Youth Baseball League (April-June)

NEW! GIRLS T-BALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Get in the game with girls t-ball or softball for friendships, skill building, and fun! Designed especially for girls ages 5 to 12, this program is appropriate for both beginners and the seasoned softball player. A combined practice and game are played on the same night, once a week. YMCA Girls T-Ball and Softball runs April 21 through June 9.

Girls T-Ball (Kindergarten to 1st Grade):
T-Ball is intended for players who are new to the sport of baseball in Kindergarten & 1st grade, as well as any 2nd graders who not comfortable with a coach pitching to them. A 40 minute practice is followed by a 50 minute game.
Practice/Game: Tuesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Virginia Park (500 Virginia Ave, Ann Arbor)

 

Coach Pitch Softball (2-3rd Grade):
Girls Coach Pitch Softball is designed for players in 2-3rd Grade as well as any 1st graders who have mastered hitting off of a tee. A 40 minute practice is followed by a 50 minute game.
Practice/Game: Tuesday from 6:00-7:30p.m. at Virginia Park (500 Virginia Ave, Ann Arbor)

 

YOUTH T-BALL AND BASEBALL LEAGUE

YMCA T-Ball & Baseball is an instructional league for 5-12 year olds which focuses on skill development, teamwork and fun! A combined practice and game takes place one night a week for each age group. YMCA Baseball League runs April 21 through June 9, 2014. Your child will be placed in a league based on his/her age as of April 21, 2014.

 

T-Ball (Kindergarten-1st Grade):

T-Ball is intended for players who are new to the sport of baseball in Kindergarten & 1st grade, as well as any 2nd graders who not comfortable with a coach pitching to them. A 40 minute practice is followed by a 50 minute game.

Practice/Game: Mondays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Elbel Field (Hoover and Division Street, Ann Arbor)

 

Coach Pitch (2nd-3rd Grade):

Coach Pitch Baseball is offered to children in grades 2 & 3, as well as any players in 1st grade who have successfully mastered hitting the ball off the tee. A 40 minute practice is followed by a 3-inning or 60 minute game.

Practice/Game: Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. at Elbel Field (Hoover and Division Street, Ann Arbor)

 

Instructional Machine Pitch (4th-6th Grade):

Machine Pitch Baseball is open to children in grades 4-6. A 45 minute practice is followed by a 5-inning, or 75 minute game. This age group uses a pitching machine under game-like conditions with a regulation baseball. The consistency of the machine pitch allows your child's batting skills to rapidly improve and his or her self-confidence to build.  

Practice/Game: Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Elbel Field (Hoover and Division Street, Ann Arbor)

 

Baseball is a sport that requires a lot of repetition to improve skills. Playing at home with your child will help to reinforce what they learn at practice each week. You can download a useful ‘Play at Home’ information sheet here.

 

 

TEAM ROSTERS

Team rosters and schedules for the season have been posted online at www.quickscores.com/annarborymca. We will register approximately 10 players per team based on age and experience. Players who register before April 11 may request up to three teammates during registration. We will accommodate teammate and coach requests as much as possible on a first come, first-served basis.

 

 

REGISTRATION, FEES & REFUNDS

Early Bird Registration: March 3–April 11. YMCA members: $55, Community Members: $110

Late registration: April 12–18. YMCA members: $65, Community Members: $120

Places are limited so sign up early! Refunds will only be issued if a player cancels before the last day of registration. Through the generous contributions of our donors, the Ann Arbor YMCA is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to enjoy YMCA programs, regardless of income. Applications for financial assistance are available on our website or at our membership desk.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, April 12.

 

UNIFORM

All children should bring their own baseball or softball glove. We recommend that all participants wear long sweat pants or baseball pants (no jeans) and rubber cleats or tennis shoes. If your child does not have his or her own glove, we will have a limited number of gloves available for general use. At their first practice, all players will receive a t-shirt and cap, which they are responsible for maintaining and wearing to each game. Boys who wish to play catcher in the 9–12 year old age group are required to have their own athletic cup.

 

LEAD THE TEAM: BECOME A Y VOLUNTEER COACH!

Y youth sports teams are coached by one or two trained YMCA volunteer coaches, many of whom are parents or community members. If you like to work with children and enjoy helping them learn and succeed, we need you! If you are interested in coaching, you need to be at least 14 years of age and to attend a Y coach’s workshop prior to the start of the season. Our workshops introduce volunteers to the YMCA’s character values and youth development philosophy as well as give you the practical skills necessary to teach and lead youth sports teams. No formal coaching experience is necessary; all we ask is that you are committed to helping young people build positive self-images and develop a passion for an active lifestyle. Coaches training will take place on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:00–7:30 p.m.

 

Fill out an online application today! For more information, contact Jordan Keen at (734) 661-8016 or jkeen@annarborymca.org