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15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)

Pre-schoolers

NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.

 

 

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Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.

 

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Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.

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Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.

 

 

 

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Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.

 

 

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Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.

 

 

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Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.

 

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Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

 

 

 

preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media

 

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Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.

 

 

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In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

 

 

 

 

preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.

 

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Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.

 

 

 

preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

NYC is a fashion capital and our kids are influenced by this every day.  For all the fashion loving kids in NYC, The Fashion Class focuses on fun fashion design themed classes where students learn to sew in a creative environment.  Up-and-coming fashionistas get to choose fabric, put their own personal style on each garment, and embellish to their hearts desire! The Fashion Class offers courses in fashion design, sewing, illustration and creativity.fashion class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

Age: 6 to 12 years

Fashion Design and Sewing Class:  Combines all the elements of design such as measuring, cutting fabric, using patterns and sewing machines into one fabulous course culminating in a professional fashion show!

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Beginner Sewing Class for Kids:  Learn the basics of using a sewing machine while working on real projects. Projects include: Pillow, Headband, Skirt.

Design & Make Room Decor: Learn techniques including cutting, gluing and sewing. Projects include a trendy dream catcher, marbled piggy bank, photo frame, journal, paper mache letters, canvas art and more.

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Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids:  Learn to draw the elongated fashion figure (also known as the croquis). Sketch poses, color and render different types of fabric (like lace, denim and sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Age: 8 to 12 years

Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids:  ‘Be a fashion designer’ and sketch an original design, choose fabric, create a pattern and sew the completed garment!

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Sew a Stuffed Animal: Class will first design their stuffed animal then use sewing machines and hand sewing to complete their take-home creations.

 

Age: 10 to 12 years

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Pattern & Stitch Advanced Sewing for Kids: Learn to read, use and sew with commercial clothing patterns. This class is designed as a continuation of Fashion Design and Sewing.

 

Age: 13 to 15+ years

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Fashion Design & Sewing for Teens: Use sewing machines to create wearable garments. Perfect for beginners and returning students alike – all projects are self-designed!

10 After-School Activities for Fall 2018

After School Activities

The kids are back in school!  Yay!  Now, what are they going to do after-school and before family time at home?  Here are 10 great After-School activities and classes for kids of all ages and with various interests.

  1. The Fashion Class with locations in Midtown West and the Upper East Side has Fashion Design and Sewing Class for ages  6-12 Tuesadays-Fridays and Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids for ages 8-12 on Mondays.

  2. Take Baby Ballerinas (ages 3+) Mondays-Thursdays, Demi Soloists  (ages 4+) Mondays-ThursdaysPre-Ballet 1 (ages 5+) Tuesdays-Thursdays, Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 6+) Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Dance With Me (age 2+) on Wednesdays, or Foundations of Ballet (ages 7+) on Mondays and Wednesdays at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.

  3. Dance Workshop NY on the Upper East Side has Lyrical Dance for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, Ballet for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, and Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 4-5 on Tuesdays.

  4. Take your preschoolers to Music with James on Mondays or Wednesdays.

  5. Launch Math + Science focuses on STEM (coding, robots, rockets, architecture, engineering, chemistry, physics, math) EVERY weekday.  Pick your class!

  6. The Paint Place in Astoria has Painting and Art Class for ages 6-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  7. OKABALOO FunArtFaktory in Long Island City hosts an After-School Recreation Program for ages 5-12 EVERY weekday.

  8. New York Stage of Mind in LIC offers Musical Theater on Tuesdays.

  9. Head to Aviator Sports in Brooklyn for classes any day of the week. Choose from Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ice SkatingLittle Ninja Warrior, Soccer and more.

  10. I Can Do That NYC is geared for after school with all of their classes.

    For Ages 3 to 5: Dance/Theater Combo on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 4 to 6: “Little Hoppers” Hip Hop/Jazz on Thursdays

    For Ages 5-7 :Ballet for Beginners on Wednesdays OR Musical Theater Juniors on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 6-9: Beginner Hip Hop on Tuesdays

    For Ages 7 to 11: Musical Theatre: Singing and Dancing on Tuesdays

 

Special Offers for Back-to-School Classes

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It’s Back-to-School season!  Test out the Right Program for Your Kids with these Low-cost Trials or Drop In Classes.

Special Offers

ART Classes Limited Time Offer

Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces children to artists and cultures, using paint, clay, wood, sand, pastels, fabric, etc.

**Save $75 through 9/14/18 on all Fall semester classes!**

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MUSIC Classes

Try GuitarViolin, Piano, Voice, ($40) lessons at Willan Academy of Music.

Jam Sessions Babies ($36) at Kids at Work or Sun Sessions Outdoor Music ($36) at Hudson River Park.

Babies love BananaJam Music ($28) or Sing Along ($28) at 14th Street Y.

Music with James ($20) in Murray Hill is a high-energy music class.

Andy & Suzanna Kids Music ($20) bring music, puppets, bubbles (UES, UWS).

In Long Island City, take a trial in Singing ($40), Piano ($40), Broadway Youth ($30), or a Baby Music Class ($10) at New York Stage of Mind.

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DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER Classes

Zumba! ($10), Hula ($12), Ballroom ($12), Georgian ($20), Bollywood ($20), or Belly Dance ($19.50) at The DanceSource in Queens.

Ballet/Tap Combo ($15) or Hip Hop ($15) at Dance Workshop NY UES.

Trial classes in Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga, or Storybook Ballet ($45 each) at Midtown Movement and Dance.

Drop-in at CenterStage to Debut! ($20) or Hip-Hop Funk ($45) + MORE.

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SPORTS & YOGA Classes

Drop-in to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 ($44 each) at Physique Swimming.

FunFit Kids (UWS) drop-ins for Yoga, Multi-Sport, 2Lingo Hebrew ($35-42).

Bring your babies to Lap Babies and Crawlers ($32) or Walkers, Runners, Jumpers ($32) at 14th Street Y.

Yogi Tales: Live Music Yoga ($25) in Washington Square Park.

Prenatal Yoga ($20), Baby Yoga ($20), Kids Yoga ($30), Yoga Art ($30), etc. at Karma Kids Yoga.

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LANGUAGE Trial Class

¡HOLA! Música! ($15) in Queens is gentle Spanish intro with ¡HOLA!.

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COOKING Drop-in Class

Cooking Classes ($20) teach kid friendly recipes at The Creative Kitchen

FREE Classes and Events for Back-to-School

It’s Back-to-School season!  Enjoy these free classes and events around New York City.

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Jewish Community Project (JCP) Downtown Open House on Sep 5 & 6

  • Rosh Hashanah arts & crafts
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Kid friendly snacks and coffee for grown ups
  • Read a story from our PJLibrary book shelf
  • Meet JCP staff & Register for fall classes and high holy holidays
  • Free Demo classes at 10am: Sing With Suzi on Wed Sep 5 @10am, Shajam with Tkiya on Thurs Sep 6 @10am
  • Open House Fun Days!

 


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FREE TRIAL with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish on Sep 6

 


 

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FREE TRIAL with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

 


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Audition for Children’s Choir with Willan Academy of Music on Sep 17

  • All children who love singing are welcome to the choir. The audition (no longer than 5 min) will be September 17th (6pm – 9pm) at 520 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018. Children (age 6+) will be asked to sing a song of their choice and to repeat a few basic musical patterns.  Audition for Children’s Choir.

15 Fun Kids Weekend Classes

Kids Weekend Classes

Arts Weekend Classes

Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids for kids ages 6-12 at The Fashion Class.  Students will learn to draw the elongated fashion figure. Then, they’ll sketch poses, color and render fabric (lace, denim, sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Young Artists: Mixed Media for ages Ages 7-12 at 92nd Street Y.  This class allows each child to express themselves through the fundamentals and in the execution of fine arts; such as drawing, painting, collage, printing, and sculpture.

