Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League is Elmhurst's oldest and largest youth baseball/softball organization. With typically over 100 in-house teams and 10-12 travel teams, EBSL provides a safe, fun, and competitive environment 1000+ kids eve

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Elmhurst, IL
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Welcome to Elmhurst Baseball
& Softball League

Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League is Elmhurst's oldest and largest youth baseball/softball organization.

The mission of Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League is to provide to all of the youth of Elmhurst, regardless of their ability or gender, a positive baseball or softball experience:

By promoting the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play;

By teaching, encouraging, and supporting sound fundamentals through good coaching; and

By ensuring that all youth have a safe, fun, yet challenging opportunity to enjoy the game.

Let's Play Ball!

Let's Play Ball!

EBSL Families & Friends,

We hope everyone is doing well. We have some great news to share with you today!

The EBSL Board has been working closely with the Elmhurst Park District and we are happy to announce that we are able to start limited baseball practices and camps right away, and the games should be able to start in July.

We are planning for games to start once we reach Phase 4. That should allow us to start around July 6 and wrap up mid-August.

  • Team Formation: Teams will be announced by early June.
  • Practices: Team practices can begin immediately after teams are announced. Coaches will separate the team into two groups assigned to different stations. Players and coaches will maintain 6’ social distance at all times. Players are required to use their own equipment - mitt, bat & helmet. (We are working on a plan to get equipment for players who might not have everything.)
  • Games: We do not yet have specific guidance on how the games will work, but we expect to implement procedures similar to other states: no sharing of equipment, no shared water, no seeds/snacks, social distancing, limited players in the dugout, no handshakes or high-fives, etc. We will publish the game procedures once we finalize the details.
  • Summer Camp: We plan on offering smaller summer camps this summer. We will publish more info on the camp in the coming days.

So, are you ready to play ball? We will need you to confirm that your child is “in” and accept a new liability waiver by June 5. You will need to log in using a parent account and then confirm for each player individually.

Please click here to confirm your participation! 

If not, we understand. As announced previously, we are giving full refunds. Please click here to request a refund.  


  • What happens if the Covid situation changes?

It is possible that we might not reach Phase 4 in time to play games this year. If the season is cancelled or shortened, full or prorated refunds will be distributed.

  • How do I know this will be safe?

Just like everything now, we can only do our best. We will publish safety requirements and practices and games will be monitored. We are looking at requiring each team to name a “safety coach” in charge of supervising all safety requirements.

  • What if I change my mind?

Before the first game, you can pull your child out and get a full refund.

  • I already got a refund, but now I think my kids should play. Can we re-register?

Yes! Registration will be open on our website from May 30 - June 5.

  • My child was supposed to play another sport but that is up in the air, can we still sign up for the baseball season?

Yes! Registration will be open on our website from May 30 - June 5.

  • What if we don’t have our own bat or helmet?

We are looking into both a donation program and a Dick’s discount day. Stay tuned for more info.

  • What about catcher’s gear?

We are working on that. Likely, the position will be handled by a coach at the younger levels. At the older levels we are looking at giving each team two sets of gear, and assigning two catchers per game.

  • When do we get our uniforms?

We will distribute uniforms only after we get to Phase 4, right before games start.

Please contact us at with any questions or concerns.

by posted 05/29/2020
League Update April 22

EBSL - League Update

EBSL Families & Friends,

We sincerely hope that all of your families are healthy and safe.

Many of you have concerns about how the baseball/softball season might play out this year. As we’ve mentioned before, no decisions have been made yet. We will take our guidance from the experts monitoring the COVID situation and move forward under their recommendations. Be assured that the safety of our players and families is our #1 priority.

That being said, we are hopeful that the entire season is not lost. One scenario that we are analyzing is a compressed season that runs later into the summer. Another option might be to play a fall season this year. These are just a couple of the options we are discussing. Certainly we will need to consider social distancing requirements, masks, etc. But it’s too soon to tell what the requirements/recommendations will be at that time.

Refunds are available now, or you can choose to wait until we make a decision regarding the season. If the season is materially shorter than expected, we will offer a prorated refund to those who still choose to play. Also note that if we do open the season, we will likely be able to open registration for anyone who did not originally sign up.

If you want to cancel your registration and be refunded now, please click here to complete the Refund Request process. Note: you will need to log in using a parent account and then register each player individually for the refund.

Please follow our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep up to date.

Please note that this communication applies to in-house baseball and softball, not Travel. Explosion and Emeralds players will receive an update in the coming days.

Contact us at with any questions or comments.


EBSL Board of Directors

by posted 04/22/2020
EBSL Virtual Spring Training

Virtual Spring Training Launch

Hello EBSL Families & Friends!

First and most importantly, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy during this unprecedented global situation.

Several of you have asked for an update on the spring baseball/softball season. At this point, our position has not changed - all options for a spring season are still on the table. We will continue to take our guidance from the government, D205 and the IHSA regarding spring sports. Please follow our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep up to date.

EBSL continues to be a community-focused organization here in Elmhurst. Normally at this time of year, we would be preparing to provide a safe, fun and challenging baseball/softball experience for our youth. Of course youth sports is not currently anyone’s priority, so we are taking this time to encourage our EBSL family to support local Elmhurst businesses. Please follow us on social media to participate.

