Keeping softball 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.
Youth Sports Registrations begin on January 19. Our in-person registration nights will not be held due to restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will be offering three different options for registration:
• BY PHONE with credit card at 219-326-9600 during regular office hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday);
• AT THE PARK OFFICE (250 Pine Lake Avenue) during regular hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday). Cash/checks/credit cards accepted.
Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household and league. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 12. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families.
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.
Formerly called Coach Pitch Division. Start your young player out right by learning the fundamentals of softball, with manual pitching machine providing consistent pitching to help develop hitting skills. Girls will learn other essential skills such as throwing, catching and fielding. Parents will receive a phone call from their coach with team practice information. League practices may begin April 14, games run May through beginning of July. Junior Slowpitch Softball (For Girls, Ages 10-12)
Format allows for more contact at the plate, more action in the field and greater development of defensive skills. Program includes six weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Parents will receive a phone call from their coach with team practice information. League practices may begin March 29, games run May through beginning of July. Senior Slowpitch Softball (For Girls, Ages 13-17) Players continue to enjoy the plentiful action in the field, with healthy competition and camaraderie. Program includes six weeks of preseason practices followed by 12-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Parents will receive a phone call from their coach with team practice information.League practices may begin March 29, games run May through beginning of July.(18-year-old high school students will be accepted.)
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.
While we are extremely excited about the upcoming youth baseball and softball seasons, the ongoing uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions, such as indoor attendance limitations, has forced us to forgo the Preseason Clinics and Rally Day events this month. Instead, we will be e-mailing key information on the programs and, once rosters are formed, coaches will call with practice instructions. We expect Junior, Major and Minor Baseball and Senior, Junior and Fastpitch Softball to begin practices the week of March 29 (weather permitting). Rookie Baseball and Pitch Perfect Softball start practicing the week of April 12. For additional information, please call 219-326-9600 or e-mail Recreation Director Pam Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE INFORMATION ON PRESEASON CLINICS AND RALLY DAY. All participants are encouraged to attend the preseason clinics scheduled for Saturdays, March 6, 13 and 20 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 11-11:50 a.m. for all divisions.