Recreational Baseball / Softball
Pre-K through 5th Grade | July-August 2022
LSA Recreational Baseball/Softball program is open to players attending Pre-Kindergarten (age 4 or older) through 5th grade (Grade that was just finished for the 2021/22 school year). The goal of this program is to give young players an introductory understanding of the game in an organized and fun setting. All divisions will be coed. The season will run from July through August (weather permitting). We will attempt to keep the teams the same as the spring. Players returning from the spring season will utilize the same jersey and hat and receive a $25 discount from the registration fee.
Single A (Pre-K)
T-Ball (Pre-K) will run from July 9, 2022 to August 27, 2022. In this league, players will hit from a tee. Games will be held on Saturdays at Spring Lake Park at either 1 or 2pm. There will not be practices held during the week. All players will be expected to provide their own glove, bat and helmet. Fee will be $150 ($125 early bird discount before June 4, 2022).
Double A (K-1st Grade)
Double A (K-1st grade) will run from July 5, 2022 to August 27, 2022. In this league coaches will pitch to the teams. Games will be held on Saturdays at Spring Lake Park at either 10 or 11am. Practices will be held one day during the week, Monday-Thursday, also at Spring Lake Park. All players will be expected to provide their own glove, bat and helmet. Fee will be $175 ($150 early bird discount before June 4, 2022).
Triple A (2nd-5th Grade)
Triple A (2nd-5th grade) will run from July 5, 2022 to August 27, 2022. In this league, players will be pitching to each other. Players will have a 1 to 2 week tryout period to estimate their abilities. If players are not comfortable with this league, they can move to Double A. Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays with games on Saturdays. It is recommended that players participate at least 2 of the 3 days. All practices will be held at North Park. All players will be expected to provide their own glove, bat and helmet. Fee will be $200 ($175 early bird discount before June 4, 2022).
Volunteers Needed – Commissioners, Coaches and Other Volunteers
LSA is an all-volunteer organization that relies on parents to run our youth sports programs. When registering, please consider volunteering to be a division Commissioner or a Team Coach. Your volunteerism would be greatly appreciated. Please do not let a lack of coaching experience deter you from coaching or volunteering in any of the roles noted above.
- Please make sure your child is healthy before attending activities. If your child has a fever or is sick, please keep them home.
- Players and coaches will be practicing social distancing by maintaining a distance of 6 feet between each other.
- Players should walk to their assigned field at the start of practice. Their equipment should be placed in an area designated by the coaches.
- All players should bring their own equipment and water bottle to their activity. Equipment and water bottles should not be shared.
- Face Coverings: Per the current Illinois All Sports Policy, “Face coverings are always required for players, coaches, referees, and spectators. Those that fail to do so will be removed from play. Players should have multiple masks with them to change masks throughout the game should they become sweat soaked.”
- Spectators: For practices, spectators are not allowed in the practice area. For games, only immediate household members or guardians will be allowed. All spectators must follow the face covering guidelines and maintain at least 6-feet social distance from other households.
- Players are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer to their activity. Coaches will be making sure all equipment is disinfected before, during, and after activities. Please have players use the restroom at home prior to any activity. Bathrooms will only be allowed for emergencies.
- Positive or close contact guidelines:
- If a positive case or close contact occurs, please communicate to your coach. You must quarantine for 10 days and be symptom free for the previous 24 hours prior to returning to any activities.
- If anyone in your household has to quarantine because of close contact, all players from that household should also follow the quarantine process.
- Teams are responsible for cleaning all trash from their dugout after each game.
- Teams are prohibited from handshakes/high fives (air high fives are recommended).
- Chewing gum, food, or sunflower seeds will be prohibited before, during and after games.
- These guidelines are subject to change at any point based on government regulations.
Baseball Bat Rules
There is a new safety standard that is being adopted by most baseball leagues. It involves lower compression bats that theoretically produce a lower spring effect when they make contact with the baseball. LSA will be adopting this new bat standard over the next 2 season. All bats that LSA purchases starting this season will meet this new safety standard known as BPF 1.15. We will not require that personal bats meet this standard for the 2013 season, but beginning in 2014, all bats used (whether LSA-supplied or personal) will be required to meet this standard and be marked accordingly. The bat will need to be marked with the BPF 1.15 logo which looks like: