Baseball

 NEW Youth Sports Code of Conduct

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Micro Baseball & Softball                                                                                                   This program prepares children ages 3-4 for organized baseball/softball in a FUN, non-threatening environment. The program allows children the opportunity to work one-on-one with a parent. The children will learn a variety of baseball/ softball skills including: throwing, catching, batting, and running agility. Sessions are held once a week for five weeks and each week the exercises will become increasingly more difficult as the class progresses and children show improvement. The program includes fun and developmentally appropriate equipment. A PARENT OR SIGNIFICANT ADULT MUST ATTEND THE CLASS WITH THE CHILD. Sessions are offered on Tuesdays.  All participants will receive a T-shirt.

Fee: $25 Resident & $30 Non-Resident              Age: 3 – 4 year olds                            Starting Date: summer 2017      Length: 5 Weeks       Min: 5 / Max: 15 per session  Location: Whittier Park T-Ball Complex  (9th & Whittier)                                     Deadline:                                                                                                                 Tuesdays: Session A  5:30-6:15 pm, Session B  6:15-7:00 pm, Session C    7:00-7:45 pm

Instructional T-ball 5 & 6                                                                                                     The main purpose of this instructional program is to teach basic fundamentals and provide an overall fun experience for the young participant.  Participants will learn how to play with others as members of a team.  Instructional T-ball will be a five-week program.  Kids will be divided into teams and assigned practice times Monday thru Thursday with no more than two practices or games per week.  Each practice will be part learning fundamentals and part team practice.  The last 3 weeks will be a 6-game league schedule.  Volunteer coaches are needed.  

Fee: $25 USD253 Residents & $30 Non-Residents                                                                Age: 5 & 6 – Prior to September 1, 2016        Game Times: 6:00 & 7:00pm                             Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)                                                      Dates: summer 2017                                                                                                      Practice/Game Times: 6:00 or 7:00 pm                                                                    Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)         Deadline: 

Co-ed Machine Pitch Baseball 7 & 8                                                                                This is an instructional program for kids finishing 1st & 2nd grades with practices and games using a soft training baseball.  The main purpose of this program is to further instruct basic/intermediate fundamentals and provide an overall fun experience for the young participant.  COED machine pitch baseball will be a five-week program.  Kids will be divided into teams and assigned practice times Monday thru Thursday with no more than two practices or games per week.  The last 3 weeks will be a 6-game league schedule.  Volunteer coaches are needed.                                                                                        Fee: $25 USD253 Residents & $30 Non-Residents                                                                Ages: 7 & 8 – Prior to September 1, 2016     Dates: Summer 2017                      Practice/Game Times: 6:00 & 7:00 pm                                                                          Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)          Deadline: 

Minor League    3rd and 4th grade                                                                                       Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7                                                                                 Fees: $35 USD 253Resident – $40 Non-Resident                                                         Mandatory Player Workout: Thursday April 13 or Saturday April 15- Times TBA     Players Assigned: Week of April 17                                                                                     Practices Begin: Week of April 24                                                                                              Games Begin: Week of May 22                                                                                                Location: Flint Hills Optimist Diamonds at Peter Pan Park

Major League   5th and 6th grade                                                                             Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7
Fees: $35 USD 253 Resident – $40 Non-Resident                                                         Mandatory Player Workout: Thursday April 13 or Saturday April 15- Times TBA             Players Assigned:  Week of April 17                                                                               Practices Begin:Week of April 24                                                                                      Games Begin:  Week of May 22                                                                                 Location: Flint Hills Optimist Diamonds at Peter Pan Park

Junior League     7th, 8th and 9th grade                                                                     Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7
Fees: $40 USD 253 Resident – $45 Non-Resident                                                      Mandatory Player Workout: Thursday April 13 or Saturday April 15- Times TBA
Players Assigned: Week of April 17
Practices Begin:  Week of April 24
Games Begin: Week of May 22
Location: Glennen Field at ESU/ Soden’s Grove

All three leagues will be a part of a traveling recreation league. Teams will play doubleheaders both home and away.

Once teams have been formed, late registrants will be placed on a waiting list and will be assigned to teams by the recreation center staff as needed. Assigned coaches will contact registrants by phone or mail concerning practices. Local businesses or service clubs will sponsor teams. The Recreation Commission will schedule practices in the evenings during the month of May. Coaches will be able to schedule their own practices during June and July. Each team will be scheduled to play two games per week during the summer session. Baseball pants will not be provided for the youth leagues.

Summer Youth Sports Age Policy                                                                                     When registering your child, use the grade in which they are currently enrolled. Children are allowed to play up one age group, up to the third grade. For clarification, call the sports supervisor at the recreation center.

Youth Fee Waiver Scholarship Policy                                                                                The Emporia Recreation Center will follow the  guidelines used by USD253 to determine the qualifications for free or reduced price meals. Those who reside in the USD253 school district and are enrolled in Kindergarten through Tenth grade, may apply for a fee waiver by contacting the Emporia Recreation Main Office. Those eligible for free lunches will have a $5.00 co-pay per activity, those with reduced lunches will pay half of the cost of the activity.  All fee waiver participants are limited to six activities per year (August through July).