The Villa Park Little League 2021 Spring Season is coming soon. VPLL Spring registration opened on November 1, 2020 and the exciting seasonal events are underway. Opening day is set for late February 2021 complete with a parade and opening day ceremonies. The Villa Park High School team will also be hosted a Winter Youth Baseball Camp in January.
Villa Park Little League Tryouts and 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.
Tuesday, November 1, 2020 – Early registration opens for Villa Park Little League 2021 Spring Season
Saturday, November 30, 2020: Early registration ends
Saturday, November 7 & 14, 2020: Field Day (Parents, Managers, Coaches, please come down the fields to help us finish our work on our first class fields)
Lower Division Winter Development Clinics: Every Sunday from November 15 to December 20, 2020.
Sunday, January 31, 2021: Registration ends for AA, AAA, and Majors. Lower Division, Challenger and 60/90 divisions remain open.
Saturday, Mid-February, 2021: Tryouts for AA, AAA, and Majors at VPLL Fields
Monday, Mid-February, 2020: Make-up tryouts for AA, AAA, and Majors at VPLL fields
Week of Early March, 2021: Practices Begin for Majors, AAA, AA
Week of Early March, 2021: Practices Begin for Single A, Rookie, Tball
TBA: Opening Day/Parade
TBA: Picture Day
TBA: VPLL Fundraiser, The Taste of Villa Park, at the Villa Park Town Center
TBA: Closing Ceremony/Championship Games
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.
Intermediate Single A / 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.
Advanced Rookie A / 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.
Senior League Challenger Division – Accommodates players ages 15 and above (no maximum age).
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.