Softball

NEW Youth Sports Code of Conduct

Schedules and Rosters

Ponytail Softball

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: Tuesday June 6      Length: 5 Weeks       Min: 5 / Max: 15 per session  Location: Whittier Park T-Ball Complex  (9th & Whittier)                                    Registration Closes:  Friday, May 26                                                                                            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: $30 USD253 Residents & $35 Non-Residents                                                                Age: 5 & 6 – Prior to September 1, 2017        Game Times: 6:00 & 7:00pm                            Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)                                                      Start Date: Tuesday June 6                                                                                                     Practice/Game Times: 6:00 or 7:00 pm                                                                    Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)                                                      Registration Closes: Friday May 26  

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: $30 USD253 Residents & $35 Non-Residents                                                                Ages: 7 & 8 – Prior to September 1, 2017     Start Date: Monday June 5                     Practice/Game Times: 6:00 & 7:00 pm                                                                          Location: Whittier T-Ball Complex (9th & Whittier)                                                  Registration Closes:  Friday May 26

Pigtail League – 3rd & 4th Grades                                                                          Deadline to Register: 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: Whittier Park III Diamond (9th & Whittier)

Ponytail League – 5th, 6th, and 7th Grades                                                      Deadline to Register: 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: Whittier Park III Diamond (9th & Whittier)

Junior League – 8th, 9th and 10th Grades
Deadline to Register: 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: Whittier Park III Diamond (9th & Whittier)

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

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 Eighth 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).