This program was created as an alternate to Full-Time Travel baseball yet more competitive than the LZBSA House League, for players in the U8, U9, U10, U12 and U14 age ranges and it has proven to be the key to successful early skill development. The goal of the Grizzlies Program is to help teach young players the fundamentals of fielding, hitting and overall game of baseball in an environment that is conducive to learning. The season begins in February with indoor practices, outside practices typically begin in March/April and will overlap of the house league and typically finishes in late July. (Most tournaments take place in June and July). Tryouts take place in the Fall in September.
Players chosen for the Grizzlies Program are placed in age and developmentally appropriate pools, and later assigned to a specific team. As a group, they receive training with an emphasis on technical skill development. In order to be considered for the Grizzlies Program you must have first participated in the Lake Zurich Tyro, Minor or Majors house league. For information on try-out dates please contact the Grizzlies President. The number of teams at each age level may vary depending on the number of players who tryout.
The Grizzlies also participate in the N60 or Northern Illinois All-Star League which is made up of teams from surrounding communities. Player can expect to play an additional 3-6 games within the N60 League. Depending on the age of your child, the Grizzlies will also play in 1-4 tournaments in the surrounding area (no more than 50 miles). This provides a fun and competitive extension to the house lease season. All home games are played on Lake Zurich Baseball fields (Staples, Lions etc..)
|Description||Number of Games||Comments|
Feb-April: 1x -2x per week
May-June: 1x-2x per week during house league
June-Aug: up to 2x per week pending games
|House League Games||12||Not including the playoffs|
|Non-Tournament Games||3-6||Against N60 or other area teams|
|Grizzlies inner squad games||3-5||Inner squad games designed for more instruction and stoppage to explain in game situations|
|Tournament Games||9-12||Will depend of age division|
U9 Black and Blue at the McHenry all-Star Memorial Day Classic
|Team||House League Cost||Grizzlies Cost||Indoor Cost||Total Cost|
*The house league fee includes the early bird discounted rate.
**The fee includes tournament registration fees, travel league fees, umpire fees, uniforms and field maintenance.
Indoor cost is only an estimate. Practices are at coach’s discretion and could differ from age group. This estimate is based on 1 practice per week starting in February and ending at the end of April.