Baseball

 

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS

20% Off Spring Sports Equipment Sale @ Dicks Sports: March 24, 25, 26!

 

CO-ED TODDLER TEE BALL (4 yr olds)

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

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). To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230. Registration closes on May 1 for the June session and July 1 for the August session (please note that our Spring/Summer brochure incorrectly listed the registration deadline for this program as March 3). 

  • Session 1: June 4-28 (Parent Meeting: May 30, 6pm at Adams Elementary). Registration deadline is May 1
  • Session 2: August 6-30 (Parent Meeting: Aug 1, 6pm at Adams Elementary). Registration deadline is July 1
  • Game Dates: Mon, Tue, Wed or Thur @ 6pm (one day per week)

 

TEE-BALL (5 yr olds)

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

Tee-Ball is a six-week program that offers one game a week, along with some scheduled practices at the volunteer 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. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. Registration closes on March 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thursday, April 12  | 6pm @ Cityside Middle School
  • Practices: Begin end of April | Exact Dates @ Volunteer Coaches Discretion
  • Games: Begin in Early May | On Mon, Tue, Wed or Thur @ 6pm (one game per week)

 

COACH-PITCH BASEBALL (6 yr olds)

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

“Coach Pitch” baseball is a six-week program that offers one game per week along with some practices at the volunteer coach’s’ discretion. Coaches will be pitching baseball overhand to hitters in games. 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. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. Registration closes on March 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thursday, April 12  | 7pm @ Cityside Middle School
  • Practices: Begin end of April | Exact Dates @ Volunteer Coaches Discretion
  • Games: Begin in Early May | On Mon, Tue, Wed or Thur @ 6pm (one game per week)

 

LIVE-ARM BASEBALL (7 yr olds)

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

“Live-Arm” baseball is an eight-week program that offers one game per week along with some practices at the volunteer coach’s’ discretion. The players will be pitching live arm overhand in games. 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. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. Registration closes March 3, 2018. 

  • Coaches Meeting: Thursday, April 12  | 8pm @ Cityside Middle School
  • Practices: Begin end of April | Exact Dates @ Volunteer Coaches Discretion
  • Games: Begin in Early May | On Mon, Tue, Wed or Thur @ 6pm (one game per week)

 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (8-14 yr olds)

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

The Zeeland Little League Baseball program is designed to be the next step after 4-7 year olds have completed our Recreation Baseball programs (see above for details). The goals of Little League are to continue to teach the skills and concepts of the game 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. 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 closed on February 3, 2018. For late registration options, contact our youth sports coordinator, Kelli Koss, at (616)748-3232 or kkoss@zps.org. 

 

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 ® mandated age chart). The league your child participates in will be determined in the team selection process (see below). The Little League Age Chart can be found here.

 

Team Selection Process – “Showcase Day”

After registration closes, the next step is forming evenly skilled teams. We do that by evaluating skill levels at “Showcase Day”, along with using ratings given to each player by their coaches from previous seasons (if your child is in their first season playing Little League, the “Showcase Day” will be used as the gauge for his/her skill set). All participants must attend “Showcase Day”. “Showcase Day” involves coaches leading all participants through a series of drills (hitting, fielding, catching, etc.) while coaches evaluate skill sets 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, AAA, Majors, 50-70, Juniors) will be based on the coaches’ decisions in the draft. Remember, everyone gets drafted and plays! Please arrive 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled time to check in. Please bring a glove, helmet and bat if you have them.

  • Date: Saturday, March 10
  • Location: Sports Quest (3325 100th Ave, Zeeland)
  • 13-14 yr olds: 5:30pm – 6:15pm (Juniors)
  • 12-13 yr olds: 6:15pm – 7pm (50/70)
  • 12 yr olds: 7:45am – 10:15am (Majors)
  • 11 yr olds: 10am – 11:30am (Majors & AAA)
  • 10 yr olds: 12pm – 1:45pm (AAA)
  • 9 yr olds: 1:45pm – 3:30pm (AAA & AA)
  • 8 yr olds: 3:30pm – 5pm (AA)

 

Practice & Game Schedules

Practices begin after Spring Break, typically in mid-April. After teams are formed towards the end of March, 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

  • AA: No post-season tournament
  • AAA: Season ends with a Zeeland-only tournament at Jim Kaat (“Carl Elzinga Memorial Tournament”)
  • Majors, 50/70, Juniors: These levels seasons ends with “Team Tournaments”. “Team Tournaments” are a postseason 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 in District 9. 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).

 

Little League Baseball Coaches Draft Meeting Information:

  • Juniors & 50/70 Coaches: March 19, 22, or 26 (choose one) | 7:30pm @ Cityside MS Library
  • Majors Coaches: Mon, March 19 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting
  • AAA Coaches: Thur, March 22 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting
  • AA Coaches: Mon, March 26 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting

 

FALL/WINTER PROGRAMS

 

WINTER BASEBALL CLINIC

8-13 yr olds | Saturdays | Feb, 2019 (Exact Dates TBD) | 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. Registration will open in August, 2018.