Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association (AHYAA) administers multiple baseball, softball, lacrosse, football and cheerleading programs in Arlington Heights, IL. Registration and general information about each program is available on our website.

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Baseball Programs

Coach Pitch (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

  • Format - Coach pitch format with full-roster batting and team rosters that are formed by the league. This instructional league emphasizes fun while learning baseball fundamentals, such as throwing, catching, hitting and field positions. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter their talent level.
  • Season - Teams are generally formed in mid-April, with practices beginning soon after. Games generally begin in mid-May and continue through the end of June. There are no playoffs in the Coach Pitch league. The timing of games and practices varies and is dependent on field availability and weather. The coaches determine how often and where practices occur and generally aim for 2-3 practices/games per week. Practices are typically 60-90 minutes and games are no longer than 2 hours.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Coach Pitch level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together.
  • Teams – Coach Pitch teams are formed by the league. The league will always attempt to group players by school and we do our best to honor friend and manager requests, however we cannot guarantee all requests. The biggest challenge is not having enough manager and coach volunteers, which then requires we spread the volunteers around to cover all the teams evenly.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. 
  • Bat Rule - Players may use any wood bat. The barrel size of any metal or composite bat may not exceed 2 1/4 inches in diameter and must be imprinted with the words “Approved for Little League” or words substantially similar thereto. Wood bats or bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels are strongly recommended for this age group.
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to March 1st. Registrations after March 1st are placed on a wait list.
    • Evaluations - There are no evaluations for the Coach Pitch level.
    • Team Formation – A managers meeting is held in the middle of April
    • Practices – Practices start at the end of April
    • Games – Games start in the middle of May and run through the end of June
    • Playoffs - There are no playoffs at the Coach Pitch level
  • Rulebook –
  • Coach Pitch League Representative – Sean Molina 

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Juniors (2nd grade)

  • Format – The Juniors level will introduce players to the proper training and technique for pitching in a modified player/coach pitch format and full-roster batting. Teams are formed geographically by the team managers in a draft. This instructional league emphasizes fun while learning baseball fundamentals. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter their talent level.
  • Season - Teams are normally formed in early April, with practices beginning soon after. Games generally begin on the first weekend in May and continue through mid-June. The conclusion of the regular season ends with a double-header day at Melas Parks. The timing of games and practices varies and is dependent on field availability and weather. The coaches determine how often and where practices occur and generally aim for 2-3 practices/games per week. Practices are typically 60-90 minutes and games are no longer than 2 hours.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Juniors level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together. 
  • Teams – Teams at the Juniors level are formed geographically via a draft. Prior to the season, team managers participate in a draft to select their team rosters. At the draft, managers are supplied with information on the players generated by manager evaluations from previous seasons and player performance at the pre-season evaluations.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. The Juniors league uses X” baseballs.
  • Bat Rule - Players may use any wood bat. The barrel size of any metal or composite bat may not exceed 2 1/4 inches in diameter and must be imprinted with the words “Approved for Little League” or words substantially similar thereto. Wood bats or bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels are strongly recommended for this age group.
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to March 1st. Registrations after March 1st are placed on a wait list.
    • Evaluations – In March before Spring Break
    • Team Formation – In March before Spring Break
    • Managers Meeting – In March after Spring Break
    • Practices – Practices start in early April
    • Games – Approximately May 1 through the end of June with the season ending prior to July 4th
    • Playoffs – There are no playoffs at the Juniors level
  • Rulebook – 
  • Juniors League Representative – Rob Hamilton 

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Minors (3rd and 4th grade)

