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Baseball

At LZBSA we divide baseball into six different age groups, starting at age five and continuing through high school.   The groups are separated into two year intervals in an effort to make the leagues more balanced.  The levels are called Rookie, Tyro, Minor, Major, Pony and Colt.  We utilize school grades for all in-house levels.  The regular season (except Colt and Rookie League) starts on the last Saturday in April and concludes in the middle of June with playoffs. Post season teams continue playing in tournaments during the month of July.


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Rookie League

The Rookie League is the entry level for baseball.  It is a non-competitive league comprised of boys and girls who are ages 5 and kindergarden (school age 6) that is designed to teach children the basic elements of throwing, fielding, running and batting.  It is an underhand coach pitch league that consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week) that are either 6 innings or 1-1/2 hours in length.  Teams will cover such topics as where to stand in the field, which direction to run, how to throw a baseball, how to hold a bat, etc.

After registration is completed, all participants are placed on a team by the league President.  While we cannot guarantee that any two players will be placed on the same team, we do accept requests to pair players and will accommodate it whenever possible.  The season runs from mid-June to the first Saturday of August.  All players will receive a hat and tee shirt that is theirs to keep.


Tyro League

Our Tyro League is designed for 1st and 2nd grade boys who have an interest in playing baseball.  It is a "coach pitch" league wherein each team selects an adult to pitch overhand to their own team, with the opposing team playing the field.  It is designed to teach the boys the elements of baseball and covers such topics as fielding positions, batting order, base running and fielding.

The Tyro League is a non-competitive league that utilizes a "safety ball" to minimize the chances of injury.  The league is composed of 20+ teams that play a 16 game schedule.  Players are placed on a team by the league President, who will make every effort to group  players by school or neighborhood; but such groupings cannot be guaranteed.  Due to the large number of players at this level, requests to pair players cannot be guaranteed.  In June, all 8 year olds are eligible to participate in the LZBSA World Series Tournament, which takes place over the course of two Sundays in Lake Zurich.  The league also includes an All-Star team, comprised of selected 8 year olds, which plays during the month of July in various local tournaments.


Minor League

The Minor League is a competitive league comprised of 3rd and 4th grade boys who want to learn how to play baseball.  Here the players are introduced to pitching, playing the catcher position, base stealing, tagging up, etc.  The goal of the league is to teach the players teamwork, the responsibilities of being a team member, respect and sportsmanship as well as to develop their baseball skills, all in a positive environment.

Good sportsmanship and skills development are emphasized over winning.
The league is made up of teams that play a 12-14 game regular season schedule starting in early May.

The teams are formed through a player draft and requests to pair players are not accepted; this is done in an attempt to create a competitive balance across the league.  The regular season is followed by a playoff in June that determines a league champion.  

The Minor League also includes a post season tournament team in which players must tryout to be selected.  The post season team(s) play in tournaments during the month of July.


Major League

Players at the Major League level are in 5th and 6th grade.  The goal is to build upon what was learned in the Minor League in a competitive and learning environment. Play moves to a bigger field (50' mounds, 70' bases). Here players are introduced to some of the finer points of baseball (i.e., dropped third strikes, delayed stealing, leadoffs, pickoffs, etc.). 

Good sportsmanship and skills development are emphasized over winning.
Teams play a 12-14 game regular season schedule starting in early May.

The teams are formed through a player draft and requests to pair players are not accepted; this is done in an attempt to create a competitive balance across the league.  The regular season is followed by a playoff in June that determines a league champion.  

All players are eligible to try out for a post season tournament team that plays in the month of July.


Pony League

The Pony League is designed for 7th and 8th grade boys who wish to learn the complete game of baseball.  Players will cover such subjects as balking, dropped third strikes, pick off plays, etc. as well as the intricate strategies of the game.  This is the first level in which players are permitted to wear metal spikes and use wide barrel bats.

The league is composed of teams that play a 16 game regular season schedule.  After the regular season, the top teams compete for the league championship.  Players are also eligible to try out for a post season travel team which competes in three tournaments.


Colt League

Our Colt League (high school) provides for continuing baseball play while boys are in high school.  This league allows boys at the high school age group to play ball in a structure that is highly competitive, very exciting and fun, and appreciable to those who have love for the game.  When you play Colt League baseball, you like baseball, period!! 

If you participate on a high school baseball team (regular season or summer program), you can also play in the Colt League because the schedules do not conflict.  The Colt League season begins one week after high school graduation.  Colt games are generally played once per week on Saturday’s beginning in mid-June and conclude in early August culminating in an “all play” World Series Tournament held on the Lake Zurich High School Varsity Baseball Field.  Over the years, this league has evolved from a single travel team into an exciting and competitive house league comprised of six to ten teams.  We are conscientious of the fact that at this age group, boys may have other interests including jobs, so the Colt League is very flexible to accommodate these life style adjustments. 

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