 

Sports Weekend Classes

Beginner 1: Water Exploration for ages 3-5 at Physique Swimming.  Skills Acquired include: Submerge and exhale in water, Float prone and supine without floats, Push and glide from the wall, Front crawl and Back crawl.

Soc Roc has Fall Soccer Classes for 18 months to age 14 in Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn.  Soc Roc was created by former pro soccer player James Christie. The goal is to encourage kids to be physically active, gain confidence, and social skills while learning the sport of soccer.

Ice Skating- Youth Learn to Skate for kids ages 5+ at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn whether the goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating.

Youth Flag Football League for ages 5-14 at 14th Street Y is in collaboration with the NFL Youth Flag Football League. Players are taught proper technique in catching, throwing, running, and defending.

Outdoor Classes for ages 1-4  with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids organizes parent-child outdoor classes in Central Park and Inwood Hill Park.

Family Yoga for ages 4 – 7 at Karma Kids Yoga. Partner poses are emphasized ensuring great bonding time. Play yoga games and practice partner acrobatics and flying partner yoga,

 

Dance Weekend Classes

Fairies & Fantasy Dance Class for Girls & Boys ages 3-6 at In Grandma’s Attic. Students training in pre-ballet, creative movement, and improvisation. Each week a favorite fairy tale or classical ballet story is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 6-8 at Midtown Movement and Dance Company.  This class combines the basic movement of both dance styles.

Classic Ballroom for ages 6-12 at The DanceSource in Queens. Cover the basics of Fox Trot, Salsa, Swing, Tango and Waltz.

Demi Soloists for kids ages 4+ at Joffrey Ballet School. Your child will dance with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. The dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.

 

Music Weekend Classes

Music Together (Babies) at Eastside Westside Music Together.  The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents and caregivers who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

High Note NYC Piano and Vocal Instruction for ages 3+ teaches both piano and vocals to build confidence, fluent music reading, and solo performance competency.  Nora has years of experience and training with young children.

 

Language Weekend Classes

Spanish For Children for ages 3-5 at Language Workshop for Children. Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers.

September Events for the Family

September Kids ActivitiesHere are fun upcoming September Events in and around NYC to help ease the transition to Back-to-School.

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September Activities Kids

Step into the interactive world of the Gazillion Bubble Show and be dazzled by spectacular lasers, lighting effects, and bubble artistry. Book Your Tickets.

 

September Kids Activities

Learn the evolution of firefighting at the New York City Fire Museum from bucket brigades to  volunteering to modern day. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who sacrificed on 9/11 Schedule Your Tour.

 

September Kids Activities

Karma Kids Yoga is NYC’s only yoga studio dedicated just to kids and families. Children are encouraged to “play” yoga and experience how their breath and body move together.

Sunday Morning Sing-A-Long with Suzanna on Sep 16

Yoga & Essential Oils Workshop for the Family on Sep 22

Pajama Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga! on Sep 28

 

September Kids Activities

Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Their outreach activities and education programs for children are wonderful opportunities to connect with wildlife.

At the Queens Zoo:

Wildife Mini-Camp: Yom Kippur on Sep 19

Animal Yoga For Families on Sep 30

At the Prospect Park Zoo:

Zoofari Yom Kippur on Sep 19

Breakfast With The Baboons on Sep 22

At the New York Aquarium:

Keeper For A Day: Sharks on Sep 22

Family Overnight: Sharks After Dark on Sep 29

 

September Kids Activities

Taste Buds Kitchen was proclaimed the “Best Kids Cooking Class” by New York Magazine.  Enjoy a variety of unique and creative cooking events for kids and families ages 2 to teen.

