Baseball, T-ball & Rookie Ball

 

Summer 2021

Pre T-Ball, T-Ball, and Rookie Ball Leagues & Classes

We offer 3-week Saturday morning Pre T-Ball and T-Ball classes in June and July and 7-week Pre T-Ball, T-Ball, and Rookie Ball leagues beginning the week of June 14th. Registration opens at 10am on Tuesday April 6th for Park District residents. All practices and games are held outdoors.

All classes are taught by Park District staff, and our curriculum focuses on teaching players proper technique for throwing, catching, hitting, and batting. There are no prerequisites for the different levels, and we do not expect players to have T-Ball experience, so players should register according to their age.

Class structure & social distancing

  • Classes are limited to 24 players with up to four coaches. Players register for their practice time and play with the same group of children, at the same time slot, for the entire season.
  • All participants - players, coaches, and spectators - must wear face coverings while on the field, bench, or sidelines.
  • Each player should bring one parent or caregiver to each practice or game. This adult spectator can assist the player with restroom visits, hand cleaning, and other needs that may require close contact. We will provide a socially distanced space for spectators.
  • Drills and scrimmages are structured to allow for 6 feet of distance between players whenever possible, but players are in motion on a ball field, and it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance at all times.
  • Players must bring their own bat and mitt to class. This will reduce player contact with shared equipment. However, we will be sharing cloth-covered T-Balls. Coaches will sanitize the T-Balls between classes.
  • Players and spectators must stay home if they are not feeling well, have recently been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19, or are required by the state of Illinois to quarantine.
  • Social distancing guidelines are subject to change per local, state, and federal guidelines.

 

Registration

To register for a T-Ball league or class, please click on the appropriate class code. Links will be active for viewing in late March, and registration opens at 10am on April 6th for residents and April 13th for non-residents.

Weekday leagues meet twice a week. For the first 2-3 weeks, coaches teach skills and technique with fun drills and gradually add in short scrimmages at the end of practice. By the end of week three, we form two teams per practice time slot, and those two teams will scrimmage for the full class for the remainder of the season. Coaches will demonstrate and reinforce skills during scrimmages.

In Pre T-Ball and T-Ball, players learn to hit from a tee, and classes are held at either Pioneer Park or Sunset Meadows. In Rookie Ball, players learn to hit a coach-pitched ball, and classes meet at Melas Park.

Weekday league fees: Resident $90, Non-resident $100

Level (age) Day Time Dates* Location Code
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Mon/Wed 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Sunset Meadows 43490
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Mon/Wed 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Sunset Meadows 43491
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Mon/Wed 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Sunset Meadows 43494
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Mon/Wed 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Sunset Meadows 43495
Rookie Ball  (6-7 yrs) Mon/Wed 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Melas Park 43498
Rookie Ball  (6-7 yrs) Mon/Wed 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/14 - 7/28 Melas Park 43499
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Tu/Th 10:00 - 10:45am 6/15 - 7/29 Pioneer Park 43486
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Tu/Th 11:00 - 11:45am 6/15 - 7/29 Pioneer Park 43487
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Tu/Th 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Sunset Meadows 43492
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) Tu/Th 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Sunset Meadows 43493
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Tu/Th 10:00 - 10:45am 6/15 - 7/29 Pioneer Park 43488
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Tu/Th 11:00 - 11:45am 6/15 - 7/29 Pioneer Park 43489
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Tu/Th 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Sunset Meadows 43496
T-Ball  (5 yrs) Tu/Th 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Sunset Meadows 43497
Rookie Ball  (6-7 yrs) Tu/Th 4:30 - 5:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Melas Park 43500
Rookie Ball  (6-7 yrs) Tu/Th 5:30 - 6:15pm 6/15 - 7/29 Melas Park 43501

*Leagues do not meet on Wednesday, 6/30 or Thursday, 7/1.

 

Saturday classes meet for three Saturdays in a row: the first session meets in June and the second session meets in July. Players will learn to catch, throw, and hit a ball from a tee in the first half of each class and will scrimmage in the second half of each class. All classes meet at Sunset Meadows.

Saturday class fees:  $36 Resident, $42 Non-resident

Level (age) Dates Time Code
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) June 12, 19, 26 10:00 - 10:50 am 43470
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) June 12, 19, 26 11:00 - 11:50 am 43471
T-Ball  (5-6 yrs) June 12, 19, 26 10:00 - 10:50 am 43472
T-Ball  (5-6 yrs) June 12, 19, 26 11:00 - 11:50 am 43473
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) July 10, 17, 24 10:00 - 10:50 am 43474
Pre T-Ball  (4 yrs) July 10, 17, 24 11:00 - 11:50 am 43475
T-Ball  (5-6 yrs) July 10, 17, 24 10:00 - 10:50am 43476
T-Ball  (5-6 yrs) July 10, 17, 24 11:00 - 11:50 am 43477

 

What should players bring to class?

  • Players should wear sunscreen and bring a baseball mitt, hat, bat, and water bottle every day.
  • Players should wear comfortable play clothes and close-toed gym shoes, and dress for the weather.
  • Please label all items with your child's full name.

 

Field Conditions - Updates

847-577-3003, extension 5

If there is thunder or lightning you must clear the field and take shelter. Staff at the fields will determine if a game needs to be halted because of field conditions or because thunder or lightning is detected.

 

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