  • Format - Player pitch format with full-roster batting and teams formed geographically by a draft. This instructional league emphasizes fun while learning baseball fundamentals and introduces additional elements, such as, walks, strikeouts and limited base stealing. A per inning run limit is enforced. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter their talent level.
  • Season - Teams are normally formed in early April, with practices beginning soon after. Games generally begin on the first weekend in May and continue through mid-June. At the conclusion of the regular season, playoffs start and generally run through the end of June. All teams qualify for the playoffs, with seeding based on the regular season records. The timing of games and practices varies and is dependent on field availability and weather. The coaches determine how often and where practices occur and generally aim for 2-3 practices/games per week. Practices are typically 60-90 minutes and games are no longer than 2 hours.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Minors level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together.
  • Teams – Teams at the Minors level are formed geographically via a draft. Prior to the season, team managers participate in a draft to select their team rosters. At the draft, managers are supplied with information on the players generated by manager evaluations from previous seasons and player performance at the pre-season evaluations.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. The Minors league uses X" baseballs.
  • Bat Rule - Players may use any wood bat. The barrel size of any metal or composite bat may not exceed 2 1/4 inches in diameter and must be imprinted with the words “Approved for Little League” or words substantially similar thereto. Bats stamped with “USABat” will be allowed, but barrel size cannot exceed 2 5/8 inches. Wood bats or bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels are strongly recommended for this age group.
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to March 1st. Registrations after March 1st are placed on a wait list.
    • Evaluations – In March before Spring Break
    • Team Formation – In March before Spring Break
    • Managers Meeting – In March after Spring Break
    • Practices – Practices start in early April
    • Games – Approximately May 1 through the end of June with the season ending prior to July 4th
    • Playoffs – End of June
  • Rulebook – 
  • Minors League Representative – Mike Jones

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Majors (5th and 6th grade)

  • Format - Player pitch format with full-roster batting and teams formed by a draft. This instructional league emphasizes fun while learning baseball fundamentals and introduces additional elements, such as, expanded base stealing, balks, longer base paths, pitching mounds and unlimited runs. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter their talent level. 
  • Season - Teams are normally formed in early April, with practices beginning soon after. Games generally begin on the first weekend in May and continue through mid-June. At the conclusion of the regular season, playoffs start and generally run through the end of June. All teams qualify for the playoffs, with seeding based on the regular season records. The timing of games and practices varies and is dependent on field availability and weather. The coaches determine how often and where practices occur and generally aim for 2-3 practices/games per week. Practices are typically 60-90 minutes and games are no longer than 2 hours.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Majors level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together. 
  • Teams – Teams at the Majors level are formed via a citywide draft (no geographical limitations). Prior to the season, team managers participate in a draft to select their team rosters. At the draft, managers are supplied with information on the players generated by manager evaluations from previous seasons.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. The Majors league uses X" baseballs.
  • Bat Rule - Players may use any wood bat. The barrel size of any metal or composite bat may not exceed 2 1/4 inches in diameter and must be imprinted with the words “Approved for Little League” or words substantially similar thereto. Bats stamped with “USABat” will be allowed, but barrel size cannot exceed 2 5/8 inches. 
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to March 1st. Registrations after March 1st are placed on a wait list
    • Team Formation – In March before Spring Break
    • Managers Meeting – In March after Spring Break
    • Practices – Practices start in early April
    • Games – Approximately May 1 through the end of June with the season ending prior to July 4th
    • Playoffs – End of June
  • Rulebook – 
  • Majors League Representative – Adan Roura

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Varsity (7th and 8th grade)

  • Format - Player pitch format with full-roster batting and teams formed by a draft. This instructional league emphasizes fun while learning baseball fundamentals and introduces additional elements, such as, unlimited base stealing and 54/80 field dimensions. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter their talent level.
  • Season - Teams are normally formed in early April, with practices beginning soon after. Games generally begin on the first weekend in May and continue through mid-June. At the conclusion of the regular season, playoffs start and generally run through the end of June. All teams qualify for the playoffs, with seeding based on the regular season records. The timing of games and practices varies and is dependent on field availability and weather. The coaches determine how often and where practices occur and generally aim for 2-3 practices/games per week. Practices are typically 60-90 minutes and games are approximately 2 hours.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Varsity level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together. 
  • Teams – Teams at the Varsity level are formed via a citywide draft. Prior to the season, team managers participate in a draft to select their team rosters. At the draft, managers are supplied with information on the players generated by manager evaluations from previous seasons.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. 
  • Bat Rule - Barrel size may not exceed 2 5/8 inches in diameter. Bats must be permanently marked “1.15 BPF”, “BBCOR”, “USABat” or be a wood bat.
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to March 1st. Registrations after March 1st are placed on a wait list.
    • Team Formation – In March before Spring Break
    • Managers Meeting – In March after Spring Break
    • Practices – Practices start in early April
    • Games – Approximately May 1 through the end of June with the season ending prior to July 4th
    • Playoffs – End of June
  • Rulebook – 
  • Majors League Representative – Ben Bizub

