City parks’ youth sports signups extended through March 12

 

The La Porte Park and Recreation Department has extended the deadline for youth sports registrations through March 12. Register before the deadline to ensure your child has a summer full of fun!

Keeping sports fun — especially in the early stages of youth participation — is the primary concern of the park programs. The department promotes participation for all, positive competition and building character, as well as teaching fundamentals and traditions of the game, championing sportsmanship and encouraging family and community support.

Registration will be available for the following programs (visit www.cityoflaporte.com or call 219-326-9600 for more information):

• Boys Baseball, now affiliated with Baseball Players Association, includes four age divisions: Rookie (ages 7-8), Minor (ages 9-10), Major (ages 11-12) and Junior (ages 13- 15). The seasons run from early spring through mid-July. Cost for Rookie, Minor and Major is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. Cost for Junior is $100 for first child and $90 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 12. Divisions determined by participants age on or before April 30, 2020.

• Girls Slow Pitch Softball: Pitch Perfect League (manual pitching machine) (ages 7- 9), Slow Pitch Junior (ages 10-12) and Slow Pitch Senior (ages 13-17, with 18-year-olds currently enrolled in high school accepted). The seasons run from early spring through mid-July. Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 12. Divisions determined by participants age on or before April 30, 2020.

• Girls Fast Pitch Softball includes three age divisions: 10U Fastpitch (ages 9-10), 12U Fastpitch (ages 11-12), 14U Fastpitch (ages 13-14). Teams will play outside competition through the KVA. The season runs from early spring through mid-July. Cost is $75 for first child and $65 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 12. Divisions determined by participants age on or before December 31, 2020.

A parks press release states: “While we are extremely excited about the upcoming youth baseball and softball seasons, the ongoing uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions, such as indoor attendance limitations, has forced us to forgo the Preseason Clinics and Rally Day events this month. Instead, we will be emailing key information on the programs and, once rosters are formed, coaches will call with practice instructions.

“We expect Junior, Major and Minor Baseball and Senior, Junior and Fastpitch Softball to begin practices the week of March 29 (weather permitting). Rookie Baseball and Pitch Perfect Softball start practicing the week of April 12. For additional information, please call 219-326-9600 or e-mail Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov.”

The park department offers Need-Based Scholarships to assist youth who do not have the financial means to participate in recreation programs. The scholarship must be applied for by the child’s parent and/or guardian and they must meet the criteria for financial need. To apply for assistance, pick up a scholarship form at the Park Office or contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov.

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