Now that DLL Majors has wrapped up I know many of you are thinking about what is the next step for your son in regards to baseball. With my last calculations, I added up 10 different local baseball programs that are available to 13 year olds next spring. With 10 programs, choosing one can be a daunting task. Some of the programs are invitation only (coach contacts you) and most offer professional coaching at different price levels. But are they what’s best for you players enjoyment of the game?
Over the past few years Danville Little League (DLL) has offered a Spring program for 13 year olds (players born on or after 9/1/2004) called the” Intermediate” (50 & 70 foot base paths) program. There are two levels in the Intermediate program "Gold”, which is a competitive advanced level team chosen at the beginning of the season thru tryouts, and "House", which is made up of kids who just want to play ball. The Gold program is professionally coached by the Aces Baseball Staff, run by Jim Grant, and the House program is coached by Dads, just like in Majors. Being that the Gold program is professionally coached; the fee is priced accordingly, but is lower than most programs outside DLL. The House program is priced similar to last year in Majors. All DLL Intermediate programs are housed locally (Danville) with local practices and games (located within District 57). Many of the games are played at Osage Field #3. The Gold team also has a District All Star Tournament and World Series and may travel a bit further to play in a few outside tournaments. There will be more information from DLL on these programs coming. Tryouts for the Intermediate Gold program are held in late August. They play a fall tournament season and then a regular local D57season starting in March and ending in Mid-June. House teams will be formed in late January with a player evaluation held at Sycamore Park turf TBA. Please wear tennis shoes on the turf. We are also looking for team Managers and Coaches.
For the 14 year olds we have a very similar program that has a “House” league, and a “Gold” league which is equivalent to the 13’s Gold team (players born on or after 9/1/2003). This division is called Junior 90’s. The Junior 90’s Gold team will be professionally coached by Darren Nicholson, owner of Hit Lab Sports, with tryouts held in mid-October, TBA. This division plays on a 90 foot diamond to get the kids ready for high school.
Looking a few years ahead there are also Seniors House and Gold programs for the 15 and 16 year olds (born on or before 9/1/2001).
All sign-ups are through the DLL Web site. As always, you can contact me if you have any questions or want to talk about what’s out there for your son next year.