Baseball

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FALL/WINTER PROGRAMS

 

WINTER BASEBALL CLINIC

8-13 yr olds | Saturdays, Feb 3-24 | Zeeland East HS Gym | $55, Zeeland Resident | $67, Non-Resident)
Led by Zeeland East and Zeeland West Varsity Baseball Coaches, this program is designed to help participants improve baseball knowledge and skills before the Zeeland Recreation Little League “Showcase Days” in March. This program is for boys who want to have fun and develop their skills during the winter. All participants will receive a t-shirt. To register, here click  or call (616) 748-3230. 

  • 8-10 yr olds: 10am-11am
  • 11-13 yr old: 11:30am-12:30pm

 

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

OVERVIEW (all details below)

  • 4 yr olds: Co-Ed Toddler Tee-Ball
  • 5 yr olds: Tee-Ball
  • 6 yr olds: Coach-Pitch Baseball
  • 7 yr olds: Live-Arm Baseball
  • 8-14 yr olds: Little League Baseball
    • AA (8-9 yr olds)
    • AAA (9-11 yr olds)
    • Majors (10-12 yr olds)
    • 50-70 (12-13 yr olds)
    • Juniors (13-14 yr olds)

 

CO-ED TODDLER TEE BALL (4 yr olds)

@ Adams Elementary School | $25, Zeeland Resident | $37, Non-Resident

2017 August Toddler T-Ball Game Schedule

This is a four-week co-ed program that serves as an introduction to the sport of baseball. This program consists of one game per week for four weeks and it requires a parent/guardian to be on the field with your child throughout each game. After registration closes, teams will be formed at random and each team will be assigned a lead-parent who will help get the games started on time, ended on time, and equipment organized. The parents on the field will be the lead for the teaching and coaching of skills (with guidance from the recreation department), along with basic umpiring calls (no umpires are scheduled). Registration opens in February, 2018.

  • Session 1: June 4-28 (Parent Meeting: May 30, 6pm) *Parent Meetings are at Adams Elementary School
  • Session 2: August 6-30 (Parent Meeting: Aug 1, 6pm) *Parent Meetings are at Adams Elementary School
  • Game Days: Mon, Tue, Wed or Thur
  • Game Time: 6:00pm (Games usually last for an hour)

 

TEE-BALL (5 yr olds)

@ Woodbridge Elementary School | $30, Zeeland Resident | $42, Non-Resident

Tee-Ball is a coach-run program. It is a six-week program that offers one game a week, along with some scheduled practices at the coach’s’ discretion. After registration, your child will be placed at random on a team. Coaches will contact parents in mid-April after the April 12th coaches meeting to communicate practice and game schedules. Registration opens December 19, 2017. Registration closes February 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thur, Apr 12 – 6pm (@ Cityside MS)
  • Practices: Begin end of April
  • Games Begin: Beginning of May
  • Game Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thur
  • Game Time: 6:00pm (Games last for one hour)

 

COACH-PITCH BASEBALL (6 yr olds)

@ Roosevelt & New Groningen Elementary Schools | $30, Zeeland Resident | $42, Non-Resident

“Coach Pitch” baseball is a coach-run program. It is a six-week program that offers one game per week along with some practices at the coach’s’ discretion. Coaches will be pitching baseball overhand. After registration, your child will be placed at random on a team. Coaches will contact parents in mid-April after the April 12th coaches meeting to communicate practice and game schedules. Registration opens December 19, 2017. Registration closes February 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thur, Apr 12 – 7pm (@ Cityside MS)
  • Practices: Begin end of April
  • Games Begin: Beginning of May
  • Game Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thur
  • Game Time: 6:00pm (games last for one hour)

 

LIVE-ARM BASEBALL (7 yr olds)

@ Lincoln Elementary, Lawrence St Park, Huizenga Park | $35, Zeeland Resident | $47, Non-Resident

“Live-Arm” baseball a coach-run program. It is an eight-week program that offers one game per week along with some practices at the coach’s’ discretion. The players will be pitching live arm to opposing teams in the form of baseball overhand. When needed, coaches will step in to pitch if kids are struggling to throw strikes. After registration, your child will be placed at random on a team. Coaches will contact parents in mid-April after the April 12th coaches meeting to communicate practice and game schedules. Registration opens December 19, 2017. Registration closes February 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thur, Apr 12 – 8pm (@ Cityside MS)
  • Practices: Begin end of April
  • Games Begin: Beginning of May
  • Game Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thur
  • Game Time: 6:00pm (games last for one hour)

 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (8-14 yr olds)

$70, Zeeland Resident | $82, Non-Resident

Our Zeeland Little League Baseball and Softball programs is designed to be the next step after 4-7 year olds have completed our Recreation Baseball and Softball programs. The goals of Little League are to continue to teach the skills and concepts of the game at a high level while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Little League is a “live-arm” league in which players pitch and we follow mandated Little League ® guidelines and rules. Volunteer coaches are needed for this program, so please consider coaching when enrolling your child. In order to enroll in Zeeland Little League, your child must either go to a school within the Zeeland Public Schools boundaries, or you must live in Zeeland. The league structure, team selection process, and all other details are below. Registration opens December 19, 2017. Registration closes February 3, 2018. 

