Important Notes and Updates

For easy and fast updates on practice and game day weather cancellations, please visit the Youth Sports Rainout Line with updates as of 4:00 pm weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends. If the weather changes after the daily update, we ask that you please use your best judgement whether or not to participate in your practice or game. Please see the Parent Manual below for additional information.

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T-Ball League

Co-ed: 4-5 years old
Registration: May
Practice: June-August
Games: Late June-August

Lil’ Sluggers League

Co-ed: 4-5 and 6-7 years old
Registration: May
Practice: June-August
Games: Late June-August

T-Ball and Lil’ Sluggers League Uniforms

For your child to participate in Gurnee Park District’s T-Ball and Lil’ Sluggers League, he or she will need a baseball mitt. Gurnee Park District provides each child with a jersey which is included in the registration fee for the program.

Game Schedules

T-Ball League Schedules

Grapefruit League
Cactus League

Lil’ Sluggers League Game Schedule

Lil’ Sluggers League

Picture Schedule

Information will be posted in the summer of 2017.

Practice and Game Field Layout

Click here to download the T-ball and Lil’ Sluggers game field layout.

T-Ball and Lil’ Sluggers League Frequently Asked Questions

Utilize the below drop down to find our FAQ answers. For more detailed answers, download our full version below:

Download the Full Version of the Frequently Asked Questions Document.

Team games will be played on Saturdays at different times throughout the season. Please review the latest schedules to see your game time and field location.

This policy has been set in place to ensure that players attend and take advantage of practices will be play in their games. Practices are a very important part of any sport and the Gurnee Youth Athletics Department feels very strongly about this. This is to help prevent players from just showing up to play games and having unexcused absences from practices.

“All children must attend each week’s practice in order to participate fully in the following game with the exception of illness, family emergency or any event that may cause the child to be out of town. In the event a child cannot attend practice, the coach must be notified prior to the practice. The first unexcused absence will result in the child only playing ¼ of the following game. Any unexcused absence after this will result in the child sitting out the next game.”

It is easy to get signed up to volunteer coach! Please call 847-599- 3752 to sign up or to receive information regarding coaching. We are always looking for coaches and have many spots available.

Yes, even with no prior baseball experience your child will be able to play in Gurnee Park District’s T-ball or Lil’ Sluggers leagues. Our program is based on learning the game and teaching players all the basic skills necessary to succeed and have fun in baseball. In this league, there are no stats, wins or losses kept, there are no all-stars and no playoffs or champions awarded. This allows for the players and coaches to focus on learning, having fun and being active.

For your child to participate in the Gurnee Park District T-Ball & Lil' Sluggers League he or she will need a basic baseball mitt and a pair of cleats. Cleats are not required in the league, but they are recommended to aid in the child’s safety. All other equipment will be provided by the Gurnee Park District and will be located in the field boxes. The field boxes contain tees, balls, helmets and also bats for the participants.

Lil’ Sluggers is a program that is unique to Gurnee Park District. It is the next step up from our T-Ball program and is geared to aid in the transition from T-ball to little league baseball. In this league, participants will have the opportunity to swing at a live pitch. Our volunteer coaches will softly toss up to four live pitches to the batter. If the batter is not successful in hitting any of those pitches, a tee will then be brought out for the batter to hit off of. This aims to help develop the hand eye coordination required to hit a live pitch and progress in the sport.

We take a variety of factors into consideration when deciding to cancel Saturday games. We are in direct contact with our parks team on the condition of the fields daily to ensure the safety of players. We also look at how long and hard it has been raining, if there has been lightning sighted as well as how much water is on the fields. There will be times where it will be perfectly sunny out and yet games will be cancelled because of standing water on the fields from a week of raining and the fields not having time to drain. We will make our decision by 8:00 am on Saturday mornings and will post it on the Sports Hotline and GurneeParkDistrict.com.

The sound is our lightening prediction system (Thor-Guard) which is located at both parks. When lightening is predicted, there will be a 15 second warning horn and a strobe light will flash until the threat of lightening is reduced. If you hear the horn, we ask that you leave the fields and seek shelter until the all clear signal is heard. When the lightning risk is reduced, Thor-Guard will sound three short blasts at which point you can leave shelter and resume activity.

Gurnee Park District’s T-ball and Lil’ Sluggers Leagues will play in rain as long as no lightening has been spotted and Thor-Guard has not gone off. If you wake up and the weather does not look the best, please visit GurneeParkDistrict.com or call the Youth Sports Hotline to check if games are cancelled. If games will be played, please dress your child appropriately for the current weather.

Unfortunately, Gurnee Park District’s Youth Athletics Department is not able to offer any guarantee that you will be on the same team as another family or families you plan on carpooling with. We ask that you register your child on the practice night that best fits your family’s schedule. You can coordinate with other families in your carpool to register for the same practice night and location, but there is no guarantee that every child will be on that team.

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee when your child is put on the waitlist that a spot will open up in the program. On many occasions, it does work out that a spot becomes available on the team you registered for, but it is not guaranteed. We encourage you to put down your second choice for a team when you register to help ensure that your child will get into the program. The Youth Athletics Department is also very diligent at keeping track of open spots in the program and presenting different opportunities to waitlisted families.

Weather Protection—to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Gurnee Park District uses the Thor Guard Lightening Prediction System at Hunt Club Park and Viking Park. This system predicts lightening strikes by measuring electrostatic charges on the ground and in the air. When the system predicts lightening in the area, a 15-second warning horn will sound. Depending upon weather conditions, the warning horn may be heard within a two block radius. Anyone who hears the horn should seek shelter immediately in a building or a hard-top vehicle. All activities at the parks should also stop when the horn sounds. After the danger has passed, an all clear signal of three short blasts will sound. For more information on the Thor Guard Lightening Prediction System, please visit thorguard.com.

The system is active daily from April through October during:
7:00 am to 10:00 pm at Viking Park
8:00 am to 8:30 pm at Hunt Club Park

League Rules and Guidelines

For complete rules and guidelines, please utilize the below links to download the document:

T-ball and Lil’ Sluggers Rules

Inclusion with WSRA Special Recreation

Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) and its member districts, believe that all participants should be provided with leisure opportunities that allow for performance at their highest level of ability. Inclusion helps provide a smooth transition from WSRA to a member Park District/Township program.  If you are interested in Park District/Township programming and desire inclusion assistance, contact the WSRA office at 847-244-6619.

Information for Parents

For a complete list of information for parents, please utilize the below links:

Download the T-ball and Lil’ Sluggers League Parents Manual

Download Tobacco Free Park Policy

Download “What to do on Game Days with Questionable Weather”

Information for Coaches

Coaches Meeting: Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm at Hunt Club Park Community Center

Download the Volunteer Coach Code of Conduct Form

Download the Volunteer Coach Background Check Form

Download the Volunteer Coaches Manual

Download Practice Plan 1

Download Practice Plan 2

Download Practice Plan 3