Sprinkle Donuts Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep1

Butterfly Cupcakes Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 2

Back-to-School Cupcakes on Sep 8

Grandparents Day Tea Party on Sep 9

Rosh Hashanah: Mystery Basket on Sep 10 or 11

Pretzel Twist Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 15

Rainbow Cupcakes Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 16

Yom Kippur: Baking 101 on Sep 19

Sushi Rolls Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 23

Twist and Twirl Cookies Workshop on Sep 29

Unicorn Cupcakes Workshop on Sep 30

Foreign Language Classes for Young Kids

Foreign Language Classes in NYC for KidsThere are several motivations – academic, cultural, personal – for our children to learn a foreign language.  The most important is that it is fun.  It’s fun to discover new words, it’s fun to learn about culture, it’s fun to speak to people in a “different” way, it’s fun to accomplish something new. And our young children are primed to learn.  Try one of these great language classes for kids in Manhattan.

¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish (Flatiron).  Boost emerging Spanish language skills. Classes are taught through the use of music, games, props, art, movement, unstructured play and literacy. Artistic expression and socialization are emphasized.  Find your class:  Babies 6-11mos, Toddler (12-23mos), 18mos-3s and Two-Four.

Language Workshop for Children (UES). Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are the cornerstones of this program.  Multiple language classes are available, including the popular Two Terrific in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, or French.  Classes range from Ages 6mos to 5 yrs.

FunFit Kids (UWS).  Children will learn letters, common words, plurals, basic language rules and phrases.  Instead of writing a letter, they will run to it or instead of drawing a line to that letter in a book, they will throw a ball at it. Hebrew is offered at this time.  2Lingo Multi-Sport Hebrew. Ages 3-5.

92nd Street Y (UES). An educator-led playgroup with Hebrew immersion. Each Parkbench begins with lively playtime, followed by snacks and age-appropriate activities, art, music and circle time. All levels welcome! Hebrew Parkbench/15-24 Mos.

6 Fun Soccer Classes & World Cup Facts

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationWorld Cup 2018 kicks off June 14th with Russia v. Saudi Arabia and ends with the finals on July 15th.  Are your soccer loving kids looking for a way to join in the fun? We found 6 of the best places for kids to hone their soccer skills at an early age to get World Cup ready. 

But first, let’s kick off World Cup 2018 with 6 Fun Facts to impress your friends.

  1. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia.  Qatar will host in 2022.
  2. Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup in 1930…and won!
  3. Brazil has won the tournament the most – 5 times.
  4. Germany has the most 2nd place finishes with 4.
  5. The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is 5 by Oleg Salenko of Russia.
  6. In 1954, Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the highest scoring game in World Cup history.

 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationSoccer Classes in Manhattan

Soc Roc

5-star rated class  created by former pro soccer player James Christie.  Summer soccer classes are now underway until August 15th.  Sign up by age group: Ages 18 months to 4 yrs, Ages 2-3 , Ages 3-4, Ages 4-6, Ages 5-8.

Kids at Work

(1) Kick and Play Soccer for ages 12 months to 2 years is a soccer readiness program presented by Super Soccer Stars. (2) Super Soccer Stars for ages 2 to 3 years focuses on skill-building and scrimmages.

NORY

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp for ages 3 to 7 years works with the pros of Super Soccer Stars to to teach kids the fundamentals, e.g. dribbling, passing, and shooting.


 

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Soccer Classes in Queens

Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy

Soccer for Tots program for ages 2 to 4 years introduces the fundamentals. Summer Camps for ages 6 to 16 years is open to kids of all abilities.

Superkickers

Summer soccer classes for kids ages 2 to 8 years old begin July 5th. Locations: Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.


 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Brooklyn

Aviator Sports

Everything from private lessons to various soccer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years!

Guide to Finding the Best Youth Baseball Program

 

Our partners at New York Sports Connection provide our Kidz Central Station families an insider guide to finding the right youth baseball program for your child.

