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 15, and Thursday, January 17, in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. Registration available beginning January 22 at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue) or on-line. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 8.
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, 2019.)
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 9, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin April 15, 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 23, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 25, 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 23, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 25, games run early-May through beginning of July.
Preseason Clinics All participants are encouraged to attend the preseason clinics scheduled for Saturdays, March 2 at Boston Middle School gymnasium) and March 9 and 16 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).
La Porte Wreckers Travel Program Our La Porte Wreckers program offers part-time travel teams for 12U, 11U, 10U and 9U divisions in our Cal Ripken 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 Cal Ripken Baseball program are eligible for the Wreckers program and must play for their age group as determined by their age on or before April 30, 2019.
Teams participate in tournaments from April through July, including Cal Ripken State Tournament. Workouts for any players interested in travel are scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sundays, January 20 and 27 and February 10, at the La Porte High School field house. Team selections will be made at the conclusion of the workouts. Teams will be selected by the Wreckers coaching staff, with oversight from league administrators and coaches. There is no additional fee for the workouts, however, if selected players must pay a fee and possibly participate in fundraising. Last year's travel fee ranged from $180-$230 (financial assistance is available for qualifying families).
A tournament team will be selected in June for the 8U age group, and any age group without a travel team, 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. Program includes three weeks of preseason practices followed by 10-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. League practices begin July 29, games run late-August through beginning of October.
Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. Registration available beginning July 2 at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue) or on-line. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after July 19.
For more information on Cal Ripken Baseball, click on this link.