Schedules & Rosters
The NSYHBL was formed in 2015 and is currently commissioned by the Athletic Staff of The Lake Forest Recreation Department. Geared towards the Bronco and Pony age divisions, the NSYHBL is a league comprised of teams from Deerfield, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, and Highland Park. This league is a travel-like league that is driven from House League philosophies and goals. Teams will practice locally and will play games both home and away. This program will feature a paid, trained coaching staff.
Baseball House League, for Kindergarten through 8th grade, is a community based baseball program for the beginner through the most experienced player. The Bronco and Pony House League programs will engage in a semi-competitive travel-like league called the North Shore Youth House Baseball League. All other age groups will play games in-house, against other teams in their age group. House League is where it all starts and is the foundation for the player who wishes to someday compete at the highest level. This is a great program which lets young players learn the game while playing in their own community. All House League divisions are centered on learning and developing the fundamentals of the game as well as success, safety, and, above all, FUN!
KINDERGARTEN BASEBALL (4Y+)
Players will be instructed in the BASIC fundamentals of the game by qualified volunteer coaches. This is a co-ed league where the children will bat off a tee for the 1st half of the season, with the goal in mind of hitting live pitching from their coach’s hallway through the season. Game play will allow all kids to bat, allow all kids to play every position, with the philosophy of basic skill development in mind. We want all the kids to learn the basics of the game at every position at this level. Events will be no longer than 60 minutes.
PINTO BASEBALL (GRADES 1-2)
Pinto House League will now meet three days a week, focusing attention on skill development and “real” baseball. Teams will practice twice a week and play one game a week. This league will now be a true introduction to baseball,featuring kid pitching (half way through the season) and five innings of gameplay and will feel like “real” baseball to the player. Our coaches will be directed to teach game strategy along with stressing fundamentals and proper skill development, all in a fun and safe environment. Events will be no longer than 90 minutes.
MUSTANG BASEBALL (GRADES 3-4)
In this community based, semi-competitive program, players will be drilled on the fundamentals and taught the strategies of the game by Recreation Department trained Volunteer Coaches and/or Staff. Players in the Mustang league will begin to learn the intricacies and situations of the game that make baseball unique to most other sports. This program meets three times a week with teams practicing twice and playing a game once a week. The schedule will develop to where teams play twice and practice once. Program format will be dependent on weather. Events will last between 90 to 120 minutes.
BRONCO BASEBALL (GRADES 5-6)
Players in this league will be taught the intricacies and situations of the game with the goal in mind of developing Baseball IQ. In succession of the Mustang House League, strategies of the game will be stressed by Recreation Department trained Staff. Teams will practice once a week and will play games twice a week. The month of April will be used for practice time. Teams in this league will play in the North Shore Youth House Baseball League, which is a house league consisting of teams from neighboring communities such as Highland Park, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, and Libertyville. Program format will be dependent on weather. Events will last
between 90 to 120 minutes.
PONY BASEBALL (GRADES 7-8)
Players in this league will develop and sharpen their skills with the goal in mind of developing Baseball I.Q. Pony League is ‘real’ baseball and our Coach’s philosophies and mindset will be geared towards getting the Pony player ready for High School Baseball in a fun and safe environment. Program format will be dependent on weather but, once the weather breaks, teams will practice once a week and will play games twice a week. The month of April will be used for practice time. Pony teams will have paid, professionally trained Coaches. Teams in this league will play in the North Shore Youth House Baseball League which is a house league consisting of teams from neighboring communities such as Highland Park, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Libertyville. Events will last between 90 to 120 minutes.