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Lil’ Sluggers

SUMMER SEASON IS JUNE 12 – AUGUST 26, 2018
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Lil’ Sluggers is a child development program created to introduce children ages 2-6 to the game of baseball. Classes develop important baseball skills such as throwing, fielding, hitting, and baserunning. Lil’ Sluggers provides an environment for your child to grow as an individual while having fun with baseball.

MASCOTS

2 year olds
The Mascots curriculum is designed to have the children begin their baseball experience in a fun environment that also introduces simple basics of the game. Parent participation is required for this class. Class objectives include:

  • Simple base running and base recognition.
  • Hitting; holding the bat properly, focusing on making contact with the ball off of a tee.
  • Throwing in an overhand motion.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands and not falling down.
  • Fitness and agility.
  • Improved hand/eye coordination.
  • An introduction to social skills such as following simple instructions and taking turns.

MINORS

3 years old
The Minors curriculum is designed to have the children continue their baseball experience in a fun environment that also reinforces the fundamentals of the game. Parent participation is on an as-needed basis for this class. Class objectives include:

  • Simple base running and base recognition.
  • Hitting, focusing on proper stance and level swing to make contact with the ball off the tee. Introduction to hitting from a pitch.
  • Throwing…point, step, and throw with proper motion and aim.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands, staying in front of the ball and not falling down.
  • Improved hand/eye coordination.
  • Understanding straightforward game situations, such as throwing a player out.
  • Fitness and agility.
  • Advancement of social skills such as following instructions, taking turns and teamwork.

MAJORS

4 years old
The Majors curriculum expands on the skills learned in the 3-year-old program, with slightly more technical instruction and game situations. Parents are welcome to assist their child until they become comfortable with the instructor. Class objectives include:

  • Proper base running and sliding techniques.
  • Hitting, focusing on proper stance, level swing, and follow through off the tee. Begin hitting from a pitch by the coach.
  • Throwing… point, step, and throw with proper motion for distance and accuracy.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands, staying in front of the ball.
  • Catching pop flies with two hands.
  • Learning various offensive and defensive game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.

MAJORS II

4 years old
The Majors II curriculum is designed as a progression for those who have completed at least one Majors season have shown competence in executing general baseball skills. It is expected that a child enrolled in Majors II can run the bases without instruction, can follow the safety rules with focus, can hit off a tee and can duplicate fundamentals when hitting moving pitches, can field ground balls and basic air balls and can make a legitimate baseball throw. If a child is significantly lacking in any of these skills it may be best that they re-enroll in Majors I until coach recommends that the move up to Majors II.  Class objectives include:

  • Proper base running and sliding techniques.
  • Follow all safety standards and directions with focus.
  • Hitting; focusing on proper stance, level swing, and follow through off the tee.
  • Begin hitting from a pitch by the coach and duplicate fundamentals.
  • Throwing; point, step, and throw with proper motion for distance and accuracy.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands, staying in front of the ball.
  • Catching pop flies with two hands.
  • Learning various offensive and defensive game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.

HALL OF FAMERS

5-6 year olds
The Hall of Famers curriculum is designed to have the children continue improving their fundamentals skills while preparing them for their next level of participation, organized tee-ball. Class objectives include:

  • Base recognition and proper base running techniques.
  • Five steps of hitting with focus on the proper form including full swing and hip rotation.
  • Correct throwing mechanics emphasizing accuracy and distance.
  • Proper fielding technique, keeping their body in front of the ball.
  • Using the baseball glove for fielding of line drives and pop fly catches.
  • Teamwork.
  • Game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.

HALL OF FAMERS II

5-6 year olds
The Hall of Famers II curriculum is designed as a progression for those who have completed at least one Hall of Famers I season and have shown competence in executing general baseball skills. It is expected that a child enrolled in Hall of Famers II can run the bases without instruction, can hit off a tee and can have some success hitting moving pitches, can field ground balls and basic air balls and can make a legitimate baseball throw. If a child is significantly lacking in any of these skills it may be best that they re-enroll in Hall of Famers I until coach recommends that they move up. Class objectives include:

  • Base recognition and proper base running techniques.
  • Follow more complicated directions from fundamentals of Hall of Famers.
  • Five steps of hitting with focus on proper form including full swing and hip rotation.
  • Correct throwing mechanics emphasizing accuracy and distance.
  • Proper fielding technique, keeping their body in front of the ball.
  • Using the baseball glove for fielding of line drives and pop fly catches.
  • Teamwork.
  • Game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.

Lil’ Sluggers is tailored to how kids learn at different ages – using baseball to help kids tackle key developmental milestones. Every aspect of our curriculum was created by child development experts and our coaches are highly trained to work effectively with kids of all ages.

  • Classes are 50 minutes in length.
  • $16.50 per class.
  • 10% Discount for Bladium Family Club Members.
  • 10% Discount for siblings.
  • 10% Discount for additional classes.
  • $30 Semi-Annual Youth Sports Membership or Family Club Membership required.
  • FREE Lil’ Slugger Baseball T-Shirt and Hat with purchase of $30 Youth Sports Membership or Family Club Membership, along with season registration!

Yes! We offer open enrollment so that you can join anytime and have your class fees prorated.  This means that you pay only for the remaining class and not the full session fee.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and plain tennis shoes. Lil’ Slugger jerseys are provided with the purchase of the required semi-annual membership fee ($30). Outfitting your child in Lil’ Sluggers garb is a fun way to make your child feel part of a team.  Kids naturally appreciate looking like older uniformed kids and role models.  Plus a uniform gives kids a sense of belonging because they look like others on the team.

Classes are co-ed, so the mix of boys and girls is based on who registers. If you have five or more players and we have enough field space, we are open to creating a special class for you with your requested mix of children.

No, all registrations are first come, first serve basis.

All Lil’ Sluggers Coaches are carefully screened to ensure we provide quality, child-centered, high energy instruction. Each Coach goes through a rigorous training process, which includes on-field and curriculum training.

If you are a current customer, then you can register online any time of the day or night! Click the “REGISTER TODAY!” button at the top of the page.

You are allowed to make up 3 classes maximum within the session in which you are enrolled, subject to space availability. We typically offer many other class times, so usually this is not a problem; however, we cannot guarantee that space will be available.  Please note that you cannot carry over make-up classes into later sessions.

No, classes are 50 minutes and require a parent or guardian to be on-site.

No, but we do offer one free trial class to new customers to see if your child enjoys the Lil’ Sluggers experience.

No, the free trial class is discounted from the class fee paid when you sign up.

Children with special needs are welcomed in our program as long as we are equipped to assist them accordingly. Please contact our Lil’ Sluggers Coordinator for more information.

The entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration. However, since we offer open enrollment, we do prorate class fees when joining after the season has started.

The free trial policy is usually limited to one free class per child. However, in special circumstances, a Lil’ Sluggers Coordinator may offer an additional free class to a child, particularly if it’s been a long time since the last free trial class.

Yes, though you will need to register and pay for the additional class sessions separately.

No, in order to maintain class ratios and consistency within the program, we schedule children for specific times and days. When registering, be sure to first determine which day best suits your schedule. Of course, there may be an occasion when a make-up class is needed. In that situation, you can schedule a make-up class for any day in which class space is available. If your schedule changes during the session and you need to switch days, we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. However, changes cannot be guaranteed and are based on space availability.

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SHALOM KIMBLE

Lil’ Sluggers Coordinator
AlamedaLS@Bladium.com
510.814.4999 x108

Shalom has been coaching and working in youth development for the last 24 years, working with youth of all ages across the Bay Area. She specializes in working with early childhood and elementary age children.