Lil Sluggers

Baseball for kids ages 2-6

About Lil Sluggers

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Class Levels

Find out what the objectives of each level are, by age and skill

Class Sessions/Schedules

Check out our schedule. Open enrollment until halfway through each season!

Contact Information

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Lil Sluggers FAQs

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About Lil Sluggers

Lil’ Sluggers is a child development program created to introduce both boys and girls ages 2-6 to the game of baseball. Classes develop important baseball skills such as throwing, fielding, hitting, and baserunning. Developmentally appropriate equipment and creative games are used to teach your child basic fundamentals of the sport in a fun, exciting, and positive environment.

 

Lil Sluggers Class Levels

Lil Sluggers is tailored to how kids learn at different ages – using baseball to help kids tackle key developmental milestones. Every aspect of our curriculum was created by child development experts and our coaches are highly trained to work effectively with kids of all ages. 

Mascots (2 Year Olds) — Parent & Child Class

The Mascots curriculum is designed to have the children begin their baseball experience in a fun environment that also introduces simple basics of the game. Classes are 45 minutes long. Parent participation is required for this class. 

Class objectives include:

  • Simple base running and base recognition.
  • Hitting; holding the bat properly, focusing on making contact with the ball off of a tee.
  • Throwing in an overhand motion.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands and not falling down.
  • Fitness and agility.
  • Improved hand/eye coordination.
  • An introduction to social skills such as following simple instructions and taking turns.
Minors (3 Year Olds)

The Minors curriculum is designed to have the children continue their baseball experience in a fun environment that also reinforces the fundamentals of the game. Classes are 45 minutes long. Parent participation is on an as-needed basis for this class.

Class objectives include:

  • Simple base running and base recognition.
  • Hitting, focusing on proper stance and level swing to make contact with the ball off the tee. Introduction to hitting from a pitch.
  • Throwing…point, step, and throw with proper motion and aim.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands, staying in front of the ball and not falling down.
  • Improved hand/eye coordination.
  • Understanding straightforward game situations, such as throwing a player out.
  • Fitness and agility.
  • Advancement of social skills such as following instructions, taking turns and teamwork.
Majors (4 Year Olds)

The Majors curriculum expands on the skills learned in the 3-year-old program, with slightly more technical instruction and game situations. Classes are 45 minutes long. Parents are welcome to assist their child until they become comfortable with the instructor.

Class objectives include:

  • Proper base running and sliding techniques.
  • Hitting, focusing on proper stance, level swing, and follow through off the tee. Begin hitting from a pitch by the coach.
  • Throwing… point, step, and throw with proper motion for distance and accuracy.
  • Fielding, with emphasis on using two hands, staying in front of the ball.
  • Catching pop flies with two hands.
  • Learning various offensive and defensive game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.
Hall Of Famers (5-6 Year Olds)

The Hall of Famers curriculum is designed to have the children continue improving their fundamentals skills while preparing them for their next level of participation, organized tee-ball. Classes are 45 minutes long.

Class objectives include:

  • Base recognition and proper base running techniques.
  • Five steps of hitting with focus on the proper form including full swing and hip rotation.
  • Correct throwing mechanics emphasizing accuracy and distance.
  • Proper fielding technique, keeping their body in front of the ball.
  • Using the baseball glove for fielding of line drives and pop fly catches.
  • Teamwork.
  • Game situations.
  • Fitness and agility.

 

Lil Sluggers Class Structure: 

  • Classes meet once a week on the same day and time you choose
  • Classes are 45 minutes in length
  • Open to boys and girls.
  • Small class sizes: maximum 8 kids per weekend class, maximum 6 kids per weekday class.
  • Late to register? We can prorate the fee.
  • No equipment necessary for 2, 3, and 4 year old. 5 and 6 year olds are recommended to have gloves. 
  • Parent participation is required for 2 year old classes. Parent participation is not required for 3 and 4 year olds, but encouraged when needed.
  • All other equipment is provided. For safety reasons, wiffle balls and bats are used for classes.

Please note: classes are not drop-off, a parent/guardian must be on-site during the class. 

Current Session/Schedule

Fall 2019 Session

Registration Now Open!

