Baseball & Softball
Running the Bases
America’s favorite pastime in Lamorinda offers plenty of choice for kids who want to break out the bat. For the littlest sluggers, t-ball is the name of the game.
Lafayette Moraga Youth Association starts with co-ed teams beginning in kindergarten. In 1st grade, boys move on to baseball, girls to softball.
Girls continue on through 8th grade in the local league, while the boys may move on to tournament play at age 11+.
Registration opens in January for spring teams. With a combination of t-ball and coach pitching, Lafayette Baseball will have them rounding the bases at age 4 in addition to their fall league for children of all levels ages 7-14.
The Bronco Division, for kids 11-12 and Pony Division, for kids 13-14, will play in competitive games around the county.
Lafayette Little League has former pro and college ball players running their advanced baseball summer camps. Their spring advanced baseball program is open to 13 and 14 year-olds from Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga, who are looking to take their game up a notch.
Kids hoping to play on the Gold level team must register early, try out in December, be selected and pay an additional fee. Sign-ups generally begin around mid-November and continue through January for regular play, with the season running March-June.
Registration opens in December for Orinda Park and Rec’s Youth Sports (OYS) teams. Leagues begin with kindergarten co-ed t-ball. Girls may continue with softball through 4th grade, while boys baseball runs only through 2nd.
Fortunately, Orinda Baseball (OBA) picks up where OYS leaves off with teams for kids ages 7-14. OBA holds an Opening Day for kids and their families in late March/early February at a local school with games, food trucks, player parade and opening ceremony.
Regular season begins in March and offers opportunities for tournament play for older players. Register for fall ball from early to mid-August.
Moraga Baseball also serves kids 7-14, with registration for the spring season beginning in early November.
Their Pinto and Mustang all-star teams participate in tournaments outside of regular league games and are chosen by the board based on manager recommendations.
At the highest level, MBA’s Maverick players, ages 11-14 are hand-selected and coached by paid, professional coaches.
Additional registration fees may apply for the team, which travels out-of-state for a competitive tournament in early summer.
Bringing it Home
For kids looking to make to the show one day, or even just to compete at a higher level, Lamorinda Baseball Club begins competitive travel team play for the 9U bracket and continues through the high school years.
Alumni of the club have been recruited by colleges and universities as close as Cal and St. Mary’s and as far as Harvard and Duke.
Jon Zuber’s Zoots program, based in Lafayette, welcomes elite, high school age players from all over the Bay Area. A number of his alum have made it to the Major Leagues and many have been recruited by schools such as Stanford, USC, UCLA and the University of Oregon.
For Northern California fastpitch travel softball teams, check out First Choice Softball where clubs like the Pleasant Hill Panthers and Concord’s Sorcerer Softball list their tryout dates and information about camps and clinics.
Can We Play Too?
Outgrown your Little League jersey, but still want to hit one out of the park?
In its 30th year, the Orinda Parks and Rec Softball program runs adult leagues from June to August. Senior, Men’s and Co-ed games are held in the evenings from 6:30-9:30.
The season wraps up with a double elimination tournament in each division for those who are looking to take home the trophy.
Put together your own Women’s, Men’s or Co-Ed team for one of the Pleasant Hill Adult Softball Leagues offered through Pleasant Hill Rec.
While teams are competitive, the name of the game here is fun, friendship and good sportsmanship.
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