Guide to Youth Baseball with Kidz Central Station
Baseball is the national pastime and something many kids grow up playing. Yet, knowing when and how to introduce young players to the sport can be confusing. Below we explain some of the particulars of youth baseball, as well as, the different options available to the burgeoning ballplayer.

When considering organized programs for young players, we recommend parents focus on those that make the game fun while also providing much-needed instruction from coaches with experience with specific age groups.

 

Age Determines Play Level in Youth Baseball

In youth baseball, the level at which a child plays is normally determined by their age not their skill level. A child’s “baseball age” is set by their age on April 30th each calendar year. For example, if a child turns eight on April 29 they play 8U that spring and summer. A child who turns eight on May 1 will play on 7U teams (because they were still seven on April 29th). While players can play “up” and join an older team if they have the skills to do so, they cannot play “down” and play with younger kids even if their skills match those of the younger players.

 

Field Sizes Vary for Different Ages

Different age teams play on different size fields. Field sizes are listed by the distance from the pitching rubber to home plate and the distance between the bases. For example, Little Leagues (11 and 12 year olds) play on 46/60 fields, meaning the pitching rubber is 46 feet from home plate and the distance between bases is 60 feet. There are various incremental steps (50/70, 54/80) before players advance to a regulation 60/90 field (actually 60’6”). Most advance to the larger field around the time they play 13U ball.

 

Tee Ball May Be Your Child’s First Step into Youth Baseball

The first step for most young players is tee ball (usually ages 4-7). As the name implies, batters hit a ball placed on a stationary stand (tee) that is secured to home plate rather than a pitch thrown from the pitcher’s mound. The thinking is that young players don’t have the hand eye coordination to hit live pitching. Tee ball fields are even smaller than the 46/60 Little League fields. The goal at this level is to teach kids hitting and fielding fundamentals and to get them to enjoy the game. In many tee ball leagues, scores and outs are not recorded. Instead, each player on a team gets to bat each inning. Remember, the idea is to make it easier on hitters while keeping kids engaged.

 

Try Coach Pitch After Tee Ball

Tee ball can eventually evolve into coach pitch, the theory being that young kids are not adept enough to throw strikes consistently. Coaches are not trying to get batters out. They want batters swinging and hitting. Coach pitch is usually for ages 6-8, but can begin earlier or last longer for some. There are many variations of coach pitch leagues with some having no walks, or a coach coming in to pitch after a kid pitcher has “walked” a batter. As with tee ball, the aim of coach pitch is for kids to develop a love of the game and to encourage them to want to continue playing at higher levels.

 

The Evolution to Kid Pitch Leagues and Baseball

This is when baseball begins to feel like the sport kids watch on TV. Kid pitch leagues can be recreational/community leagues, accredited Little Leagues (the ones that culminate with regional and national championships held in Williamsport, PA), and travel teams.

  • Little Leagues are governed by Little League Baseball. The spring/summer Little League season runs from late March or early April to mid-June. There are strict residency rules with players only allowed to play for leagues in zones where they live. Some Little Leagues also play fall schedules. In Little League, players are generally assigned to teams in the hope of forming balanced teams. The main Little Leagues (often called “Majors”) is for 11 and 12 year olds. After that players graduate to Junior (13 and 14) and Senior (15-18) teams.
  • Challenger Baseball. Both Little League and many recreational leagues provide Challenger Baseball for children with disabilities to enjoy the sport. Outs and runs are often not counted.
  • Rec Baseball. Most rec leagues play two games per week, usually a Saturday or Sunday doubleheader. These leagues are open to all players regardless of skill. Rec teams normally only practice before their scheduled games.
  • Travel Baseball. Travel or tournament baseball can start as young as 7U. Travel baseball is more competitive, has more talented players (teams hold tryouts for open spots), requires more of a time commitment (more practices and travel to tournaments), and costs more. Some travel teams play three seasons – spring, summer and fall.