The 1st and 2nd grade level (formerly known as Pinto) consists of kids currently enrolled in 1st-2nd grade. We offer Spring, Summer and Fall leagues for 1st and 2nd players. At this age level, in Spring and Fall, players are assigned to teams and play against other teams in Skokie at Skokie baseball fields. Games are coach-pitch. Toward the end of the season, players that are ready may be given the opportunity to try pitching.
The coach will pitch 5-7 pitches, then the tee will be brought out. There will be 3 outs per half inning, with a maximum of 5 runs scored. There is a continued focus on the fundamentals of the game, including the ready position, learning good sportsmanship and basic throwing, fielding and batting skills. There is no base stealing at this level.
Summer Pickup League
In July, we offer a Pickup League for PreK through 2nd grade level players. This is an informal, low commitment league that offers a chance for kids to continue playing and developing skills and friendships, without as much structure as our spring league. We provide a time and a field for players to show up, and equipment, then divide those in attendance into teams to play that day. We may also offer one or more skills training sessions. Come when you can; no worries if you can’t. This program has been successful and has grown due to parent involvement–volunteers shape and run the league.
- Only the at-bat and on-deck (up next) hitters will be permitted to hold and swing a bat.
- On-deck hitters will only take swings in the foul area of the field, away from players on the bench, or in fenced-off on-deck areas.
- The at-bat and on-deck hitters must wear a helmet.