For those of you who have raised a child over the age of 5 in this neighborhood – you most likely know the Wilshire Sports Association and their community focused baseball program. This private baseball league serves the communities of Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, Miracle Mile and surrounding areas. They offer divisions for kids ages 5 to 12 and over 400 kids participate in the program each spring!
Registration is open and families can currently take advantage of the early registration discounts that are available through December 31st. The league has some new offerings that are outlined below in the official Wilshire Sports Association registration flier.
Wilshire Sports and Warriors Baseball are partnering to expand the baseball program in our area. In addition to John Burroughs, we now have access to two fields at Pan Pacific Park. Warriors Baseball is a two-year old program focused on competitive travel baseball. Our combined goal is to provide an appropriate program for each age level. In general, the older divisions will play in a competitive league at Pan Pacific Park. Younger divisions will play with a more relaxed, development program at John Burroughs.
All divisions will have tryouts in February (no tryouts for tee ball) and begin play in March. Please read through the following descriptions to determine the appropriate division for your child and follow the relevant link to register.
The specifics for each division are as follows:
Majors DivisionAge: 12 years old and under as of April 30, 2012 Location: Pan Pacific Field #1 Cost: $225 per player ($50 early registration discount by Jan. 1) Registration: http://warriorsyouthbaseball.clubspaces.com
The Major division will be a competitive program focused on improving the skills of all participants. Every team will practice at least two hours per week and have a two-hour game every Saturday on Field #1. All games will be played using Major League Baseball (MLB) rules, which include lead offs and stealing home. Players will learn to play specific positions in the field. The division is limited to a maximum of 96 participants.
Minors A (“Competitive Minors”)Age: 10 years old and under as of April 30, 2012 Location: Pan Pacific Field #2 Cost: $225 per player ($50 early registration discount by Jan. 1) Registration: http://warriorsyouthbaseball.clubspaces.com
The Minors A division will be run similar to the Majors division for younger participants. The Minors A division will play two-hour games on Saturdays on Field #2. The division is intended to be competitive using MLB rules with lead offs and stealing home. Players will learn to play specific positions and are expected to participate in at least 2 hours of practice per week. The division is limited to 96 participants.
Minors B (“Recreational Minors”)Age: 10 years old and under as of April 30, 2012 Location: John Burroughs Cost: $175 per player ($25 early registration discount by Jan. 1) Registration: www.wilshiresports.com
The Minors B (“Recreational Minors”) division will play one hour and forty five minute games on Saturdays at John Burroughs Middle School and is focused on recreational baseball with a more relaxed, less competitive atmosphere. Participants will have one hour of practice per week. This division will be similar to our traditional Wilshire Minors Division giving players the opportunity to further develop their skills at various positions and not be locked into one position. There will be stealing but no lead-offs are allowed until the ball crosses the plate. This division will allow young, developing pitchers the opportunity to focus on pitching mechanics without having to worry about lead-offs and pick-off moves. This is an opportunity for more competitive 8 year old players to “play up” and develop as pitchers and catchers and learn to face live pitching from their peers rather than the machine. This division is designed to better prepare our players as they move into the more competitive older levels. While we call it “recreational”, this is a competitive division with scores, standings, playoffs, a championship and an all-star game.
Rookie/Machine PitchAge: 8 years old and under as of April 30, 2012 Location: John Burroughs Cost: $175 per player ($25 early registration discount by Jan. 1) Registration: www.wilshiresports.com
This division is focused on developing the ability to hit a live pitch, improve fielding techniques and further develop a player’s baseball acumen as he/she moves through our system. More advanced 6 year olds are welcomed to “play up” in this division at their parents’ choosing to best match each player’s level of play. This division will be “semi-competitive” as scores and standings will be kept but there are no playoffs or championship games. One hour and fifteen minute games will be played on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings at John Burroughs Middle School. There will be one hour weekly practices. We will be limiting the available spots, so sign up early.
T-BallAge: 6 years old and under as of April 30, 2012 Location: John Burroughs Cost: $175 per player ($25 early registration discount by Jan. 1) Registration: www.wilshiresports.com
Our Tee Ball program is designed to teach basic baseball fundamentals of swinging a bat, throwing and catching. The tee ball division players will benefit immensely from our newly restructured program opening up field space at John Burroughs so that all tee ball games will be played on the main diamond. One hour games will be played on Sunday afternoons. Tee ball teams do not practice during the week. We will be limiting available spots, so sign up early.
We at the Larchmont Buzz can’t wait for Spring Baseball!
Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended family...at one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.