GBA Programs

GBA typically offers the programs listed below, although the programs offered, as well as their formats, may change from season to season based on demand or other factors. 

Spring

Boys’ and Girls’ (combined) Baseball

Note that the GBA spring season ends in time for players to also participate in local travel programs such as KWBA. All travel players are required to participate in the GBA house league as well.

 Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade (Pinto)

            • Registration is open from early January through early April.
            • The season runs from early May through early June.
            • Pre-K and K are combined into one league (K); 1st grade is in a separate league (Pinto).
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • Coach pitch with the use of a tee as needed, coach at first base.
            • No score is kept. 
            • There are no outs.
            • Every player bats each inning.
            • All events take place in Glencoe, typically K Field behind West School.
            • Friend requests are taken but not guaranteed.

2nd Grade (Stallion)

            • Registration is open from early January through early April.
            • The season runs from early May through early June.
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • Kid pitch with coach assist as needed.
            • Kid catchers.
            • Score is kept, but team records are not tracked.
            • Outs are acknowledged. The side is retired after 3 outs or 4 runs, whichever comes first.
            • All events take place in Glencoe, typically at Berlin or Takiff fields.
            • Teams are arranged to be fair; friend requests are not taken.

3rd – 8th Grades (Mustang, Bronco, Pony)

            • Registration is open from early January through end of February.
            • In early March there is an evaluation (not a tryout) to facilitate fair team formation. 
            • The season runs from early April through early June.
            • Leagues consist of 3rd + 4th grade (Mustang), 5th + 6th grade (Bronco), and 7th + 8th grade (Pony).
            • There are games and practices during the week as well as on the weekend. Typically 2-3 events per week.
            • Score and team records are tracked; the season includes a playoff tournament.
            • Games take place in Glencoe and possibly surrounding suburbs, depending on the team count in each league.
            • Home fields are: Berlin for Mustang, Watts for Bronco, and Pony (behind West School) for Pony.
            • Teams are arranged to be fair, friend requests are not taken.
            • For the Mustang and Bronco leagues there is an All Star game per league in early July.

Girls’ Softball

1st – 2nd Grades

            • Registration is open from early January through early April.
            • The season runs from late April through early June.
            • Teams are a mixture of 1st and 2nd graders.
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • Coach pitch.
            • No score is kept.
            • Friend requests are taken but not guaranteed.
            • Games take place all over the nearby suburbs.

3rd – 6th Grades

            • Registration is open from early January through early April.
            • The season runs from late April through early June.
            • Leagues consist of 3rd + 4th grade, 5th + 6th grade.
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • Kid pitch.
            • Score and team records are tracked; the season includes a playoff tournament.
            • Friend requests are taken but not guaranteed.
            • Games take place all over the nearby suburbs.

Fall

Boys’ and Girls’ (combined) Baseball

Kindergarten

            • Registration is open from mid July until mid August.
            • The season runs from just after Labor Day through late October.
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • Coach pitch with the use of a tee as needed, coach at first base.
            • No score is kept.
            • There are no outs.
            • Every player bats each inning.
            • Friend requests are taken, but not guaranteed.
            • All events take place in Glencoe, typically at K Field behind West School

1st – 2nd Grades (Pinto, Stallion)

            • Registration is open from mid July until mid August.
            • The season runs from just after Labor Day through late October.
            • There are weekend games and up to one practice per week.
            • If there are enough players, 1st grade (Pinto) and 2nd grade (Stallion) are separated into their own leagues. In this case, the rules for the 2nd grade league may be closer to those in the Spring. Otherwise the two grades are combined and teams are a mixture of 1st and 2nd graders. 
            • Coach pitch with the use of a tee as needed, coach at first base.
            • No score is kept.
            • Outs are acknowledged (player returns to dugout).
            • Every player bats each inning.
            • Friend requests are taken, but not guaranteed.
            • All events take place in Glencoe, typically at Berlin or Takiff fields.

3rd – 8th Grades (Mustang, Bronco, Pony)

            • Registration is open from mid July until mid August.
            • The season runs from just after Labor Day through late October.
            • Leagues consist of 3rd + 4th grade (Mustang), 5th + 6th grade (Bronco) and 7th + 8th grade (Pony).
            • There are usually games during the week as well as on the weekend plus practices at each coach’s discretion. Typically 1-3 events per week.
            • Score and team records are tracked; the season includes a playoff tournament.
            • Games are played in a league with other teams from nearby suburbs.
            • Games take place in Glencoe and the nearby suburbs.
            • Home fields are: Berlin for Mustang, Watts for Bronco, and Pony (behind West School) for Pony.
            • Teams are arranged to be fair; friend requests are not taken.

Winter

Boys’ and Girls’ (combined) Winter Clinics

1st – 2nd Grades

            • Weekly, running from January until Spring Break
            • Hosted at a Glencoe school gymnasium
            • Sessions focus on hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing. A great way to improve skills and stay in shape over the winter
            • Professional coaches
            • Registration is open in December
            • Limited space, so sign up is first come first serve
            • Times vary year to year, check the registration site in December for more information

3rd – 6th Grades

            • Weekly, running from January until Spring Break
            • Hosted at “The Yard” in Northfield
            • Sessions focus on hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing. A great way to improve skills and stay in shape over the winter
            • Professional coaches
            • Registration is open in December
            • Limited space, so sign up is first come first serve
            • Times vary year to year, check the registration site in December for more information

Summer

Boys’ and Girls’ (combined) Baseball

The summer program has more of a “house plus” feel. It is more demanding and competitive than house, but more relaxed than travel. The league will not restrict players from personal travel, family vacations, sleep away camp, etc. However, it does require that these plans be communicated in advance so that they can be taken into account when making schedules and teams to ensure the best experience for all players. 

Rising 3rd – 6th Grades

            • Registration is in early Spring. 
            • The season runs from mid June through early August.
            • Teams are formed by age (not by grade).
            • The hope is that everyone will get to play. However, depending on the participant count there may be the need for try outs and cuts as a last resort.
            • There are games and practices on weekday evenings and on the weekends. Typically 4-5 events per week.
            • Paid coaches (not volunteer).
            • Games are played in a league with other teams from nearby suburbs, score and team records are tracked. The season also includes a playoff tournament.
            • Teams may also participate in a few local tournaments. 
            • Games take place in Glencoe and the nearby suburbs.