Baseball

Youth Baseball

Winter

ze Winter Baseball Clinic 

7-13 Yr Olds

This clinic is designed to help participants increase baseball knowledge, improve their skills and have fun in order to prepare for the upcoming Little League season! All participants will receive a t-shirt. 

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $55r/$70nr
  • Coach: Matt Sattler (ZE Varsity Baseball Coach)
  • Date: Saturdays | Jan 28-Feb 18
  • Time: 1:30-3pm
  • Location: ZEHS - Main & Aux Gyms

ZW Parent-Son Baseball Camp

7-13 Yr Olds

Join new ZW Varsity Baseball coach, Bryce Muller, for this NEW 4-week parent-child baseball camp to develop your hitting, catching, pitching and fielding skills, while also learning drills that the participant and a parent/guardian can replicate at home to continue their development! Participants can sign up for the entire 4-week camp OR sign up for specific weeks that include skill sets they are most interested in improving at. Each week we will be showing the participants various drills to help develop the specific skills we are teaching. These drills will be practiced during the clinic so they can easily be replicated at home both individually and with a parent/guardian. Participants will have fun, improve their skills to better prepare them for baseball at a higher level in the future. Join us! 

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $55r/$70r (for 4-week camp) OR $20r/$35nr for individual sessions
  • Coach: Bryce Muller (ZW Varsity Baseball Coach)
  • Date: Saturdays | Feb 4-25 | 1pm-2:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 4: Fielding ($20r/$35nr)
  • Sat, Feb 11: Catching ($20r/$35nr)
  • Sat, Feb 18: Hitting ($20r/$35nr)
  • Sat, Feb 25: Pitching ($20r/$35nr)
  • Location: ZWHS Gyms

 

Spring & Summer

ZEELAND Little League Baseball

4-12 yr olds

Zeeland Little League is designed to teach the skills and concepts of the game at a high level while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Join us to make lifelong memories this Spring & Summer!

 

League

Age as of

Sept 1, 2023

Dates Team Formation Practice? Cost  
Rookie Ball (Coed) 4-5 Yrs July 11-Aug 1 (Tuesdays) No $39r/$54nr   
Rookie Ball (Coed) 4-5 Yrs July 13-Aug 3 (Thursdays) No $39r/$54nr   
Tee Ball 4-6 Yrs Apr 10-June 10

No

$49r/$64nr  
Coach Pitch 5-7 Yrs Apr 10-June 10 No $49r/$64nr  
A League 7-9 Yrs Mar 27-June 17 Sat, Mar 4 $79r/$94nr  
AA League 8-10 Yrs Mar 27-June 24 Sat, Mar 4 $79r/$94nr   
AAA League 9-11 Yrs Mar 27-June 24 Sat, Mar 4 $79r/$94nr  
Majors League 10-12 Yrs  Mar 27-June 30 Sat, Mar 4 $79r/$94nr  
Middle School League 6th-8th Gr Mid Mar-Early Jun Late Feb-Early Mar (TBD) $79r/$94nr  

 

  • Register Here
  • Registration Deadline: Sat, Feb 4
  • Late Registration Deadline ($15 Late Fee): Sat, Feb 11
  • Little League Baseball Ages: Age as of Sept 1, 2023 | Baseball Age Chart
  • Register to Coach Here
  • Register to Umpire Here
  • Division Selection: Descriptions are in the "Division Descriptions" section below. Divisions overlap in age to allow players to play at appropriate skill levels to maximize skill development and to ensure all have a positive experience. If unsure of what divison to select, contact Brandon LaRosa, ZLL President, at ZLLPresident@gmail.com
  • Team Formation: See "Team Formation Process" section below
  • Tee Ball & Coach Pitch Team Placements: By Apr 1
  • A, AA, AAA & Majors Team Placements: By Mar 25
  • Zeeland Little League Website

Rookie Ball (Born between 9/1/17-8/31/19): This coed program serves as the perfect intro to baseball and softball! It consists of one day a week of skill development for four weeks (Tue or Thur - select your date in the registration process). Each week will consist of skill development stations that parents and children rotate through together, with parents teaching the skills at each station along with guidance from Zeeland Rec staff on site. There will also be modified games played to build an understanding of the sport.

Tee League (Born between 9/1/16-8/31/19): This is our Tee-Ball league! All balls are hit off tees with no live pitching from coaches or players. This program includes one practice and one game per week.

Coach Pitch (Born between 9/1/15-8/31/18): This is our Coach-Pitch league! Coaches pitch to players, with no live pitching from participants. This program includes one practice and one game per week, with 2 weeks that have 2 games and no practices.

A Baseball (Born between 9/1/13-8/31/16): This is our Kid/Coach Pitch league! It’s designed to teach participants how to pitch and how to hit against live pitching from other participants. Batters will begin by facing an opposing pitcher, but coaches will step in to pitch if the batter is walked to ensure all hitters get the chance to improve their hitting skills. Stealing is not allowed.

AA Baseball (Born between 9/1/12-8/31/15): This is a more advanced Kid-Pitch league that also introduces players to stealing while on base. The regular season ends with a postseason “Karl Elzinga Tournament” between all AA teams. This is also the first level where players are eligible to try out for Zeeland Little League All-Star Tournament Teams after the regular season ends.

