Since 1952, Naperville Little League Baseball (NLLB) serving school districts 203 & 204 has been committed to providing an outlet of healthful baseball activity and training under good leadership in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation.
The programs offered are dedicated to helping 7 to 12 year olds become good and decent citizens. These programs strive to inspire children with an awareness and fondness of community. NLLB provides every child with the chance to be a team member and develop both skills on and off the field of play. The boundaries encompass all the schools in districts 203 and 204, including children in Naperville and parts of Bolingbrook, Lisle and and Aurora.
NLLB has roughly 1,400 athletes playing during the regular spring season from early April to late June, including playoffs. There are three leagues for 2018: Rookies, Majors, and Supreme. The summer and All-Star season runs in July with roughly 450 athletes participating. Finally, the fall season runs in September and October, with roughly 400 athletes participating.
The program offers a variety of different levels of play including non-drafted, drafted, and part-time travel teams. As Scott Lawler reinforced, no matter what level a child plays in, the NLLB focuses on FUNdementals. Volunteer coaches focus on teaching players the proper technique while promoting a love of the game.
The organization is run by a volunteer board of directors and relies on volunteers for coaches, managers, and officials. Games are played on Naperville Park District fields throughout the town.
If you would like more information about signing up to play or volunteering, please visit their website at: http://www.nllb.org/index.html
To hear more about former NLLB player, Chris Whalen, and his story, visit Naperville Sports Weekly’s Where Are They Now? feature.
Mary Ellen Whalen, Parent of three former NLLB players
Scott Lawler, Former NLLB player and now coach