Keeping sports fun — especially in the early stages of youth participation — is the primary concern of our programs. We believe in participation for all, positive competition, and building character. We teach fundamentals and traditions of the game, champion sportsmanship, and encourage family and community support.

Our T-Ball program (for boys and girls, ages 5-6 as of April 30, 2022) offers instruction in the basic fundamentals used in baseball and softball, such as hitting, fielding, game situations, and base running. The program runs for six weeks, June 6-July 15, for two nights per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). The first week will consist of two nights with an hour-long practice each night. The next five weeks will include two nights of a half-hour practice followed by a game. We will have umpires on each diamond, helping with rules and keeping a good pace to the game. Volunteer coaches are needed. A soft safety ball will be used. Players need to furnish their own gloves.


Youth Sports Registrations begin on January (specific 2023 dates TBD). Registration Nights will be held at the Civic Auditorium from 6-7:30 p.m. Beginning the following Friday, we will be offering three different options for registration:


• BY PHONE with a credit card at 219-326-9600 during regular office hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday);

• AT THE PARK OFFICE (250 Pine Lake Avenue) during regular hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday). Cash/checks/credit cards accepted.

Cost is $50 for the first child and $40 for each additional child in the same household.  An additional $20 will be added to the registration fee after the deadline.

Make checks payable to the La Porte Park and Recreation Department. Visa/Master Card accepted. Please bring the participant's birth certificate along with the appropriate registration fee. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families.

Rally Day is scheduled prior to the start of the season in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (1001 Ridge Street).  Enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street.  At Rally Day, parents and players will meet their coach, league supervisor and receive information including a schedule for the upcoming season.