AAA Baseball (Born between 9/1/11-8/31/14): This league helps to prepare players for playing in the Majors division. The regular season ends with a postseason “Karl Elzinga Tournament” between all of the AAA teams. All players are eligible to try out for Zeeland Little League All-Star Teams after the regular season ends.

Majors Baseball (Born between 9/1/10-8/31/13): This league is the division that the Little League World Series is associated with. This is the last division playing with 60 ft bases and 48 ft mounds (the later divisions for 13 year olds+ have larger field dimensions). Teams in the Majors division also play in a postseason tournament at the end of the regular season.

TEE BALL & COACH PITCH

  • Evenly skilled teams are put together by the ZLL Board based on coaches ratings from the prior year and/or the ratings parents give their child during the registration process
  • We allow players to “Sign-up with a Friend”. At registration, if two players have each others’ names in the “Sign-up with a Friend” area, we will place them on the same team
  • We attempt to put players from the same school on the same teams to increase the likelihood they are on a team with someone they know
  • All players will know their teams by Apr 1

A, AA, AAA & MAJORS

Team Formation Practices:

  • Date: Sat, Mar 4 (times communicated in mid-Feb)
  • Team Placements: Communicated by Sat, Mar 25
  • Purpose is to evaluate current skill levels of participants in order to help form evenly skilled teams
  • Players will participate in a series of drills while being evaluated by coaches and ZLL board members

Team Formation Process:

  • A "Team Formation Practice" on Sat, Mar 4 will be used to evaluate current skill levels of participants in order to form evenly skilled teams. Players will participate in a series of drills while being evaluated by coaches and ZLL board members
  • After the "Team Formation Practice", coaches complete a “draft” to form evenly skilled teams
  • Because coaches pick the player that are on their team, we cannot guarantee that your child will know someone on the team they are selected to
  • The best way to ensure your child is on a team with a friend is to sign up to coach so that you are part of the team selection process
  • If the player has a sibling that will be in the same division, we do ensure that they are placed on the same team
  • Parents will be notified of the team their child is on by Sat, Mar 25

Tee Ball & Coach Pitch:

  • Team Placements: Communicated by Apr 1
  • 2 events p/week max (including practices and games)
  • Practices: Apr 10-Mid June
  • Games: Sat | Late Apr-Mid June
  • Schedules: Will be released closer to the season
  • PDF DocumentZLL Practice and Game Guidelines for Each Division

A, AA, AAA & Majors:

Postseason Opportunities

After the regular season ends in mid-late June, some leagues play in postseason tournaments that vary based on division. These tournaments involve playing additional games, in some cases against other local leagues, and can last up until the end of June. More details on postseason tournaments are determined after team selections.

All-Stars: 

After the completion of the regular season and postseason tournaments, an All-Star tournament takes place from the end of June-mid July. If a player is interested in playing on an All-Star team, families must complete an All-Star Commitment Form for the player to be eligible for selection. Anyone who submits the commitment form can try-out for an All-Star team. All-Star teams are then selected by appointed committees in early June. Team selections are based on multiple factors (try-out performance, regular season performance, team needs, etc.) as decided by the committee. 

Players interested in All-Stars can find more information on the Zeeland Little League website HERE

Zeeland Little League relies on volunteers to coach each team. Our goal is to have at least two coaches per team. We provide training and resources to help, and experience is not required.

Sign Up to Coach Here

 

A vital part of the playing experience in Little League is the officiating. We are always looking for umpires to help work games in the Spring, and our umps are paid appropriately.

Sign Up to Ump Here

Zeeland Little League follows the Little League International rules which apply to all other Little Leagues. There are, however, some unique rules that ZLL has applied to some divisions in order to develop appropriate skills and keep the game fun.

Click here for more information on ZLL RULES

Click here for more information on the Little League International Rules (includes link to download the Little League Rule Book)

LAKeSHORE middle school baseball league

6th-8th Gr

The Lakeshore Middle School baseball league is a league that includes games against other local communities (Holland, Hamilton, Grand Haven, etc.). The league is designed to teach the skills and concepts of the game at a high level while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Join us to make lifelong memories this Spring & Summer!


REGISTRATION

  • Register Here
  • Players must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade
  • Players that turn 13 after August 31, 2023 should sign up for our "Majors League"

TEAM FORMATION

  • Players will be placed on teams based on where they attend school 
  • Volunteer coaches will be part of selecting evenly skilled teams from the pool of available players from that school
  • We hope to have a Team Formation Practice in late February or early March. Exact date, time and location is TBD

SCHEDULE

  • Practices: Mid Mar-Early June | Scheduled by volunteer coaches
  • Games: Two games per week | M or W or F | Apr 17-June 3 (possible makeups and/or postseason tournament June 5-17) 
  • Location: Legends Field and Zeeland Christian FIeld | Teams will also
    be required to travel to other local leagues such as Holland, Hamilton, and Grand Haven

COACHES NEEDED

  • Similar to Little League, the Middle School teams rely on volunteers to coach the teams. Ideally, each team will have at least two coaches
  • To sign up to coach, please complete THIS FORM

RULES

  • Rules for the 2023 season are being finalized and will be shared once completed
  • They will be very similar to the 2022 rules, which you can read HERE.
  • Once the 2023 rules are finalized, they will be shared with participants and any changes will be highlighted!