To help everyone prepare for the upcoming season (fingers crossed!) on your own, we are happy to announce the launch of EBSL Virtual Spring Training. Our Virtual Spring Training site offers a collection of resources, videos, drills, and more created/curated by the EBSL team. Please visit the site and encourage your kids to get out in the backyard and work on their skills.

Please contact us at with any questions or comments.


EBSL Board of Directors

by posted 04/09/2020
Update from EBSL

Update from EBSL

Elmhurst Baseball & Softball families,

The current COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis has brought in a challenging and unique new reality. Elmhurst Baseball and Softball League is closely monitoring the information that is being released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and IL Department of Public Health (IDPH). The safety and health of our families are the upmost importance to us. 

I wanted to provide an update on EBSL’s plans for the spring seasons due to this current crisis.

Typically, our in-house baseball & softball season starts around April 15 and we are continuing our preparations. All options are still on the table regarding the upcoming season. However, we have postponed the team drafts until after Spring Break. Managers will receive an update from their commissioners in the coming days.

Also, we have suspended Explosion & Emeralds travel team activities for at least the next 2 weeks. 

In case you missed the earlier communication both the Skills Clinic and Umpire Training planned for this weekend have been postponed. Look for an update on these in the coming days.

We will continue to monitor the overall situation and provide updates as situations warrant. 

We are not making any of these decisions lightly and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this ever-changing situation.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ken Braun

President, EBSL

by posted 03/13/2020
Umpire Scholarship

EBSL Umpire Scholarship

Did you know that EBSL awards up to 2 Umpire Scholarships every season? High school seniors in our Umpire Program are eligible to receive this financial award to use towards post-high school educational costs. EBSL evaluates candidates based on their commitment to the Umpire Program, game evaluations, work ethic and attitude along with high school academic performance.

Click here to join the EBSL Umpire Program.

Congratulations to 2019 winners Thomas Hilgart and Jimmy Stephan!

by posted 02/13/2020
2020 Umpire Program

2020 EBSL Umpire Program

Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League's (EBSL) Umpire Program invites young men and women 12 years or older (as of July 1, 2020) to work as baseball and softball umpires for the 2020 season.

EBSL will train you to become a competent umpire - you need only have an interest in the game and a good work ethic.

A $10 non-refundable fee is required to join the umpire program. This fee covers the cost of the umpire shirt, a clicker and access to the umpire assignment system.

You are required to attend the following two training sessions:

  • Mar 8, 1-4pm @ Timothy Christian High School
  • Mar 15, 1-4pm @ Timothy Christian High School ***POSTPONED***

Note: every umpire is required to have their own email address. Siblings will not be allowed to share one email address.

If you have specific questions about umpiring, you can contact Mr. Sal Vasta @ 630-530-7342.

Click here to sign up for the 2020 Umpire Program

by posted 01/26/2020
Age Eligibility & League Levels

Age Eligibility & League Levels

Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League welcomes any player who is “baseball age” 5-14 years old (player's age on September 1, 2020) and is an Elmhurst resident, attends an Elmhurst school, or played in the league last season.

Children should be registered into the league level that corresponds to their age.  For example, a baseball age 8 yr. old girl should register for Beginner Girls.

Players are not eligible to play in Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League (EBSL) if they participate in other baseball/softball leagues or teams not sponsored by EBSL during the 2020 season.  Players cannot play on club or travel teams if they are playing in EBSL, except for Explosion/Emeralds Part-Time travel teams.

League Levels

Boys Leagues


Probable Game Days

Boys T-Ball


Thursday & Saturday



Monday & Friday



Tues or Wed & Saturday



Tuesday & Saturday


13-14 (& freshmen if not playing high school baseball)

Wednesday & Friday


15 & 16 – tryouts

TBD in May


Girls Leagues


Probable Game Days

Girls T-Ball


Thursday & Saturday

Beginner Girls


Tuesday & Friday

Junior Girls


Monday & Saturday

Intermediate Girls


Wednesday & Saturday

Senior Girls

13-14 (& freshmen if not playing high school softball)

Thursday & Saturday

by posted 10/31/2019
2020 League Fees

2020 League Fees - No Change

Register and pay by December 31, 2019 to qualify for the earlybird discount. Registrations will be accepted through January 31, 2020. After that date, you will be added to the waitlist. If room opens up, we will notify you. February 28, 2020 is the last day to request a refund.


Earlybird Fee

(paid by Dec 31, 2019)


(paid after Dec 31, 2019)

T-Ball (Boys and Girls)



Boys - Pinto, Mustang

Girls - Beginner, Junior



Boys - Bronco, Pony

Girls - Intermediate, Senior



Buddy Ball (special needs program)



by posted 10/30/2019
Your emhurstbaseball.com Account

How to Log in to Our Website

Your email address is your log in. If you're not sure which email address you used for your account (or if you need to change it), just contact us through the Contact EBSL link on the left. If you forgot your password, click Sign In in the upper right hand corner, then click the "?" next to password (Forgot Password) and the system will send you an email on how to reset your password.

by posted 10/29/2014
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