It’s hard to believe but now is the time to make plans for youth baseball or softball!  If you want to get (or keep) your kids moving, check out one of these local youth baseball/softball leagues.   Visit each website for the latest information on schedules, pricing, and COVID-related policies. 

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Key things to consider include your location, time commitment and the level at which you want your child to play. Location served are noted with each example below.  

I9 Sports

Areas Served:  Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Portland (N, NE, SE), Vancouver
I9 Sports offers recreational baseball/softball for boys and girls of all ages — beginning with their “Pee Wee” division and going up through “Senior Youth.”  I9 seeks to differentiate themselves by embedding sportsmanship lessons in their weekly practice plans and by looking to pair practice time with game time. 

Cal Ripken Babe Ruth

Areas served:  Portland Eastside (NE, N, SE)
Cal Ripken of Portland was established to allow inner-neighborhood families and friends to play together in the same league.  This is a recreational league that serves girls and boys ages 5-15.

Portland Eastside Baseball

Areas Served:  Portland Eastside
Serving girls and boys ages 6-19, the Portland Eastside Baseball program is designed to minimize the financial barriers of playing, offering lower cost opportunities to play. Ages 6-19.

Westside Youth Baseball

Areas Served:  Portland Westside:  24 community-based programs including West Hills, Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, and even all the way to the Coast
Westside is set up to allow kids in grades 3-8 the opportunity to succeed, with field sizes and rules that are specifically designed for the physical and mental skills exhibited by the different age groups. Programs are separated by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).  Navigate based on your preferred location.

The Yard

Ages Served:  All – locations in Milwaukie and Beaverton
The Yard offers a fun atmosphere with classes, camps, and training for girls and boys ages 7-18, focused on hitting or pitching.  This can be a fun place to go, get an assessment, and take a lesson or attend a camp and jumpstart your season.  Kids get lessons taught by former collegiate or professional baseball and softball athletes.

Lastly, you can check with your local high school baseball or softball coach as many school teams are associated with specific youth programs.

No matter which league you choose, parents please consider volunteering to help coach if you have the time.  Leagues are always looking for youth coaches.  The key is simply to make it fun and help the kids feel a sense of accomplishment!

Our readers also recommend Southeast Portland Little League.

Andy Pawlowski
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