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House All-Stars N60 Travel (9U to 14U)

  • Format - The House All-Stars N60 Baseball program was formed to provide house baseball players the opportunity to experience travel baseball, on a part time basis. House All-Stars is open to current house baseball players only. This program provides an additional 10-12 game schedule, in a competitive league, for AHYAA house baseball players to play against competitive teams from Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties. 
  • Season - From the beginning of April, through mid-July, players will play 8-12 N60 games, three tournaments (Memorial Day, early-July, and mid-July) and their regular AHYAA house games. All travel games will be played on Fridays and Sundays, with the potential for double-headers. The House All-Star games will not interfere with any AHYAA house games. Travel players will be expected to practice an additional 1-2 days a week, on top of any practices they may have with their house teams. Note: AHYAA house games take priority over any travel games and practices.
  • Volunteer Positions - Confirmation of teams at each age level is based on participant and volunteer interest/turnout. If you have interest in managing or coaching, contact the league representative. 
  • Teams - AHYAA generally forms teams at the 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U age levels depending on the number volunteers available to manager and coach. An informational meeting, as well as tryouts are generally held in January or February. Confirmation of teams at each age level is based on participant and volunteer interest/turnout. AHYAA will hold a try-out for each participating age group and leverage player evaluations from the previous season. 
  • Cost - The estimated cost for participating in the House All-Stars N60 Baseball program is $500 per player. The cost includes all scheduled games, umpire fees, game supplies, tournament fees, and travel uniforms.  Note: The cost of this program is in addition to the AHYAA house league fees.
  • Dates
    • Registration – TBD
    • Tryouts – TBD
    • Season – April through mid-July
    • Tournaments - Memorial Day, early-July and mid-July
  • House All-Stars N60 League Representative – Kyle Marquette (kyle.marquette1919@gmail.com)

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Second Season (Minors & Majors)

  • Format - For players who want to play more house baseball after the regular season, or did not play in the Spring season, we offer a second season that runs from mid-July through mid-August. Each team will play 8 games, two games a week (during the week only - no weekend games or playoffs). This is for the fun of playing 8 more games before the summer is over. Regular season rules apply, but no win/loss standings are tracked.
  • Teams - The Majors Division will be compromised of players entering 6th/7th grade in August and will allow 5th graders to play up if they desire to do so. The Minors Division will be compromised of players entering 4th/5th grade in August but will allow 3rd Graders to play up if desired. Second Season teams will be formed based on requests and proximity and we will attempt to honor friend and coach requests when possible. Note: Players who did not play on an AHYAA team during the regular house season are eligible to register, but must pay an additional insurance fee. For more information go to Online Registration. 
  • Volunteer Positions - Confirmation of teams at each age level is based on participant and volunteer interest/turnout. If you have interest in managing or coaching, contact the league representative. 
  • Dates
    • Registration – TBD
  • Second Season League Representative – Adan Roura (adan.roura@yahoo.com)

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Travel Baseball (9U to 14U)

