11 Portland-Area Youth Softball and Baseball Leagues

If you want to get your kids moving and make lifelong friendships along the way, check out one of these local youth baseball and softball leagues. Key things to consider include your location, time commitment and the level at which you want your child to play. Visit each website for the latest information on schedules, registration, and pricing.

Courtesy of i9 Sports

Southeast Portland Little League 
Offering both baseball and softball, this popular little league organization serves a huge area of Southeast Portland, from inner Southeast all the way to Woodstock.
Ages: 4 to 14.
When to sign up: Fall registration starts August 1, spring registration runs December 1 to March 1. 
Seasons: Fall and spring.
Area served: SE Portland.

SW Portland Little League
SWPLL has both softball (girls) and baseball (co-ed). They also participate with T-Mobile to offer financial aid up to the full registration cost for families who need it.
Ages: 5 to 12.
When to sign up: January for spring, August for fall.
Seasons: Spring season is the formal league, “Fall Ball” is more informal and focused on skill development.
Area served: SW Portland in the Wells High School feeder neighborhoods. 

Wilshire Riverside Little League
Schools within this league’s boundaries include Alameda, Beaumont, Faubion, The Ivy School, Madeleine, Sabin, St. Rose, Vernon and Woodlawn.
Ages: 4 to 12.
When to sign up: January and February for spring, and August for fall (available for third to sixth grade only).
Seasons: Spring (ages 4-12) runs March through early June, Fall Ball (third to sixth grade only) runs late August through October.
Area served: North and NE Portland.

Hollywood Rose City Little League
This league strives to create a positive, supportive and inclusive community for players, families and coaches. Kids do not need to try out if they are playing T-ball, single A  or double A.
Ages: 4 to 16.
When to sign up: Spring registration is December 15 to March 1; fall registration is August 10-31.
Seasons: Spring and fall. 
Area served: Eligible schools include Irvington, Beverly Cleary, Laurelhurst, All-Saints, Rose City Park, Roseway Heights Middle School, Le Monde, Portland Montessori and Da Vinci Middle School. 

i9 Sports
Use their site to search by zip code to check out what baseball and softball leagues are close to you. I9 seeks to differentiate themselves by embedding sportsmanship lessons in their weekly practice plans and by looking to pair practice time with game time. 
Ages: All ages, from “pee wee” to “senior youth.”
When to sign up: Summer registration is open April to June; fall registration is open June to  August;  spring registration is open January to  March.
Seasons: Spring, summer and fall.
Areas served: Clackamas, Tigard, Beaverton, SW Portland, West Linn, Parkrose, North Portland and Vancouver.

Portland Cal Ripken Baseball
Founded in 2013, Portland Cal Ripken is a subset of the national Cal Ripken Baseball organization.
Ages: 5 to 15.
When to sign up:  Check website for details.
Seasons: Fall and spring.
Area served: North, NE and  SE Portland.

Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball
This amateur sports team is a 501c-3 nonprofit baseball/sofball program for kids.
Ages: 4-14.
When to sign up: Late summer for Fall Ball, see website for spring registration.
Seasons: Fall and spring.
Area served: SE Portland. All players welcome, not just those within the Cleveland High School boundary.

Westside Youth Baseball
Westside offers field sizes and rules that are specifically designed for the physical and mental skills of different age groups. Programs are separated by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).  Navigate based on your preferred location.
Ages: Grades 3-8
When to sign up: See website.
Seasons: Spring/summer
Area served: Portland West side. 24 community-based programs including West Hills, Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, and even all the way to the Coast

The Yard
While not a youth league, The Yard offers a fun atmosphere with classes, camps, and training for girls and boys, focused on hitting or pitching.  This can be a fun place to get an assessment, take a lesson, or attend a camp to jumpstart your season.  Kids get lessons taught by former collegiate or professional baseball and softball athletes.
Ages: 7-18
Area served: Locations in Milwaukie and Beaverton.

Wilshire Riverside Little League
This community focused league serves kids in the Wilshire Riverside boundary.
Ages: 4-13
When to sign up: January/February
Seasons: Spring, with post-season opportunities for minors and majors division.
Area served: NE Portland in the Wilshire Riverside boundary, which includes Alameda, Beaumont, Faubion, The Ivy School, Madeleine, Sabin, St. Rose, Vernon, and Woodlawn.

Cedarmill Little League
Cedarmill Little League is one of the largest leagues in Oregon.
Ages: 4-12
When to sign up: June for fall ball, December/January for spring.
Area served: Cedar Mill Little League Boundary school zone.

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

Looking for a different sport? For even more youth leagues, see our Youth Sports Guide by Miranda Rake. And if your kid loves baseball or softball, definitely check out this Tigard training facility.

Thanks to Miranda Rake and Andy Pawlowski for contributions to this article.

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