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Lake Zurich Baseball House League

Rookie League

The Rookie League is our entry level for baseball and softball.  It is a non-competitive league comprised of boys and girls who are ages 5 years old by December 31st of the current year (Pre K) and Kindergarteners. 

The league is designed for the children to have fun while learning the basic elements of baseball: throwing, fielding, running, and batting.  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.   It is an underhand coach pitch league. Rookie league also uses a “safe ball” to minimize chance of injury.

The season consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week, 1 weekday and 1 Saturday or Sunday). Each game is broken down into two parts.  The first 30 minutes of each game is designed around instruction of the various skills being taught.  The second part is a 3-inning game that usually lasts about 1 hour.  

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 (with a mutual friend request) and will accommodate it whenever possible.  One request per player.  We also look to group players by school when possible.

Tyro League

The Tyro League is non-competitive league and is designed for the players to have fun while learning the basic elements of baseball: throwing, fielding, running, batting and sportsmanship.  The Tyro league is and overhand coach pitch league.  Tyro league also uses a “safe ball” to minimize chance of injury.

In April we start with practice which are usually (1) weekday evening and (1) Saturday.  The season starts in May and consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week, 1 weekday and 1 Saturday).  We work towards having the final game under the lights at Lions Park. 


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 (with a mutual friend request) and will accommodate it whenever possible.  One request per player.   We also look to group players by school when possible.

The league also includes postseason team(s), which play in area tournaments during the month of July (See Part-Time Travel Grizzlies Page). Try outs are held in late April.

Minor League

The Minor League is competitive league and is designed for the players to have fun while learning more about how the game.  The league builds upon the basic fielding and hitting skills, while introducing: pitching, catching, stealing and some of the more complex baseball rules (ie tagging up, walks, infield fly rule 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.

In April we start with practice which are usually (1) weekday evening and (1) Saturday.  The season starts in May and consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week, 1 weekday and 1 Saturday).  While we do not keep standings during the season, we do hold a playoff which usually last (2) weeks starting in mid June.

Each player in the league must be evaluated. Evaluations are usually held in February. The teams are formed through a player draft based, in part on evaluation data. Requests to pair players are not accepted; this is done in an attempt to create a competitive balance across the league.

The league also includes postseason team(s), which play in area tournaments during the month of July (See Part-Time Travel Grizzlies Page).  Try outs are held in late April.

Major League

The Major League is competitive league and is designed for the players to have fun while learning more about how the game.  The league builds upon the basic fielding and hitting skills, while introducing essentially all of the more complex baseball rules (ie leading, dropped 3rd strike, ball is always live 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.

In April we start with practice which are usually (1) weekday evening and (1) Saturday.  The season starts in May and consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week, 1 weekday and 1 Saturday).  While we do not keep standings during the season, we do hold a playoff which usually last (2) weeks starting in mid June.  We normally play interleague games with LYAA (based in Wacounda IL).  This enables us to play in different venues

Each player in the league must be evaluated. Evaluations are usually held in February. The teams are formed through a player draft based, in part on evaluation data. Requests to pair players are not accepted; this is done in an attempt to create a competitive balance across the league.

The league also includes postseason team(s), which play in area tournaments during the month of July (See Part-Time Travel Grizzlies Page).  Try outs are held in late April.

Pony League

The Pony League is competitive league.  The league builds upon the building skills with full baseball rule.  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

In April we start with practice which are usually (1) weekday evening and (1) Saturday.  The season starts in May and consists of approximately 12 games (twice per week, 1 weekday and 1 Saturday).  While we do not keep standings during the season, we do hold a playoff which usually last (2) weeks starting in mid-June.  The Pony team (s) play in an inter town league run by Palatine Community Baseball and Softball (PCBS).  Other towns involved are Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg.  About 1/3 of our games are played in Lake Zurich

Each player in the league must be evaluated. Evaluations are usually held in February. The teams are formed through a player draft based, in part on evaluation data. Requests to pair players are not accepted; this is done in an attempt to create a competitive balance across the league

The league also includes postseason team(s), which play in area tournaments during the month of July (See Part-Time Travel Grizzlies Page).  Try outs are held in late April.

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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2021 Spring Baseball Commissioners

Questions? You can email your Leagues Commissioner for more information.

KEVIN MURPHY

KEVIN MURPHY

Baseball Commissioner

Scott  Theriault

Scott Theriault

Rookie President

Bill Angelo

Bill Angelo

Tyro President

Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Minors President

John Eberle

John Eberle

Majors President

Erika Bonelli

Erika Bonelli

Pony & Colt President


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