  • Format - Arlington Cardinals is our full-time travel baseball program. This competitive baseball program has been in existence for more than 20 years and is known for developing superior baseball skills while practicing high standards of sportsmanship. 
  • Season - The Arlington Cardinals play in the MSBL League and the regular season is approximately 20 games with a post season tournament. Teams will likely play in 2 to 4 additional tournaments during the season. Games start in April and end in early to mid-July.  Some tournaments may be after the regular season schedule ends. This program includes indoor training in the winter prior to the start of the regular season.
  • Teams - Teams levels range from 9U to 14U and players are selected based on ability. To be eligible for a given team the player must be the appropriate age as of May 1 of the year in question. For example, to play on a 2020 10u team, the player must be no older than 10 as of May 1, 2020. Tryouts are held for teams at all levels and the number of teams fielded will be determined based on turnout, generally 1 or 2 teams at each age level.  Note: Players participating in Arlington Cardinals Travel Baseball are ineligible to play in AHYAA house leagues. 
  • Cost - The estimated cost for participating in the Arlington Cardinals Baseball program is $800-$1000. The cost includes indoor training, tournaments, league fees and uniforms. 
  • Dates
    • Registration – TBD
    • Tryouts – TBD
    • Winter Training – Starts in late January
  • Regular Season – April to mid-July

For more information, dates and details about the Arlington Cardinals program contact Kyle Marquette (kyle.marquette1919@gmail.com)

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High School (Freshman to Senior)

  • Format - Player pitch format with full-roster batting and teams formed by a draft. This instructional league uses full-size 60/90 baseball fields. Parents are encouraged to participate with managing, coaching, and coordinating team activities. High School players who play for their own High School teams can participate in this league once their Spring Season is completed. Many High School players play on their school’s summer team and in the AHYAA High School League. We place up to 15 players on a roster to accommodate those who play summer ball and may have schedule conflicts. All teams participate in the end of the season playoff tournament.
  • Season - High School players who play for their own High School teams can participate in this league once their Spring Season is completed. Many HS players play on their HS summer teams and in the AHYAA HS League. We stock the rosters with up to 15 players to accommodate those who play summer ball as well. All teams participate in the end of the season playoff tournament.
  • Volunteer Positions - Parents are encouraged to participate. At the Varsity level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team will be assigned a manager and a number of additional coaches. Please consider managing/coaching a team when registering and indicate in the notes if you have already spoken with other parents about coaching together. 
  • Teams – Teams at the Varsity level are formed via a citywide draft. Prior to the season, team managers participate in a draft to select their team rosters. At the draft, managers are supplied with information on the players generated by manager evaluations from previous seasons.
  • Equipment - All players will receive a game jersey and hat. The league also supplies each team with balls and catcher’s equipment. Players supply their own gloves, batting helmets, baseball cleats, socks, and pants. 
  • Bat Rule - Barrel size may not exceed 2 5/8 inches in diameter and a weight/length of -3 (aka drop-3). All bats must be permanently marked “1.15 BPF”, “BBCOR”, “USABat” or be a wood bat.
  • Dates
    • Registration – November 1st to May 15th. Registrations after May 15th are placed on a wait list.
    • Team Formation – In March before Spring Break
    • Managers Meeting – In March after Spring Break
    • Practices – Practices start Around Memorial Day
    • Games – Approximately May 1 through the end of July
    • Playoffs – End of July
  • Rulebook – 
  • Majors League Representative – Brian Sullivan

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Senior Baseball (Adult 18+)

  • Format - Senior Baseball is a post-high school league for players 18 years of age and up. AHYAA teams will be registered in Buffalo Grove’s (BGRA) Senior Colt baseball league. 
  • Season - Teams will play 16-18 games plus playoff game(s). The season will run from late May and conclude in early-August. Games will be played during the evening (weekday game times starting no earlier than 6:00 pm) and on weekends against teams from other near-by towns.
  • Teams – We recommend that you recruit and register a whole team together. Individual interest will be kept on a waiting list at the AHYAA Office until we have enough to create a team. Groups that register as a team will be kept together as a team. We do not plan to draft the Arlington Heights teams in this league, but will make decisions on team composition based on the amount of individual registrations. 
  • Equipment - All players will be provided with a game jersey and hat. Teams will be provided an equipment bag with catcher’s gear and balls. Players will need to provide their own batting helmets with facemask, gloves and fielders masks.
  • Dates
    • Registration – TBD
    • Games – TBD
  • Rulebook – 
  • Senior Baseball League Representative – Randy Steines (randy.steines@gmail.com)

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