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 17, and Thursday, January 19, in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Cost is $50 for first child and $40 for each additional child in same household. Registration available beginning January 20 at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue) or on-line. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after February 24.
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.
(Divisions determined by participants age on or before April 30, 2017.)
Cal Ripken 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 five weeks of preseason practices followed by 10-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Rally Day will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin April 17, games run late-May through beginning of July.
Cal Ripken 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 six weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Rally Day will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 27, games run early-May through beginning of July.
Cal Ripken 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 six 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 25, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 27, games run early-May through beginning of July.
All participants are encouraged to attend the preseason clinics scheduled for Saturdays, March 4, 11 and 18 at the La Porte High School field house. 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) and from 10-10:50 a.m. for Major (ages 11-12).
The program offers Tournament Teams for 12U, 11U, 10U and 9U divisions (depending upon the number of players interested, age groups may be combined). Teams participate in six or more tournaments from April through July, including Cal Ripken State Tournament. Only participants in the La Porte Park and Recreation Department Cal Ripken program are eligible for the Tournament Teams and must play for their age group as determined by their age on or before April 30, 2016.
Workouts for any players interested in travel will be held in January and February (dates to be announced). Team selections will be made in late February. Teams will be selected by the Tournament Team coaching staff, with oversight from league administrators and coaches. There is no fee for the workouts, however, if selected players must pay an additional fee and possibly participate in fundraising (2016 fee ranged from $120-$175 depending upon age group and number of tournaments).
A Tournament Team will be selected in May for the 8U age group to represent the league in the Cal Ripken State Tournament in July.
Fall Baseball (For Boys, Ages 8-11) Our Fall Baseball program, divided into Major (ages 10-11) and Minor (ages 8-9) 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. Registration begins Monday, July 3, at the Park Office. Program includes three weeks of preseason practices followed by 10-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. League practices begin July 31, games run late-August through beginning of October.
For more information on Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, click on this link.