league. Registration available beginning January 22 by calling the Park Office at 219-326-9600. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 5.
Make checks payable to the La Porte Park and Recreation Department. Visa/Master Card accepted. Please bring the participant's birth certificate along with the appropriate registration fee. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families.
(Divisions determined by participants age on or before April 30, 2021.)
Maple City Baseball Travel Program The Maple City Baseball program offers part-time travel teams for 9U-14U divisions in our Boys Baseball program. (Age groups are offered depending upon the number of players interested and may be combined). Only participants in the La Porte Park and Recreation Department program are eligible for the 9U-14U Maple City Baseball program and must play for their age group as determined by their age on or before April 30, 2020.
The program is directly affiliated with the older divisions of Maple City Baseball, including the La Porte High School summer team and American Legion Post 83 Junior team. Play within the community while still enjoying travel experiences. We offer quality instruction, reasonable fees and most tournaments played within an hour drive or less. Teams work out in the fall through October and then begin winter workouts in January. Teams participate in tournaments from April through July. Teams will be selected by the team coaching staff, with oversight from league administrators and coaches. If interested but were unable to attend the tryouts, contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee to tryout, however, if selected players must pay a fee, possibly participate in fundraising, and commit to the full schedule and participation in the Boys Baseball spring/summer program.
A tournament team will be selected in June for the 8U age group to represent the league in tournaments in July.
Rookie (Machine Pitch) Baseball (For Boys, Ages 7-8)
Program makes use of pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls and more action in the field. League will instruct players in fundamentals of the game, including throwing, catching, fielding and hitting. Program includes six weeks of preseason practices followed by 10-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Rally Day will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices may begin April 14, games run late-May through beginning of July.
Minor Baseball (For Boys, Ages 9-10) Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. Players pitch, with limitations on stealing and lead-offs. Program includes seven weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Rally Day will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices may begin March 29, games run early-May through beginning of July.
Major Baseball (For Boys, Ages 11-12)
Featuring 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths, players expand their games and continue building-block approach to fundamentals. Program includes seven weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule, single-elimination tournament and Walt Thode Baseball Classic. Rally Day will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices may begin March 29, games run early-May through beginning of July.
Junior Baseball (For Boys, Ages 13-15)
Great program for players wanting to advance their skills or simply keep playing for the joy of the game. Played on full-size field with 60-foot, 6-inch mound distance and 90-foot base paths, the program prepares players for the next level. Program includes seven weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule and double-elimination tournament. Rally Day will be at noon Saturday, March 27, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices may begin March 29, games run early-May through beginning of July.
Preseason Clinics Like most organizations serving our community, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and how it impacts our parks and programs. We are committed to providing services in a safe, responsible fashion and are complying with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Indiana.
All participants are encouraged to attend the preseason clinics scheduled for Saturdays, March 6, 13 and 20 with the location to be determined. The clinics will feature instruction in the fundamentals and allow players to knock off the "rust" from the winter. The clinics run from 8-8:50 a.m. for Rookie (ages 7-8), from 9-9:50 a.m. for Minor (ages 9-10), from 10-10:50 a.m. for Major (ages 11-12) and from noon-12:50 p.m. for Junior (ages 13-15).
Fall Baseball (For Boys, Ages 8-14) Our Fall Baseball program, divided into Minor (ages 8-9), Major (ages 10-11) and Junior (ages 12-14) divisions, prepares players for the next season. Our emphasis will be on instruction and constructive competition as players look to take their games to the next level. Program includes three weeks of preseason practices followed by 10-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. League practices mid-August, games begin the week of September 8 through the middle to end of October.
Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household for Minor and Major Leagues. Cost is $100 for first child and $90 for each additional child in the same household for Junior Boys League. Registration available beginning July 16 at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue) or on-line. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after July 31.
For more information on Baseball Players Association, click on this link.