The Villa Park Little League 2023 Spring Season is coming soon. VPLL Spring registration opened on October 1, 2022 and the exciting seasonal events are underway. Opening day is set for late February complete with a parade and opening day ceremonies. The Villa Park High School team will also be hosting a Winter Youth Baseball Camp in January.
Villa Park Little League Tryouts & Registration Schedule
Start dates will be pushed back as we continue to receive guidelines from the State regarding youth sports. As of now, tryouts and practices are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-February with the season officially beginning in early March.
Spring Tryouts (AA, AAA, Majors): Saturday, January 6, 2024
Tryouts will be at the Villa Park Little League Fields at Cerro Villa
Players League age 8-12: TBA
Note: 7 year olds who wish to play in the AA division can also try out.
Spring Makeup Tryouts (AA, AAA, Majors): Monday, January 8, 2024, at 4:00 PM.
- Opening Day: Saturday, February 24, 2024
- Picture Days: Sunday, February 25, 2024
- Taste of Villa Park: TBA
- MLB Little League Angel Day: TBA
- Orange City Tournament (mid-season): TBA
- Championship Games/Closing Ceremonies/Home Run Contest: Saturday, May 15, 2024
- Machine Pitch Tournament (end of season, open to all): TBA Minor TOC: TBA; Games are played daily until eliminated.
- Tournament of Champions (AA – Majors Division Champions): TBA
- Little League All-Stars: TBA
Learn how to join a Little League out-of-boundary from a child’s residence or school.
Tee Ball – League Ages 4, 5, and 6 (for new players). This is where all new players should start. The ball is placed on a tee for all players during the first half of the season. For the second half of the season, a parent or coach may soft toss three (3) balls to a batter. This division is intended to be purely for fundamental baseball instruction and fun.
Coach Pitch – League Ages 5, 6 and 7 (for new players). This division is the next step after Tee Ball. Standard Little League baseballs are used in this division. Players should have a grasp of baseball basics, and should be able to sometimes hit a softly thrown ball from 25 feet away. For the first half of the season, a coach will pitch baseballs from 25 feet from the batter, and the entire lineup will bat. For the second half of the season, a Blue Flame machine is used to throw baseballs from immediately in front of the mound, and innings end after 3 defensive outs or after the entire lineup bats. This division is intended for fundamental baseball instruction.
Machine Pitch ($205)– League Ages 7 and 8. This division is not recommended for first time players. This division may be appropriate for some advanced League Age 6 players who are able to play catch well and hit a ball thrown from the mound more than half of the time. Standard Little League baseballs are used in this division. A Blue Flame machine is used to throw baseballs from immediately in front of the mound for the entire season. During the first half of the season, a batter is “out” after 8 pitches. During the second half of the season, a batter is “out” after three swinging strikes or 8 pitches, whichever comes first. No scores or standings are kept for this division.
AA League – Players must tryout and be drafted. Players begin pitching in AA League. For players ages 8 – 10. May be appropriate for age 7 advanced league players who have considerable experience playing catch and who can play infield and defend themselves from hard-hit baseballs.
AAA League – Players must tryout and be drafted on AAA League teams. For players ages 9 – 11. May be appropriate for beginning age 12 league players or players who may be a safety risk in Majors.
Majors League – Players must tryout and be drafted to Majors. Ages 10 – 12. Generally not appropriate for league age 10 players.
Little League Challenger Division – Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. If an individual can participate in the traditional Little League Baseball or Softball program with reasonable accommodations they should do so. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school.
Intermediate (50/70) – League Ages 12 – 13. Utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. This division offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths). Regular season players in the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division have the opportunity to dual roster, meaning he/she can play in the Little League Major Baseball Division during the same season. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of Intermediate (50/70) Baseball are to provide the players a suitable vehicle to transition from traditional sized Little League Baseball fields to fields that will prepare players for most competitive arenas of Youth Baseball such as High School, Junior Little League and Senior Little League.
About Villa Park Little League Tryouts
Tryouts consist of three parts:
- Hitting – An adult will pitch to the kids.
- Outfield – Kids will field fly balls hit from home to the outfield.
- Fielding – Ground balls will be hit to the kids at shortstop who will then field the balls and throw to first.