Every year about this time, parents of kids who enjoy the game of baseball begin to discuss their game plan for the spring. Do you want to play baseball next year? Do you want to just have fun? Do you want to play in a competitive league? Do you have enough talent or desire to play on a travel ball team? No matter the answer to any of the previous questions, the follow up question is, “Which Irvine youth baseball league is best for my kid?” You have come to the right place to find your answer!
Irvine Little League is a great choice for players who are looking to learn about the game in a family-friendly environment. You’ll find that winning isn’t everything and the focus is more on teamwork and playing with integrity. There are two Little Leagues in Irvine: Northwood Little League and Irvine Ranch Little League. Both can be found at http://irvinelittleleague.d4sportsclub.com. Kids ages 3.5 – 14 years old can play Irvine Little League Baseball. The registration fee ranges from $70 – $235 per player per season, depending on the age of the child and when you register (late fees start December 20th). Registration is currently open for the Spring 2013 season for both leagues.
A more competitive option is Irvine Pony. Irvine Pony encourages an advanced form of baseball at an earlier age. Players can pitch starting at the age of 7 and at 9 years old kids can lead off, steal, and hold runners. They have two divisions, American and National, so top players can play a more competitive game while others can develop their skills in a less competitive division. Kids ages 3 – 14 years old can play Irvine Pony Baseball. The cost is between $125 and $250 per player per season based on age. You can learn much more at http://irvinepony.com. Registration is currently open for the Spring 2013 season.
The final option for youth baseball in Irvine is to play for a travel baseball team. There are a number of organizations in Irvine to choose from, including the Irvine Diamondbacks, the Rox Baseball Club, the Irvine Dolphins, Blue Wave Baseball, Warrior Baseball, the Irvine Pythons, the Irvine Spartans and the OC Waves. These teams hire professional coaches and compete at a very high level all year. Travel ball teams are only for players who are serious about advancing their baseball careers. Fees typically range from $75 – $175 per month to participate. Ages range from 9 – 14 years old. Players must tryout to make the team. Go to each of their websites to learn more about upcoming tryouts and schedules.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Irvine, CA, is serious about their baseball! Each field is in great condition, the weather is perfect all year and there’s a plethora of former college and professional players to coach the kids. Each kid has a different skill level and desire for competition. Irvine offers a wide ranges of leagues, so your kid can find a home team and enjoy the game at their own pace. Good luck next spring! If you’re looking for help with your technique, you can always find help at http://www.ocbaseballcoach.com.
Ed Linck, Baseball Instructor