2022 Youth Baseball & Softball Season

Our 2022 season is complete. Thank you for playing youth baseball and softball with TAPRC. As we head into the off-season follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on ways to get active and stay active!

Below you will see a summary of our different opportunities to play ball. Our main league is our recreation division that plays in the Tri-Comm League during the spring/summer. We also offer a Select baseball travel team experience and Middle School softball opportunities!

Volunteers Needed!

Our league runs thanks to volunteer coaches who work closely with TK Athletics to learn the game. If you are interested in helping coach please see our Coaches Corner for more information.

TAPRC runs only with the help of volunteers! More than 80 volunteers make our programs possible serving as coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and field maintenance. TAPRC is financially responsible for maintaining the Crane Road Baseball Field Complex and a few of our school fields. Maintaining fields is expensive and labor intensive. We rely on volunteer labor and donated or discounted material whenever possible. If you are able to help in one of these ways please email: info.taprc@gmail.com.

Have you been to our Charity Shed? This is where you can drop your bottles and cans for a good cause. Our volunteer board members return these items and all proceeds go towards youth programming. Right now the Charity Shed is closed while we work to relocate it. Later this spring plan to find it in the back corner of the middle school parking lot!

Rec Baseball & Softball

TAPRC rec teams are an opportunity for all skill levels to get active, learn the game, and have fun! Our focus is to help players build self-confidence and develop not only sound fundamentals but good teamwork and leadership skills. Teams includes ages 5-14.

TBALL (Ages 5-6)

Tball introduces our youngest players to the basics of the game in a fun setting. Our goal, pending numbers, is to separate boys and girls. Play is run like an intramural league (all in house teams) on Saturday mornings at Crane Ball Field Complex. Teams will have a short practice then take the skills they learned and put them into action with a game afterwards. The 5-week season starts in May.

Registration Fee is $60. Scholarships are available for students that qualify for free or reduced lunch.

BASEBALL - 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Baseball players 7-14 participate in the Tri-Comm Recreation League. This league includes teams from Middleville, Wayland, Dorr, Martin and Hopkins. Baseball divisions include Coach Pitch (8U), Minors (10U), Majors (12U) and Seniors (14U). Divisions are determined by age on April 30th of current year.

The season runs May-June. Teams practice 1-2 times per weeks starting early April. Practice days and times vary. Coach Pitch (8U), Minors (10U) and Majors (12U) play games on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Seniors (14U) games will vary and may include Friday and Saturday games.

Registration fee is $70. Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

SOFTBALL - 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Softball players 7-14 participate in the Tri-Comm Recreation League. This league includes teams from Middleville, Wayland, Dorr, Martin and Hopkins. Softball divisions include Coach Pitch (8U), Minors (10U), Majors (12U) and Seniors (14U). Divisions are determined by age on April 30th of current year.

The season runs May-June. Teams practice 1-2 times per week starting in early April. Practice days and times vary. Coach Pitch (8U), Minors (10U) and Majors (12U) play games on Mondays and Wednesdays. Seniors (14U) game days will vary and may include Friday and Saturday games.

Registration fee is $70. Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Select Division

Teams have been selected for the 2023 season. We will carry the following divisions:

14U (Coach Lester Dutcher)
11U (Coach Jake Welch)
10U (Coach Jessica Thornton)

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:
Thornapple Kellogg Select Baseball is our community travel team experience. This division is offered to give players a more competitive travel baseball experience. Coaches focus on strong fundamental skill development. Playing time is not guaranteed and playing time will be based on performance, attitude and attendance. Players should expect to commit to 3-5 days per week to games and practices. Select teams will participate in off-season training.

Teams are selected based on tryouts. Numbers and skill level all play a role in what divisions we carry each year. The teams will play the BATL League (Grand Rapids) and at least 3 tournaments. Parents can expect to travel within a one hour radius of Middleville for away games. Game days/times vary each week and could include weekend play.

Middle School Girls Softball

This opportunity is offered to 6th-8th grade girls who attend Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. The team will play in the West Michigan Middle School Softball League where they will compete against area schools. Games start after Spring Break and go through the third week of May.

Stay tuned for more information on Fall Ball 2022! Fun program-building opportunities are in the works!

For more information email Emily Dock at info.taprc@gmail.com.