Boys Baseball

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. 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 18 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.

2019 BAT RULES

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(Divisions determined by participants age on or before April 30, 2019.)

Cal Ripken Player
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 9, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin April 15, 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 23, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 25, 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 23, at the Civic Auditorium. League practices begin March 25, 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 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 the 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), from 10-10:50 a.m. for Major (ages 11-12) and from noon-12:50 p.m. for Junior (ages 13-15).

La Porte Wreckers Travel Program
Our La Porte Wreckers program offers part-time travel teams for 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 14U/13U 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 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 BPA State, NIT and potentially World Series tournaments. 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 $250-$280 (financial assistance is available for qualifying families).

Wreckers Youth Travel Baseball

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 tournaments in July.


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 begin August 12, 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 26.


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