October 5th – November 23rd

Cost: $15.50/class

Session Length: 8 weeks (weekend class)/7 weeks (weekday class)

TRY A FREE TRIAL CLASS

Want to try a class before committing to a full season? Email abby@scor-richmond.com or call 804-257-7267 to schedule your free trial. 

  • One free trial per child
  • Free trial classes are available halfway through each session

Open Registration/Enrollment Policy

Due to a more skill based program than other youth programs in the area, Lil Sluggers registration cuts off halfway through each session. This ensures that we maintain the quality of each class in terms of progression levels throughout the session.

*Classes are prorated if you join the session after the start date, so you only have to pay for the remainder of the season

Contact Information

Abby Clement 

Lil Sluggers Coordinator

abby@scor-richmond.com

(804) 257-7267

Abby has years of experience volunteering with youth baseball programs in the Richmond area. She graduated from James Madison University in 2018 and shortly after started as the Camp Director and Lil Sluggers Coordinator for the Sports Center of Richmond.

Lil Sluggers FAQs

How do I get a uniform?

Every child who signs up for the fall 2019 session will recieve a Lil Sluggers Jersey.

Can I join a class anytime throughout the session?

Not quite. Open enrollment for classes ends after week 4. If you miss this cut-off, take a look at the next season’s schedule and see if any of those days/times work for you.

What should my kids wear?

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Baseball pants are not necessary.

Lil’ Slugger jerseys are provided with the purchase of first session and annual membership fee ($20 individual/$30 family). Outfitting your child in Lil’ Sluggers gear is a fun way to make your child feel part of a team.  Kids naturally appreciate looking like older uniformed kids and role models.  Plus a uniform gives kids a sense of belonging because they look like others on the team.

How many girls and boys are in each class?

Classes are co-ed, so the mix of boys and girls is based on who registers. If you have five or more players and we have enough field space, we are open to creating a special class for you with your requested mix of children.

 

If I register my child for a session, are we “guaranteed” a spot in the next session?
No. All registrations are first come, first serve basis.

What if I can’t make it to one of my classes?

Any classes missed within the enrolled session can be made up- but is subject to space availability. We ask that you inform us prior to the missed class and we will provide you with the available make up options. We typically offer many other class times, so usually this is not a problem; however we cannot guarantee that space will be available.

Please note that you cannot carryover make-up classes into later sessions (i.e. If the class was missed during the Summer Session, it must be made up during the Summer Session and will not carry over into Fall).

How many free trials can a child take?

The free trial policy is usually limited to one free class per child. However, in special circumstances the Lil Sluggers Coordinator may offer an additional free class to a child, particularly if it’s been a long time since the last free trial class.

Can we pay as we go during the session?

No, the entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration, but because we offer open enrollment, class fees may be prorated.

Can we come on any day?
No. In order to maintain class ratios and consistency within the program, we schedule children for specific times and days. When registering, be sure to first determine which day best suits your schedule. Of course there may be an occasion when a make-up class is needed. In that situation, you can schedule a make-up class for any day in which class space is available. If your schedule changes during the session, and you need to switch days, we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. However, changes cannot be guaranteed and are based on space availability.

What’s your refund policy?
Refunds for classes are assessed on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed. If withdrawing a child from the current session, you will only be refunded for future classes and not for any classes that have already occurred. Annual or family registration fees will not be refunded. Our only exception to the nonrefundable registration fee is if you request a full refund before the session begins.

How long are classes?

Each of our classes lasts 45 minutes with occasional water breaks throughout. Please be mindful that classes run back to back with a short gap in between scheduled classes. We ask that parents refrain from remaining on the field after their child’s scheduled class in order to allow time for coaches to set up for the next class.

What kind of instructors do you have?

All Lil Sluggers coaches are carefully screened to ensure we provide quality, child-centered, high energy instruction. Each coach goes through a rigorous training process, which includes child development training and on field/curriculum training.

Do I need to check in?
If you’re not sure which field your child’s class is on, please see the front desk so that we may direct you. Your child’s class will remain on that same field for the duration of the session. If you are attending a make-up class, please see the coordinator who will direct you to the appropriate field.

Can I register my child for just one class?
No, but we do offer one free trial class to new customers to see if their child enjoys the Lil’ Kickers experience.