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Winter Programs

ZE WINTER BASEBALL CLINIC

5-12 Yr Olds

This clinic is designed to help participants improve their hitting, fielding and throwing skills in preparation for the Little League season… all while having fun! All participants will receive a t-shirt. 

  • Register Here
  • Instructor: Matt Sattler (ZE Varsity Coach) 
  • Cost: $55r/$70nr
  • Dates: Saturdays | Jan 29-Feb 19
  • Time: 2pm-3pm
  • Location: Zeeland East High School Gyms 

ZEELAND WEST WINTER BASEBALL CLINIC

5-12 Yr Olds

Zeeland West baseball coaches and players will teach players the same techniques and fundamentals that are used throughout the entire Zeeland West baseball program. This program is designed to help all participants improve baseball knowledge, develop their skills, and have fun during the winter as they prepare for Little League Showcase Day.

  • Register Here
  • Instructor: Adam Locker (ZW Varsity Coach)
  • Cost: $30r/$45nr
  • Dates: Saturdays | Feb 19 & 26
  • Location: Zeeland West High School Gyms 
  • 5-8 Yr Olds: 1-2:30pm
  • 9-12 Yr Olds: 2:30-4pm

 

Spring & Summer Programs

ZEELAND Little League Baseball

4-14 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!

 AGE  COST  LEAGUE

 4 Yr Olds

 $39r/$54nr   Rookie Ball (Skill Development)
 5-7 Yr Olds  $49r/$64nr

 Tee Ball, Coach Pitch

 8-14 Yr Olds   $79r/$94nr

 Low-A, High-A, AA, AAA, Majors, 50-70, Juniors

 

  • Register Here (Register Based on Age as of Aug 31, 2022)
  • Registration Deadline: Sat, Feb 5
  • Little League Baseball Age Chart
  • Registration Instructions: Register based on child's age as on Aug 31, 2022 | Parents will be contacted after the registation deadline what options they have to choose from for their child's division
  • Team Formation Practices (8 Yr Olds+): Sat, Mar 5 | Times TBD | @ SportsQuest
  • Team Placements (5-7 Yr Olds): Communicated by Apr 1
  • Team Placements (8 Yr Olds+): Communicated by Mar 25
  • Practices (5-7 Yr Olds): Start Apr 11
  • Practices (8 Yr Olds+): Start Mar 28
  • Games: Late Apr-Mid June
  • Zeeland Little League Website

 

Division Placement Process: Division placement will take place after the registration deadline. Parents will be contacted after the registration deadline to communicate what options they have to choose from for their child’s division. Many divisions have overlapping age groups. This is to ensure kids are playing in divisions that help them develop their skills appropriately, thereby having a more fun experience

Rookie Ball (4 Yr Olds): This co-ed program serves as the perfect intro to baseball and softball! It consists of one day a week of skill development for four weeks. 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 (5-6 Yr Olds): 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 (6-7 Yr Olds): 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.

Low-A Baseball (7-9 Yr Olds): 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.

High-A Baseball (8-9 Yr Olds): This is a Kid Pitch League designed for those with more experience in pitching and hitting live pitching. Coaches do not assist in pitching. Stealing is not allowed.

AA Baseball (8-10 Yr Olds): 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 Teams after the regular season ends.

AAA Baseball (9-11 yr olds): 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 (10-12 Yr Olds): 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 46 ft mounds (the later divisions for 13 year olds+ have larger field dimensions). Teams in the Majors division also play in a district wide tournament at the end of the regular season.

50-70 Baseball (12-13 Yr Olds): This league is primarily for 13 year olds, but 12 year olds also have the option to bypass Majors and play in the 50/70 League. Teams play home games at Zeeland Christian, where the field dimensions are 50 ft mounds and 70 ft bases. Teams play against other 50/70 teams in the West-Michigan area, which involves some travel. This is the first time players are introduced to leading off on the bases and pitcher's can “balk”. Teams in the 50/70 Division also play in a district wide tournament at the end of the regular season. Players in the 50/70 Division are also eligible to play on a 50/70 All-Star team after the District Tournament.

Juniors Baseball (13-14 Yr Olds): This league is primarily for 14 year olds, but 13 year olds also have the option to bypass our 50/70 League and play in the Juniors League. Teams play home games at Legends Field, where the field dimensions are 60 ft mound and 90 ft bases. Teams play against other Juniors teams in the West-Michigan area, which involves some travel. This division is the first time players are playing at the field dimensions they will play at for the rest of their career. Teams in the Juniors Division also play in a District wide tournament at the end of the regular season. Players in the Juniors Division are eligible to play on a Juniors All-Star team after the District Tournament.

 

DIVISION PLACEMENT PROCESS:
Division placement will take place after the registration deadline. Parents will be contacted to communicate what options they have to choose from for their child’s division. 

TEAM FORMATION PROCESS: 5-7 Yr Olds
Evenly skilled teams are formed by the Zeeland Little League board via the skill ratings each child was given by their coach from the previous season (if they played last year) and/or the rating their parent/guardian gave their child during the registration process. All kids get placed on a team and receive equal playing time.

  • Team Placements: Will be communicated by Apr 1

TEAM FORMATION PROCESS: 8-14 Yr Olds
Evenly skilled teams are formed by coaches after they review the skill ratings that players were given by their coach last year (if they played last year) along with reviewing current skills levels at our "Team Formation Practices". At these practices, players will participate in a series of drills in order to help coaches evaluate current skill levels in order to help us form evenly skilled teams. All kids get placed on a team and receive equal playing time. Team placements will be communicated by Mar 25. 

  • Baseball Team Formation Practice: Sat, Mar 5 
  • Softball Team Formation Practices: Sat, Mar 12
  • Times: Times will be communicated in mid-Feb 
  • Team Placements: Equally skilled team selections will be released in mid-March

 

 

 

Postseason Opportunities: After the regular season ends in mid-late June, some teams 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-Start 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

 

Coaches Needed: 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. Please consider signing up to coach during registration or on the ZLL Website under the “Coaches” tab HERE