 

League Structure

AA (8-9 yr olds) | AAA (9-11 yr olds) | Majors (10-12 yr olds) | 50-70 (12-13 yr olds) | Juniors (13-14 yr olds):

*No child whose league age overlaps two divisions is assured of being drafted into the higher division

  • All 8 yr olds play in the AA league
  • All 9 yr olds will start by trying out for AAA at the “Showcase Day”. If not selected to a AAA team, they will be placed on a AA team with all other 8-9 yr olds
  • 10 yr olds have the option to try out for “Majors” (10-12 yr olds) if they choose. If they don’t get drafted by a Majors coach, they will be placed in AAA
  • 11 yr olds start by trying out for Majors (10-12 yr olds). 11 yr olds that don’t get drafted by a Majors team will be placed on a AAA team (9-11 yr olds)
  • 12 yr olds have the option to choose between being in the Majors league or the 50-70 league. No try-out is necessary. It is simply a decision made by parents at the time of registration
  • 13 yr olds have the option to choose between being in the 50-70 league or the Juniors league. No try-out is necessary. It is simply a decision made by parents
  • All 14 yr olds will be placed on a Juniors team

 

Registration Process

When registering, you register based on your child’s age (which is based on the Little League ® age chart), rather than choosing what league your child will play in (AA, AAA, Majors, etc.). The league your child participates in will be determined in the team selection process (see below).

Team Selection Process – “Showcase Day” (formerly called “Ability Testing”)

After registration closes, the next step is forming evenly skilled teams. We do that by evaluating skill levels at “Showcase Day” (details below), along with using ratings given to each player by their coaches from previous seasons (if that participant played previously; if your child is in their first season playing Little League, the “Showcase Day” will be used as the gauge for his/her skillset). All participants must attend “Showcase Day”. “Showcase Day” involves coaches leading all participants through a series of drills (hitting, fielding, catching, etc.) while coaches watch and take notes on each players’ skillset to ensure we form as evenly skilled teams as possible. After the “Showcase Day”, coaches gather for a draft where all players are drafted on a team. The league each participant gets drafted into AA, AA+ AAA, Majors, 50-70, Juniors) will be based on the coaches’ decisions in the draft. Remember, everyone gets drafted and plays!

  • “Showcase Day” Dates: Sat, March 3, 10 or 17 (*One day and 2-3 hour time slot per age group. Details for the exact days and times will be finalized at a later date. Mark all three dates on your calendar to be safe!)

 

Practice & Game Schedules

Practices begin after Spring Break, typically in mid-April. After teams are formed, coaches will begin reaching out to parents to communicate practice and game schedules. Regular season games begin in the end of April, and games end in mid-June.

 

Post-Season Tournaments

  • AAA: Season ends with a Zeeland-only tournament at Jim Kaat.
  • Majors: Majors season ends with “Team Tournaments”. “Team Tournaments” are a post-season double elimination tournament that involves multiple local communities and typically lasts about one week. Regular season teams will compete against other local Little League teams (rather than playing against other Zeeland Little League teams). Tournaments begin after the regular season ends in mid-June, and schedules are finalized near the end of the regular season and communicated at that point. These take place in mid-late June.

 

 

All-Star Team Information

After the completion of the Zeeland Little League regular season and team tournaments, an All-Star tournament takes place from end of June – mid-July. All-Star teams are selected by appointed All-Star head coaches in early June. All-Star teams are formed after an invitation-only try-out, which usually takes place towards the end of May. Team selections are based on multiple factors (try-out performance, regular season performance, coach recommendations, team needs, etc.)

  • Cost (if selected): $70 (includes a team shirt, hat/visor, belt, socks and tournament fee)

 

ZEELAND WEST SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP

3rd-9th Graders | June (Exact Dates TBD) | $55, Zeeland Resident | $67, Non-Resident

Led by Zeeland West Varsity Baseball coaches and players, this camp will focus on improving baseball knowledge and skills while providing a fun experience for developing athletes. This camp is open to all players entering 3rd-9th grades who want to have fun and further develop their baseball skills and knowledge. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration will open in February, 2018. 

  • 3rd-4th Graders: 12:30pm-1:45pm (@ Jim Kaat Park)
  • 5th-6th Graders: 2pm-3:45pm (@ Jim Kaat Park)
  • 7th-9th Graders: 9:30am-11:30am (@ ZW Varsity Baseball Field)