Harris Baseball Softball, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, emphasizes the education of baseball and softball rules, teaches the fundamentals, mental and physical development, a respect for the rules of the game, and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. In all aspects, Harris is committed to providing the youth of our community the very best educational, sports experience possible. It is our fundamental belief that every child with a desire to play baseball or softball be afforded that opportunity.
What’s happening at Harris Baseball Softball…
Rec Fees for 2019 (2020 fee schedule to come soon)
$65 - 4U Instructional Coed (ages 3-4 as of April 30, 2019)
$90 - T-Ball (age 5 as of April 30, 2019)
$120 - Machine Pitch (ages 6-7 as of April 30, 2019)
$120 - Minors (ages 8-9 as of April 30, 2019)
$120 - Majors (ages 10-12 as of April 30, 2019)
$120 - Seniors (ages 13-16 as of April 30, 2019)
$90 - 6U (ages 5-6 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 8U (ages 7-8 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 10U (ages 9-10 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 12U (ages 11-12 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 14U (ages 13-14 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 16U (ages 15-16 as of December 31, 2018)
$120 - 18U (ages 17-18 as of December 31, 2018)
Families (same household) with multiple players will receive a $30 discount for each additional player after the 1st child is registered.
$15 Early Bird discount for registration and payment in December.
As the dust settles from another great weekend of softball in remembrance of our little girl, who we miss so much, our family would like to express our gratitude for the great community of softball families we’re blessed to be a part of! This year was yet another huge success! We’d like to thank everyone first and foremost for their attendance, whatever your role may have been. We truly appreciate you. 💕 This tournament and fundraiser wouldn’t be anything without your support!
Secondly, we cannot express enough how much we appreciate the continuing support of Amy Stauffacher Schramski, Shaun Dralle, Dan Foster, everyone at Harris Baseball/Softball and the unwavering love and support from our Penn Softball families in helping us keep this tournament a success every year and aiding us in bringing this community together in the spirit of competition!
We’d also like to thank Allison Adams for devoting so much time and effort into trying to capture every wonderful moment from this tournament with her amazing photography skills! She was the one carrying a ladder and photography gear that would rival the set up of any photojournalist from National Geographic.
Finally, we would like to recognize all the players and teams that participated. Your passion, dedication and drive for competition is what builds this community. Without your discipline and passion, this sport would be nothing. As we walked around the park this weekend, we were so happy to see so many smiling faces, teams cheering each other on so, so many #playforpiper bracelets on the field. Whether or not your team was victorious this weekend, we consider you all champions this weekend. This tournament brought out the best in you. Coming together for one cause is bigger than any trophy we could’ve handed out. Our hearts are full because of you!
Talks for next years tournament have already began and we’re so happy to be able to continue honoring Piper’s life with all of the people and players we love. 🥎💕🌈🦄💕🥎
Harris Baseball Softball is looking to expand and include an indoor workout facility for all of our Rec park members, travel teams/players and All-Star Program to use year-round to continue their development. Indoor facility would allow all park members to sign up based on availability 30 minutes sessions to work in batting cages or fielding areas. Rec Teams/Travel Teams/All-Star Teams would be allowed One weekday and One weekend two-hour time slot per week for entire calendar year. We would also contract with as many qualified instructors for hitting, fielding, pitching or catching. We would allow them to use facility to earn income provided that they discount lessons to any Harris Park Member and host and run up to 8 hours of free clinic to park members.
Being a non-profit, we are seeking help from our local community partners and/or local benefactor that could help assist in obtaining financing for such project.
On Monday Sept 23rd at 7p at the Ryan Morris Pavilion at Harris, we will have an open disuccion on pursuing an Indoor Facilty for Harris Baseball Softball. I believe this will help increase our park membership for our Rec Program and Travel Program. By having a successful and profitable indoor facility, it will allow us to pursure possible projects such as, new bathrooms, side walks, paved parking lots and other future growth projects for the park!
My name is Dave Smith and I’m the newly elected Softball Commissioner at Harris. Having been a part of the league for several years I desired to apply some of the experiences I’ve gained as a rec and all-star coach to help influence the future direction of our park. I've since happily discovered that the Harris board is passionate and focused on helping Harris reach it's full potential.
The time has come to again make Harris the premier rec league in the area. That said, you will immediately see changes that will positively impact parent/player experiences at the corner of Brick and Currant. Not only will we provide more education and extended skill enhancement opportunities for our rec league players, we’ll recruit passionate All-Star coaches and players to take part in the Babe Ruth Tournaments. Currently various park improvements are being reviewed that allow for more practice time and more efficient scheduling while providing avenues for extended play via All-Star and travel program opportunities. We’ll also host clinics to support the rec league side so some of our girls aren’t going 8 months without a glove or bat in their hands!
To those of you who’ve left the park, you no longer have to drive further to see your children reach their potential without making year-long commitments. As evidenced by the strong numbers at the park this year and the amazing All-Star tournament performances by our youngest teams on both the baseball and softball sides, know that Harris will be the league of choice in 2020. To our current patrons, know that we were with you this year and are cognizant of what we need to accomplish to take this to the next level. With that said, I appreciate any feedback on what you’d like to see at Harris next year to improve your park experience.
To start, we’ll be having a fall softball clinic for ages 6-12 on Sunday afternoons on October 6th, 13th, and 20th. This is a special opportunity for new, current, and returning players to not only enhance their skills but meet future coaches as well as peers playing at the high school level. Registration will start soon and we are currently reaching out to coaches and players who are available on these dates to assist at the clinics.
I hope to see all of you at the Piper Dwigan’s ‘Heart of a Champion’ tournament this weekend! #playforpiper
Hey All, Midwest USSSA Pride 14U, 16U, and 18U have a couple spots still open...text Shaun at 574-300-2977 for tryout info. Our Program last year competed in USSSA, Non-Sanction, NSA, PGF, Triple Crown and College campus games. Last season we were in 25 Championship Games and won 21 including USSSA Indiana Nationals for 16U Division. We're a good program that offers plenty of time for practice and play 4-6 fall tourneys, 2-3 winter indoor tourneys, 4 spring tourneys and 6-8 summer tourneys. We have players from Southwest Michigan, Elkhart, Goshen, Valpo, northwest Indiana and many other great cities and towns. Hope to see your Superstar soon!
As we’re sure you’ve noticed, there’s been a lot of activity on Field 7, “The Big Field”. Harris Baseball Softball is partnering with the IUSB Titans Baseball Team for their upcoming season! They’ve added some much needed life back into Field 7, including field improvements, new paint, banners, and windscreens! They’ve turned Field 7 into a collegiate level playing surface and have more work planned!
As a part of the agreement, IUSB is running a fall clinic, September 29th, for 8 to 13-year-old baseball players. Registrations for that clinic will be live soon. IUSB has also invited all park patrons to come cheer on the Titans free of charge! They are practicing at the park most weeknights, and their game schedule can be found here: http://www.iusbtitans.com/schedule/0/14.php
There are a couple notable games coming up at Harris:
September 27th: Double header versus Lake Michigan College, first game starts at1pm
October 5th: Double header versus Bethel University, first game starts at 1pm
The next time you’re at the park, give Field 7 a look and stay to cheer on the Titans! We’re confident this will be a great partnership that will add benefit to all of our Harris Park Patrons!