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This program was created as an alternative to Full-Time Travel baseball yet more competitive than the LZBSA House League, for players in the U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 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 the overall game of baseball in an environment conducive to learning. The season begins in late January with indoor practices, outside practices typically begin in March/April and will overlap with the house league and typically finishes in late July. (Most tournaments take place in June and July). Tryouts take place the summer before the season, typically in August. 

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 emphasizing technical skill development. To be considered for the Grizzlies Program, you must first participate in the Lake Zurich Tyro, Minor, or Majors house league. The number of teams at each age level may vary depending on the number of players who try out.

The Grizzlies participate in the N60 or Northern Illinois All-Star League, which comprises teams from surrounding communities. A player can expect to play an additional 3-6 games within the N60 League. Depending on your child's age, 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 league season. All home games are played on Lake Zurich Baseball fields (Staples, Lions, etc.)

Description Number of Games Comments



Jan-March: 2x per week (Winter Training)

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 (~ 3 games) or optional Fall Ball (~ 8 games)
Non-Tournament Games 6-8 Against N60 or other area teams
Grizzlies inner squad games 3-5 Inner squad games are designed for more instruction and stoppage to explain in-game situations.
Tournament Games 9-12 Depends on age division.  Expect (3) Tournaments
TOTALS 30-37  



Grizzlies 2024 Pricing Breakdown

Team House League Cost Grizzlies Cost Indoor Cost Total Cost
U8 $350* $350** $350 $1,050
U9 $365* $350** $350 $1,065
U10 $365* $350** $350 $1,065
U11 $365* $350** $350 $1,065
U12 $365* $350** $350 $1,065
U14 $365* $350** $350



*The house league fee includes the early bird discounted rate. Price may change from year to year.

**The fee includes tournament registration fees, travel league fees, umpire fees, uniforms, and field maintenance. 

Indoor cost is only an estimate. Practices are at the coach’s discretion and could differ from age group. This estimate is based on two weekly practices starting in January and ending at the end of March.

Grizzlies Partners with Tactic Sports Performance

The Grizzlies have partnered with Tactic Sports Performance of Lake Zurich to provide off-season training for speed, agility, and conditioning. 

Learn more about Tactic at