Little League Baseball Programs in NYC
The Yankees and the Mets aren't the only ones stepping up to the plate this spring. Thousands of kids across the city are eagerly dusting off their cleats in anticipation of Little League season. As a proud, long-time baseball mom, I know parents are often surprised at just how early in the year you have to register to ensure your child can join them. If you want to get in the game this spring, the time to register for Little League Baseball programs in NYC is now.
Joining a Little League team can be fun for the entire family. Moms and dads volunteer to help manage the leagues, coach the teams, run the concession stands, and maintain the grounds. Since most leagues are nonprofits, registration fees are relatively affordable. Most cost less than $300 for the entire season, and that includes nifty uniforms. If that's still out of your range, some leagues offer financial assistance.
While we've done our best to track down the leagues across the city, the volunteer nature of the organizations means some are more well-organized than others with robust websites and social media followings. All leagues have a geographic boundary. If you don't see one near your home address on this list, the best resource to locate your home league is the Little League Baseball League Finder. Typically kids need to register based on their home address, and proof is required, but some leagues open play to children who attend school in their designated zone. The spring season generally runs from April through June, but registration is happening now.
Read on to find out how to join a Little League Baseball program in NYC this spring.
Downtown Little League's home field sits in the shadow of the Freedom Tower.
Little League Baseball Programs in Manhattan
Downtown Little League offers baseball and softball for ages 5-18. There's also a special-needs Challenger Division. Opening day is set for Saturday, April 4, 2020.
East Harlem Little League offers coed baseball for ages 4-12. Because of its small size, it often enrolls its teams in interleague play against other leagues. Opening day date is TBD.
Catch a Greenwich Village game in J.J. Walker Park, which offers a great home plate view to passersby on Hudson Street.
Greenwich Village Little League is a massive league with several hundred children involved annually. It offers coed baseball for ages 5-17 and girls softball for ages 4-14. A Challenger Division caters to special needs children ages 4-18. Opening day is Saturday, April 4.
Harlem Little League offers coed baseball for ages 5-16 and girls softball for ages 8-12. It prides itself on never turning away any player for lack of funds. Its opening day always includes a parade through Harlem and is set for Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Inwood-Manhattan Little League lays the claim to the city's oldest Little League program, dating back to 1950. It offers coed baseball for ages 4-16 and girls softball for ages 9-16. Opening day includes a parade and is set for Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Michael Buczek Little League in Washington Heights is named after a fallen police officer and honors his memory and those of other slain officers.
PSLL plays its home games adjacent to the Con Edison Factory at the aptly named ConEd Field.
Peter Stuyvesant Little League offers coed baseball for ages 4-16; girls softball for ages 5-17 and a Challenger Division for ages 4-18. In addition to a spring season, PSLL offers a summer league, summer camps, fall ball, and a winter skills clinic.
Our Lady of Sorrows Little League is a long-time local sports organization, though it only received its Little League Charter in 2017. It sponsors coed baseball for ages 4-18 and girls softball for ages 13-18.
Catch a baseball game and a sunset at the West Side Little League field in Riverside Park.
West Side Little League offers a coed baseball season for ages 5-18; girls softball for ages 7-14; and a coed Challenger Division for ages 5-23. Opening day is held in late March or early April.
Little League Baseball Programs in the Bronx
Castle Hill Little League offers coed baseball for children ages 5-16.
Kingsbridge Little League offers coed baseball for children ages 4-12.
Pelham Bay Little League offers girls softball for ages 4-18 and coed baseball for ages 4-12.
South Riverdale Little League caters to ages 4-12 with a coed baseball program. Girls ages 7-12 can enroll in its softball program.
Throgs Neck Little League offers a coed baseball program, but registration for 2020 has already closed. You may still be able to put your child on its waitlist.
Little League Baseball Programs in Staten Island
East Shore Little League offers coed baseball and girls softball. Boys ages 4-13 are invited to register, while girls up to age 16 can play.
Great Kills Little League offers coed baseball and softball. Opening day is April 4, 2020.
Snug Harbor Little League offers coed baseball for ages 4-13 and girls softball for ages 4-16.
Mid-Island Little League offers coed baseball for ages 4-13. Girls softball is also available. Mid-Island is home to NYC's last representative to the Little League World Series, having won the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2018.
South Shore Little League offers coed baseball for ages 4-13 and girls softball for ages 6-16. The league regularly competes for city and state titles and represented the Mid-Atlantic Region in the LLWS in 2009.
West Shore Little League offers coed baseball and girls softball.
Baseball Programs in Brooklyn & Queens
The other boroughs have Little Leagues as well as other organizations like schools, churches, and nonprofits that run baseball for kids. These groups often don't have Little League's geographical boundaries. To find leagues near you, look for flyers at your school and around your neighborhood.
Here is a sampling of programs and their offerings:
78th Precinct Youth Council – Brooklyn: This organization offers tons of play, including T-ball, coed teams, girls softball, and a travel team for older kids.
Bayside Little League – Bayside, Queens: Bayside Little League offers a coed baseball program for ages 4-17. The league marches in the annual Bell Boulevard St. Patrick's Day Parade, plus hosts one of its own in addition to a home run derby and a skills competition.
College Point Little League – Ozone Park, Queens: This local club offers coed baseball for ages 4-17. An annual opening day parade allows uniformed kids to celebrate with the community.
Holy Name Father's Guild – Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn: This organization provides a variety of sports for boys and girls in the Holy Name Roman Catholic Church Parish. Its coed baseball and girls softball programs are run in conjunction with the Prospect Park Baseball Association.
Latin Souls Little League – East New York, Brooklyn: A neighborhood mainstay since 1973, Latin Souls offers coed baseball for ages 4-16.
Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League – Queens
The oldest and reportedly largest league in the borough has been playing baseball longer than the Mets! These teams take the sport seriously and have three stadiums.
The Baseball Center sponsors a travel ball program in addition to offering a full league and individual and group training.
Other Baseball Programs in NYC
Although the groups below aren't part of the Little League organization, they also offer team baseball for city kids:
The Baseball Center – Upper West Side: This hidden gem of a training facility is located in the basement of a bank and offers its own baseball league for children ages 4-13 in addition to after-school programs, summer camps, travel ball, and private lessons, plus batting cages rentals.
Grand Slam Ball Club – East Tremont, the Bronx: This ball club is based at an indoor batting cage of the same name and offers league play and competitive travel teams for ages 4 and older.
Harlem RBI – East Harlem: East Harlem residents are given priority to this program, which offers baseball, after-school enrichment, and summer camps. It's also the org behind the Dream Charter School.
Manhattan Youth Baseball – City Wide: This organization offers baseball citywide year-round. There are also classes for toddlers, as well as league play, travel ball, camps, and more.
Manhattan Babe Ruth League – Central Park: Open to kids citywide, this organization plays its games in Central Park and caters to kids ages 5-11. Opening day is April 4, 2020.
Parkchester Little League – Parkchester, the Bronx: This team has been around since the 1960s and is part of the Babe Ruth League. Offerings include T-ball, baseball for all ages, and softball for girls.
Yorkville Youth Athletic Association – City Wide: is the largest baseball program in Manhattan, offering baseball citywide during the fall and spring as well as after-school play for kids in pre-K through 12th grade.
Can't wait for opening day? Hone your swing in advance at one of these indoor batting cages citywide.
This post, originally published in 2015, is regularly updated. Stephanie Ogozalek contributed additional reporting.
Photos by the author