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Darien Youth Club formed in 1960


Changes For 2018 Baseball

The DYC Executive Board has been faced with a difficult decision this off-season. Pony baseball has changed its age requirements.  They have brought their age requirements in line with Little League baseball and grade levels in schools. With this, DYC has chosen to follow these new age requirements as well. While this has not been an easy decision, it is one that we believe we need to make to stay competitive.

The date for determining player eligibility had been moved from April 30th to August 31st.   

Below is PONY Baseball League Age key as well as DYC's.

Also,  another of the most significant changes that will be in place for next year is the new safety standard for bats.  In 2018 for all age divisions Pinto and older, all players must use bats stamped with USA Bat.  These bats were designed to behave more like a wood bat and they eliminate the extra "pop' that bats have had in recent years.  This change is being implemented by DYC as well as other towns for player safety. To be clear, no bats that were used in 2017 will be legal for use next year as the USA Bats only came to the market this fall. The full statement regarding the new rule can be found here

If you have any questions in regards to this please do not hesitate to contact us at: or

Thank You,
DYC Executive Board


The DYC Baseball program is designed to be fun for kids and families; a great learning experience and the opportunity for all ballplayers to enjoy the excitement and competition the sport has to offer. 

Younger leagues are umpired by young adults (aged 12+) and older leagues are umpired by teenagers and adults. Parents and Coaches must treat our umpires with absolute respect at all times. 

Season Timing: 

  • Late April to early May and season finishes before the Fourth of July. T-ball begins early May.   
  • Generally, 2 games per week- 1 Saturday (games any time between 8am to 5pm) and 1 during the week (6pm start typical). Practice times are similar to games, beginning 2 weeks prior to season with some week day practices as time/schedule allows.


  • 8 and under:  Home games/practices in Darien at Westwood park, Mark Delay School or Darien Community Park
  • 9-10 year olds: Home games/practices in Darien at Lace School or Cass School. Occasional away games likely in Westmont
  • 11-16 yr olds:  Home games/practice at Eisenhower Jr High or Cass School. Away games at Woodridge, Lisle and Bolingbrook

If by chance you have any issues, questions or concerns about your child’s baseball experience during the season– please reach out the Commissioner or Director right away! We will always work hard to solve issues but we need to be made aware of them as soon as possible.

How are Teams Formed? 
Our goal is to teach kids sportsmanship, how to play baseball, improve their skills and have fun doing it. Every age group team begins with two players, the son/daughter of the Manager & Assistant Coach. The remaining 10 spots are then filled in by two different ways based on the kids age level with the goal of balanced, competitive teams.

  • For T-ball we create teams by grouping children by school affililations, parent/friend requests and somewhat randomly. Great way to meet new families! This is a co-ed league.
  • For Pinto 7 & 8 we work to divide the kids up by using the previous years Coach’s Evaluations. At the end of each season, coaches fill out a form that identifies what each player does well and what they need to work on. These evaluations are then used to evenly divide out the players on each team.
  • At the older levels, Mustang-Bronco-Pony & Colt the Coach’s Evaluations are still used and the players attend a pre-season work-out which is observed by the league coaches. The coaches then pick players in a draft based on this information to divide up the teams. Draft order is determined by the ratings of the coach’s sons/daughters, i.e. teams with higher rated coach’s kids draft later to balance out the teams.  

In a perfect season all of the DYC teams will play 500 baseball against each other and at the higher levels win all of the games against other towns. Hey, if it’s us vs. another town- we can all agree to root for DYC!  

Questions?  Contact Baseball Commissioner Rob Spang at

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1702 Plainfield Road 
Darien, Illinois 60561

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