Baseball after Majors...
Hello Former Majors Parents,
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 9 different local baseball programs that are available to 13 year olds next spring. With 9 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.
Over the past few years Danville Little League (DLL) has offered a Spring program for 13 year olds called the” Intermediate” (70 & 80 foot base paths) program. There are two levels in the Intermediate program "Academy”, 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 Academy program is professionally coached by the Hoots Baseball Club and the House program is coached by Dads, just like Majors. Being that the Academy 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 Academy 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 Academy program were held in late October with the regular season 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 on January 9th at 10AM on field 3 and the 16th at Noon at Sycamore turf 3. 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 Academy team. This division is called Junior 90’s. Evaluations are at 1PM on Jan. 9 and at Noon on Jan 16 at Sycamore turf 3.
Looking a few years ahead there are also DLL programs for the 15/16 year olds (Seniors) and the 17/18 year olds (Big Leagues).
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.
Steve Pugh – DLL Upper Division Director